Roundup: A Lot of Love for Ludwig Van

Friday, November 30, 2012

Beethoven Awareness Month has wrapped up its second edition. Listen, watch and read everything from the month in one place. Obeythoven!

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Bagatelles

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The London-based American pianist Stephen Kovacevich included the Bagatelles on his complete Beethoven cycle for EMI in the 1990s and they continue to rank among the standout versi...

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Cello Sonatas

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In the early 1990s Argerich teamed up with Mischa Maisky, one of the most soulful cellists around, to record Beethoven's five sonatas for piano and cello.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Symphony No. 2

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Perhaps it is the very weight of the Leipzig Gewandhaus's history that has spurred conductor Riccardo Chailly to record a cycle that stands out from the pack.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Middle Quartets

Monday, November 26, 2012

Beethoven’s three Razumovsky Quartets revolutionized the genre, so much so, that neither the works’ first performers nor audiences knew quite what to make of them.

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Marathon Sundays: Beethoven's Complete Concertos

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The fourth and final installment of our Sunday Beethoven marathon series features the composer's seven concertos. Grab a free download from the Piano Concerto No. 1 in advance.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Pastoral Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 24, 2012

For this final Saturday of Beethoven Awareness Month, we spotlight the last movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.”


25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Songs

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Beethoven is believed to have written 158 songs, yet they remain a comparatively neglected aspect of the work of the world’s most celebrated composer.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Late Piano Sonatas

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mitsuko Uchida came to Beethoven's sonatas much later in her career, and got started with the last three sonatas.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Symphony No. 3

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Conductor David Zinman leads the Zurich Tonhalle in a Beethoven cycle that blended modern instruments with a historical approach.

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A Beethoven Journey with Leif Ove Andsnes

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 pm, catch a one-hour program featuring highlights from pianist Leif Ove Andsnes's solo appearance in The Greene Space.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Choral Fantasy

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The pianist Rudolf Serkin is his usual thoughtful, majestic self in this crazy, mixed-up and yet fascinating work.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Septet

Monday, November 19, 2012

The tuneful and pleasant side of Beethoven is a much harder sell. But the Nash Ensemble recorded the Septet in 1990 and its recording remains the one to beat.

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Beethoven String Quartet Marathon: The Complete Video Archive

Sunday, November 18, 2012

WQXR's Beethoven string quartet marathon took place in The Greene Space on Sunday, Nov. 18. We've posted all 16 performances from the marathon.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: What's Ludwig Up To Today?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 is the featured music in this Saturday's cartoon. Music from the finale is used, along with the Fifth Symphony’s famous four-note motive, in the theme music for "Ludwig," a British series of animated short films made in the 1970s by Mirek and Peter Lang. Ludwig is an egg shaped, mechanical creature who loves Beethoven’s music.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Late Quartets

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Beethoven was a constant companion for this quartet over its 44-year ride, starting in the 1960s when it released a complete cycle for RCA.

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About The String Quartet Marathon Performers

Friday, November 16, 2012

Each of the string ensembles on the Beethoven String Quartet Marathon shared some of their thoughts on the pieces they are playing and about what Beethoven means to them.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Ninth Symphony

Friday, November 16, 2012

Choosing one recording of the Ninth Symphony is a task that's bound to be controversial. Then add Herbert Von Karajan to the equation.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Violin Concerto

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Itzhak Perlman recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto in 1981, when he was in his breathtaking playing prime. Everything is melody in this sprightly and lyrical interpretation.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Piano Concertos

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

An array of choices confronts the consumer looking to invest in a set of Beethoven’s piano concertos, with several decades’ worth of first-rate versions available.

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