Beethoven Unleashed - Fate [Composer Of The Week]

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01Putting on a Show20200420

Donald Macleod follows Beethoven as he prepares for his first big public concert in Vienna

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02The Art of the Deal20200421

Beethoven turns businessman to turn his music into cash. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03Creeping Catastrophe20200422

Beethoven confides a terrible secret to his best friend. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04Colleagues and Rivals20200423

Beethoven both enjoyed and endured the company of other musicians. With Donald Macleod.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05Public Statements and Private Visions20200424

Beethoven must decide the right path to follow as he lands another lucrative commission.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202001Putting on a Show20200420

After years of peddling his talents to Vienna’s music loving aristocrats, Beethoven prepares to launch his music to the wider public. It’s a move that could make or break his reputation.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the years 1799-1801. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, we see Beethoven finally emerging as a mature composer and beginning to produce the enduring works that will mark him out as one of the great artists of his age. But there are clouds on the horizon too, and we see the first intimations of a serious problem with his hearing.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Piano Concerto No 3, III. Rondo
Igor Levit (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek;

Piano Sonata No 10 in G major, Op 14, No 2
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Music: Symphony No 1, IV. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thierry Fischer

Septet Op. 20 (movts 4-6)
Vienna Octet

Donald Macleod follows Beethoven as he prepares for his first big public concert in Vienna

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202002The Art of the Deal20200421

Beethoven was determined to turn his back on the creative restrictions that came with a salaried post, in the service of one of the royal courts or the church; but if he was to survive as a freelance composer he would have to learn to be a businessman as well as an artist.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the years 1799-1801. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, we see Beethoven finally emerging as a mature composer and beginning to produce the enduring works that will mark him out as one of the great artists of his age. But there are clouds on the horizon too, and we see the first intimations of a serious problem with his hearing.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Piano Sonata No 13 in Eb major, op 27 No 1, I. Andante
Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, piano

String Quartet Op 18, No 3, I. Allegro, II. Andante con moto)
Calidore Quartet

Piano Sonata No 11 in Bb, Op 22 III. Minuetto & IV. Rondo
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Violin Sonata Op 23
Aleksey Semenenko, violin
Inna Firsova, piano

Beethoven turns businessman to turn his music into cash. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202003Creeping Catastrophe20200422

Beethoven writes to his best friend to tell him a terrible secret; his hearing has been slowly deteriorating and he fears his career may be cut short before it’s barely begun.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the years 1799-1801. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, we see Beethoven finally emerging as a mature composer and beginning to produce the enduring works that will mark him out as one of the great artists of his age. But there are clouds on the horizon too, and we see the first intimations of a serious problem with his hearing.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op. 13 ‘Pathetique’
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

String Quintet in C, Op 29, II Adagio molto espressivo & IV. Presto
Malin Broman, viola
Elias Quartet

Symphony No.5, IV. Allegro
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donald Runnicles

Beethoven confides a terrible secret to his best friend. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202004Colleagues and Rivals20200423

Donald Macleod explores some of the important professional relationships that Beethoven both enjoyed and endured among musicians who visited Vienna.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the years 1799-1801. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, we see Beethoven finally emerging as a mature composer and beginning to produce the enduring works that will mark him out as one of the great artists of his age. But there are clouds on the horizon too, and we see the first intimations of a serious problem with his hearing.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’, III. Scherzo
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted Thierry Fischer

Horn Sonata Op 17
Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn
Alasdair Beatson piano

Cello Sonata Op 5 No 2, I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo & II. Allegro molto più tosto presto
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Emanuel Ax, piano

Piano Sonata No 15 in D, Op 28 ‘Pastoral’, I. Allegro
Tatiana Nikolayeva, piano

Beethoven both enjoyed and endured the company of other musicians. With Donald Macleod.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

202005Public Statements And Private Visions20200424

Up to now Beethoven had used his musical talents to win the favour of the wealthiest music patrons in Vienna, to charm the public who attended his concerts, and to reel in customers for his publications. He’s beginning to see now that his musical path could take him on a very personal journey too. His new challenge is to work out what kind of artist he really wants to be.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the years 1799-1801. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, we see Beethoven finally emerging as a mature composer and beginning to produce the enduring works that will mark him out as one of the great artists of his age. But there are clouds on the horizon too, and we see the first intimations of a serious problem with his hearing.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Piano Sonata No 14 in C# minor, Op 27 No 2 ‘Moonlight’
Louis Schwizgebel-Wang

String Quartet Op 18 No 1, II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
Danish String Quartet

Prometheus (extracts from the complete Ballet Music)
Orchestra of the 18th Century, conducted by Franz Brüggen

Beethoven must decide the right path to follow as he lands another lucrative commission.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.