Beethoven at Parnassus, Part I

January 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

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This is a festival of the late music of Beethoven, music from the last ten years of his life. Parnassus refers to the great mountain in Greece that towers over Delphi and is the home of the Muses. In these years from 1816 to 1826, Beethoven soared to almost mythological heights with some of his greatest works—the Ninth Symphony, last four piano sonatas, Missa Solemnis, and his final string quartets. All of these compositions still sit at the top of Mt. Parnassus.

Playlist

Episode 1

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor, IV (excerpt)
Vienna Phil/Bernstein
DG 474924
1:47

Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C, Waldstein, I (excerpt)
Schnabel, p.
Phil 456961
1:18

Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in f minor, Op. 57, Appassionata, I (excerpt)
Lang Lang, p.
Sony 71901
:47

Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-flat, Hammerklavier
Alfred Brendel, p.
Phil 438374
13:58, :27, 30:11

Episode 2

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 In E, Op. 109, I-III
Artur Schnabel, p.
Phi 456961
20:39

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #31 In A Flat, Op. 110
Mitsuko Uchida, p.
Phil000637902
20:53

Beethoven: Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C, Op, 120: Theme, Var. I-VI
Artur Schnabel, p.
Phil456 961
8:39

Episode 3

Beethoven: Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C, Op, 120: Theme, Var. 28-37
Artur Schnabel, p.
Phil 456 961
23:24

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Alfred Brendel, p.
Phil438374
27:43, :51, 1:11

Episode 4

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
I. Adagio Molto, Allegro Con Brio (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
DG002137760
2:20

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op. 55, Eroica
I. Allegro Con Brio (excerpts)
II. Marcia Funebre/Adagio Assai (excerpts)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
DG002137760 ,
1:02, 1:07, :43, 2:16

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
I. Allegro Con Brio (excerpt)
III. Scherzo/ Allegro (excerpt)
IV. Allegro (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
DG002137760
:58, 1:40, 1:08

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, Pastoral
I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo (excerpt)
II. Andante Molto Mosso (excerpt)
III. Allegro (excerpt)
IV. Allegro (excerpts)
V. Allegretto (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
DG002137760
1:20, 1:23, 1:14, 1:18, 1:19, 1:04

Beethoven/ Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
I. Adagio Molto, Allegro Con Brio (excerpts)
II. Larghetto (excerpt)
IV. Allegro Molto (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
DG002137760
1:36, :53, :55, 1:13

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral, I
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
DG4195982
15:24

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral, II
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein

DG410859
11:19, :56

Episode 5

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, finale (excerpt)
Leipzig Gewandhaus/Masur; Pressler, p.
Phil 438005
2:44

Beethoven:Symphony No. 9 in d minor,Choral, III
Vienna Philharmonic/Furtwängler
EMI 66953
19:17, 3:00

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor,Choral, IV
Vienna Phil/Bernstein; Jones, sop.; Schwarz, contralto; Kollo, ten.; Moll, bs.
DG 474924
26:33

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor,Choral, IV
Orchestra/Bernstein
DG 429861
:53