Fine Music Sydney Beethoven 250 Festival

This December marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers.

To honour this event, we are presenting a nine-week celebration of his life and work in an extensive program featuring more than 40 programs. Every second Sunday Special from November will be devoted to Beethoven and there are special programs in At the Opera, Saturday Matinee and a special live presentation of Classics All through the Night.

Stream these programs and more from our Beethoven 250 Festival below!


October

Saturday Matinee

Saturday 17 October 2.30pm

Prepared by Elaine Siversen

Beethoven, L. Ballet: The creatures of Prometheus, op 43 (1800-01). Scottish CO/Charles Mackerras.
Hyperion CDA66748     1:03
Beethoven, L. 12 Variations on See the conqu’ring hero comes, from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, WoO45 (1796). Zoe Knighton, vc; Amir Farid, pf.
Move MD3356     14
Beethoven, L. Violin sonata no 7 in C minor, op 30 no 2 (1802). Anne-Sophie Mutter, vn; Lambert Orkis, pf.
DG 479 2949     27
Beethoven, L. String quintet in C, op 29 (1802). Pinchas Zukerman, va; Tokyo String Quartet.
RCA 661 284-2     34

Chamber Soirée

Tuesday 20 October at 10pm

Prepared by Rex Burgess

Beethoven, L. String quartet in A, op 18 no 5 (1798-1800). Takács Quartet.
Decca 476 2802     28
Beethoven, L. Trio in G for flute, cello and piano, WoO37 (1786). Geoffery Collins, fl; Julian Smiles, vc; Ian Munro, pf.
Fine Music concert recording      17
Beethoven, L. Violin sonata no 9 in A, op 47, Kreutzer (1803). Patricia Kopatchinskaja, vn; Fazil Say, pf.
naïve V5146     30
Beethoven, L. String quartet no 14 in C sharp minor, op 131 (1826). Melos Quartet.
DG 415 676-2     36

The World of a Symphony

Thursday 22 October at 8pm

Prepared by Chris Blower

Haydn, J. String quartet in C, Hob.III:77, Emperor (1797). Amadeus Quartet.
DG 410 866-2     25
Beethoven, L. Piano concerto no 1 in C, op 15 (1795). Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, pf; Vienna SO/Carlo Maria Giulini.
DG 419 248-2     39
Boïeldieu, A. Harp concerto in C (1800). Jutta Zoff, hp; Staatskapelle Dresden/Siegfried Kurz.
Berlin 0012902BC     22
Beethoven, L. Symphony no 1 in C, op 21 (1800). Tasmanian SO/David Porcelijn.
ABC 461 917-2     25

The Piano Alone

Saturday 24 October at 9.05am

Prepared by Jennifer Foong

Beethoven, L. 15 Variations and a fugue in E flat on an original theme, op 35, Eroica (1802). Sviatoslav Richter, pf.
Olympia OCD 339      24
Beethoven, L. Piano sonata no 19 in G minor, op 49 no 1 (c1797). Gerard Willems, pf.
ABC 465 077-2      8
Beethoven, L. Piano sonata no 8 in C minor, op 13, Pathétique (1798). Arthur Schnabel, pf.
EMI CHS 763765 2      19
Beethoven, L. Für Elise, WoO59 (1808). Jörg Demus, fortepiano.
Harmonia Mundi HM 2.476      4


Borrowed From Beethoven

Monday 26 October at 2pm

Prepared by Paul Cooke

Beethoven, L. The nine symphonies (1799-1824). Cambridge Buskers,
DG 482 1785     3
Beethoven, L. Benedictus, from Missa solemnis, op 123 (arr. Busoni). Tanja Becker-Bender, vn; BBC Scottish SO/Garry Walker.
Hyperion CDA68044     9
Beethoven, L. Allegro con brio, from Piano concerto no 3 in C minor, op 37 (1804; transcr. Alkan). Marc-André Hamelin, pf.
Hyperion CDA66765     19
Leifs, J. Pastoral variations on a theme of Beethoven, op 8 (1930). Nordic CO/Christian Lindberg.
BIS CD-1538     11
Beethoven, L. Sonata in F for cor anglais and piano, op 17 (1800; arr. Oguey). Alexander Oguey, cora; Neal Peres da Costa, pf.
ABC 481 7026     17
Liszt, F. Fantasy on motifs from Beethoven’s The ruins of Athens (1837/48-52/55). Victor Sangiorgio, pf; Queensland SO/En Shao.
ABC 456 680-2     12
Beethoven, L. Adagio un poco mosso, from Piano concerto in E flat, op 73, Emperor (1809; transcr. Halliday). Anthony Halliday, org.
Move MCD 452     8
Beethoven, L. Notturno, op 42 (1803; arr. Kleinheinz). Paul Coletti, va; Leslie Howard, pf.
Hyperion CDA66946     28

