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Beethoven — Moonlight Sonata
Album: The Great Beethoven Sonatas (Rudolf Serken)
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Released: 1801
Length: 6:41
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Love it "released 1801"!!!
Long Live                                                                                                                                   Radio Paradise
Rating to me is a                  SOLID                                                                           9 - OUTSTANDING
10 years ago, hears this on a bleak, cold and rainy day in NYC, must pull car to the curb and do nothing for 8 plus minutes. 
 jtherieau wrote:
Solid 10.
 

Now that cat can play!
Bill, You might give Camille Saint=Sans Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium a try; it is etherial 
Solid 10.
H E AV E N !!!!
BEAUTIFUL!
What other rock oriented station would play Beethoven on a Monday morning?  My god, how fantastic!
Wellsaid !
Azrica wrote:
 Highlowsel wrote:
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 

And as others have pointed out that, for me, is exactly the point of listening to RP.  I know of no other site, nor anything station that traverses the airwaves from source to listener, that does anything even remotely as appealing as this site does.  Bill and crew have afforded me a listen to some music I know; the old standards and their variations and such.  But they have also opened my ears to a range of music which, left to my own devices, I would never have heard or bothered to listen to simply by dint of not knowing the artist.  They keep the veil of musical complacency from descending and blinkering my sensibilities.  And for that I lift my glass and say....bravo!  {#Cheers}  I don't know how you do it...in listening and finding all of it to present to your global audience...but I applaud you for it all the same....you have a finger on the pulse of, or a sense for, some very tasty earfulness. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen


 
{#Crown}

 

I think the pianist's name is spelled wrong on the "cover art" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Serkin
"Released 1801"
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata - one of the overplayed classical pieces on RP - the classical equivalent to 'Stairway to Heaven' - one of the most overplayed rock songs of all time. Fortunately, both being as great songs as they are, I still like to hear both of them. But.....if you really want to hear the Moonlight Sonata, try listening to the entire piece, all 3 movements. The 2nd movement, Allegretto, gets interesting, but the finale, the Presto Agitato movement just explodes with unbelievably difficult but equally beautiful notes...you know, kind of like 'Stairway to Heaven' that goes from mellow to fast and furious. The entire Moonlight Sonata is about 18 minutes long, but worth every minute. I presented the famous Irish concert pianist, John O'Conor who performed all three movements for 800 elementary school children and it was cool to see the attention span of little kids tested by such a heavy piece of music. Go for it!
 
I will investigate that.  Thank you.
Perfect Mix. Music at it's best!!
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata - one of the overplayed classical pieces on RP - the classical equivalent to 'Stairway to Heaven' - one of the most overplayed rock songs of all time. Fortunately, both being as great songs as they are, I still like to hear both of them. But.....if you really want to hear the Moonlight Sonata, try listening to the entire piece, all 3 movements. The 2nd movement, Allegretto, gets interesting, but the finale, the Presto Agitato movement just explodes with unbelievably difficult but equally beautiful notes...you know, kind of like 'Stairway to Heaven' that goes from mellow to fast and furious. The entire Moonlight Sonata is about 18 minutes long, but worth every minute. I presented the famous Irish concert pianist, John O'Conor who performed all three movements for 800 elementary school children and it was cool to see the attention span of little kids tested by such a heavy piece of music. Go for it!
WOW.  PSD'd from the Ramones to this.  That is about a big a difference as I can think of.  Eclectic!
This rotation is S&G  'Sounds of Silence'   and  Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata.  Two Classics.
Enjoying this -

Released: 1801

Indeed it was.
Thank you.
I was listening to this for the blue blood full moon we had a couple of days ago, whilst outside watching the phenomenon by -8 ℃ . Both magnificent. Two hours of freezing grace.


Bill, would you consider playing all 3 movements.  The 3rd is spectacular.  See if you agree.
Thank you for your exceptional service.
Best Wishes,
Susan Peterson
 cely wrote:
Is it kind of unfair to put up a piece of music that has stood the test of time for 200 plus years against most of what's played here from the last 50?

 
Life's not fair.   10
Is it kind of unfair to put up a piece of music that has stood the test of time for 200 plus years against most of what's played here from the last 50?
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Released in 1801 and not a scratch ...

Beautifully followed by Vienna Teng, which complements it perfectly.  Thanks, RP.

