Beethoven Unleashed - New Pathways [Composer Of The Week]

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01In Search of a Cure20200518

Beethoven turns to medical science in a desperate attempt to find a remedy for his failing hearing.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the momentous years of 1802 and 1803. It was a time that saw remarkable developments in Beethoven’s creativity as he pursued a self-declared ‘new path’ for his music. He undertook his most ambitious works yet, pouring his whole self into his art. At the same time his personal life was reaching a crisis point that would plunge him to the darkest depths of despair and threaten to ruin all his carefully laid plans for the future.

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.4, IV. Allegro ma non troppo
BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda

Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’, II & III
Igor Levit, piano

Septet Op. 20, III. Tempo di Menuetto
Vienna Octet

Sonata in G major for violin and piano, Op 30 No 3, II. Tempo di minuetto
Esther Yoo, violin
Zhang Zuo, piano

6 Variations on an original theme in F major, Op 34
Alfred Brendel, piano

Beethoven struggles with his failing hearing. Presented by Donald Macleod

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

02To Live Life Alone20200519

Beethoven comes to realise that his failing hearing might never improve. It’s a turning point that will reverberate through the rest of his life and which Beethoven immortalised in an extraordinary letter to his brothers and to posterity.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the momentous years of 1802 and 1803. It was a time that saw remarkable developments in Beethoven’s creativity as he pursued a self-declared ‘new path’ for his music. He undertook his most ambitious works yet, pouring his whole self into his art. At the same time his personal life was reaching a crisis point that would plunge him to the darkest depths of despair and threaten to ruin all his carefully laid plans for the future.

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 17, Op.31 No.2 ‘The Tempest’, III. Allegretto
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

Missa Solemnis: Kyrie
Julia Vardy, soprano
Iris Vermillion, mezzo-soprano
Vinson Cole, tenor
René Pape, bass
Berlin Radio Choir
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No.2, Movts. III & IV
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thierry Fischer

Violin Sonata in A major, Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’, II. Larghetto.
Veronika Eberle, violin
Oliver Schnyder, piano

Variations in Eb Op.35 ‘Eroica’, final movt.
Emanuel Ax, piano

Beethoven realises his failing hearing might never improve. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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

03Theatrical Diversions20200520

Beethoven watches with interest as Vienna’s newly built venue, the Theater and der Wien, begins to draw eager crowds to its programme of plays, opera and musical concerts. He decides it’s the perfect place to put his own music before a wider public.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the momentous years of 1802 and 1803. It was a time that saw remarkable developments in Beethoven’s creativity as he pursued a self-declared ‘new path’ for his music. He undertook his most ambitious works yet, pouring his whole self into his art. At the same time his personal life was reaching a crisis point that would plunge him to the darkest depths of despair and threaten to ruin all his carefully laid plans for the future.

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.

March (Fidelio, Act 1)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Lucerne Festival Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado

Romance for violin and orchestra No 1, Op 40
Chloë Hanslip, violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anja Bihlmaier

5 Variations on “Rule Britannia” WoO 79
Gianluca Cascioli, piano

Christ on the Mount of Olives (extract)
Maria Venuti, soprano (Seraph)
Keith Lewis, tenor (Jesus)
Michel Brodard, bass (Petrus)
Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, conducted by Helmuth Rilling

Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, IV. Finale
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thierry Fischer

Beethoven seizes an opportunity to reach a new audience. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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

04A Family Business20200521

Beethoven was discovering that dealing with his publishers was consuming more of his time and energy. Frustrated and overwhelmed with work, the composer turned to his younger brother for help in managing his business relationships. It’s a job for which the volatile Casper Carl van Beethoven was eminently unsuited.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the momentous years of 1802 and 1803. It was a time that saw remarkable developments in Beethoven’s creativity as he pursued a self-declared ‘new path’ for his music. He undertook his most ambitious works yet, pouring his whole self into his art. At the same time his personal life was reaching a crisis point that would plunge him to the darkest depths of despair and threaten to ruin all his carefully laid plans for the future.

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.

String Quartet No 1 in F Op 18 No 1, III. Scherzo
Danish String Quartet

Violin Sonata in G major Op 30 No 3, I. Allegro assai
Esther Yoo, violin
Zhang Zuo, piano

Piano Sonata No 18 in E flat major, Op 31 No 3
Christian Hadland, piano

String Quintet in C, Op 29, I. Allegro moderato
Elias Quartet
Malin Broman,viola

Gellert Lieder, VI. Busslied
Olaf Bär, baritone
Geoffrey Parsons, piano

Exhausted and overworked, Beethoven turns to his brother for help. With Donald Macleod.

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

05Still in the Game20200522

Beethoven had faced his encroaching deafness first with desperation and then with a new resolve: to live for his art, and make art that really counted. That meant not only making strides as a composer but embracing his life as a star performer, while he still could.

All this week, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the momentous years of 1802 and 1803. It was a time that saw remarkable developments in Beethoven’s creativity as he pursued a self-declared ‘new path’ for his music. He undertook his most ambitious works yet, pouring his whole self into his art. At the same time his personal life was reaching a crisis point that would plunge him to the darkest depths of despair and threaten to ruin all his carefully laid plans for the future.

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 17, Op.31 No.2 ‘The Tempest’, II. Adagio
Khatia Buniatishvili, paino

Quintet for piano and winds Op 16. III. Rondo
Robin Williams, oboe
Maximiliano Martin, clarinet
Peter Whelan, bassoon
Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Andante Favori WoO 57
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Violin Sonata in A major Op 47 ‘Kreutzer’ I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
Veronika Eberle, violin
Oliver Schnyder, piano

Piano Sonata No 21 in C major Op 53 ‘Waldstein’, I. Allegro con brio
Igor Levit, piano

Beethoven embraces his career as a performer, while he still can. With Donald Macleod.

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

202001In Search Of A Cure20200518

Beethoven struggles with his failing hearing. Presented by Donald Macleod

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

202002To Live Life Alone20200519

Beethoven realises his failing hearing might never improve. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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

202003Theatrical Diversions20200520

Beethoven seizes an opportunity to reach a new audience. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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

202004A Family Business20200521

Exhausted and overworked, Beethoven turns to his brother for help. With Donald Macleod.

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

202005Still In The Game20200522

Beethoven embraces his career as a performer, while he still can. With Donald Macleod.

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