Our namesake signifies for us not merely responsibility, but inspiration.
Beethoven's coming-out as composer, his very first serious compositions are the ground-breaking three trios opus 1, every one of which in symphony-length. Just arrived in Vienna, the young composer demonstrates that from this moment on new standards for chamber music will prevail.
"The Wild Ludwig" - a tribute to the composer Ludwig van Beethoven for children of up to 10 years, and for many an adult as well
Performers: TrioVanBeethoven and Martin Schwanda, narrator
The arrangement of folk songs take up a surprisingly important place in the work of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Between 1792 and 1804, Haydn wrote more than 400 arrangements (for soprano, tenor, violin, piano and cello) of Scottish and Welsh folk songs ordered by three Scottish publishers, William Napier, George Thomson and William Whyte. They are part of the period of Haydn’s late compositions, close in time to the oratorios “The Creation” and “The Seasons”, to the great masses and the last string quartets.
Shostakovich's piano chamber music, offered on two evenings, presents a great challenge to approach his personality. Highlights will be thrown on a composer of the past century who like very few others stood in the centre of continuous attempts to exploit him politically. A timid and nervous artist, who is nevertheless capable of presenting to Stalin, instead of a pompous ninth symphony as desired by the despot, a delicate chamber music sinfonietta.