Performing Beethoven – what it feels like to embody a master on today’s stage

Scott Davie, Australian National University In a series marking the 250th year of his birth, we analyse the brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven. When Beethoven died in 1827, thousands of pages of highly notated music were bequeathed to posterity. Yet unlike arts such as painting and sculpture, which communicate directly from the artist to the […]

Ahead of his time, Beethoven still inspires

Peter McCallum, University of Sydney In a series marking the 250th year of his birth, we analyse the brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven. Around 1806, Beethoven sought advice on violin fingering from the Italian violinist Felix Radicati in connection with the three great string quartets of his middle period, the so-called “Razumovsky” Quartets, Opus 59. […]

Beethoven – Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 (Gould, Menuhin)

One of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century, Glenn Gould and widely considered one of the great violinists of the 20th century, Yehudi Menuhin perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G major, op. 96. Originally broadcast on May 18, 1966.

How Beethoven’s ‘mistake’ became one of our most famous tunes

Scott Davie, University of Sydney In our series Decoding the music masterpieces, music experts explain key works of classical music. Without question, the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony contains one of the most famous tunes ever written. Since its first performance in 1824, the “Ode to Joy” has been repurposed in endless ways, both […]

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Alice Sara Ott)

Accompanied by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, German-Japanese classical pianist Alice Sara Ott performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. Conductor: Mikko Franck. Live recording on January 27th, 2018, in the auditorium of Radio France (Paris). Encore: Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) for solo […]

Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Capella Amsterdam)

Conducted by Daniel Reuss, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Cappella Amsterdam perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123. Soloists: Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Marianne Beate Kielland (alto), Thomas Walker (tenor) and David Wilson-Johnson (bass). Recorded during the AVROTROS Friday concert on October 14, 2016 at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Published by […]

Beethoven – Violin Concerto (Itzhak Perlman)

Accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (Friedrich Gulda)

Austrian pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto. Gulda also conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Live recording from the Munich Piano Summer Festival, 1989.

Beethoven – Violin Concerto (Liza Ferschtman)

Accompanied by the Kammerakademie Potsdam (Chamber Academy of Potsdam), Dutch classical violinist Liza Ferschtman performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Conductor: Antonello Manacorda. Recording: The Sunday Morning Concert of April 23, 2017 in The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Published by the AVROTROS Klassiek channel.