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May 19, 2011

The beginning of a revolution

When Beethoven's First Symphony premiered in Vienna in 1800, some listeners were shocked. It was so odd, so dissonant. They had no idea what they were in for with this guy. Beethoven would go on to revolutionize the form over the course of his nine symphonies. In today's show, we'll hear how it all began. Beethoven's First Symphony, from a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Minuet from Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543
    The Vienna Philharmonic, James Levine, conductor
  • Moritz Moszkowski
    Etude in A-Flat, Op. 72, No. 11
    Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano
    Miami International Piano Festival, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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  • Alberto Ginastera
    Impresiones de la Puna (Impresiones of the Puna)
    Lorna McGhee, flute, Cuarteto Latinoamericano
    Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Alberto Ginastera
    Valerie Milot, harp
    Ansermet Studio, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann, conductor
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France

hour 2

  • Alan Hovhaness
    Star Dawn, excerpt from Symphony No. 53, Op. 377
    The United States Marine Band, Maj. Jason K. Fettig, conductor
    Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Federico Mompou
    Jenny Lin, piano
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Federico Mompou
    Excerpts from Musica Callada (Silent Music)
    Jenny Lin, piano
  • Hildegard von Bingen
    Three Works
    Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve, director
    International Sacred Music Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
    The French National Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
  • Federico Mompou
    Songs with Dances No. 13
    Josep Colom, piano
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049
    Emlyn Ngai, violin, Gwyn Roberts and Rainer Beckmann, recorders, Tempesta di Mare
    Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
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