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The Beethoven 9 offers an in-depth exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies, featuring host Monika Vischer and Beethoven biographer Jan Swafford.

The Beethoven 9 Colorado Public Radio

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The Beethoven 9 offers an in-depth exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies, featuring host Monika Vischer and Beethoven biographer Jan Swafford.

    Symphony No. 9: A Joyous Epic

    Symphony No. 9: A Joyous Epic

    Its power and sheer ambition influenced and intimidated scores of composers who followed Beethoven.

    • 14 min
    Symphony No. 8: A Musical Look Back

    Symphony No. 8: A Musical Look Back

    A fun, almost comical, moment before Beethoven stepped away from the symphony for a decade and wrote his ultimate triumph.

    • 15 min
    Symphony No. 7: Rhythm And Restlessness

    Symphony No. 7: Rhythm And Restlessness

    Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony pulses with rhythmic invention. The reliance on the beat gives the piece an immediacy that rivals the music in any of Beethoven's symphonies.

    • 14 min
    Symphony No. 6: A Walk In The Country

    Symphony No. 6: A Walk In The Country

    Ludwig van Beethoven followed his percussive, brooding Fifth Symphony with an ode to nature. Yet Symphony No. 6 is more than just a summer stroll.

    • 16 min
    Symphony No. 5: Four Indelible Notes

    Symphony No. 5: Four Indelible Notes

    It's one of the most famous musical passages ever written. Ludwig van Beethoven starts his Fifth Symphony with four percussive notes, then spends the next four movements inventing new ways to make them sing.

    • 17 min
    Symphony No. 4: Unfairly Overlooked

    Symphony No. 4: Unfairly Overlooked

    Symphony No. 4 is more direct than the groundbreaking "Eroica" but still has many moments of brilliance. It's a crowd-pleaser.

    • 15 min

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