Beethoven's Heart and Soul

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

This week, Terrance McKnight rounds out Beethoven Awareness Month by showcasing soulful movements by the composer. We dive into Beethoven's impassioned slow movements, exploring not only Beethoven's own emotions, but the emotional impact that he has on listeners.

Opening this week's show we hear Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Within the dark movement, Beethoven displays his mastery of musical dialogue. The unison strings battle the sensitive, and introspective piano writing, depicting a conflict of interest which is resolved later in the work. We hear a performance by pianist Christian Zacharias.

Beethoven's emotional capabilities surpassed many during his time, not only as a composer, but also as an improviser. He was known for attending parties and stealing the hearts of guests through improvisational serenades. One of his favorite works to serenade with was his Andante Favori, WoO 57, performed by pianist Claudio Arrau.

Additionally, Terrance introduces listeners to a young man from New York City who attended a recent performance of Beethoven at Carnegie Hall. He shares his thoughts on the composers music and the emotional impact on both he and his classmates. Rounding out the show are Beethoven's heart-wrenching movements performed by luminaries including Vladamir Horowitz, Anne-Sophie Mutter and many others.



Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58, movement 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Staatskapelle Dresden
Hans Vonk, conductor
Christian Zacharias, piano

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D, Op. 10/3
Ludwig van Beethoven
Vladimir Horowitz, piano

Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 12/3

Ludwig van Beethoven
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Lambert Orkis, piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Andante for Piano ('Andante Favori') in F, WOO 57
Ludwig van Beethoven
Claudio Arrau, piano

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Minor, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
Ludwig van Beethoven
Augustin Dumay, violin; Maria Joao Pires, piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19, movement 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Staatskapelle Dresden
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Andras Schiff, piano

String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131: I. Adagio ma non troppo e mol

Ludwig van Beethoven
Quartetto Italiano

String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: II.  Adagio affettuoso ed appas

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat  Op 26 "Funeral March"
Ludwig van Beethoven
Robert Taub, piano
Vox Classics

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Samuel Barber
I Musici

Comments [3]

piotr from jc

Perhaps it is an isolated opinion, but I feel that Mr. McKnight's presentations are not as well prepared and organized as they were when he first joined WQXR. At times one has the impression of lack of attention, perhaps even sloppines, which begin to detract from the listening experience.

Nov. 29 2011 08:24 PM
Jean Aniebona from New York City

Thank you Terrence for your program tonight. I was especially impressed that you included the interview with the high school student. It was quite respectful. I often here on wqxr a comment from a teacher who states she teaches in Harlem then she seems to belittle the students whom she quotes as not knowing who Mozart is. I always wince when I hear her, but you brought a sense of pride to my soul.

Nov. 27 2011 12:05 AM
lionel party from New York

I'd like to know who is playing op.10 nr 3. I can't find it in the site.

Nov. 26 2011 10:11 PM

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