Beethoven Concertos



Penny Gore this week explores the complete concertos of Beethoven in recent performances recorded in Europe and the USA. Today there are two piano concertos, starting with the first he wrote, even though it was the second to be published. Also today, the veteran conductor Herbert Blomstedt conducts a rare performance of a symphony by the Swede, Wilhelm Stenhammar; his distinctly Nordic Second Symphony.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, op. 19

Nelson Goerner (period piano)

Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Kenneth Montgomery (conductor)

c. 2.30pm

Schoenberg Friede auf Erden (version of 1911 for choir and orchestra)

Norwegian Soloists Chorus

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Grete Pedersen (director)


Beethoven Piano Concerto no 1, op. 15

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano and director), Mahler Chamber Orchestra


Stenhammar Symphony No. 2 in G minor, op. 34

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)


Beethoven Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, op. 80

Norwegian Soloists Chorus, Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

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Penny Gore continues her exploration of the complete concertos of Beethoven. Today there's a chance to catch a performance of Beethoven's joyous Triple Concerto which took place in Paris last Friday night. Also today, a symphony by the Bavarian master, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, and the haunting Metamorphosen by his contemporary, Richard Strauss.

Beethoven Overture to Leonora no 3, op 72b

Berlin RSO, Marek Jarowski (conductor)

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

Paul Lewis (piano),


Karl Amadeus Hartmann Symphony no 6


Richard Strauss Metamorphosen, study for 23 solo strings, AV 142

Swedish RSO, Daniel Harding (conductor)

c. 3.50pm

Beethoven Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C, op. 56

Lars Vogt (piano), Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Harding (conductor).


Penny Gore continues her exploration of the complete concertos of Beethoven.

Busoni Tanzwaltzer

Finnish RSO, Susanna Mälkki (conductor)


Mahler Adagio from Symphony no 10

Luxembourg PO, Susanna Mälkki (conductor)

c. 2.40pm

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D, op. 61

Christian Tetzlaff (violin),

Swedish RSO, Daniel Harding (conductor).


Penny Gore concludes her exploration of all Beethoven's concertos with his piano adaptation of his Violin Concerto and his final, magnificent 'Emperor' Concerto. Also today, a rare chance to hear Kurt Weill's Second Symphony, written just a few months before he left Europe for a new life in Hollywood.

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major arr. for Piano by the composer, op 61a

Arthur Schoonderwoerd (conductor and fortepiano), Cristofori Ensemble

Kurt Weill Symphony no 2 (1934)

Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, Mark Minkowski (conductor)


Mozart Symphony no 33 in B flat, K. 319

Beethoven Piano Concerto no 5 'Emperor'

Yefim Bronfman (piano),

San Fransico Symphony Orchestra, Michel Tilson Thomas (conductor).