Ludwig van Beethoven

Biography

Born: 1770, Germany   Died: 1827, Austria   Period: Classical, Romantic
The events of Beethoven's life are the stuff of Romantic legend, evoking images of the solitary creator shaking his fist at Fate and finally overcoming it through a supreme effort of creative will. Born in the small German city of Bonn on or around December 16, 1770, he received his early training from his father and other local musicians. As a teenager, he earned some money as an assistant to his teacher, Christian Gottlob Neefe, then was Read more granted half of his father's salary as court musician from the Electorate of Cologne in order to care for his two younger brothers as his father gave in to alcoholism. Beethoven played viola in various orchestras, becoming friends with other players such as Antoine Reicha, Nikolaus Simrock, and Franz Ries, and began taking on composition commissions. As a member of the court chapel orchestra, he was able to travel some and meet members of the nobility, one of whom, Count Ferdinand Waldstein, would become a great friend and patron to him. Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 to study with Haydn; despite the prickliness of their relationship, Haydn's concise humor helped form Beethoven's style. His subsequent teachers in composition were Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Antonio Salieri. In 1794, he began his career in earnest as a pianist and composer, taking advantage whenever he could of the patronage of others. Around 1800, Beethoven began to notice his gradually encroaching deafness. His growing despondency only intensified his antisocial tendencies. However, the Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," of 1803 began a sustained period of groundbreaking creative triumph. In later years, Beethoven was plagued by personal difficulties, including a series of failed romances and a nasty custody battle over a nephew, Karl. Yet after a long period of comparative compositional inactivity lasting from about 1811 to 1817, his creative imagination triumphed once again over his troubles. Beethoven's late works, especially the last five of his 16 string quartets and the last four of his 32 piano sonatas, have an ecstatic quality in which many have found a mystical significance. Beethoven died in Vienna on March 26, 1827.
Beethoven's epochal career is often divided into early, middle, and late periods, represented, respectively, by works based on Classic-period models, by revolutionary pieces that expanded the vocabulary of music, and by compositions written in a unique, highly personal musical language incorporating elements of contrapuntal and variation writing while approaching large-scale forms with complete freedom. Though certainly subject to debate, these divisions point to the immense depth and multifariousness of Beethoven's creative personality. Beethoven profoundly transformed every genre he touched, and the music of the nineteenth century seems to grow from his compositions as if from a chrysalis. A formidable pianist, he moved the piano sonata from the drawing room to the concert hall with such ambitious and virtuosic middle-period works as the "Waldstein" (No. 21) and "Appassionata" (No. 23) sonatas. His song cycle An die ferne Geliebte of 1816 set the pattern for similar cycles by all the Romantic song composers, from Schubert to Wolf. The Romantic tradition of descriptive or "program" music began with Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6. Even in the second half of the nineteenth century, Beethoven still directly inspired both conservatives (such as Brahms, who, like Beethoven, fundamentally stayed within the confines of Classical form) and radicals (such as Wagner, who viewed the Ninth Symphony as a harbinger of his own vision of a total art work, integrating vocal and instrumental music with the other arts). In many ways revolutionary, Beethoven's music remains universally appealing because of its characteristic humanism and dramatic power. Read less
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Maurizio Pollini
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Bach, Beethoven: Live Performances 1948 & 1968 / Sviatoslav Richter
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Catalog: 8043   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Variations / Olga Pashchenko
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Catalog: 201   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Symphonies No 5 & 3 / Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 10/27/2009   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 169   Number of Discs: 2
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Beethoven, Schubert: The Last Sonatas / Benjamin Moser
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Work: Piano Concerto no 4

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  • 251.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 3 & 4 / Uchida, Sanderling
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446082 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 / Kempff, Leitner
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447402 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 253.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 4 And 5 / Vladar, Wordsworth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553266 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 254.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 3 / Artur Schnabel
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Artur Schnabel
    Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Etc / Fischer, Jochum
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 270921 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 256.
    Beethoven: Five Piano Concerti, Choral Fantasy / Brendel
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 3502 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  Zubin Mehta,  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Teacher's Choral Society,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 257.
    Beethoven: The Piano Concertos / Pollini, Abbado, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439770 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 258.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1 & 4
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 66723 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Vladimir Shakin,  Elisso Bolkvadze
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov,  Jahni Mardjani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg New Classical Orchestra,  Georgian Festival Orchestra
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  • 259.
    Beethoven: Complete Concertos Vol 1 / Kovacevich, Grumiaux
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442577 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Stephen Kovacevich
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 260.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 2 & 4 / Westenholz, Schonwandt
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 349 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elisabeth Westenholz
    Conductor:  Michael Schonwandt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Collegium Musicum
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  • 261.
    Label: Supraphon Collection   Catalog: 110652 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jan Panenka
    Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
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  • 262.
    Ivan Moravec Plays Beethoven
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 09/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Martin Turnovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Musikgesellschaft Orchestra
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  • 263.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerti 3 & 4 / K Zimerman, Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4297492 Release Date: 04/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 3 & 4 / Vladar, Wordsworth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550122 Release Date: 02/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 265.
    Favourite Beethoven / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436380 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 266.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Symphony No 5 / Schwarz
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3027 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Carol Rosenberger
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 267.
    Glenn Gould Edition - Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 52632 Release Date: 10/27/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Glenn Gould
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Leonard Bernstein,  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 268.
    Beethoven: The Piano Concertos / Zimerman, Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435467 Release Date: 10/13/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 269.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 2 & 4 / Fleisher, Szell
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48165 Release Date: 06/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 270.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 / Ashkenazy, Mehta
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 430704 Release Date: 06/14/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 271.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 2 & 4 / Serkin, Ozawa, Boston So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80064 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 272.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 4-5 / Cliburn, Reiner, Cso
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7943 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 273.
    Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos / Ashkenazy, Cleveland Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421718 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Terry Cook,  Martin Horning,  Jon Garrison,  D'Anna Fortunato  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 274.
    Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos / Perahia, Haitink
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 44575 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 275.
    Classics - Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos / Serkin, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80061 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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Ludwig van Beethoven


WORKS
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.55 -"Eroica" - 4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 3. Allegro
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 4. Allegro
I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scene by the Brook: Andante molto mosso
III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Allegro
IV. Thunderstorm: Allegro
V. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm: Allegretto
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. Allegretto
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 3. Presto - Assai meno presto
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 4. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" / 4. - Presto - "O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!" - Allegro assai
Concerto No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37: I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Rondo. Molto allegro
Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 "Emperor": I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco moto
III. Rondo. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61: First movement: Allegro ma non troppo (Cadenza by Kreisler)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61: Second movement: Larghetto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61: Third movement: Rondo (Allegro) (Cadenza by Kreisler)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 1. Adagio sostenuto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 3. Presto agitato
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 1. Allegro assai
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 2. Adagio cantabile
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei