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Ludwig van Beethoven

December 6, 2011

Revolutionary and Romantic Beethoven

"We swear, sword in hand, to die for the republic and for the rights of man." Those words, by French revolutionary writer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, were the inspiration for Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, according to conductor John Eliot Gardiner. Gardiner leads the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra in a stunning performance of Beethoven's Fifth, from a concert three weeks ago at Carnegie Hall.

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hour 1

  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Two movements from Concerto in D Minor, Op. 3, No. 11, RV 565
    Daniel Hope, violin, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Sergei Lyapunov
    Fetes de Noel, Op. 41, No. 3
    Jeffrey Biegel, piano
  • Percy Grainger
    The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol
    Jeffrey Biegel, piano
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto for Strings (Sinfonia) in D Minor, RV 129 (Concerto Madrigalesco)
    Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, conductor and harpsichord
    Garrison Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
    The Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
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hour 2

  • Camille Saint-Saens
    The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals
    Cicely Parnas, cello, Kati Gleiser, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Zoltan Kodaly
    First movement from Solo Cello Sonata, Op. 8
    Cicely Parnas, cello
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • PT Young Artist in Residence
    Cicely Parnas, cello
  • Niccolo Paganini
    The Carnival of Venice
    Vadim Repin, violin, the Britten Sinfonia, Thomas Gould, conductor
    Storioni Festival, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
  • Ottorino Respighi
    Excerpts from Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3
    The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Neville Marriner, conductor
  • Aaron Copland
    Music for the Theatre
    The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
    Royce Hall, Los Angeles
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