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Donald Macleod examines Beethoven's relationships with friends, family, women, patrons and publishers, and with the city which he made his home - Vienna.

Donald Macleod introduces the life and music of this complex character during the turbulent years 1806 - 1812 when he produced some of the greatest masterpieces of his life. Donald examines Beethoven's relationships with friends, family, women, patrons and publishers, and with the city which he made his home - Vienna. 1806 was a difficult year for Beethoven on a personal level - he tried unsuccessfully to prevent the marriage of his brother Caspar Carl to a woman he thoroughly disapproved of, in the process greatly damaging their already fragile relationship. But it was also a highly productive year for Beethoven; he produced a steady stream of new works including his Fourth Piano Concerto, three string quartets written for Count Rasumovsky and a set of Variations for Piano on an Original Theme all of which helped boost his reputation both in Vienna and throughout Europe.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 27 Feb 2017 18:30

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    6 Songs Op.75

    Performer: Dietrich FISCHER-DIESKAU - Baritone Performer: Jorg DEMUS - Piano

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 453 782-2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    32 Variations in C minor WoO.80 for piano

    Performer: Olli MUSTONEN - Piano

    • DECCA.
    • 436 834-2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Quartet in C major Op.59`3 (Rasumovsky) for strings

    Performer: Emerson String Quartet

    • Decca.
    • 453-764-2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Concerto no. 4 in G major Op.58 for piano and orchestra

    Conductor: Osmo VANSKA Performer: Yevgeny SUDBIN - Piano Performer: Minnesota Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • SACD-1758.

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