 
Frak I wasn't paying attention :(
Released in 1801 and not a scratch ...

Beautifully followed by Vienna Teng, which complements it perfectly.  Thanks, RP.
What a segue Bill..... Sound of Silence -> Moonlight, very deep.
 Pedro1874 wrote:
Still #2 on the RP Top100 and rightly so.{#Notworthy}

 
It's dropped to four now Still fantastic.

1. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here  (9.636)
2. Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond  (9.603)
3. Johann Sebastian Bach - Toccata in D minor  (9.592)
4. Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata  (9.585)
5. Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower  (9.582)
6. The Beatles - A Day In The Life  (9.565)
7. Pink Floyd - Time  (9.524)
8. Beethoven - Symphony No.5 - Allegro Con Brio  (9.506)
9. Pink Floyd - Echoes  (9.504)
10. Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing  (9.5)
By probably the finest interpreter of Ludwig van B, too.
I think this is the most moving song I've ever heard
This is pretty good - a little modern for my tastes, though.
40 trolls votes zero here {#Iamwithstupid}
 Highlowsel wrote:
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 

And as others have pointed out that, for me, is exactly the point of listening to RP.  I know of no other site, nor anything station that traverses the airwaves from source to listener, that does anything even remotely as appealing as this site does.  Bill and crew have afforded me a listen to some music I know; the old standards and their variations and such.  But they have also opened my ears to a range of music which, left to my own devices, I would never have heard or bothered to listen to simply by dint of not knowing the artist.  They keep the veil of musical complacency from descending and blinkering my sensibilities.  And for that I lift my glass and say....bravo!  {#Cheers}  I don't know how you do it...in listening and finding all of it to present to your global audience...but I applaud you for it all the same....you have a finger on the pulse of, or a sense for, some very tasty earfulness. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen


 
{#Crown}

As others have commented, awesome set!  New listener and keep coming back.  Thanks!
 
 Highlowsel wrote:
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 

And as others have pointed out that, for me, is exactly the point of listening to RP.  I know of no other site, nor anything station that traverses the airwaves from source to listener, that does anything even remotely as appealing as this site does.  Bill and crew have afforded me a listen to some music I know; the old standards and their variations and such.  But they have also opened my ears to a range of music which, left to my own devices, I would never have heard or bothered to listen to simply by dint of not knowing the artist.  They keep the veil of musical complacency from descending and blinkering my sensibilities.  And for that I lift my glass and say....bravo!  {#Cheers}  I don't know how you do it...in listening and finding all of it to present to your global audience...but I applaud you for it all the same....you have a finger on the pulse of, or a sense for, some very tasty earfulness. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen


 
{#Cheers}to you and to RP <3
 Highlowsel wrote:
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 

And as others have pointed out that, for me, is exactly the point of listening to RP.  I know of no other site, nor anything station that traverses the airwaves from source to listener, that does anything even remotely as appealing as this site does.  Bill and crew have afforded me a listen to some music I know; the old standards and their variations and such.  But they have also opened my ears to a range of music which, left to my own devices, I would never have heard or bothered to listen to simply by dint of not knowing the artist.  They keep the veil of musical complacency from descending and blinkering my sensibilities.  And for that I lift my glass and say....bravo!  {#Cheers}  I don't know how you do it...in listening and finding all of it to present to your global audience...but I applaud you for it all the same....you have a finger on the pulse of, or a sense for, some very tasty earfulness. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen


 
Absolutely. Thank you, Radio Paradise!
 Highlowsel wrote:
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 

And as others have pointed out that, for me, is exactly the point of listening to RP.  I know of no other site, nor anything station that traverses the airwaves from source to listener, that does anything even remotely as appealing as this site does.  Bill and crew have afforded me a listen to some music I know; the old standards and their variations and such.  But they have also opened my ears to a range of music which, left to my own devices, I would never have heard or bothered to listen to simply by dint of not knowing the artist.  They keep the veil of musical complacency from descending and blinkering my sensibilities.  And for that I lift my glass and say....bravo!  {#Cheers}  I don't know how you do it...in listening and finding all of it to present to your global audience...but I applaud you for it all the same....you have a finger on the pulse of, or a sense for, some very tasty earfulness. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen


 
Amen!
Sublime. 
 Rosepo wrote:
This song plays so quietly I can't hear it unless I turn the volume way up. 😯

 
Yes, it is very silent, I guess it does use the entire 16-bit amplitude range at times, but I would dare to apply a tiny bit of dynamic range compression to make this more radio-friendly.
All other 10s fall behind this.
This song plays so quietly I can't hear it unless I turn the volume way up. 😯
Happy Birthday!
Still #2 on the RP Top100 and rightly so.{#Notworthy}
1801 Π³ΠΎΠ΄...
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
Linus

 
God. 
 
