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: Piano Sonatas - Moonlight, Pathetique... / Gieseking
Release Date: 10/17/1995   Label: Emi Seraphim  
Catalog: 69019   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
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Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Rage Over a Lost Penny - Solo Piano Pieces / Brautigam
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Catalog: 1892   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Shure, Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/09/2013   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 8017   Number of Discs: 3
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Pires, Harding, Swedish Radio Orchestra
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Onyx (Classical Label)  
Catalog: 415   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Beethoven: The Overtures / Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429762 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Etc / De Billy, Rso Wien
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 621 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 621 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
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  • 79.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Coriolan Ov / Furtwängler, Et Al
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7026 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 80.
    The Best Beethoven
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 2014 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Michael Roll,  Bruce Hungerford
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Howard Shelley,  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 81.
    The Beethoven Box Set / Harnoncourt, Co Of Europe
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63779 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Robert Fontane,  Elisabeth von Magnus,  Deon Van der Walt,  Maria Haid  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 82.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 3, 6, 8, Etc / Klaus Tennstedt
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 71462 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Erich Kleiber Archives, Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7751 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 8 / Menuhin, Sinfonia Varsovia
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 2564604542 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 85.
    Beethoven: Overtures / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 427256 Release Date: 01/02/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Beethoven;  Bruckner: Symphony No 3 / George Szell
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 2180 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Nikita Magaloff
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 87.
    Wiener Philharmoniker - Live Performances / Klemperer
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1365 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Eberhard Wächter,  Ernst Pamperl,  Walter Weller  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 88.
    Carlos Kleiber - The Legend
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000529409 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Beethoven: Overtures / Konwitschny, Leipzig Gewandhaus
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3111 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Label: Madacy Records   Catalog: 5653 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 91.
    Günther Wand Edition - Beethoven: Piano Concerto, Etc
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4052 Release Date: 07/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Beethoven: Complete Overtures / Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 578310 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Beethoven's Best
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 72885 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Leon Fleisher,  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  George Szell,  William Smith,  Richard Kapp,  David Zinman
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  • 94.
    London Symphony Orchestra (1904-2004) - Centennial Set
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 4100 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Hector Berlioz,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Sabbatini,  Laurent Naouri,  Elizabeth Futral
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Sir Colin Davis,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Brahms: Symphony No 4; Mozart: Symphony No 33; Beethoven / Kleiber, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000384109 Release Date: 01/11/2005  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Toscanini Conducts Beethoven And Mozart
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2228/29 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 97.
    Carl Schuricht-collection - Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Etc
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93142 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Murray Dickie,  Otto Wiener,  Marga Höffgen
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Stuttgart Bach Choir,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Swr Music Highlights
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93158 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Jacob Weinberg,  Mauricio Kagel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Nemtsov,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Anja [Soprano Vocals] Silja,  Murray Dickie  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Zender,  Mauricio Kagel,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The SWR Big Band,  Stuttgarter Lehrergesangverein
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  • 99.
    Toscanini Conducts Beethoven
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1134 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century / Fritz Reiner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62866 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Manuel de Falla,  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Brice,  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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