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Nicanor Zabaleta plays the Variations on a Swiss air, WoO 64

I have admired the Spanish harpist Nicanor Zabaleta ever since I discovered in the old record collection of my father his performances of Handel’s Concerto op.4 nr.6 (with the great Grandjany cadenza in the slow movement) and Debussy’s Danses Sacrées et Profanes (Ferenc Fricsay conducting, DGG LPE 17115). These recordings …

Stoelzel's Practical Demonstration par. 23 (Hess Anhang 60)

Author of Canon in C, Hess Anhang 60, Identified

The author of the Canon in C, Hess Anhang 60, who has remained unknown for almost two centuries, has at last been identified as Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690-1749). Several canons can be found in Beethoven’s manuscripts dating from the time when he studied counterpoint with Albrechtsberger in Vienna in 1793-94. …

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Unheard Beethoven Pieces Performed in Italy

Last February a number of unheard Beethoven pieces were performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica del Lario, conducted by the inspirational Pierangelo Gelmini. It took place on 23 February, 2013, in Como, Italy, at Cantù – Teatro Comunale San Teodoro. Here is the programme Among the highlights: The “Jena” Symphony, attributed …

Prof. Barry Cooper, University of Manchester

Beethoven´s rediscovered hymn ´Pange lingua´

Recently Professor Barry Cooper, of Manchester University, famous for his reconstruction of the 10th Symphony, discovered amongst the sketches of the Missa Solemnis an unknown hymn by Beethoven.  It is an arrangement of the Gregorian Chant ‘Pange lingua’. Professor Cooper was so kind to share this link with us : Pange …

Beethoven's sketches for opus 69 Cello Sonata

So, What’s New?

Yes, we’ve been quiet for a very, very long time. In addition, the old website from 1999 was showing its age, and it was time to put a new face on it. With the 2013 relaunch of The Unheard Beethoven, we’re not just upgrading our interface and making the site …

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Was ist das Gardiverzeichnis?

It did not take long after we embarked on The Unheard Beethoven project to recognize that, as wide-spanning as the Biamonti catalog was, there were plenty of Beethoven compositions, finished and unfinished, that lacked any sort of catalog number or other means of identification. Since we had dealt with the …