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Ludwig van Beethoven

December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Beethoven

Not many of us can hope to be remembered when we've been gone almost two centuries. Beethoven is one of those rare humans who left an enormous legacy for future generations. Today, we'll wish him a happy 238th by playing two of his works. We'll hear the first symphony in Wyoming, and the first piano concerto in Los Angeles, featuring soloist Ingrid Fliter.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Fourth Movement from String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 ("Serioso")
    The Emerson String Quartet
  • Traditional (Arranged by Michael Bojesen)
    "Here Come Thy Little Ones, Jesus" and "Wonderful is the Earth"
    Soprano Frederikke Kampmann with the Danish National Girls Choir and Danish National Youth Ensemble, and conductors Michael Bojesen and Morten Ryelund
    Frederiksberg Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Peter Heidrich
    "Happy Birthday" Variations
    Kremerata Baltica
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
    The Grand Teton Festival Orchestra with conductor Donald Runnicles
    Grand Teton Music Festival, Teton Village, Wyoming
  • Anonymous
    "Lanchas Para Bailar"
    Ensemble Ars Longa
    Stockholm Early Music Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Astor Piazzolla
    Cellissimo Quartet
    Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest, Romania
  • Francisco Tarrega
    "Recuerdos de la Alhambra"
    Guitarist Ana Vidovic
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia

hour 2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Allegro from Piano Sonata No. 16 in C, K. 545
    Pianists Martha Argerich and Piotr Anderszewski
    Lugano Festival, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
    Pianist Ingrid Fliter with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Charles Dutoit
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Maurice Ravel
    "Le Tombeau de Couperin"
    Musicians from Music@Menlo
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
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