Marathon Sundays: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies

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Free Download: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique performs the Allegretto from Beethoven's Symphony No. 7*

The first of WQXR’s Beethoven Awareness Month Marathon Sundays begins with his complete symphonies.

The New York City Marathon has been canceled, but this Sunday, Nov. 4, you can still enjoy a marathon day of Beethoven's nine symphonies, in order, beginning at 10 am. Joining us to provide commentary on the symphonies and individual recordings is Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic.

We hear performances by the Sinfonie Orchester Hamburg, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, among other ensembles.

→ View the playlist for recording details on today's symphony cycle

November Marathon Sundays:

Nov. 4 — Beethoven’s complete symphonies.

Nov. 11 — Beethoven's complete piano sonatas.

Nov. 18 — Beethoven’s complete string quartets performed live from the Greene Space. (More information and tickets.)

Nov. 25 —Beethoven's complete concertos.

* The free download is available on WQXR's Facebook Page. Not on Facebook, no problem. You can also receive it in our weekly email newsletter. Sign up here: