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This spring Philadelphians will get to hear Beethoven all over the place / The Philadelphia Inquirer

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So much for the Three Bs. This spring there's pretty much just one: Beethoven. 

Philadelphians will get to hear the 16 string quartets (plus the Grosse Fuge) over a stretch of weeks. All 32 piano sonatas will be performed by various pianists - with the widely adored Mitsuko Uchida providing the Diabelli Variations like a cherry atop Beethoven's 250th birthday cake.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin's full Beethoven cycle with the Philadelphia Orchestra starts with symphonies No. 5 and 6 in March and end with the 1st and 9th in April.

One major pianist after another will appear this spring. The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society brings in Richard Goode, Jonathan Biss, and Jeremy Denk, among others. But the Philadelphia Orchestra also dips its toe into presenting, hosting (without orchestra) Evgeny Kissin in a major Verizon Hall solo recital of … Beethoven.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's first complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas on Feb. 11 presents Llŷr Williams on Feb. 12 in a program that includes the Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest." Jonathan Biss plays five sonatas on Feb. 18, including the Sonata in A Major, Op. 101, a miraculous feat of concise narrative. Biss is back March 19 with a program that includes the puppy-dog energy of the E Major, Op. 14, No. 1 and G Major, Op. 14, No. 2 sonatas, and then again on March 24 with some more popular of the sonatas, including the "Moonlight." Veteran Richard Goode takes on four sonatas plus some of the Bagatelles, Op. 119, March 27. Biss finishes up the sonatas March 30 with a program that includes the "Waldstein" and ends with the Sonata in A Flat Major, Op. 110. Mitsuko Uchida follows with the monumental Diabelli Variations April 2. (215-569-8080, pcmsconcerts.org)

Yuja Wang with the Philadelphia Orchestra (May 28-31, Verizon Hall). Possibly the biggest piano talent to come out of the Curtis Institute in recent times, Yuja Wang gives listeners a break from Beethoven to make a major statement on Brahms. She'll play both concertos with the orchestra led by Nézet-Séguin over four days. Solo piano pieces as encores, please. (215-893-1999, philorch.org)   PHOTO: Daniel Fishel/for The Washington Post)

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