Classical Music

Encore Houston, Episode 7: Context

Context presents an all-Beethoven concert with an authentic, restored piano from 1826!

Restored piano built by Conrad Graf in 1826
Restored piano built by Conrad Graf in 1826

This week’s episode of Encore Houston features a truly authentic classical sound–a piano built in 1826! Context aims to present music with as much authenticity as possible, with historically-informed performances through accurate stylistic tendencies and period-appropriate instruments. In this concert, Brian Connelly, Eric Halen, and Allen Whear perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven, with his “Kakadu Variations,” a sonata for cello and piano, and one of his most notoriously difficult piano sonatas: “The Hammerklavier.”

  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, Op. 102, No. 1
  • BEETHOVEN, Ten Variations on "Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu," Op. 121a
  • BEETHOVEN, Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"
  • Eric Halen, violin
  • Allen Whear, cello
  • Brian Connelly, piano
  • Performance date: 9/18/2016
  • Originally aired: 2/18/2017

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


This article is part of the Encore Houston podcast

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