Ludwig van Beethoven

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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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WRTI 60th Anniversary Limited-Edition CDs
11:48 am
Wed September 18, 2013

60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Beethoven, Für Elise

Ludwig van Beethoven's Bagatelle in A minor, "Für Elise," performed by Balazs Szokolay, is featured on CD 1 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.

If you’ve ever taken piano lessons, then Beethoven’s Bagatelle in A minor is no stranger to you. The instantly recognizable tune is a must for all beginning piano students, and the staying power of this lovely work is legendary. Listen to it here performed by Balazs Szokolay. There! Of course you know that one. Told you so.

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WRTI 60th Anniversary Limited-Edition CDs
4:41 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Beethoven, Romance No. 2 in F

Takako Nishizaki

Ludwig van Beethoven's Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op.50, performed by Takako Nishizaki, violin, with Kenneth Jean conducting the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, is featured on CD 1 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.

This is the second of a pair of works written for solo violin and orchestra. A favorite with concert artists, it is pensive and beautifully melodic, highlighting the sonic qualities of the violin at its best and allowing the soloists a wide range of emotional options.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
11:52 am
Sat September 7, 2013

1813: Wagner, Vanhal, Beethoven on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection broadcasts Saturday, September 7th, 5 to 6 pm. The two most famous composers for whom 2013 is a bicentennial are Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. They were born in 1813, but in the spirit of Discoveries we’ll dig a little deeper to see what else happened that year.

Wagner’s Wesendonck songs and Siegfried Idyll are his only non-operatic works heard with any regularity these days. The songs are also unusual among his output because the words are by someone else (most of the time he set his own texts).

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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert
6:04 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Sunday at 2 PM

Soprano Barbara Hannigan

Simon Rattle will be on the podium this Sunday at 2 PM for a performance from late May of Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony, with its vivid scenes of gathering thunderstorms, wandering brooks, and breezy country sides.

We’ll also hear Webern's Passacaglia and three fragments from Alban Berg's shattering opera Wozzeck, both of which received their U.S. premieres in Philadelphia as part of Stokowski's vision for 20th-century music.

Soprano Barbara Hannigan, in her Philadelphia Orchestra debut, will perform scenes from Ligeti's thrilling opera, Le Grande Macabre, in character as the Chief of the Secret Political Police. Her performance, vocally, dramatically, and comically, was one of the highlights of the season!

During intermission, Susan Lewis's interview with the versatile and supremely gifted Barbara Hannigan is not to be missed! Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. That's this Sunday, September 8th from 2 to 4 PM.

Detailed program notes and video here.

PROGRAM:
Webern: Passacaglia
Berg: Three Fragments from Wozzeck
INTERMISSION
Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, ("Pastoral")

Simon Rattle: conductor
Barbara Hannigan: soprano

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:23 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:00 am

A new book, a new recording and some old instruments, all addressing the most memorable phrase in music: the opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Matthew Guerrieri has written a book about this symphony, called The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination. Guerrieri writes about how Beethoven's piece resonated with everyone from revolutionaries to Romantics, and German nationalists to anti-German resistance fighters.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:08 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Beethoven — For A Buck

HJ Lim, the rising pianist whose nine-hour Beethoven cycle shot to No. 1 on the Billboard classical chart.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:21 pm

To own all the piano sonatas Beethoven wrote, you used to have to buy at least 10 CDs and spend $50, $75, $100 — or more.

What if I told you that you could get them for less than $10? That's about $1 per hour of music.

That's right — the "Moonlight," "Appassionata," "Waldstein" and all your other favorites, for just $9.99!

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Creatively Speaking
11:02 am
Sat June 30, 2012

A Profile of Musical Giant Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven is in the air! The Philadelphia Orchestra, with The Philadelphia Singers and soloists, including AVA's Margaret Mezzacappa, wowed the audience at the Mann Center last Wednesday night with an intense performance of Beethoven's 9th symphony. WRTI's Susan Lewis explores the life and work of one of the world's most influential composers.

Crossover
3:32 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Cypress String Quartet

WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with violinist Tom Stone and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel from the Cypress String Quartet about their new CDs - The American Album and the three-volume set Beethoven's Late Quartet.

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