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Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D, op. 61, III: Rondo-allegro, Hilary Hahn, violin, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, cond.

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thosefourstrings:

idroolinmysleep:

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, II: Allegretto, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Kleiber, cond.

In this recording, the string parts are played pizzicato all the way to the end of the movement instead of returning to arco for its last few bars as indicated by the score. Compare this to a performance that follows the score’s instructions.

um all the string parts are playing arco…. There is no pizzicato in this

Listen to the last 10 seconds or so of the track; it’s there. There is also a video of Kleiber conducting this—the camera angle is terrible, but starting at 7:48 you should notice the violins plucking instead of bowing their strings. The view is better at 7:20, but (if memory serves) pizzicato is indicated by the score here.

Kleiber isn’t the only one to conduct this way either. Of the recordings I have, Otto Klemperer does the pizzicato as well.

(this post was reblogged from thosefourstrings)

167 musicians play the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on theremins housed in Russian nesting dolls. I think the appropriate reaction is “wat?”

(h/t Mental Floss)

Beethoven’s pulsing dance beats

jkottke:

Late in his life, just after the invention of the metronome and after completely losing his hearing, Beethoven went back and adjusted the tempos of his symphonies to much faster than you might expect. Radiolab investigates.

Maybe we should call him Speedthoven:

Late in life, Beethoven got his hands on a metronome, went back into his symphonies, and marked them with tempos that are shockingly fast — so fast, in fact, that most conductors simply refuse to play them as marked.
(this post was reblogged from jkottke)
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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 in F, op. 93, I: Allegro vivace e con brio, North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Günter Wand, cond.

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastorale,” V: Shepherd’s Song: Happy and Thankful Feeling after the Storm, Allegretto, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm, cond.

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Fantasia for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra in C minor, op. 80, Peter Rösel, piano, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Jörg-Peter Weigle, chorus master, Dresdner Philharmonie, Herbert Kegel, cond.

Gotta listen to the end, folks. The build-up and release is just great.

Oh, my.

Oh, my.

(this post was reblogged from classicalliterature)
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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, II: Allegretto, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Kleiber, cond.

In this recording, the string parts are played pizzicato all the way to the end of the movement instead of returning to arco for its last few bars as indicated by the score. Compare this to a performance that follows the score’s instructions.

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A, op. 92, II: Allegretto, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn, cond.