Chamber Soirée

Tuesday 27 October at 10pm

Prepared by Jennifer Foong

Beethoven, L. Piano trio in G, op 1 no 2 (1792-95). Beaux Arts Trio.
Philips 438 948-2     31
Beethoven, L. String quartet in E minor, op 59 no 2, Razumovsky (1805-06). Emerson String Quartet.
DG 479 1432     34
Beethoven, L. Music, love and wine (1817); Sunset (1818). Catrin Wyn Davies, sop; John Mark Ainsley, ten; Thomas Allen, bar; Elizabeth Layton, vn; Ursula Smith, vc; Malcolm Martineau, pf.
DG 477 5128     6
Beethoven, L. Wind octet in E flat, op 103 (1792). Lothar Koch, ob; Gerhard Stempnik, ob; Karl Leister, cl; Peter Geisler, cl; Günter Piesk, bsn; Henning Trog, bn; Gerd Seifert, hn; Manfred Klier, hn.
DG 439 852-2     22
Beethoven, L. Grosse Fuge in B flat, op 133 (1826). Goldner String Quartet.
ABC 476 3542     16

Beethoven Songs

Wednesday 28 October at 2pm

Prepared by Dan Bickel

Beethoven, L. Mailied, op 52 no 4 (1792); Neue Liebe, neues Leben, op 75 no 2 (1809); Adelaïde, op 46 (1794-95); Aus Goethes Faust, op 75 no 3 (1809); Andenken, WoO136 (1809); Ich liebe dich, WoO123 (c1795); Lied aus der Ferne, WoO137 (1809); Wonne der Wehmut, op 83 no 1 (1810). Peter Schreier, ten; András Schiff, pf.
Decca 444 817-2     25

The World of a Symphony

Thursday 29 October at 8pm

Prepared by Frank Morrison

Kraus, J.M. Overture in D minor (1792). Swedish CO/Petter Sundkvist.
Naxos 8.554777      10
Beethoven, L. Piano concerto no 2 in B flat, op 19 (1795). Martha Argerich, pf; Royal Concertgebouw O/Neeme Järvi.
Radio Nederland RCO 08005      30
Paganini, N. Sonata concertata (1803). Monica Huggett, vn; Richard Savino, gui.
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907116      14
Beethoven, L. Duo in C, WoO27 no 1 (1796). Charles Neidich, cl; Dennis Godburn, bn.
Sony SK 53367      13
Field, J. Sonata in E flat, op 1 no 1 (1801). Ian Hobson, pf.
Arabesque Z 6595      10
Beethoven, L. Symphony no 2 in D, op 36 (1801-02). Vienna PO/Simon Rattle.
EMI 5 57445 2      32

The Piano Alone

Saturday 31 October at 9.05am

Prepared by Frank Morrison

Beethoven, L. Piano sonata no 7 in D, op 10 no 3 (1798). Stephen Kovacevich, pf.
EMI 5 62700 2     21
Beethoven, L. Two pieces for piano, WoO51 (c1795). Ronald Brautigam, pf.
BIS SACD-1672     7
Beethoven, L. Piano sonata no 12 in A flat, op 26 (1800-01). Emil Gilels, pf.
Brilliant Classics 94291     20


November

Sunday Special

Sunday 1 November at 3pm

Prepared by Debbie Scholem

Beethoven, L. Cantata on the death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO87 (1790). Janice Watson, sop; Jean Rigby, mezz; John Mark Ainsley, ten; José van Dam, bass; Corydon Singers & O/Matthew Best.
Hyperion CDA66880 41

Septet in E flat, op 20 (1799-1800). Nash Ensemble.
Virgin VC 7 91137-2 40

Romance no 2 in F, op 50 (c1798). Pinchas Zukerman, vn; London PO/Daniel Barenboim.
DG 429 179-2 10

Cantata on the ascension of Emperor Leopold II, WoO88 (1790). Judith Howarth, sop; Jean Rigby, mezz; John Mark Ainsley, ten; José van Dam, bass; Corydon Singers & O/Matthew Best.
Hyperion CDA66880 23

The World of a Symphony

Thursday 5 November at 8pm

Prepared by Nicky Gluch

Shchedrin, R. Beethoven’s Heiligenstadter testament: Symphonic fragment (2008). Bavarian RSO/Mariss Jansons.
BR Klassik 900119 12

