Beethoven Unleashed - The Drawing Room Demon [Composer Of The Week]

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01High Society20200323

Beethoven meets a count and a prince as he seeks out wealthy patrons to support his music. Presented by Donald Macleod.

This week, Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1796-99, as the young composer learns to negotiate the privileged and moneyed circles of Vienna’s culture-loving aristocracy. Few can resist his extraordinary charisma as a virtuoso pianist but will he also be able to persuade them of his talents as a composer?

Composer of the Week will be 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 5 in C minor, op 10 no 1, I. Allegro molto e con brio
Cédric Tiberghien, piano

Piano Trio op 1 no 1, I. Allegro
Amatis Piano Trio

March for four hands, op 45 no 2
Isabel Beyer and Harvey Dagul, piano

12 Variations on a Russian dance by Wranitzky WoO 71
Emil Gilels, piano

String Quartet op 18 no 6, mvts. III & IV
Elias Quartet

Producer: Chris Taylor

Beethoven seeks out wealthy patrons to support his music. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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

02Concert Tour20200324

Beethoven undertakes his first international tour, thanks to the generosity and social connections of his new patron, Prince Lichnowsky. It could prove a crucial stepping stone for his musical career.

This week, Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1796-99, as the young composer learns to negotiate the privileged and moneyed circles of Vienna’s culture loving aristocracy. Few can resist his extraordinary charisma as a virtuoso pianist, but will he also be able to persuade them of his talents as a composer?

Composer of the Week will be 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 5 in C minor, op 10 no 1, III. Allegro molto e con brio
Cédric Tiberghien

Sextet op 71, I. Adagio – Allegro
Vienna Wind Soloists

Ah! Perfido
Karita Mattila, soprano
Staatskapelle Dresden
conducted by Sir Colin Davis

Cello Sonata op 5 no 1, movt II.
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
Jose Gallardo, piano

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

Producer: Chris Taylor

Beethoven undertakes his first international tour. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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

03Teacher's Pets20200325

Financial necessity forced Beethoven to accept piano students, mostly the sons and daughters of Vienna's noble families. He was a reluctant tutor, generally, but was moved to make a special effort for one or two especially talented and charming protégés.

This week, Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1796-99, as the young composer learns to negotiate the privileged and moneyed circles of Vienna’s culture loving aristocracy. Few can resist his extraordinary charisma as a virtuoso pianist, but will he also be able to persuade them of his talents as a composer?

Composer of the Week will be 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 4, op 7
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Violin Sonata, op 12 no 2
Tai Murray, violin
Ashley Wass, piano

String Quartet, op.18 no.4, mvts.III & IV
Elias Quartet

Beethoven is charmed by a few special piano students. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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

04Finding Friends20200326

Beethoven was determinedly pursuing his professional ambitions, which left little time for a proper social life. In any case, he had little in common with the royal princes, barons and countesses who attended Vienna’s regular musical gatherings. Enter, Karl Amenda, a commoner like Beethoven, who would become a true soulmate.

This week, Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1796-99, as the young composer learns to negotiate the privileged and moneyed circles of Vienna’s culture loving aristocracy. Few can resist his extraordinary charisma as a virtuoso pianist, but will he also be able to persuade them of his talents as a composer?

Composer of the Week will be 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 Trio op 1 no 1, IV. Presto
Amatis Piano Trio

Piano Sonata no 7, op 10 no 3, movts. II & III
Emil Gilels, piano

Romance in F, op 50
Aleksey Semenenko, violin
Inna Firsova, piano

Duet for two obligato eye-glasses, Woo 32
Maria Kliegel, cello
Tabea Zimmermann, viola

String Quartet Op.18 No.1, I. Allegro con brio
Danish String Quartet

Beethoven's social life takes an upward turn. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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

05Poised For Immortality20200327

Beethoven was nearly 30 years old but yet to compose any of the major masterpieces he is best known for today. Donald Macleod follows his progress as Beethoven puts his music before a wider public and starts work on his ambitious first symphony.

This week, Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1796-99, as the young composer learns to negotiate the privileged and moneyed circles of Vienna’s culture loving aristocracy. Few can resist his extraordinary charisma as a virtuoso pianist, but will he also be able to persuade them of his talents as a composer?

Composer of the Week will be 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.

Violin Sonata op 12, no 3, III. Rondo, allegro molto
Alexandra Soumm, violin
Adam Laloum, piano

Piano Sonata no 6 in F, op 10, movts. II & III
Mieczyslaw Horszowski, piano

Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123
Ilker Arcayurek, tenor
Simon Lepper, piano

Trio in B flat major, op 11
Atos Trio

Symphony No.1 in C, I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conducted by Thierry Fischer

Producer: Chris Taylor

Beethoven wrestles with his first symphony. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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