Beethoven Unleashed - Phoenix Rising

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202001Rock Bottom20200907Donald Macleod finds Beethoven reeling from the worst year of his life - 1812. With fate seemingly against him, the composer begins to crumble, and lonely and drained, he hits rock bottom. But even in this - the lowest of moments - his generosity and strong morals shine through.

This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven's life through the years of 1813-1815 – a time of great change throughout Europe as Napoleon was overthrown. For Beethoven, it was undoubtedly the most successful period of his entire career, as he began, at last, to receive public recognition for his music. However, these years also saw him slump to an artistic nadir as he succumbed to the call for patriotic crowd-pleasers in the wake of this massive political change.

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.

Triumphal March for Kuffner's Tarpeja, WoO 2a
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Trio in B flat major, Op 97 “Archduke”- I. Allegro Moderato
Leonid Kogan (violin)
Emil Gilels (piano)
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

An die Hoffnung, Op 94
Matthias Goerne (baritone)
Jan Lisiecki (piano)

Quartet in C major, Op 59'3 “Razumovsky” - II. Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
Tokyo String Quartet

Incidental Music for the Ruins of Athens - Overture; Chorus of Dervishes; March and Chorus "Schmukt die Altare"
Beecham Choral Society
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores Beethoven's life and music through the years 1813-1815.

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

202002The Popular Touch20200908Donald Macleod explores how the demise of Napoleon, and a clichéd commission from an eccentric inventor launched Beethoven from his depression, and led to the greatest public acclaim of the composer's career. However, with this success came accusations of selling out.

This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven's life through the years of 1813-1815 – a time of great change throughout Europe as Napoleon was overthrown. For Beethoven, it was undoubtedly the most successful period of his entire career, as he began, at last, to receive public recognition for his music. However, these years also saw him slump to an artistic nadir as he succumbed to the call for patriotic crowd-pleasers in the wake of this massive political change.

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 in E flat major, Op 55 “Eroica” - II. Marcia Funebre. Adagio Assai
Orchester Wiener Akademie
Martin Haselbock (conductor)

Wellington's Victory, Op 91
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

Symphony no. 7 in A major, Op 92 (arr. Winds) - III. Presto
Les Vents de Montréal
André Moisan (conductor)

Symphony no. 8 in F major, Op 93 - II. Allegretto scherzando & III. Tempo di menuetto
London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Germania, WoO 94
Niklas Spångberg (bass)
The Key Ensemble
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Leif Segerstam (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores Beethoven through the years 1813-1815

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

202003Public Success20200909Donald Macleod finds an aging and ailing Beethoven riding the wave of popularity his patriotic works has created. However, his appearances are dogged with difficulties as performances flounder due to his increasing deafness

This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven's life through the years of 1813-1815 – a time of great change throughout Europe as Napoleon was overthrown. For Beethoven, it was undoubtedly the most successful period of his entire career, as he began, at last, to receive public recognition for his music. However, these years also saw him slump to an artistic nadir as he succumbed to the call for patriotic crowd-pleasers in the wake of this massive political change.

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.

The Ruins of Athens, Op 113 - Chorus & Bass aria "Wir tragen empfängliche Herzen im Busen; Will Unser Genius"
Roger Andrews (baritone)
New York Choral Artists
Orchestra Of St. Luke's
Dennis Russell Davies (conductor)

Symphony no. 8 in F major, Op 93 - I. Allegro Vivace e con brio
Danish Chamber Orchestra
Ádám Fischer (conductor)

Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat major, Op 97 “Archduke” - II. Scherzo & III. Andante cantabile
Storioni Trio

Fidelio, Op 72 - Overture (arr. Piano by I. Moscheles)
Anthony Goldstone (piano)

Fidelio - Op 72 - Act I “Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?”
Nina Stemme (Leonore)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Claudio Abbado (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores Beethoven through the years 1813-1815

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

202004Congress20200910The Congress of Vienna brings some 100,000 rich foreigners including emperors and empresses to the city. Donald Macleod explores this extraordinary event and finds Beethoven at the height of his popularity and well poised to take advantage, despite his dislike for the pomp of the noble classes.

This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven's life through the years of 1813-1815 – a time of great change throughout Europe as Napoleon was overthrown. For Beethoven, it was undoubtedly the most successful period of his entire career, as he began, at last, to receive public recognition for his music. However, these years also saw him slump to an artistic nadir as he succumbed to the call for patriotic crowd-pleasers in the wake of this massive political change.

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.

Fidelio, Op 72 - Act I “Leb wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht”
Charlotte Margiono (Leonore)
László Polgár (Rocco)
Sergei Leiferkus (Pizarro)
Barbara Bonney (Marzelline)
Deon van der Walt (Jaquino)
Schoenberg Choir
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

Leonore Prohaska, WoO.96
Sylvia McNair (soprano)
Karoline Eichhorn (speaker)
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Berlin Philharmonic
Claudio Abbado (conductor)

Polonaise, Op 89
Alessio Bax (piano)

Cantata: Der Glorreiche Augenblick, Op 136 - “Europa steht!”; “Das Auge Shaut”; “Es treten hervor”
Matilde Wallevik (mezzo-soprano)
Peter Hoare (tenor)
Stephen Gadd (baritone)
Claire Rutter (soprano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Westminster Boys' Choir
Westminster Abbey Choir
City of London Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)

Quartet no.8 Op 59'2 “Rasumovsky” - III. Allegretto
Emerson String Quartet

Producer: Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores Beethoven through the years 1813-1815

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

202005Fall20200911After the most successful period of his life, Donald Macleod now finds Beethoven starting to slip from the Viennese public's affections. As the composer struggles to cope, loneliness and despair once again begin to set in.

This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven's life through the years of 1813-1815 – a time of great change throughout Europe as Napoleon was overthrown. For Beethoven, it was undoubtedly the most successful period of his entire career, as he began, at last, to receive public recognition for his music. However, these years also saw him slump to an artistic nadir as he succumbed to the call for patriotic crowd-pleasers in the wake of this massive political change.

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.27, Op 90
Igor Levitt (piano)

Kurz ist der Schmerz, und ewig ist die Freude, WoO163 & Brauchle, Lincke, WoO167
Accentus

Cello sonata no. 5 in D major, Op 102'2 - II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto
Steven Isserlis (cello)
Robert Levin (piano)

Piano Concerto no. 6 (fragment, completed by Nicholas Cook and Hermann Dechant)
Sophie-Mayuko Vetter (piano)
Hamburg Symphony
Peter Ruzicka (conductor)

Fidelio, Op 72 – Act II “Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten”
Gundula Janowitz (Leonore)
René Kollo (Florestan)
Manfred Jungwirth (Rocco)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

Donald Macleod explores Beethoven through the years 1813-1815

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