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Beethoven

Duration:
1 hour, 10 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 15 December 2011

Live from the Sage, Gateshead

Presented by Catherine Bott

The Northern Sinfonia and conductor Thierry Fischer perform a programme of music from the 20th Century inspired by jazz set alongside on Beethoven's mighty symphonies.

Ravel first heard jazz on a tour of the USA in the early 1920s and his Piano Concerto was written under its intoxicating spell "Jazz is a very rich and vital source of inspiration for modern composers" he said and the concerto fizzes with syncopations and 'blue notes'. Jazz also makes an appearance in the suite from Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, along with folk, tango and Lutheran Chorales as the story of the soldier being tricked by the devil unfolds. Beethoven's 4th Symphony completes the programme.

Beethoven - Symphony no.4 in B flat

Imogen Cooper (piano)
Northern Sinfonia
Thierry Fischer (conductor).

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