Poised for Immortality
Beethoven wrestles with the new symphony he hopes will propel him to stardom, but the Viennese public are not sure if they like what he has to offer. Presented by Donald Macleod.
Beethoven was nearly 30 years old but yet to compose any of the major masterpieces he is best known for today. Donald Macleod follows his progress as Beethoven puts his music before a wider public and starts work on his ambitious first symphony.
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.
Violin Sonata op 12, no 3, III. Rondo, allegro molto
Alexandra Soumm, violin
Adam Laloum, piano
Piano Sonata no 6 in F, op 10, movts. II & III
Mieczyslaw Horszowski, piano
Zärtliche Liebe, WoO 123
Ilker Arcayurek, tenor
Simon Lepper, piano
Trio in B flat major, op 11
Symphony No.1 in C, I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conducted by Thierry Fischer
Producer: Chris Taylor
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