Pity the Berlin Philharmonic.
When Leif Ove Andsnes performed with them two weeks ago, he played only one Mozart piano concerto. This weekend with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, he plays two Mozart concertos: No. 22 (which he performed in Berlin), and the timeless No. 21. And you don't even need to travel to hear him; Classical MPR will broadcast the Saturday night concert live.
Beethoven's 250th is still more than 10 months away, but let the party begin:
The Artaria Quartet launches its complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle this weekend in St. Paul. All sixteen quartets, starting with three concerts this Saturday through Monday, then three more April 18-20.
And if one complete cycle is good, isn't another complete cycle twice as good? In May, the Danish String Quartet performs its complete cycle in the Twin Cities.
After all, when it comes to Beethoven, More is More (or, as William F. Buckley, Jr. put it: "Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.")