Ludwig van Beethoven

The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI
12:29 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Philadelphians on WRTI: Pianist Andreas Haefliger Plays Beethoven, March 23, 1 PM

Pianist Andreas Haefliger
Marco Borggreve

Conductor Donald Runnicles will be back here in Philadelphia next week to conduct the Orchestra in works by Benjamin Britten, Arvo Part, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We’ll look ahead to those performances by looking back this coming Sunday at 1 pm, as we bring you an archival broadcast from a concert in February of 2005, which saw Maestro Runnicles on the podium conducting the Orchestra in the year he made his debut with the Philadelphians, directing works by Beethoven and Elgar.

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Crossover
10:16 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Igor Levit: The Next-Generation Pianist Tackles Beethoven

Born in 1987, and now in his 20s, he's been called, "...the finest pianist of his generation," by the UK Telegraph, who also commented that, ..."[he] shows that he's set to be one  of this century's big names." He's Igor Levit. And his latest CD of the last five piano sonatas of Ludwig von Beethoven has been creating quite a stir.

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3:48 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

A Chinese student at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, where speakers playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony were rigged up to drown out government broadcasts.
Battle Hymns Productions

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 5:39 pm

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Creatively Speaking
7:37 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Ludwig van Beethoven: Ceremonial and Humorous

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven, born in  1770, continues to be explored and rediscovered.  As Susan Lewis reports, on WRTI’s concert broadcast on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, The Philadelphia Orchestra will play a rarely heard overture from 1811, and Beethoven’s 8th symphony, composed the following year. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts.

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Creatively Speaking
10:56 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Yefim Bronfman Explores The Genius of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto

Pianist Yefim Bronfman

Pianist Yefim Bronfman speaks with Susan Lewis about the genius of Beethoven.

A celebrated pianist continues to explore the genius of Beethoven’s piano concertos. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the fourth concerto remains one of the most intriguing masterpieces in the piano repertoire.

Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman.

Listen to Susan's interview with Yefim Bronfman this Sunday afternoon, November 24 when WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast features Bronfman playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.  Also on the program is Shostakovich’s 11th symphony. Semyon Byshkov conducts. 

Creatively Speaking
10:34 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Shostakovich and Beethoven and the Power of Music

Conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the Philadelphians in this Sunday's WRTI concert broadcast - November 24th at 1 pm.

Beethoven and Shostakovich grew up in different countries in different centuries. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, a renowned Russian conductor, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra on this week’s concert broadcast, finds a great affinity between the two musical giants.

Sunday afternoon, November 24, 2013, on WRTI, Semyon Byshkov leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony and Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Susan will interview Maestro Semyon Byshkov at Intermission about Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.

Listen to Susan interview conductor Semyon Byshkov about the connection between Beethoven and Shostakovich.

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8:11 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Happiness Is...A "Joyous" Flashmob Video From Spain!

Creatively Speaking
1:44 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Beethoven's Masterpiece: A Symphonic Swan Song

Bass-baritone Shenyang

This Sunday on WRTI, the new season of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts launches with  one of music's most iconic works. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, Beethoven’s final symphony, completed almost two centuries ago, is still one of the most well-regarded and often-performed works.

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Creatively Speaking
8:36 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Revisiting Beethoven's Symphonies with Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Marco Borggreve

The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a two-year cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, although known to generations of music lovers, these great works continue to provide insights into Western musical heritage.

Listen to more of Susan’s interview with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin during Intermission on Sunday, November 10th, when WRTI broadcasts the Orchestra's first subscription concert of the season at 1 pm, featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
9:50 am
Wed October 30, 2013

A "Joyous" New Season of Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts Launches on WRTI with Beethoven's 9th!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

On Sunday, November 10th, at 1 pm, we begin a new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts with the 2013-2014 season-opening concert from the end of September, featuring Beethoven's awe-inspiring Ninth Symphony. With its universal message of freedom and brotherhood, the Ninth is the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s revolutionary works, its famous “Ode to Joy” serving as a message of hope for all mankind. Showcasing the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and conducted by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, this performance launches a two-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

The Choir will also appear in Beethoven’s rarely heard setting of Goethe’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, as well as the world premiere of the young American composer Nico Muhly’s newly orchestrated Bright Mass with Canons for chorus, orchestra, and featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Yannick about the program, and the new season, and Jim Cotter sits down with both tenor Chrisistian Elsner and bass-baritone Shenyang, both of whom play very important roles in this concert.

Not to be missed!  Be with us on Sunday, November 10th, for the new season of Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer.

Program notes

PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN:  Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, for chorus and orchestra

MUHLY: Bright Mass with Canons

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 ("Choral")
 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Twyla Robinson, soprano

Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano

Chrisitian Elsner, tenor

Shenyang, bass-baritone

The Westminster Symphonic Choir -Mixed chorus

Joe Miller, director

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