1770 1827

Sonate pour Violoncelle en Sol Mineur, Op. 5 No.2 - Allegro molto piu tosto presto
Heinrich Schiff, Till Fellner
Sonate pour Violoncelle en Sol Mineur, Op. 5 No.2 - Allegro molto piu tosto presto

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827).

The Cello Sonata No.2 (Op.5) was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1796, while he was in Berlin. While there, Beethoven met the King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm II, an ardent music-lover and keen cellist. 

The second Sonata of Op 5 was the subject of an amusing incident in the spring of 1799. Domenico Dragonetti, as legend has it the greatest double bass player in history, was passing through Vienna on his way from Venice to London. He soon met Beethoven, as an English friend, Samuel Appleby, recalled:

“Beethoven had been told that his new friend could execute violoncello music upon his huge instrument, and one morning, when Dragonetti called at his room, he expressed his desire to hear a sonata. The contrabass was sent for, and the Sonata, No 2 of Op 5, was selected. Beethoven played his part, with his eyes immovably fixed upon his companion, and, in the finale, where the arpeggios occur, was so delighted and excited that at the close he sprang up and threw his arms around both player and instrument.”


245th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), a German composer.

The images are not mine. All credits belong to their authors.

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Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor Concerto), 1809-1811

composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
performed by:
- the Berliner Philharmoniker
- Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
- Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie, 14 February 2010



Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight Sonata), 3rd Movement (Presto Agitato), 1801

composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy



Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

Work: Gloria in Excelsis Deo from Missa solemnis in D major (1819-23)

Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Nicola Zaccaria, Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien, Philharmonia Orchestra; conducted by Herbert von Karajan