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
Glenn Gould Plays Beethoven
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Rudolf Serkin Plays Beethoven
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The Beethoven Journey - Piano Concerto No. 5
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 / Freire, Chailly
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Beethoven: Symphonies No 1-9, Overtures... / Bernstein
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  • 276.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 4 & 5 / Gilels, Ludwig
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1095 Release Date: 03/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 277.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 & 4 / Solomon, Cluytens
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1220 Release Date: 02/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Solomon
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 278.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-4 / Gilels, Szell, Cleveland
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 69506 Release Date: 11/26/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 279.
    Classical Music Around The World Vol 3 - Germany
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 891 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Adilia Alieva
    Conductor:  Walter Proost
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Remo Symphony Orchestra
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  • 280.
    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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  • 281.
    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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  • 282.
    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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  • 283.
    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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  • 284.
    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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  • 285.
    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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  • 286.
    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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  • 287.
    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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  • 288.
    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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  • 289.
    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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  • 290.
    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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  • 291.
    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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  • 292.
    Beethoven: The Pianos Concertos / Kempff, Van Kempen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435744 Release Date: 03/16/1993   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Paul Van Kempen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 293.
    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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  • 294.
    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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  • 295.
    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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  • 296.
    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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  • 297.
    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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  • 298.
    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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  • 299.
    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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  • 300.
    Beethoven, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Fleisher, Szell
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 37762 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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