Return of B24 – the Beethoven Birthday Marathon

Beethoven's BirthdayPOSTED December 9, 2011 – Pity poor Beethoven. Like so many December babies, his birth anniverary on the 16th can get lost in all the holiday musical hoopla. But to honor dear Ludwig and to assure he gets his due, WDAV is pleased to present once again, B24 – the Beethoven Birthday Marathon.

WDAV features a different, complete Beethoven masterpiece practically every hour between midnight on Friday, December 16th and midnight Saturday, December 17th. Here’s the lineup:

12 AM: String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131
1 AM: Symphony No. 1
2 AM: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, “Waldstein”
3 AM: Symphony No. 2
4 AM: Piano Trio in B Flat, “Archduke”
5 AM: Symphony No. 4
6 AM: Leonore Overture No. 3
7 AM: Serenade in D for Flute, Violin & Viola
8 AM: Piano Concerto No. 2
9 AM: Violin Sonata in F, “Spring”
10 AM: Symphony No. 7
11 AM: Violin Concerto in D
12 PM: Symphony No. 8
1 PM: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
2 PM: Symphony No. 9
3 PM: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, “Pathéthique”
4 PM: Symphony No. 5
9 PM: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
10 PM: “Grosse Fugue” in B Flat for String Quartet
11 PM: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, “Appassionata”

There’s no cake or streamers – but there is a 24-hour party for the Birthday Boy! Listen between midnight December 16th and midnight December 17th for B24 – the Beethoven Birthday Marathon on WDAV Classical Public Radio at 89.9 FM and wdav.org.