Ludwig van Beethoven

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider's Beethoven Odyssey

Jun 2, 2014

Ludwig van Beethoven tried certain musical forms only once. One opera, one violin concerto, was all he wrote.

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider says he spent years preparing to take on, what he says is, one of the most difficult pieces for his instrument. It took age, and its attendant personal and artistic growth, for him to get beyond what he describes as "mere graphical representation of the music, those black dots on white paper."

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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Jan 14, 2014

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.

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 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. 

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.

Beethoven's Masterpiece: A Symphonic Swan Song

Nov 4, 2013

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.

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.

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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