Beethoven, L. Piano concerto no 3 in C minor, op 37 (c1800). Roger Woodward, pf; Western Australia SO/Albert Rosen.
ABC 481 1322 35

Eberl, A. Variations on a Russian theme. Dmitri Sokolov, vc; Yuri Martinov, pf.
Christophorus CHE 0131-2 15

Beethoven, L. Symphony no 3 in E flat, op 55, Eroica (1803). West-Eastern Divan O/Daniel Barenboim.
Decca 478 3511 50

The Piano Alone

Saturday 7 November at 9.05am

Prepared by Paul Cooke

Beethoven, L. Piano sonata no 11 in B flat, op 22 (1800). Angela Hewitt, pf.
Hyperion CDA67974 27

Rondo a capriccio in G, op 129, Rage over a lost penny (1795). Alice Sara Ott, pf.
DG 477 9291 6

Piano sonata no 14 in C sharp minor, op 27 no 2, Moonlight (1800-01). Stephen Kovacevich, pf.
EMI 5 62700 2 16

Interpreted by Australians

Monday 9 November at 2pm

Prepared by Brian Drummond

Beethoven, L. String quartet in F, op 18 no 1 (1800). Goldner String Quartet.
ABC 476 3542  29

Trio in C for two oboes and cor anglais, op 87 (1795). Guy Henderson, ob; Claire Fox, ob; Peter Newberry, cora.
LP ABC RO 2424 21

32 Variations in C minor on an original theme, WoO80 (1806). Tamara Smolyar, pf.
Move MD3372 10

Three equali in D minor, D and B flat (1812). Trombones of Australian Baroque Brass.
Tubicium Records TR761901                                            5

Bagatelle in A, op 33 no 4 (1802). Stephanie McCallum, pf.
ABC 476 6889 3

Piano sonata no 29 in B flat, op 106, Hammerklavier (1817-18). Geoffrey Tozer, pf.
Fine Music concert recording 42


Chamber Soirée

Tuesday 10 November at 10pm

Prepared by Krystal Li

Beethoven, L. Variations for piano trio in G on Muller’s Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu, op 121a (c1823). Isaac Stern, vn; Leonard Rose, vc; Eugene Istomin, pf.
Sony SM2K 64513     18

Sextet in E flat for two horns and string quartet, op 81 (1799-1800). Nury Guarnaschelli, hn; Peter Erdei, hn; Signum Quartet.
Capriccio C 5059     17

Violin sonata no 5 in F, op 24, Spring (1800-01). Itzhak Perlman, vn; Vladimir Ashkenazy, pf.
Decca 421 453-2     24

Trio in B flat for clarinet, cello and piano, op 11 (1797). Deborah de Graaff, cl; Georg Pedersen, vc; Len Vorster, pf.
Fine Music concert recording      21

String quartet in E flat, op 74, Harp (1809). Goldner String Quartet.
ABC 476 3542                32

Beethoven songs

Wednesday 11 November at 2pm

Prepared by Dan Bickel

Beethoven, L. An die Hoffnung, op 94; Der Liebende, WoO139; Bitten, op 48 no 1; Die Liebe des Nächsten, op 48 no 2; Busslied, op 48 no 6; Sehnsucht, op 83 no 2; An die Geliebte, WoO140. Stephan Genz, bar; Roger Vignoles, pf.
Hyperion CDA67055                24

The World of a Symphony

Thursday 12 November at 8pm

Prepared by Di Cox

Weber, C.M. Overture to Peter Schmoll (1803). Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
DG 419 070-2                10

Beethoven, L. Piano concerto no 4 in G, op 58 (1805-06). Roger Woodward, pf; Queensland TO/Georg Tintner.
ABC 481 1322                34

Albrechtsberger, J. Concertino in D (arr. Hooper). Michael Scott, picc; Sydney Mandolins/Adrian Hooper.
Jade JAD 1124                14

Brahms, J. Clarinet sonata in E flat, op 120 no 2 (1894). Michael Collins, cl; Michael McHale, pf.
Chandos CHAN 10844                20

Beethoven, L. Symphony no 4 in B flat, op 60 (1806). West-Eastern Divan O/Daniel Barenboim.
Decca 478 3511                35

The Piano Alone

Saturday 14 November at 9.05am

Prepared by Anne Irish

Beethoven, L. Seven contredanses, WoO14 (1795). Jenö Jandó, pf.
Naxos 8.553798                5

Rondo in G, op 51 no 2 (1798). Ronald Farren-Price, pf.
Move MD 3277                10

