Berlin Philharmonic Plays Beethoven

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic (Holger Kettner)

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On Nov. 19 WQXR aired a live broadcast from Carnegie Hall. Sir Simon Rattle led the Berlin Philharmonic in an all-Beethoven program. The Ludwig double-bill kicked off with his high-energy Eighth Symphony and concluded with his cherished Pastoral Symphony.

WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon hosted the broadcast with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

Program playlist:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, music director and conductor

We asked listeners to share their thoughts during the broadcast using #CHLive. Here is a collection of those tweets and photos:

Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

I'd like to make three points about Beethoven's Eighth Symphony. The first movement's development section rages on at a very loud dynamic that climaxes with his marking of "fff" --- which, to my knowledge, is the only time he ever wrote that --- which gives the lie that this is a pantywaist or exclusively a throwback symphony. The second movement definitely evokes Ma"lzel's metronome iansmuch as Beethoven wrote the song "An Ma"lzel" to the same melody. The real throwback to Haydn is the third movement that Beethoven wrote "Tempo di Menuetto": Haydn conceivably could have written it himself --- the Trio especially --- since there are no "false notes" witness the unison C sharps in the final movement of this Eighth Symphony, and no abrupt tempo changes.

Jul. 26 2016 09:09 AM

And so David Allen gives us a review in the Times in which we largely read about complaining about possible complaining (another Beethoven cycle?) rather than specific comments about specific performances. It makes one wonder where the waste of time and energy truly lies.

Nov. 23 2015 05:40 AM

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