The Early Music Podcast: Ludwig van Beethoven

The Early Music Podcast: Ludwig van Beethoven
Don’t you sometimes wish you could just ask Beethoven what he meant in that peculiar passage?
Everyone knows Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), the brilliant composer of the Moonlight Sonata... and it is easy to forget how revolutionary his music was for his time! After the Baroque period, the Classical period was marked in music by the arrival of the piano in the twenties, made possible by technical improvements, and which upset the allocation of roles in ensembles or the way music was played and written. But as innovative as they were, neither Beethoven nor the piano appeared by magic! 

This episode welcomes Olga Pashchenko, a versatile performer that thrives on all sorts of keyboards: probably the best person to turn to, if you want to untangle the complex family tree of pianos!  


guest Olga Pashchenko, historical keyboardist

interview & editing Andrew Burn
production REMA
credits music 
Platée, Act 1, Orage - Jean-Philippe Rameau
performed by Les Talens Lyriques, dir. Christophe Rousset
Camera Lucida 2014
All rights reserved - Courtesy of Les Talens Lyriques
design Doretta Rinaldi
original drawings Vincent Flückiger

cover score Folio, Sonatas for piano no. 30, op 109, E Major, 1820 (Library of Congress - Gertrude Clarke Whittall Foundation, 87752609)

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les adieux": III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente, Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein": I. Allegro con brio, Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata": II. Andante con moto & Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata": III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto - Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Olga Pashchenko
Beethoven: Appassionata, Les Adieux & Waldstein, Alpha Classics 2017

Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605, Wir Christenleut, BWV 612 - Johann Sebastian Bach
performed by Ton Koopman
Organ works, vol. 8 & 9, Warner Classics 2022

Concerto in D Major, BWW 972 - Johann Sebastian Bach
performed by Jovanka Marville
Keyboard works, Passacaille 2012

Suite in G Major: X. Chaconne rondeau - Jean-Henry d’Anglebert 
performed by Céline Frisch, 
Pièces de clavecin & airs d’ après M. de Lully, Alpha Classics 2005

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