12 Variations on Haibel’s Menuett à la Viganò in C, WoO68 (1795). Mikhail Pletnev, pf.
DG 457 493-2                11

Piano sonata no 17 in D minor, op 31 no 2, Tempest (1801-02). Alfred Brendel, pf.
Brilliant Classics 94272                21


Sunday Special

Sunday 15 November at 3pm

Beethoven, L. Wonne der Wehmut, op 83 no 1 (1810); Neue Liebe, neues Leben, op 75 no 2 (1809). Christoph Prégardien, ten; Andreas Staier, fp.
Teldec 3984-21473-2          4

Piano concerto in D, op 61a (1806; arr. Beethoven from Violin concerto, op 61). Cristofori/Arthur Schoonderwoerd, fp & dir.
Alpha 122          36

Das Glück der Freundschaft, op 88 (1803); Sehnsucht, op 83 no 2; Mit einem germalten Bandt, op 83 no 3 (1810). Martyn Hill, ten; Christopher Hogwood, fp.
L’Oiseau-Lyre 478 8720          7

Oratorio: Christ on the Mount of Olives, op 85 (1803/11). Simone Kermes, sop; Steve Davislim, ten; Wilm Schulte, bass; Ch Musicus; Das Neue O/Christophe Spering.

Opus 111          49

Chamber Soirée

Tuesday 17 November at 10pm

Prepared by Rex Burgess

Beethoven, L. Piano trio in C minor, op 1 no 3 (1794-95). Isaac Stern, vn; Leonard Rose, vc; Eugene Istomin, pf.
Sony SM2K 64510          30

Wind quintet in E flat (c1793: arr. Zellner 1862). Graham Powning, ob; Douglas Eyre, bn; Anthony Buddle, hn; Amanda Parsons, hn; Deborah Hart, hn.
Fine Music concert recording           13

Trio in E flat, op 38 (1803). Sarah Watts, cl; Laurence Perkins, bn; Martin Roscoe, pf.
Hyperion CDA68263          39

String quintet in C minor, op 104 (1819). Members of Nash Ensemble.
Hyperion CDA67745          30

At the Opera

Wednesday 18 November at 8pm

Prepared by Camille Mercep

Beethoven, L. Fidelio. Opera in two acts, Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner after Bouilly. First performed Vienna, 20 November 1805.

FLORESTAN: Jonas Kaufmann, ten
LEONORE (Fidelio): Nina Stemme, sop
DON PIZARRO: Falk Struckmann, bass-bar
MARZELLINE: Rachel Harnish, sop
ROCCO: Christof Fischesser, bass
Arnold Schoenberg Ch; Mahler CO; Lucerne FO/Claudio Abbado.
Decca 478 2551          1:55

Ah! perfido … Per pietà, non dirmi addio, op 65 (1796). Nicole Carr, sop; Australian CO/Richard Tognetti.
ABC 481 7430          12

Overture to The ruins of Athens, op 113 (1812). Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
DG 445 112-2          5

The World of a Symphony

Thursday 19 November at 8pm

Prepared by James Nightingale

Beethoven, L. Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?, from Fidelio (1804-14). Charlotte Margiono, sop; CO of Europe/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Teldec 0630-10031- 2          8

Violin concerto in D, op 61 (1806). Janine Jansen, vn; German Philharmonic CO/Paavo Järvi.
Decca 478 2826          41

Ries, F. Violin sonata in B flat, op 16 no 2 (1806). Eric Grossman, vn; Susan Kagan, pf.
Naxos 8.573717          21

Hoffmann, E. Piano sonata no 2 in F minor (1805-07). Luisa Guembes-Buchanan, pf.
Del Aguila DA 55311          9

Beethoven, L. Symphony no 5 in C minor, op 67 (1807-08). Australian CO/Richard Tognetti.
ABC 481 9075          31


The Piano Alone

Saturday 21 November at 9.05am

Prepared by Jacky Ternisien

Beethoven, L.
Piano sonata no 22 in F, op 54 (1804). Stephen Kovacevich, pf.
EMI 5 62700 2          11

Five variations on Rule Britannia, WoO79 (1803). Olli Mustonen, pf.
Decca 436 834-2          4

Piano sonata no 25 in G, op 79 (1809). Stephen Kovacevich, pf.
EMI 5 62700 2          9

Piano sonata no 21 in C, op 53, Waldstein (1804). Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, pf.
Chandos CHAN 10798(3)          24

Interpreted by Australians

Monday 23 November at 2pm

Prepared by Angus McPherson

Beethoven, L.
String quartet in C minor, op 18 no 4 (1800). Goldner String Quartet.
ABC 476 3542          24