Linus
 AnchorMan wrote:
Just the right time to try out 320K AAC stream

 
Agreed πŸ‘ 
{#Notworthy}
Just the right time to try out the 320K AAC stream
Thank  you Highlowsel and yofitofu!
This is exactly how i feel about Radio Paradise
My goodness, the man could even make scales give you the flashy tingles. Simply amazing and transcendent. 
Where's the 20 rating when you need it.
 Highlowsel wrote:
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 

And as others have pointed out that, for me, is exactly the point of listening to RP.  I know of no other site, nor anything station that traverses the airwaves from source to listener, that does anything even remotely as appealing as this site does.  Bill and crew have afforded me a listen to some music I know; the old standards and their variations and such.  But they have also opened my ears to a range of music which, left to my own devices, I would never have heard or bothered to listen to simply by dint of not knowing the artist.  They keep the veil of musical complacency from descending and blinkering my sensibilities.  And for that I lift my glass and say....bravo!  {#Cheers}  I don't know how you do it...in listening and finding all of it to present to your global audience...but I applaud you for it all the same....you have a finger on the pulse of, or a sense for, some very tasty earfulness. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen


 
Ditto!!!
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 
I fully agree!!
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 

And as others have pointed out that, for me, is exactly the point of listening to RP.  I know of no other site, nor anything station that traverses the airwaves from source to listener, that does anything even remotely as appealing as this site does.  Bill and crew have afforded me a listen to some music I know; the old standards and their variations and such.  But they have also opened my ears to a range of music which, left to my own devices, I would never have heard or bothered to listen to simply by dint of not knowing the artist.  They keep the veil of musical complacency from descending and blinkering my sensibilities.  And for that I lift my glass and say....bravo!  {#Cheers}  I don't know how you do it...in listening and finding all of it to present to your global audience...but I applaud you for it all the same....you have a finger on the pulse of, or a sense for, some very tasty earfulness. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen



 Skydog wrote:
RP has the artist as Beethoven
should it be Rudolf Serkin? 

 
Funny how that goes with classical composers. With pop music, we list the performer, not the songwriter - even if it's a brilliantly complex composition like Bohemian Rhapsody or something.

Maybe it has something to do with likeness to the original. If Apocalyptica did cello version of Moonlight Sonata, we would probably list the artist. 
lovely photos to go with it on slidesow
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 
RP RULES! 
{#Daisy}
This makes me very calm.


RP has the artist as Beethoven
should it be Rudolf Serkin? 
 
 
Lenin (now and probably DiCaprio) liked this

 floydoftherocks wrote:
I would like to hear Rock Me Amadeus after this, every time.

 
I'd prefer Roll Over Beethoven, me :o)
I would like to hear Rock Me Amadeus after this, every time.
 Proclivities wrote:
Judging by the whole list of all-time favorites, the listeners' tastes don't really seem very diverse at all, but that is probably not the best determining factor.
 
Whatever.
 yofitofu wrote:
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.

 
Exactly! 
Not many stations do you hear Santana, Porcupine Tree, Simon and Garfunkel, Goldfrapp and Beethoven in the same half hour. Well done. This is why we love you RP.
Very good. I've played this for meditation several times. I have to wonder what Beethoven would think if he were transported to the present and heard his piece on such a crazy contraption, his songs coming out of a tiny box with speakers. Then we'd probably really get to see 'roll over Beethoven' for reals.
{#Meditate}
 On_The_Beach wrote:

As of today, this is #1.
0.004 points ahead of Hendrix's version of All Along The Watchtower.
Safe to say RP listeners have diverse tastes?

