Marathon Sundays: Beethoven's Nine Symphonies

With Commentary from New York Phil Conductor Alan Gilbert

Thursday, November 01, 2012

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: 


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Nov. 04 2012 04:01 PM
RodolfoL from New York

Well, the marathon, the one that really matter, was not cancelled, after all! Great people!!!!

Nov. 04 2012 11:10 AM

I would love to sign up for your email list, but I keep getting an error message when I hit submit.

Nov. 04 2012 11:09 AM

Folks, you can also access our weekly downloads by subscribing to the WQXR e-mail newsletter. That will also allow you to keep up with the latest programming, news and features from WQXR. The sign-up box is just above the comments section of this page.

Nov. 04 2012 08:21 AM
Renee from UWS

I agree with Jay Zee Bee.

Nov. 03 2012 07:33 PM
jay zee bee

I consider it very unfair to require Facebook membership to download the free music. I'd like to know why listeners have to "like" the music.

Nov. 03 2012 03:45 PM

It seems as if this will be the only marathon on Nov. 4.

Nov. 03 2012 02:56 AM

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About Beethoven Awareness Month

No composer impacted the course of Western music like Ludwig van Beethoven. The events of his life are the stuff of Romantic legend, his works permeate concert halls and he remains a cultural icon outside of classical music, turning up in movies, TV soundtracks, commercials and pop songs. Throughout November, WQXR celebrates Beethoven's work through concert broadcasts, multimedia projects, marathons and other features.