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Old 12-03-2014, 03:43 PM   #1
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Beethoven's Piano Sonatas - A new course

New to Benslow Music, renowned presenter and scholar Peter Medhurst, leads this appreciation course devoted to Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Often referred to as ‘The New Testament of Music (as opposed to ‘The Old Testament’ of Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues) Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas are a cornerstone of the keyboard repertoire. However, although Beethoven never planned the sonatas as a group, they none-the-less make a more than satisfying whole, and were written more or less evenly over the greater part of his working career. They also reflect many important aspects of his compositional processes, his skills as an outstanding pianist and improviser, as well as details of his personal and private life. Without slavishly scrutinising every one of the sonatas, Peter Medhurst selects the highlights of the repertoire to give the listener a comprehensive overview of what the sonatas are about. Website: http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1059

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Looks great, I would have gone if I had the money!
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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This brilliant course of lectures is absolutely free:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/cla...943867,00.html

Highly recommended!
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Old 12-04-2014, 02:02 PM   #4
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This brilliant course of lectures is absolutely free:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/cla...943867,00.html

Highly recommended!
Thanks for the reminder. I listened to a number of these lectures at YouTube several months ago and meant to heard them all. But me being me, I took a break and proceeded to totally forget about them. I'm listening to the lecture on Op.49 via your link as I type. Good timing too, as I recently ordered a set of the complete sonatas on SACD/CD, which will hopefully arrive by Christmas. (I've only ever owned the most popular sonatas on disk.)
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:15 PM   #5
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This brilliant course of lectures is absolutely free:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/cla...943867,00.html

Highly recommended!
Thanks Michael! Another reminder- I have had these bookmarked for a year! I must get round to listening to them.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:40 PM   #6
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This brilliant course of lectures is absolutely free:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/cla...943867,00.html

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And, as you said, totally free! An absolute gold mine, that series of lectures is.
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Good to see you posting again Quijote.
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Well, thank you, Aeolian. I've been lurking for a good while. Thought I might cadge a free glass of champagne and a canapé on Peter's birthday.
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Well, thank you, Aeolian. I've been lurking for a good while. Thought I might cadge a free glass of champagne and a canapé on Peter's birthday.
I hope Peter obliged your request lol.
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Nah, not even a glass of Perrier! Blue Meenie!
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