Music: 200-Condlepower

Everywhere last week, or so it seemed, music was celebrating the birth of one of its mightiest titans 200 years ago on an upper floor of Bonngasse 515, Bonn. New productions of Fidelio were unveiled at Stockholm's Royal Opera and New York's Metropolitan. Bonn capped months of festivities with the Missa solemnis. In Tokyo, where Beethoven is a rapture-inducing favorite, the Ninth Symphony was done twice in one day. In Los Angeles, Zubin Mehta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a phalanx of friends staged a twelve-hour Beethoven marathon. And in honor of the...

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