Beethoven's Heart and Soul

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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.

 

Playlist:

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

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

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
Philips

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
Teldec

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

Ludwig van Beethoven
Quartetto Italiano
Amadeus

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

Ludwig van Beethoven
Virgin

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
Philips