 
Judging by the whole list of all-time favorites, the listeners' tastes don't really seem very diverse at all, but that is probably not the best determining factor.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Beethoven? Shuh, he's not even the best composer from the early romantic period. Why don't you get some motherf***ing Franz Liszt or Felix Mendelssohn up in the bitch?!?
 
hahaha
 fredriley wrote:
He's not a romantic composer... He's late classical -- but romantic in spirit!
{#Roflol}

 

Yes, because it is Beethoven it deserves an automatic "10".  
(and, what is wrong with those 27 people who gave this a "sucko-barfo"??)
 kingart wrote:
 But I do hope you appreciate the reason for this segue/combo. From Sound of Silence to the exalted, divine music from a man who was going deaf as he composed it. This combo, in fact, was one of the first I ever heard here on RP and I couldn't help but think that with this kind of care put into programming, I have to stick around.
 
Exactly! I'm so glad to have stuck around, too. Over a decade of the best music education ever!
beto ben ajjajaja
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
ChrisVIII wrote:

funny I was about to comment saying the contrary, that the transition (from Sound of Silence)  isn't great... I actually thought the radio had stopped  playing as I couldn't hear Beethoven, it is so quiet 

 
{#Doh}

  
But I do hope you appreciate the reason for this segue/combo. From Sound of Silence to the exalted, divine music from a man who was going deaf as he composed it. This combo, in fact, was one of the first I ever heard here on RP and I couldn't help but think that with this kind of care put into programming, I have to stick around. 



ChrisVIII wrote:

funny I was about to comment saying the contrary, that the transition (from Sound of Silence)  isn't great... I actually thought the radio had stopped  playing as I couldn't hear Beethoven, it is so quiet 

 
{#Doh}
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence to Moonlight Sonata.  Exquisite!  Thank you RP!

 
funny I was about to comment saying the contrary, that the transition isn't great... I actually thought the radio had stopped  playing as I couldn't hear Beethoven, it is so quiet 
We need more than three Beethoven songs in the RP library.
 FamilyMan wrote:
Number 2 on the all-time RP hit parade. 
Guess who is number one. (No peeking {#Eek}). 
 
As of today, this is #1.
0.004 points ahead of Hendrix's version of All Along The Watchtower.
Safe to say RP listeners have diverse tastes?
Another special Beethoven sonata is No.30 109
Number 2 on the all-time RP hit parade. 
Guess who is number one. (No peeking {#Eek}).  
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Beethoven? Shuh, he's not even the best composer from the early romantic period. Why don't you get some motherf***ing Franz Liszt or Felix Mendelssohn up in the bitch?!?
 
{#Roflol}
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my homeless camp loves this music...

 
...but I'll bet that they're not dancing buck-naked like bow-legged gipsy mule skinners to this. More likely all zoned out in blissful Zenlike trances :o)

It's when you hear pieces like this that you can really appreciate what a revolutionary invention the pianoforte was, as previously there was only the harpsichord which had no pedals to vary tone and length. The piano really opened up a whole new musical world for composers.
EXQUISITE {#Clap} 

Truly merits "Godlike" status. Awe-inspiring and such a wonderful departure from the strum and drang that has passed for popular music of the last 50 years.

Beautifully rendered by Serkin, who is himself a majestic exponent of this genre.

PLEASE - MORE OF THE SAME 
Thank you for this. My mother used to play it. I can see her fingers so delicately massaging the keys on her Steinway as the beauty of this piece filled our living room.
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence to Moonlight Sonata.  Exquisite!  Thank you RP!

 
{#Yes}
Everybody in my homeless camp loves this music...
 kingart wrote:
I didn't read all the comments. 
Sounds of Silence followed by this are the first two songs I ever heard together on RP.
I was very impressed and have listened in ever since. 
Bill says that some of the RP tracks are linked in some fashion.

 

Perhaps the title of Beethoven's piece and the lyrics of S & G -- two references to light, an allusion to another -- are linked. But also 
Moonlight Sonata was written very early in the 19th century. Beethoven would be deaf before he died in 1827.  
It's preceded here by a song titled Sounds of Silence.

  

 
Very nice comment on Beethoven's sounds of silence. He created the music in his head, and brought it out of silence to sound. 
You commenters, please be quiet during this piece, thank you.
 
