Ludwig's Links: What News Would Beethoven Follow? Nov. 12, 2010

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Beethoven didn't have the internet. He probably didn't even have a cell phone. But if he had, he would have been all over this week's news. iStock hide caption

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Ludwiggly Von Beethoven

Beethoven didn't have the internet. He probably didn't even have a cell phone. But if he had, he would have been all over this week's news.

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The week in classical music:

  • Unable To Continue: Conductor James Levine, whose health has been the subject of growing speculation, withdrew in the middle of a performance Wednesday.
  • Popcorn At The Symphony: Following in the Metropolitan Opera‚Äôs footsteps, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will begin broadcasting concerts in movie theaters; a piece by John Adams will start the series. And the Met's Peter Gelb thinks the movie theater simulcasts are bringing classical music back into the public discourse.
  • Last Hurrah: After this week, Opera Cleveland will go into performance hiatus while a task force tries to figure out where the company should head.
  • Talks have resumed between striking Detroit Symphony musicians and their management, but more concerts have been cancelled. Meanwhile, the show goes on independently — critic Mark Stryker reviews a concert by DSO players.
  • You can't play a flute with your bottom: A team of Oxford musicologists and craftsmen labored for months to recreate the instruments found in Hieronymous Bosch's painting The Garden Of Earthly Delights, only to find that few of them work.
  • A Lost Masterpiece: French composer Etienne Mehul's fourth symphony, heralded as a missing link in classical music history, will be performed in London tomorrow.
  • Left Behind: A German violinist forgot his million-dollar fiddle on a train.
  • Kreutzer vs. Kreutzer: Music and words combine in a dramatic narrative that draws on Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata and the works inspired by it.
  • One Sigh Fits All: La Cieca of Parterre Box reviews Cecilia Bartoli's new album Sospiri.
  • Nasty Critics: If a critic doesn't have anything nice to say, should she say anything at all? Anne Midgette offers her opinion.
  • Looking For Cleaning Jobs: A survey reveals that nearly 80% of the Scottish Opera Orchestra, which voted to go part-time in September, would leave the ensemble if the opportunity arose.

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