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

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

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59 minutes

Last on

Mon 23 Mar 2020 12:00

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No 5 in C minor, Op 10 No 1 (1st movement)

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in E flat major, Op 1 No 1 (1st movement)

    Ensemble: Amatis Piano Trio.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    3 Marches for four hands, Op 45 No 2

    Performer: Isabel Beyer. Performer: Harvey Dagul.
    • Four Hands Music FHMD8046.
    • Four Hands Music.
    • 4.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    12 Variations on a Russian Dance in A major, WoO 71

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
    • EMI 5857612.
    • EMI.
    • 57.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in B flat major, Op 18 No 6 (3rd and 4th movements)

    Ensemble: Elias String Quartet.

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