Wednesday, July 14, 2010

All nine

The Guardian's Tom Service mulls the musician and listener stamina required for a marathon performance of all nine Beethoven symphonies by conductor Martyn Brabbins and the Salomon Orchestra:

H.L. Mencken and his friends in Baltimore's Saturday Evening Music Club thought they had to answer to getting through all nine: plenty of beer. They made it through the Sixth, but then . . .