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In the second part of a two-week series, we'll take an in-depth look at this music of a master reaching the pinnacle of his abilities. Bill starts with Missa Solemnis and Consecration of the House and ends in the rarified atmosphere of Mt. Parnassus as we take in Opus 135 performed by the Guarneri Quartet. Robert Schumann said, “[Beethoven’s quartets] stand...on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.” In 1977 his quartets were added to the Time Capsule of Humanity and sent into space in Voyager 1.
Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123 Kyrie
Dona nobis pacem
New Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Klemperer; Söderström, s.; Kmentt, t.; Höffgen, alto; Talvela, b.
1:06, 1:39, 31:01
Beethoven: Consecration Of The House Overture, Op. 124
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein
Beethoven: String Quartet #12 In E-Flat, Op. 127 I. Maestoso, Allegro
Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 126
No. 1 in G Major - Andante con moto cantabile e
No. 6 in E-Flat Major- Presto; Andante amabile e con
No. 5 in G Major- Quasi Allegretto
Glenn Gould, p.
Beethoven: String Quartet #15 In A Minor, Op. 132 Heiliger Dankgesang
2. Allegro Ma Non Tanto (excerpt)
3. Molto Adagio
4. Alla Marcia, Assai Vivace
5. Allegro Appassionato
Sony Classical 62873
1:12, 1:36, 24:31
Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op. 135
3. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
4. Der schwer gefasste Entschluss: Grave - Allegro
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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.