Beethoven forever

mon 2 dec 2019

The Concertzender will be covering the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth very broadly and will be broadcasting every work in 2020 at least once. How are we going to do that? It will be a complete mix of genres. We won’t be working chronologically but by category of composition. So we’ll be combining orchestral works with songs, piano sonatas with canons and violin sonatas with arrangements of folksongs.

Every week some of Beethoven’s work will be broadcast. From Tuesday to Friday that will be complete works without much commentary, on Monday a Dutch expert in that specific genre will be asked about their affinity with Beethoven’s music. They will include Willem Brons. Paul Korenhof, Geoffrey Madge, Han de Vries, Hannes Minnaar, Maarten Koningsberger, Elly Ameling and Rien de Reede.

During the year lots of additional items will be covered, such as the trial with his cousin Karl, his influence on today’s musicians and changing performance practices of his works.

Ludwig van Beethoven was the greatest innovator in musical history. Originally deeply rooted in the Viennese classical tradition, he left that behind him in his later works, with daring harmonies and experiments with the number of movements.

Beethoven was probably born on 16th December 1770 in Bonn. We can conclude that from the fact that baby Beethoven was baptised on 17th December , a common measure at the time to ensure that a baby would not die as a heathen. Beethoven’s death in 1827 on the other hand is extensively documented. That was on 26th March in Vienna, to where he moved in 1792 to be at the then centre of muscial life.

The Beethoven project for the Concertzender is being run by Aukelien van Hoytema and Robbert Jan de Neeve.
Production: Aukelien van Hoytema, Robbert Jan de Neeve, Henk Hylkema and Sem de Jongh.
Presentation: Pauline Verburg, Stef Lokon, Rahul Gandolahage and Evert Jan Nagtegaal.
Technical: Aart Veerman, Marco Wensveen, Jan uit het Broek and Walter Belaert.

From January 2020 every week from Monday to Friday between 11.00 and 12.00.
Watch out: the first broadcast is on 1st January between 10.00 and 11.00.