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: Symphonies 1, 3, 6 & 8 / Monteux, Vienna PO
Release Date: 10/11/1994   Label: London/Decca Double Decker  
Catalog: 440627   Number of Discs: 2
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Oscillations - Beethoven, Stravinsky  / Einav Yarden
Release Date: 08/13/2013   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72599   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations; Sonata
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6276   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin / Van Keulen, Minaar
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72650   Number of Discs: 4
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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp. 10, 53 'waldstein', 54 & 57 'appassionata'
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Ondine  
Catalog: 1268   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Coriolan Overture

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  • 101.
    Masterpieces - Beethoven: Symphonies No 3 & 5  / Boult
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1191 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Original Masters - Igor Markevitch - Un Veritable Artiste
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000085602 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy,  Georges Bizet,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Cotelle,  Fritz Demmle,  Aurèle Nicolet,  Georges Alès  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 103.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 5, Etc / Furtwängler, Berlin Po
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2037 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Karajan - The Collection - Famous Overtures / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000020102 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Beethoven: 3 Overtures, Symphony No 2 / Gunter Wand, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1285 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Warsaw Philharmonic Archive - Beethoven / Rowicki, Stern
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 117 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Witold Rowicki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Beethoven: Overtures / Neumann, Keilberth
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7495442 Release Date: 01/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Beethoven: Overtures;  Bach: Orchestral Suite No 3 / Kempe
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1271 Release Date: 12/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Wilhelm Furtwängler - Recordings 1942-44 Vol 1
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471289 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Erich Röhn
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Schumann: Symphonie 1;  Bruckner, Haydn, Et Al / Furtwängler
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 559022 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Beethoven Renovated / Quintessence Saxophone Quintet
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999861 Release Date: 05/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintessence Saxophone Quintet
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  • 112.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 1-9, Overtures / Norrington, London
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61943 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Petteri Salomaa,  Sarah Walker,  Yvonne Kenny,  Patrick Power
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  London Heinrich Schütz Choir
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  • 113.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Coriolan Overture / Halász, Gunzenhauser, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 151014 Release Date: 08/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Life And Works - Beethoven / Siepmann, Peck, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558024-27 Release Date: 07/17/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  János Keveházi,  Jenö Keveházi,  Gyözö Máthé  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Barry Wordsworth,  Johannes Wildner,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 115.
    Beethoven: Overtures, Symphony No 5 & 6 / Horenstein, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 7808 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Beethoven: Overtures, Leonora No 3, Etc /Lill, Weller, Et Al
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6612 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Beethoven: Complete Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Dausgaard
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1180 Release Date: 08/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 118.
    The Perfect Beethoven
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67317 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Robert Holl,  Stuart Burrows,  Julia Hamari  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Eugen Jochum,  Kurt Sanderling,  Paul Strauss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 119.
    Furtwängler Conducts Beethoven
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4049 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Tilla Briem,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Peter Anders,  Rudolf Watzke
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bruno Kittel Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 5 And 7, Etc / Reiner, Chicago So
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68976 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 3 - Music For The Stage
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453713 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Gerald Finley,  David Kuebler,  Robin Leggate  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Neeme Järvi,  Erich Keller,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 122.
    Beethoven: The Symphonies /Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 452551 Release Date: 06/24/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Catherine Robbin,  Gregory Reinhart,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 123.
    The Originals Beethoven Box - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457097 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Gundula Janowitz,  Walter Berry,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 124.
    25 Beethoven Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8815 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Walter Klien,  George Berry,  George Silfies  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Michael Gielen,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Chorus,  London Festival Orchestra,  Minnesota Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    Beethoven: 9 Symphonies - Vienna 1960 / Klemperer
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 886 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia 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