Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

A Beethoven Sestercentennial #2048

. . . celebrating the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (b. 1770) with some of few pieces he wrote for organ, and many that he didn’t!

Hour One

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN (trans. Heywood):  Allegro con brio (i.), fr Symphony No. 5 in c, Op. 67Thomas Heywood (1929 Hill-2001 Schantz/Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia) Pro Organo 7141

BEETHOVEN:  2 Pieces for Organ (Allegro non piu molto in C, WoO 33; Präludium durch all Tonarten, Op. 39, no. 2) –Maria-Magdalena Kaczor (1786 Stieffell/Ludwigskirche, Langensteinbach, Germany) Aeolus 11111

BEETHOVEN (trans. Biesemans):  Allegro con brio (i.), fr Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19Pieter-Jelle de Boer, piano; Els Biesemans (2015 Grenzing/Radio France (ORTF) Auditorium, Paris) PD Archive (r. 5/8/16)

EDUARD BATISTE:  Offertoire in B-flat, Op. 33 (after Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6).  BATISTE:  Grand Offertoire in F, Op. 35 (after Beethoven’s Violin Sonata, Op. 47) –Diego Innocenzi (1857 Merklin & Schütze/St. Mary’s Cathedral, Murcia, Spain) Aeolus 10731

ANDREAS WILLSCHERMy Beethoven RagDomenico Severin (2008 Ruffatti/Upsala Cathedral, Sweden) Syrius 141479

Filler – BATISTE: Offertoire in B-flat (see above) 

Hour Two

BEETHOVENAdagio in F, fr Suite for Mechanical OrganHans-Ola Ericsson (1985 Kuersgaard/Masonic Hall, Uppsala, Sweden) Bis 609

BEETHOVEN (trans. Biery):  Coriolan Overture, Op. 62James Biery (1927-Skinner+1963 Aeolian-Skinner/Cathedral of Saint Paul, St. Paul, MN) PD Archive (r. 7/25/03)

BEETHOVENBagatelle in C, Op. 33, no. 5Maria-Magdalena Kaczor (1786 Stieffell/Ludwigskirche, Langensteinbach, Germany) Aeolus 11111

GUSTAV HERKELVariations on a Theme (fr Op. 109) of Beethoven, Op. 45Holger Gehring (1963 Jehmlich/Kreuzkirche, Dresden) Querstand 10211

BEETHOVEN (trans. Biesemans):  Adagio (ii.) & Rondo (iii.), fr Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19Pieter-Jelle de Boer, piano; Els Biesemans (2015 Grenzing/Radio France (ORTF) Auditorium, Paris) PD Archive (r. 5/8/16)

Filler – BEETHOVEN: Symphony 5 (see above)

Despite having studied and played the organ in his youth, Beethoven (like Mozart) composed relatively few…and no significant…pieces for the instrument.  Others have made up for that.

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