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Businessman and Charity-Giver

Donald Macleod considers two different sides of Beethoven's character: his business instinct and his giving to charity.

Donald Macleod looks at two distinctly different sides of Beethoven's character as he strikes a publishing deal in England and willingly gives up his time and music to benefit the needy. In 1810 Beethoven took advantage of his growing popularity in England and sold some of his music to Muzio Clementi, who had set himself up as a publisher in London. From these works Donald introduces an intimate piano sonata, a piece whose intimate scale is in direct contrast to the grand sweep of the previous 'Appassionata' Sonata. Also, his newly published oratorio, a copy of which he'd happily provided for performance at a charity concert in Graz. Plus the rarely heard overture from a one-act singspiel commissioned for the opening of the new theatre at Pest, and the final movement from the symphony Wagner described as "The Apotheosis of the Dance".

1 hour

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    12 Irish songs WoO.154 for voice(s) and piano trio

    Performer: Ann MURRAY - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Felicity LOTT - Soprano Performer: Galina SOLODCHIN - Violin Performer: Graham JOHNSON - Piano Performer: Jonathan WILLIAMS - Cello

    • EMI.
    • CDC 7-49930 2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata no. 24 in F sharp major Op.78 for piano

    Performer: Andreas HAEFLIGER - Piano

    • AVIE.
    • AV-2173.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Klage WoO.113 for voice and piano

    Conductor: Colin DAVIS Performer: Bavarian S O

    • CBS.
    • CD42103.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Christus am Olberge (The Mount of Olives) - oratorio Op.85 for STB, chorus & orchestra

    Conductor: Bernhard KLEE Performer: Elizabeth HARWOOD - Soprano (Seraph) Performer: James KING - Tenor (Jesus) Performer: VIENNA SINGVEREIN - Main Artist Performer: Vienna S O.

    • DG.
    • 4537982.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 7 in A major Op.92

    Conductor: Wolfgang SAWALLISCH Performer: Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • CZS5733262.

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