Beethoven as Folk Troubador

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

This week on All Ears, host Terrance McKnight continues to honor Beethoven Awareness Month with a show devoted to a variety of the composer's works.

Last week All Ears explored at Beethoven's influence on many disparate styles, from artists who digitally sample his music to the wide array of modern transcriptions. But Beethoven himself was influenced by the works of Bach, Haydn and Mozart as well as folk music.

It is no surprise then that Beethoven composed dozens of settings of folk tunes from the British Isles, Poland, Italy and beyond. In an effort to get at the heart and soul Beethoven, his life and his musical convictions, we hear a few folk settings this week. We also sample his dramatic oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives, known for its humanistic portrayal of the Christ passion. It was one of the first pieces by Beethoven to catch on in the US, sung by amateur choral societies of the early 19th century.

 

Playlist:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, movement 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
New York Philharmonic
Wilhelm Kempff, piano
NY Philharmonic

Cantata, "Accession of Emperor Leopold II," WOO 88
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Orchestra of St. Luke's
Robert Bass, conductor
Elizabeth Futral, soprano; Gregory Cross, tenor; Jan Opalach, bass-baritone; Elizabeth Mann, flute; Daire Fitzgerald, cello; The Collegiate Chorale
Koch

Mount of Olives: Hallelujah  Op 85
Ludwig van Beethoven
Utah Symphony Orchestra
Julius Rudel, conductor
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Mormon Tabernacle Choir
London

The Pulse of an Irishman, WOO 154
Ludwig van Beethoven
New York Vocal Arts Ensemble; Fred Sherry, cello; Raymond Beegle, piano; Arturo Delmoni, violin
Arabesque

Five Variations on Rule Britannia in D WOO 79
Ludwig van Beethoven
Alfred Brendel, piano
Philips

Minuet in G
Ludwig van Beethoven
Antonin Kubalek, piano
Dorian

Highlander's Lament
Ludwig van Beethoven
New York Vocal Arts Ensemble; Fred Sherry, cello; Raymond Beegle, piano; Arturo Delmoni, violin
Arabesque

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat, Op, 31/3, "The Hunt"
Ludwig van Beethoven
Robert Taub, piano
Vox

Bolero
Ludwig van Beethoven
New York Vocal Arts Ensemble; Fred Sherry, cello; Raymond Beegle, piano; Arturo Delmoni, violin
Arabesque

Romance in F, Op. 50
Ludwig van Beethoven
New York Philharmonic
Kurt Masur, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Deutsche Grammophon

Polonaise for Winds in D, WoO 21

Ludwig van Beethoven
Berlin Philharmonic Winds
Deutsche Grammophon

Kak Pashli
Ludwig van Beethoven
New York Vocal Arts Ensemble; Fred Sherry, cello; Raymond Beegle, piano; Arturo Delmoni, violin
Arabesque

Polonaise in C, Op. 89

Ludwig van Beethoven
Andras Schiff, piano
Hungaroton

Bagatelles  Op 126
Ludwig van Beethoven
Stephen Kovacevich, piano
Angel/EMI

Last week All Ears took a look at Beethoven's influence on the music world, from sampling original compositions, to the wide array of modern transcriptions. But Beethoven himself was influenced by many things, including the works of Bach, Haydn and Mozart as well as folk music. This week All Ears surveys the composer musical beliefs and convictions, in hope of getting at the heart and soul of everything the composer musically stood for. 
We hear Beethoven's original settings of folk tunes, his oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives, and much m
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Comments [2]

af from ny

Yes, please, post the playlist!! I looked all over and can't find it!

Nov. 14 2011 02:33 AM
yichihara from NJ

Where is play list???
Please do not omit playlist.
Thank you.

Nov. 12 2011 11:38 PM

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