On 4 March 2020, the Permanent Delegation of Germany to UNESCO organised an evening of recitals in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Paris to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth (1770-1827).
At the invitation of Ambassador Dr Peter Reuss, Prof. Torsten Meyer (baritone) and Prof. Matthias Alteheld (piano) performed the song cycle ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ (To the distant beloved), Op. 98, a selection of songs based on poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (including the ‘Sesenheimer Lieder’) and the Piano Sonata No. 18 (Op. 31, No. 3). After the recital, the evening was rounded off by a reception that offered guests an opportunity to speak to the artists.
As an aside, in 2011 Beethoven’s Ninth Synphony became the first composition to be included as a documentary heritage on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.