Beethoven Unleashed - Making His Way [Composer Of The Week]

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01Exploring Vienna20200224

Donald Macleod follows Beethoven as he sets himself up in his new home of Vienna. The palaces that line the streets are in stark contrast to the cramped and stuffy attic room where he finds lodgings.

This week, Donald Macleod’s focus is on Beethoven’s first months and years in Vienna, following his move there from his home town of Bonn. The young composer was still in his early twenties, low on cash, and had only a handful of works to his name. He was going to have to work hard to find success in the imperial capital, where audiences had grown up on the music of Mozart and Haydn.

All through 2020, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told across 125 episodes of Composer of the Week, Donald puts us inside Beethoven’s world and explores his hopes, struggles and perseverance in all the colourful detail this amazing narrative deserves. Alongside this in-depth biography, Donald will also be meeting and talking to Beethoven enthusiasts and experts from across the world to discover how his music continues to speak to us in the 21st century. Through story and sound, the series builds into a vivid new portrait of this composer, born 250 years ago this year, who made art that changed how people saw themselves and understood the world.

La Partenza, WoO 124
Ilker Arcayürek, tenor
Simon Lepper, piano

String Quartet in A minor, Op 132 (II. Allegro ma non tanto)
Elias Quartet

Piano Concerto No 2 (III. Rondo)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Jan Lisiecki, piano/director

Trio in G major, Op 1 No 2
Atos Trio

Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

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

02Mature Student20200225

Newly arrived in Vienna, Beethoven seeks out music lessons with the most celebrated musician of the time, Joseph Haydn. It proves to be an uneasy relationship for both of them.

This week, Donald Macleod’s focus is on Beethoven’s first months and years in Vienna, following his move there from his home town of Bonn. The young composer was still in his early twenties, low on cash, and had only a handful of works to his name. He was going to have to work hard to find success in the imperial capital, where audiences had grown up on the music of Mozart and Haydn.

All through 2020, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told across 125 episodes of Composer of the Week, Donald puts us inside Beethoven’s world and explores his hopes, struggles and perseverance in all the colourful detail this amazing narrative deserves. Alongside this in-depth biography, Donald will also be meeting and talking to Beethoven enthusiasts and experts from across the world to discover how his music continues to speak to us in the 21st century. Through story and sound, the series builds into a vivid new portrait of this composer, born 250 years ago this year, who made art that changed how people saw themselves and understood the world.

Bagatelle, Op 33 No 7 (Presto)
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

String Trio, Op 3 in E flat major ( I. Allegro con brio)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Bruno Giuranna, viola
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

Piano Sonata No 2, Op 2 No 2 (3rd and 4th movements)
Mieczysław Horszowski

Symphony No 8, (2nd and 3rd movements)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Richard Hickox, conductor

String Quartet No 16 in F, Op 135 (3rd and 4th movements)
Van Kuijk Quartet

Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

Once in Vienna, Beethoven seeks lessons with the most celebrated musician in town.

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

03A Prince Among Patrons20200226

As his money begins to run out, Beethoven desperately needs to find a reliable source of income in Vienna. Could Prince Carl Lichnowsky be the answer to his prayers?

This week, Donald Macleod’s focus is on Beethoven’s first months and years in Vienna, following his move there from his home town of Bonn. The young composer was still in his early twenties, low on cash, and had only a handful of works to his name. He was going to have to work hard to find success in the imperial capital, where audiences had grown up on the music of Mozart and Haydn.

All through 2020, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told across 125 episodes of Composer of the Week, Donald puts us inside Beethoven’s world and explores his hopes, struggles and perseverance in all the colourful detail this amazing narrative deserves. Alongside this in-depth biography, Donald will also be meeting and talking to Beethoven enthusiasts and experts from across the world to discover how his music continues to speak to us in the 21st century. Through story and sound, the series builds into a vivid new portrait of this composer, born 250 years ago this year, who made art that changed how people saw themselves and understood the world.

Sextet for horns and string quartet, Op 81b
Members of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet
Othmar Berger and Manfred Klier, horns

Symphony No 2 (1st movement)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer, conductor

Quartet in E flat major, Op 127 (3rd and 4th movements)
Van Kuijk Quartet

Piano Sonata No 12 in A flat, Op 26
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano

Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

As his money runs out, Beethoven gets desperate for a reliable source of income in Vienna.

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

04A Glance To The Future20200227

Having found his feet in Vienna, Beethoven welcomes his brother to the city and thinks about settling down, maybe even finding a wife. That might be more challenging than he expects.

This week, Donald Macleod’s focus is on Beethoven’s first months and years in Vienna, following his move there from his home town of Bonn. The young composer was still in his early twenties, low on cash, and had only a handful of works to his name. He was going to have to work hard to find success in the imperial capital, where audiences had grown up on the music of Mozart and Haydn.

All through 2020, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told across 125 episodes of Composer of the Week, Donald puts us inside Beethoven’s world and explores his hopes, struggles and perseverance in all the colourful detail this amazing narrative deserves. Alongside this in-depth biography, Donald will also be meeting and talking to Beethoven enthusiasts and experts from across the world to discover how his music continues to speak to us in the 21st century. Through story and sound, the series builds into a vivid new portrait of this composer, born 250 years ago this year, who made art that changed how people saw themselves and understood the world.

Piano Sonata No 3 in C, Op 2 No 3 (3rd movement)
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Piano Sonata No 1, Op 2 No 1 (final movement)
Alexander Slobodyanik, piano

Violin Sonata, Op 30 No 2 (3rd movement)
Jennifer Pike, violin
Daniel Tong, piano

‘Adelaide’, Op 46
Robin Tritschler, tenor
Julius Drake, piano

String Trio Op 3 in E flat major (4th, 5th and 6th movements)
Leopold Trio

Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod finds Beethoven thinking about settling in Vienna and looking for love.

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

05Opus 120200228

Donald Macleod looks at how Beethoven the celebrated pianist strove to become known as Beethoven the revered composer, carefully planning his strategy to win over Vienna’s wealthy music lovers.

This week, Donald Macleod’s focus is on Beethoven’s first months and years in Vienna, following his move there from his home town of Bonn. The young composer was still in his early twenties, low on cash, and had only a handful of works to his name. He was going to have to work hard to find success in the imperial capital, where audiences had grown up on the music of Mozart and Haydn.

All through 2020, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told across 125 episodes of Composer of the Week, Donald puts us inside Beethoven’s world and explores his hopes, struggles and perseverance in all the colourful detail this amazing narrative deserves. Alongside this in-depth biography, Donald will also be meeting and talking to Beethoven enthusiasts and experts from across the world to discover how his music continues to speak to us in the 21st century. Through story and sound, the series builds into a vivid new portrait of this composer, born 250 years ago this year, who made art that changed how people saw themselves and understood the world.

12 Minuets, WoO 7, No 1
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Anja Bihlmaier, conductor

Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, Op 15 (1st movement)
Francesco Piemontesi, piano
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Kazuki Yamada, conductor

Piano Trio Op 1 No 3 (1st and 2nd movements)
Atos Trio

12 Minuets WoO 7, Nos. 7 & 11
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Anja Bihlmaier, conductor

Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, Op 15 (3rd movement)
Francesco Piemontesi, piano
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Kazuki Yamada, conductor

Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod looks at how Beethoven the pianist strove to become known as a composer.

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