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Ludwig van Beethoven

April 1, 2011

Beethoven lost then found

Music scholars have just confirmed what they hoped was true: a 200 year-old nightshirt recently found in a closet in Vienna did indeed belong to Beethoven. The historical significance is not in the cloth, though, but in the musical sketch inked on the sleeve. Pianist Stephen Hough breathes life into this newly discovered Beethoven melody on Today's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 63
    The Beethoven Project Trio (Sang Mee Lee, violin, Wendy Warner, cello, Geroge Lepauw, piano)
  • Egberto Gismonti
    Sete Aneis (arr. Joao Luiz)
    Joao Luiz, guitar, Douglas Lora, guitar
    Virginia Arts Festival, Chrysler Museum Theater, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim
    Inutil Paisagem, arranged for bassoon and piano
    Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon, Kristjan Randalu, piano
    Blackheads House, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Second movement from Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
    Stephen Hough, piano
    Henry Wood Hall, London, England
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Fantasia, Op. 80, "Choral Fantasy"
    Louis Lortie, piano, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Kurt Masur, conductor, Ragnar Bohlin, director
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

hour 2

  • Nico Muhly
    Excerpts from "Movements II and III from Detailed Instructions"
    New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York, NY
  • Ole Bull
    Cantabile Doloroso and Rondo Giocoso
    Eldjorg Hemsing, violin, Sveinung Bjelland, piano
    Bergen International Festival, Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
  • Ole Bull
    I ensomme stunde, from 'La melancholie'
    Arve Tellefsen, violin, Sveinung Bjelland, piano
    Bergen International Festival, Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
  • Ole Bull
    Folksong improvisation on 'La melancholie'
    Berit Opheim, vocals
  • Eugene Ysaye
    Reve d'enfant, Op. 14
    Midori Goto, violin, Robert McDonald, piano
  • Ernest Bloch
    Violin Sonata No. 2 "Poem mystique"
    Midori Goto, violin, Ozgur Aydin, piano
    Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Theatre, Itzehoe, Germany
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