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    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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    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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    Post  Vicky on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 19:26

    And Beethoven and Jane Austen shared the same birthday (December 16)!
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    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 “Radio 3 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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    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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    Post  Sylvia on Tue 11 Sep 2018, 05:09

    Cédric Tiberghien is playing the Piano Sonata № 5 in C minor, Op. 10 № 1, in “Through the Night” with Jonathan Swain.
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    Post  George on Mon 12 Nov 2018, 05:38

    Alexandra Soumm (violin) and Julien Quentin (piano) are playing the Violin Sonata № 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 № 3, in “Through the Night” with Catriona Young.



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    Post  Sylvia on Tue 29 Jan 2019, 06:36

    Ingrid Fliter played the Piano Sonata № 7 in D major, Op. 10 № 3, in “Through the Night” with John Shea a moment ago.
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    Post  George on Wed 30 Jan 2019, 06:15

    Rudolf Buchbinder is now playing the Piano Sonata № 23, Op. 57, in “Through the Night” with John Shea.



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    Post  Vera on Wed 20 Feb 2019, 06:39

    The Yggdrasil Quartet has just played the String Quartet № 9 in C major, Op. 59 № 3, ending “Through the Night” with Jonathan Swain.

    Yggdrasil … is an immense mythical tree that plays a central role in Norse cosmology, where it connects the Nine Worlds,” Wikipedia.
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    Post  George on Tue 16 Apr 2019, 02:14

    String Quartet № 2 in G major, Op. 18 № 2 (Kroger Kvartetten) in “Through the Night” with John Shea.



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    Post  Vicky on Sat 20 Apr 2019, 02:31

    Violin Sonata № 9 in A major, Op. 47 (Geir Inge Lotsberg on violin, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg on piano) in “Through the Night” with John Shea.

    Dedicated to the French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer (who never played it) the work later inspired the novella The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy.
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    Post  George on Tue 07 May 2019, 05:09

    Piano Sonata № 14 in C-sharp major, Op. 27 № 2 (Aldo Ciccolini) in “Through the Night” with Catriona Young.


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    Post  Sylvia on Mon 13 May 2019, 01:07

    String Trio in G major, Op. 9 № 1 (Trio AnPaPié – Eléna Andreyev on cello, Fanny Paccoud on viola, Alice Piérot on violin) in “Through the Night” with Jonathan Swain.
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    Post  George on Mon 13 May 2019, 19:28

    Coriolan, Op. 62 (the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Wales conducted by Jac van Steen) in “Radio 3 in Concert” with Nicola Heywood Thomas.



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    Post  Sylvia on Mon 20 May 2019, 23:46

    Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56 (Ruggero Allifranchini (violin), Julie Albers (cello), and Orion Weiss (piano) with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra) in “Through the Night” with Jonathan Swain.
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    Post  George on Sun 26 May 2019, 12:34

    Piano Sonatas № 30 in E major, Op. 109, and № 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (Andreas Haefliger) in a repeat of Monday’s “Lunchtime Concert” with Sara Mohr-Pietsch.


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    Post  Sylvia on Sun 02 Jun 2019, 01:05

    Piano Concerto № 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 (Szymon Nehring on piano with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem conducted by Avner Biron) in “Through the Night” with John Shea.
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    Post  George on Mon 03 Jun 2019, 02:40

    Piano Sonata № 21 in C major, Op. 53 (Florian Mitrea on piano) and Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (Nikolaj Znaider on violin with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, using cadenzas by Fritz Kreisler) in “Through the Night” with John Shea.


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    Post  Sylvia on Tue 04 Jun 2019, 00:49

    Symphony № 8 in F major, Op. 93 (Britten Sinfonia conducted by Thomas Adès) in “Through the Night” with John Shea.
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    Post  George on Sun 09 Jun 2019, 21:53

    Symphony № 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (the Triton Hareta Umino Orchestra – トリトン晴れた海のオーケストラ – without a conductor) in “Radio 3 in Concert” with Fiona Talkington.


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