Sounds of Comfort

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This week, host Terrance McKnight shares his sounds of comfort: transcendental works and sentimental pieces evoking amelioration.

Beethoven considered his art “divine” and “heavenly”. He said that his hope was that one day his art would be used solely for the benefit of the poor. Perhaps his sentiment encompassed the poor in spirit. On the occasion when Beethoven'’s student was mourning over the loss of her child, the composer didn't speak a word, instead he played piano music to comfort her. When a Baron and friend of the composer mourned the death of his wife Eleanore von Pasqualati, Beethoven composed an Elegy in her memory. 

On this episode, McKnight begins with that transcendental Elegy by Beethoven and extends the sentiment by weaving in music with a similar ethos and sensibility.

Others on the program include works by Arvo Part, Keith Jarrett and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


“Elegiac Song,” Op. 118, ‘Sanft wie du lebtest…”

Ludvig van Beethoven

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  and vocal soloists

Robert Shaw, conductor





Arvo Part

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Tonu Kalijuste, conductor



Ballade, Op. 19

Gabriel Faure

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Yan Pascal Tortelier

Kathryn Stott, piano




Mark Dancigers

NOW Ensemble

New Amsterdam


Bridge of Light

Keith Jarrett

The Fairfield Orchestra

Thomas Crawford, conductor

Patricia McCarty, viola



Blue cathedral

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Robert Spano, conductor



Kingdom Come

Ingram Marshall

American Composers Orchestra

Paul Dunkel



String Quartet N o. 18 K 464

Woflgang Amadeus Mozart

Franz Schubert Quartet