No composer impacted the course of Western music like Ludwig van Beethoven. The events of his life are the stuff of Romantic legend, his works permeate concert halls and he remains a cultural icon outside of classical music, turning up in movies, TV soundtracks, commercials and pop songs. After last year's inaugural festival, Beethoven Awareness Month is back to celebrate Beethoven's work through concert broadcasts, an all-Beethoven stream, multimedia projects, marathons and other features.

Recently in Beethoven Awareness Month 2012

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 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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Beethoven and Michelangelo: Colossal Utopianism

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Michelangelo is to art what Beethoven is to music," writes Fred Plotkin. "Beethoven’s music is so life-affirming and we get a sense of the greatness of human potential in his music and in Michelangelo’s art."

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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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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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Tributes to a Constellation of American Individualists

Monday, November 12, 2012

Composer-pianist Jed Distler returns to host a week of wide-ranging keyboard(s) repertoire, including tributes to the late Elliott Carter and Aaron Copland and obscure recordings from Igor Markevitch, Lois V Vierk and George Perle. 

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Walking with Beethoven

Saturday, November 10, 2012

On this episode of All Ears, Terrance McKnight gets into the spirit of Beethoven Awareness Month on WQXR by featuring some of the composer's andantes for piano and orchestra.

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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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On-Demand Audio: Carnegie Reopening Concert

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

On Nov. 7, WQXR brought you a broadcast from Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall featuring the Belcea Quartet. This was the first concert in Zankel since Carnegie closed following Superstorm Sandy.

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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: 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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How Do You Get From Bach to Beethoven?

Monday, November 05, 2012

Exactly 100 years separates Bach’s B Minor Mass and Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, seminal works from two distinct eras. This week, host Bill McGlaughlin explores how music progressed in this century, tracing inspirations in harmony, rhythm, orchestration and form.

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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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Beethoven's Fidelio

Saturday, November 03, 2012

This Houston Grand Opera production of Beethoven's opera stars tenor Simon O'Neill as Florestan, the prisoner in need of rescue, and Karita Mattila as his wife, Leonore.

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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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