Naomi Lewin, WQXR Host
Naomi Lewin is the weekend host on WQXR, and host of the weekly podcast Conducting Business.
The one and only Beethoven broke free of the model of composer as servant; in addition to accepting commissions from wealthy patrons, he made a living by performing and publishing his music. So when a Scottish publisher approached him about creating some genteel arrangements of folk songs -- mostly from the British Isles, but also from elsewhere in Europe -- he accepted. No matter that Beethoven didn't speak the languages he was dealing with. He was Beethoven, and his settings are utterly charming.
1. Scottish: Auld Lang Syne
2. Irish: The Heart of an Irishman
3. Welsh: The Vale of Clwyd
4. Italian: La Gondoletta
5. Polish: Poszla baba po popiól
Below: Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott and John Mark Ainsley sing Beethoven's arrangement of 'Auld Lang Syne' from 12 Scottish Songs: