“In working with Beethoven’s tempi over the course of many years I have found that they have come to seem absolutely right, and in fact liberating rather than constricting for they open up a wealth of interpretative possibilities that would not work at slower tempi and that seem true to the essence of Beethoven’s musical spirit. Now let the listener to these recordings judge for himself.”
–Benjamin Zander, from a personal statement enclosed in the liner notes for the 5th and 7th symphonies with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Beethoven is, arguably, the most important and best-recognized composer of classical music. Yet many who play or conduct his music fail to fully understand one of the essential elements of his music: Tempo. Benjamin Zander is known globally for his ceaseless mission to understand and interpret Beethoven’s truest intentions, particularly with regards to the oft-debated metronome markings left in the composer’s original scores.