25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Early Quartets

Monday, November 12, 2012

We continue our ongoing look at the 25 essential Beethoven albums with the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, which plays the Op. 18 quartets with youthful panache and Germanic rigor.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Missa Solemnis

Monday, November 12, 2012

This recording of Beethoven's choral masterpiece was made in the very week the Berlin Wall came down, and as conductor John Eliot Gardiner later maintained, that seemed to heighten the spiritual experience.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Peanuts Pathetique

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In anticipation of Sunday’s Piano Sonata Marathon, we once again turn to one of our favorite Beethoven pianists for this Saturday’s cartoon.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Triple Concerto

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Soviet parternship of Sviatoslav Richter, Mstilav Rostropovich and David Oistrakh came together with the Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Herbert von Karajan in 1969 for Beethoven's Triple Concerto.

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The 25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

Friday, November 09, 2012

It's pretty much the consensus view that these are the greatest modern recordings of the two symphonies.

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The 25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Paul Lewis Plays the 'Waldstein' Sonata

Thursday, November 08, 2012

We're especially impressed with English pianist Paul Lewis's interpretations of Beethoven's middle-period works including the "Waldstein" Sonata.

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The 25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: A 1962 Fidelio

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

“Majestic,” “metaphysical” and “transcendent” are some of the words critics usually reach for when describing this 1962 account of Beethoven's Fidelio.

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The 25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The Overtures

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

If you like your Beethoven played by a big, modern orchestra – and most people still do – then you could do a lot worse than with the Vienna Philharmonic.

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Marathon Sundays: Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas

Monday, November 05, 2012

Today, WQXR brings you a marathon of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, played in order. As an appetizer, get a free download of the "Waldstein" Sonata.

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The 25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Perlman & Ashkenazy's Sonatas

Monday, November 05, 2012

For nearly 40 years, this recording by Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy has been the benchmark for the “Kreutzer” and “Spring” Sonatas.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Ludwig van Fan

Saturday, November 03, 2012

For this first Saturday in Beethoven Awareness Month, it is only fitting to feature Ludwig van's No. 1 fan, Schroeder from the Peanuts gang.

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The 25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: 'Archduke' Trio

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Spanning 53 years and several lineup changes, the Beaux Arts was one of the few piano trios generally regarded as being on the same level as the world's best string quartets.

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Beethoven Goes To Hollywood

Friday, November 02, 2012

It's easy to imagine that, had he been alive in contemporary times, Beethoven's greatness might have transcended the musical score and onto the big screen. Enter our giveaway.

The 25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Rudolf Serkin Plays Sonatas

Friday, November 02, 2012

This recording – containing four of Beethoven's named sonatas – provides an excellent introduction to the unique music-making of Rudolf Serkin.

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Marathon Sundays: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies

Thursday, November 01, 2012

This Sunday, Nov. 4, you can still enjoy a marathon — of Beethoven's nine symphonies, in order. In the meantime, get a free download.

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The 25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: Symphony No. 1

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Every day this month, except for Sundays and Thanksgiving, we'll unveil a new installment on an ongoing list of the 25 essential recordings of Beethoven's music. We start with the First Symphony.

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Why November Is Perfect For Ludwig

Thursday, November 01, 2012

WQXR's general manager considers the importance of celebrating the world's most ubiquitous composer, particularly in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

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Top Five Beethoven Quotes & Samples in Popular Music

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chuck Berry famously demanded Beethoven “Roll Over” to help usher in a new era of rock and roll. But rather than eschewing the famous German composer, popular musicians started quoting him in their works.

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