Marathon Sundays: Beethoven's Complete Concertos

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The fourth and final installment of our Sunday Beethoven marathon series features the composer's five piano concertos, plus his Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto. Tune in starting at 10 am to hear each of these monuments of the literature played in chronological order. The New York-based pianist Jeremy Denk joins us to provide commentary about the pieces.

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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

Nov. 25 — Beethoven's complete concertos

Note: The free downloads that we posted on this page in November are no longer available.


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Comments [3]

RWAM, Inc. from NYC

Your "complete" Concerto survery neglected the early Piano Concerto in E Flat, W.o.O. 4, featured on "The Youthful Beethoven" CD with pianist Grigorios Zamparas and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jon C. Mitchell (CRC 2725).

Nov. 26 2012 12:28 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

BEETHOVEN'S FIVE CONCERTOS ARE EACH MASTERPIECES AND LIKE HIS NINE SYMPHONIES AND ONE OPERA AND 158 SONGS THEY ALL EXPRESS A HUMANITY AND SOUL !!! Great pianists who have explored in depth in performance Beethoven's concertos are/were Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, Ignace Paderevski, Walter Gieseking, Artur Schnabel, Jesus Roma Sanroma, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Brailovsky, Emil Gilels, Benno Moisevitch, Alfred Cortot, Rudolf and Peter Serkin, Simon Barere, Josef Hofmann, Lang ;Lang, Leon Fleischer, Jose Iturbi, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein and Franz Liszt. Beethoven's symphonies, opera, concertos, sonatas, string quartets, overtures, chamber music generally , and song literature, is so pervasive and his world consciousness and basic humanity construct an icon unparalleled to and past his own era. At Juilliard, I studied his oeuvre and , in those days, all singers learned the concert rep of Beethoven , Schubert , Schumann, Wolf and Grieg, whether they would be opera singers or concert singers . So much of our treasured masterpieces, vocal and instrumental, are unknown quantities to most Americans. THANK YOU WQXR FOR CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN !!! Wagner and his contemporaries and their successors all recognized the epic achievement of Beethoven. I am a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute at 418A Main Street, Boonton, NJ . I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I sang the Gott ! welch dunkel hier ! aria of Fidelio. it can be heard from the live performance on my three websites, one of which is It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines.


Nov. 24 2012 07:06 PM
Sid Loeb from Brooklyn

So apropo to the past hurricane is Beethoven's "Ocean, Du Ungeheuer".
Close translation would be "Ocean, You Monster." Have a Happy Holiday.

Nov. 22 2012 08:54 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.