String trio in C minor, op 9 no 3 (1797-98). Richard Tognetti, vn; Hartmut Lindemann, va; Patrick Demenga, vc.
Fine Music concert recording           24

Six Gellert songs, op 48 (1803). Lauris Elms, cont; Geoffrey Parsons, pf.
LP ABC RRCS 1287          14

Piano trio in B flat, Wo039 (1812). Niki Vasilakis, vn; Emma-Jane Murphy, vc; Kathryn Selby, pf.
Fine Music concert recording           5

String quartet in F op 59 no 1, Razumovsky (1805-06). Australian String Quartet.
Fine Music tape archive           41

Chamber Soirée

Tuesday 24 November at 10pm

Prepared by Paul Cooke

Beethoven, L. Cello sonata in G minor, op 5 no 2 (1796). Steven Isserlis, vc; Robert Levin, fp.
Hyperion CDA67981/2          29

Adagio in E flat, WoO43b (1796). Catherine Finnis, vc; Paul Hooper, mand; John Gray, hpd.
Fine Music tape archive           8

Piano trio in D, op 70 no 1, Ghost (1808). Isaac Stern, vn; Leonard Rose, vc; Eugene Istomin, pf.
Sony SM2K 64513          26

Horn sonata in F, op 17 (1800). David Pyatt, hn; Martin Jones, pf.
Erato 3984-21632-2          12

String quartet in E flat, op 127 (1824-25). Goldner String Quartet.
ABC 476 3542          37

Beethoven songs

Wednesday 25 November at 2pm

Prepared by Dan Bickel

Beethoven, L.
Scottish songs, op 108: no 1, Music, love and wine; no 22, The highland watch; no 7, Bonny laddie, Highland laddie; no 9, Behold, my love, how green the groves; no 2, Sunset; no 3, O sweet were the hours; no 20, Faithfu’ Johnie;  Edith Mathis, sop; Julia Hamari, mezz; Alexander Young, ten; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar; RIAS Chamber Choir; Andreas Roehn, vn; Georg Donderer, vc; Karl Engel, pf.
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Highlander’s lament, from Verschiedene Volkslieder, WoO157 (c1816). Edith Mathis, sop; RIAS Chamber Choir; Andreas Roehn, vn; Georg Donderer, vc; Karl Engel, pf.          4
DG 480 0385 (all above)


The World of a Symphony

Thursday 26 November at 8pm

Prepared by Chris Blower

Czerny, C. Introduction, variations and presto finale on a popular  theme from Bellini’s opera, Norma (1833). Rosemary Tuck, pf; English CO/Richard Bonynge.
Naxos 8.573254          17

Beethoven, L. Fantasia in C minor, op 80, Choral (1807). German State Opera Choir; Berlin PO/Daniel Barenboim.
EMI 5 55516 2          20

Moscheles, I. Recollections of Ireland, op 69 (1826). Tasmanian SO/Howard Shelley.
Hyperion CDA67430          15

Beethoven, L. Ah! Perfido, scene and aria, op 65 (1795-96). Cheryl Studer, sop; Berlin PO/Claudio Abbado.
DG 435 617-2          14

Symphony no 6 in F, op 68, Pastoral (1808). Berlin PO/André Cluytens.
EMI 5 68220 2          44

The Piano Alone

Saturday 28 November at 9.05am

Prepared by Jennifer Foong

Beethoven, L. Andante in F,  WoO57, Andante favori (1803). Mikhail Pletnev, pf.
DG 457 493-2          11

Écossaisses (1810; arr. Busoni). Josef Lhévinne, pf.
Philips 456 889-2          3

32 Variations in C minor on an original theme, WoO80 (1806). Daniel Barenboim, pf.
DG 479 6724          13

Piano sonata in F minor, op 57, Appassionata (1804). Rudolf Serkin, pf.
Philips 456 964-2          24

Sunday Special

Sunday 29 November at 3pm

Prepared by Ron Walledge

Beethoven, L. Cantata: Der glorreiche Augenblick, op 136 (1814). Claire Rutter, sop; Matilde Wallevik, mezz; Peter Hoare, ten; Stephen Gadd, bar. Westminster Boys Choir; Clio Gould, vn; Ben Hughes, vc; Royal PO/Hilary Davan Wetton.
Naxos 8.572783          38

Piano sonata no 32 in C minor, op 111 (1822). Stephen Hough, pf.
Hyperion CDA67686          25

Mass in C, op 86 (1807). Alison Hargan, sop; Carolyn Watkinson, cont; Keith Lewis, ten; Wout Oosterkamp, bass; Royal Concertgebouw Ch & O/Colin Davis.
Radio Nederland RCO 08005
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