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Marin Alsop and Simon Schama join Donald Macleod to discuss the character and work of Beethoven in the final period of his life.

Marin Alsop and Simon Schama join Donald Macleod to discuss the character and work of Beethoven in the final period of his life.

All through 2020, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told across 125 episodes of Composer of the Week, Donald puts us inside Beethoven’s world and explores his hopes, struggles and perseverance in all the colourful detail this amazing narrative deserves. Alongside this in-depth biography, Donald will also be meeting and talking to Beethoven enthusiasts and experts from across the world to discover how his music continues to speak to us in the twenty-first century. Through story and sound, the series builds into a vivid new portrait of this composer, born 250 years ago this year, who made art that changed how people saw themselves and understood the world.

String Quartet in A minor, Op 132 (5th movement)
Busch Quartet

String Quartet in E flat major, Op 127 (1st movement)
Alban Berg Quartet

Bagatelle in E flat major, Op 126 No 6
Alfred Brendel, piano

Mass in D major (Missa Solemnis), Op 123 (Kyrie)
Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestre des Champs-Elysees
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Coriolan Overture, Op 62
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

String Quartet in B flat major, Op 130 (5th movement)
Danish String Quartet

Produced by Martin Williams for BBC Wales

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Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor, Op 132 (5th movement)

    Ensemble: Busch Quartet.
    • WARNER 5096552.
    • WARNER.
    • 5.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in E flat major, Op 127 (1st movement)

    Ensemble: Alban Berg Quartett.
    • WARNER 2434768202.
    • WARNER.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle, Op 126 No 6

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS 4560312.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 26.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Mass in D Major (Missa Solemnis), Op 123 (Kyrie)

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMG-501557.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Coriolan Overture, Op 62

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG E4390052.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 5.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in B flat major, Op 130 (5th movement)

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • ECM 4818564.
    • ECM.
    • 9.

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