Beethoven at Parnassus, Part I

August 10, 2020, 7:00 pm

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This is a festival of the late music of Beethoven, from the last ten years of his life. Parnassus refers to the great mountain that towered over Delphi in Greek legend, and was 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
Beethoven: The Symphonies / John Eliot Gardiner
DG 474924
1:47

Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C, Waldstein, I (excerpt)
Schnabel, piano
The Complete String Quartets
Phil 456961
1:18

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

Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-flat, Hammerklavier
Alfred Brendel, piano
Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas
Phil 438374
13:58, :35, 30:11

Episode 2

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 in E, Op. 109, I-III
Artur Schnabel, piano
Great Pianists of the 20th Century – Artur Schnabel
Phi 456961
20:39

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #31 in A Flat, Op. 110
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 109, 110, 111
Phil000637902
1:30 excerpt

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #31 in A Flat, Op. 110
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 109, 110, 111
Phil000637902
20:53

Beethoven: Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C, Op, 120: Theme, Var. I-VI
Artur Schnabel, piano
Great Pianists Of The 20th Century – Artur Schnabel
Phil456 961
8:39

Episode 3

Beethoven: Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C, Op, 120: Theme, Var. 28-37
Artur Schnabel, piano
Great Pianists of the 20th Century – Artur Schnabel
Phil 456 961
:31, 23:24

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Alfred Brendel, piano
Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas
Phil 438374
27:43, :51, 1:11

Episode 4

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125,, II Scherzo
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Beethoven: Symphony no 9
DG410859
:56

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
I. Adagio Molto, Allegro Con Brio (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies
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)
III. Eroica
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies
DG002137760 ,
1:02, 1:07, 2:50

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
I. Allegro Con Brio (excerpt)

III. Scherzo/ Allegro (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies
DG002137760
:58, 2:40

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
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies
DG002137760
1:20, 2:00, 1:07, 2:21

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
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies
DG002137760
2:11, 1:36

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125,
Choral, I
Choral, II
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies
DG4195982
15:24, 11:19, :56

Episode 5

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, finale (excerpt)
Leipzig Gewandhaus/Masur; Pressler, piano
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Phil 438005
2:44

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

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor,Choral, IV Finale
Vienna Phil/Bernstein; Jones, soprano.; Schwarz, contralto; Kollo, tenor.; Moll, bass.
Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies
DG 474924
26:33

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d minor,Choral, IV
Orchestra/Bernstein
Ode to Freedom · Bernstein in Berlin · Symphony No. 9
DG 429861
:53, 3:00