The Unknown Beethoven

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The Unknown Beethoven

Here is a playlist with (what I assume) are lesser known works by Ludwig van Beethoven.

 

http://classicalspotify.blogspot.nl/2016/06/unknown-beethoven-on-spotify...

 

Justly forgotten?

Lesser known and actually unknown Beethoven.

"Lesser known" is more correct than "unknown" Beethoven. The works in your "playlist" are by now enough recorded and, to some extent, known to a sort of let's say more exposed to the composer's Opus audiences.

The "Scottish Songs" have been recorded before the recent recording with Gerhaher, in various ways and on different labels.

The String Quintet in C, op. 29, is the most important of the three works in this medium and has been recorded in a quite good number of often significant recordings. Only, in the recent years, we enjoyed two great superbly produced SACD recordings with the Kuijken Quartet (on Challenge) and, last year, with the Quartetto di Cremona (on Audite). The String Quintet in E flat, Op.4, and the transcription of the Piano Trio in c minor (Op.1, nr. 3) for String Quintet (Op.104) are much more neglected, less performed or overlooked works.

The Fantasie, Op. 77 is the least performed and known work of your playlist. However, only on the Fortepiano, both Brautigam (on Bis) and Tobias Koch (on avi-music) have recorded it (along with other pianists on the Grand modern piano).

The Cello version of the Horn Sonata, Op. 17, has been recorded in a good number of the complete sets of the Cello/Piano works of the  composer, perhaps more often than in the original one for Horn and Piano.

One has simply to explore the recent 3CD set of what Tobias Koch called "the Complete Piano Pieces" by Beethoven to discover some justly or unjustly forgotten, neglected, ovelooked etc. works of the great composer, e.g. the Op.39 (Two Preludes in All Major Keys), the Op. 51 (Rondo in C and in G) and quite a few works without Opus number (WoO).

In the String Quintet medium, the wonderful and so concise Fugue in D major, Op. 137 (Quartetto d'archi di Venezia, on Dynamic, in SACD) is almost completely unknown.

And the list can easily be expanded, particularly in the WoO (e.g. the Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87 - SFS and Ch. under M. Tilson-Thomas, on SFS media).

Parla

Lesser known and unknown Beethoven

 The Op 77 fantasia - at least for listeners to either of Rudolf  Serkin's recordings - might just miss qualifying as "little-known".    

Peter Street

Lesser known Beethoven unless...

If the criterion is the two Rudolf Serkin recordings, you are absolutely right, PS. The Fantasia, Op. 77, is a well-known piece by Beethoven.

Although I am a loyal "listener" of Brautigam, Jando, Katchen, Pletnev or Brendel, I would not claim that the Polonaise, Op.89, is more than a "lesser known" work of the said composer.

Parla

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