October marks the official beginning of our Beethoven 250 Celebration on Classical WETA. From October 5 through the composer’s 250th birthday on December 16, we’ll shine the spotlight on his major works. We’ll give particular attention to Beethoven’s nine symphonies, presenting a variety of interpretations and informational features as we focus on each symphony for an entire week. Along the way, you can brush up on your Beethoven knowledge by listening to "The Life of Beethoven," episode 26 of our Classical Breakdown podcast featuring John Banther and Bill Bukowski.
Week of October 25
This week focuses primarily on Beethoven Symphony #4, the "slender Greek maiden between two Norse giants" as Robert Schumann characterized it. We continue featuring the new recording of Jordi Savall conducting Le Concert des Nations as well as piano variations with Angela Hewitt and piano concertos with Stephen Hough. We also introduce two new Beethoven Albums of the Week: Symphonies 4-6 with the Britten Sinfonia, and Bagatelles for solo piano performed by the British pianist Paul Lewis.
And don't miss the informative features about the Fourth Symphony produced by evening host James Jacobs. Each spin of the Symphony is preceded by an audio guide to the movement we're about to air or a commentary about the symphony's place in Beethoven's life and work.
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