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Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler (1820)
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The young Beethoven

Performance Today - May 23, 2024

After Beethoven played some concerts in his 20s, reviews wondered who this unknown pianist and composer might be ...and they even misspelled his name as "Beethover." Yeah, even Beethoven had to climb the career ladder. We'll hear music by the up-and-coming Beethoven on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Arr. Maud Powell: Deep River
Randall Goosby, violin | Zhu Wang, piano
Album: Randall Goosby Plays Florence Price

Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind
Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra | Sir Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Johann Sebastian Bach Arr. Michi Wiancko: Partita No. 2 for violin in D minor, BWV 1004, Movement 5: Chaconne
A Far Cry
A Far Cry, Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Regina Harris Baiocchi: Piano Poems
Sarah Cahill, piano
Album: The Future Is Female, Vol. 3, 'at Play'
First Hand Records

Hour 2

Ottorino Respighi: Brazilian Impressions: III. Song and Dance
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor
Album: Respighi: Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions, Roman Festivals
Telarc 80356

Ottorino Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano, P. 151
Bellingham Festival Orchestra | Michael Palmer, conductor
The Bellingham Festival of Music, Western Washington University Concert Hall, Bellingham, WA

Tomaso Vitali: Chaconne
Ji-Won Song, violin | Stefan Petrov, piano
Heifetz International Music Institute, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Fine and Performing Arts Department, Linehan Concert Hall, UMBC, Baltimore, MD

Ludwig van Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F Major, Op. 17
Jeffery Lang, horn | Natalie Zhu, piano
Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Barthelmes Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA

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