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Jakarta Post

Beethoven from home: Enjoying classical music in quarantine

  • Shadine Taufik


Jakarta   /   Fri, August 14 2020   /  01:00 am
‘Keroncong’ recomposition: Cendy Sukma Triananda recomposed and recorded a traditional Indonesian interpretation of “His Boat Comes on the Sunny Tide” with help from other musicians, such as singer Dessy Permatasari (top left). (Courtesy of Goethe-Institut Indonesien/-)

Partnering with Goethe-Institut Indonesien, the Jakarta City Philharmonic Orchestra presented “Beethoven from Home”, to celebrate the 250th birthday of illustrious German composer Ludwig Beethoven. Conducted by Budi Utomo Prabowo, the experience consisted of five different performances that could be viewed by visiting Goethe-Institut Indonesien’s YouTube channel. Budi said that, because of the pandemic, the concert could not be carried out according to earlier plans and preparations. “We, the Jakarta City Philharmonic, then found a different way to celebrate, just as many other orchestras around the world, which is by sharing our music experience with you all through the internet,” he said. Pianist Aisha Pletscher and violinist Arum Kusuma Dewi performed Scherzo from Beethoven’s “Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 24”, also known as the &...