Poster Pamela Howland
Pianist Pamela Howland
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A tip of the cap to Beethoven

This month marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. We'll be celebrating with plenty of his music, and with works by living composers that find inspiration in Beethoven. On today's show, hear a track from pianist Pamela Howland's new album "Christmas with Beethoven".

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Luis Cardoso: Double Concertino for Tenor Saxophone and Tuba, Op. 22: I. Praeludium - Motus perpetuus
Jeff Siegfried, saxophone; Ja'Ttik Clark, tuba; Oregon State University Wind Ensemble; Christopher C. Chapman, conductor
Mark Records NA

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Egmont
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langree, conductor
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Scott Joplin, arr. Gunther Schuller: Three Joplin Rags
Grand Teton Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major Op. 119.
Viktor Uzur, cello; Guigla Katsarava, piano
Allred Theater, Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Hour 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Wind Serenade in C minor: II. Andante
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Night Moods Soulful Serenade
DG 453903

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: from African Suite, Op. 35, No. 4
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; John Morris Russell, conductor
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 17 in B flat Major, K. 458 "The Hunt"
Elias String Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Ludwig van Beethoven/Traditional, arr. Pamela Howland: Away in a Manger (in the style of Sonata Op. 14 No. 2, Mvt. 3)
Pamela Howland, piano
Christmas with Beethoven
Pamela Howland NA

John Frederick Coots: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
WDR Radio Orchestra, Cologne; WDR Chorus; Stefan Parkman, conductor
Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany

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