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Classical Music

Encore Houston, Episode 7: Context

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


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Restored piano built by Conrad Graf in 1826
Courtesy of Context
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.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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