Nice Bill...  Thank You....
Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence to Moonlight Sonata.  Exquisite!  Thank you RP!
fredriley wrote:

Great for a slow, smoochy dance in your hotel room, eh, romeo? ;)
  
Everybody in my hotel room loves this music...
The funny part is that people talk about how they got here with the PSD button.
I prefer Fozzie Bear's rendition.
 Ballzak wrote:
Funny to read all the comments that read, "this is too slow." 
You notice the title of the song played before in this set?

 

maybe it doesn't have enough notes .....
 sheeelaaa wrote:
YES!  Thank goodness for PSD.
 
 

You mean great whine....
YES!  Thank goodness for PSD.
 
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Beethoven? Shuh, he's not even the best composer from the early romantic period. Why don't you get some motherf***ing Franz Liszt or Felix Mendelssohn up in the bitch?!?
 
Oh playa, you so hard. {#Rolleyes}{#Nyah}

Beethoven could wipe the floor with Liszt or Mendelssohn. 

Fled from Pearl Jam to this. Bless the Interweb gods for that PSD button. 






 Sasha2001 wrote:
Beethoven? Shuh, he's not even the best composer from the early romantic period. Why don't you get some motherf***ing Franz Liszt or Felix Mendelssohn up in the bitch?!?
 
Say what? Earth to Dr. Dre, your linguist is calling. 
I didn't read all the comments. 
Sounds of Silence followed by this are the first two songs I ever heard together on RP.
I was very impressed and have listened in ever since. 
Bill says that some of the RP tracks are linked in some fashion.

<Our specialty is taking a diverse assortment of songs and making them flow together in a way that makes sense harmonically, rhythmically, and lyrically> 

Perhaps the title of Beethoven's piece and the lyrics of S & G -- two references to light, an allusion to another -- are linked. But also 
Moonlight Sonata was written very early in the 19th century. Beethoven would be deaf before he died in 1827.  
It's preceded here by a song titled Sounds of Silence.

  
Beethoven? Shuh, he's not even the best composer from the early romantic period. Why don't you get some motherf***ing Franz Liszt or Felix Mendelssohn up in the bitch?!?
The artist from whom all our music comes.
 Ballzak wrote:
Funny to read all the comments that read, "this is too slow." 
You notice the title of the song played before in this set?

 
That's what they also said about the Miles Davis album Kind of Blue. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Funny to read all the comments that read, "this is too slow." 
You notice the title of the song played before in this set?
Awesome. Thank you Mr Dj.
If you heard this live, sitting close to the piano, every new note surrounding you with emotion, it would NOT seem too slow. There's a lot lost in the recording, transmission, and playback.
I also like this one by Bela Fleck and Depeche Mode
I like the classification of this as "Top 40 Classical" as mentioned below.
Sooooooooooo much better for the ears than Mumford and Sons!  Thank goodness for the PSD button {#Yes} {#Sunny}
I agree with various below - it's a bit on the slow side and a bit "flat" on the emotions.
 radekker wrote:
This is definitely not the way to play Beethoven.
It's far to slow!!!
 
Yeah, that Rudolf Serkin was a hack.
Most ripped off tune  ever?
This is definitely not the way to play Beethoven.
It's far to slow!!!
How could I have had rated this a "9"? Bumped to "10" but even doing this seems so trivial. Masterpiece in its own simplicity.
"Beethoven you must eat!"
The sad fact is that it is virtually impossible to segue into or out of a true piece of classical music (especially one as Top 40 as this) without risking tackiness. Segueing from Moonlight Sonata into a pop song that starts with piano only trivializes both pieces in my opinion.

RP's segues are otherwise always so perfect...
Jumped to here after PSDing Porcupine Tree. Talking about rolling boxcars...{#Sunny}
Still moonlight in America? Ours left. Good morning to everyone.{#Angel}
 Hannio wrote:


I agree wholeheartedly.  Well, okay, I'm not a pianist, I play the recorder.  But it really is something spiritual playing this.  Well, not this, I've actually never played it on the recorder.  But I have played Raggle Taggle Gypsy.  Truly transformative.

 
Can't stop chuckling at this. The yin -vs- yang of Moonlight Sonata on the Bernstien -vs- Raggie taggie gypsie on the recorder. Nice one.
{#Bananapiano}Beethoven is was and ever will be one of OUR greatest!
 eswiley2 wrote:
Shame on me for thinking "it's too slow."

Shame!

The world moves too fast.  We need to slow down once in a while.  Just...  take a breath.

 
Well said.