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    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Post  George on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 18:42

    I have just enjoyed listening to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata № 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106, on my laptop; the pianist is Wilhelm Kempff. Dubbed Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier, this is the longest of all the thirty-two piano sonatas that Beethoven wrote.


    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) was born in Bonn, Germany.



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    Re: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Post  Ian on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 19:16

    Bonn was the capital of the former Federal Republic of Germany, commonly called West Germany. East and West Germany were reunified (having been split in the aftermath of World War II) in 1990.

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    Re: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Post  Vicky on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 19:26

    And Beethoven and Jane Austen shared the same birthday (December 16)!
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    Re: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Post  George on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 20:56

    I am now listening in “Radio 3 in Concert”, presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas, on BBC Radio 3 to Beethoven’s Symphony № 2 in D major, Op. 36, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Joshua Bell in this live broadcast from Colston Hall, Bristol.



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    Post  Sylvia on Fri 26 Jan 2018, 04:24

    The overture to Egmont, Op. 84, is now being played in “Through the Night” with Jonathan Swain on Radio 3, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eivind Aadland.
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    Post  George on Fri 26 Jan 2018, 10:27

    A moment ago, I enjoyed listening to the Piano Sonata № 30 in E major, Op. 109 (Wilhelm Kempff on piano) on my laptop. This is one of two piano sonatas the composer wrote in this key, the other one being the № 9, Op. 14 № 1.



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    Post  Melissa on Fri 26 Jan 2018, 15:54

    The Symphony № 6 in F major, Op. 68, is now being played in “Afternoon Concert” with Penny Gore on Radio 3, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Xian Zhang.

    The work is commonly known as “Pastoral” – an appellation also bestowed on the composer’s Piano Sonata № 15 in D major, Op. 28, and shared by Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Third Symphony. I love the countryside indeed. Imagine cheerful feelings being awakened on arrival in the countryside, and a quiet scene by a brook – accompanied by the singing of a nightingale, a cuckoo and a quail! A thunderstorm breaks up a merry gathering of country folk, but gives way to a shepherd’s song of cheerful and thankful feelings in the end.
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    Post  George on Tue 30 Jan 2018, 19:32

    A moment ago, I enjoyed listening to the Piano Sonata № 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110 (Wilhelm Kempff on piano) on my laptop. This is one of two piano sonatas the composer wrote in this key, the other one being the № 12, Op. 26.



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    Post  Sylvia on Mon 12 Feb 2018, 13:31

    A moment ago, I enjoyed listening to the Sextet (for two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns) in E-flat major, Op. 71, in “Lunchtime Concert” with Sara Mohr-Pietsch, performed by wind soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

    It must be an obscure work by the composer – I only heard it for the first time. A more well known work is the Violin Sonata a № 5, Op. 23. the first movement of which was played in “Essential Classics” with Ian Skelly earlier today.
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    Post  George on Wed 14 Feb 2018, 20:14

    I have just enjoyed listening to the Piano Sonata № 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (Wilhelm Kempff on piano) on my laptop.



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    Post  Sylvia on Wed 30 May 2018, 02:01

    The Symphony № 7 in A major, Op. 92, is now being played by the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Rafael Payare in “Through the Night” with Jonathan Swain.
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    Re: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Post  George on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 18:37

    At the moment, Paul Lewis is playing Beethoven’s eleven Bagatelles, Op. 119, live at the Royal Festival Hall in “Radio 3 in Concert” with Mark Forrest.



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