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 Concertos 1 & 5 / Roll, Shelley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 04/12/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28850   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Triple Concerto
Release Date: 08/09/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28700   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Pathetique, Tempest & Moonlight Sonatas / Cristina Ortiz
Release Date: 03/08/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28170   Number of Discs: 1
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The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos No 2 & 4 / Andsnes
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 370548   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Archduke Trio, Ghost Trio / Carney, O'Hora, Greensmith
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29100   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 3 "Eroica"

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  • 251.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 1-9 / Furtwängler, Hopf, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 67496 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Hans Hopf,  Otto Edelmann
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 252.
    Beethoven: Die Symphonien / Claudio Abbado, Berlin Po, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469000 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Thomas Moser,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Karita Mattila
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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  • 253.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 5 / E. Kleiber, Concertgebouw
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 467125 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 254.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 & 3, Etc / Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469109 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 255.
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4780 Release Date: 08/22/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Guila Bustabo,  Gaspar Cassadó,  Herman Krebbers,  Walter Gieseking  ... 
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 256.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 1, 3
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 68518 Release Date: 07/30/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 257.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 - 9 / Edlinger, Zagreb Po
    Label: Lydian   Catalog: 18501 Release Date: 05/24/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gabriele Lechner,  Michael Pabst,  Eliane Elias,  Robert Holzer
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 258.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 2 & 3 / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46365 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 259.
    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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  • 260.
    Beethoven: Symphony no 3 / Böhm, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4631962 Release Date: 10/04/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 261.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 1, 2, 3 & 8 / Sawallisch, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 73323 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 262.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Etc / Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73424 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 263.
    Beethoven: 9 Symphonies / Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 65410 Release Date: 04/27/1999   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Detlef Roth,  Steve Davislim,  Ruth Ziesak
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Swiss Chamber Chorus
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  • 264.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3 / How A Great Symphony Was Written / Bernstein, New York
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60692 Release Date: 02/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 265.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Egmont Overture / Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445603 Release Date: 01/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 266.
    Beethoven: Complete Symphonies/ Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72923 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  James Morris,  Delores Ziegler,  Peter Seiffert
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Westminster Choir
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  • 267.
    Klemperer Legacy - Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Grosse Fuge
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66793 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 268.
    Wilhelm Furtwängler At The Lucerne Festival 1947-53
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 04/21/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Wagner,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Enrico Mainardi,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Adrian Aeschbacher
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 269.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 1 - Symphonies  / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453701 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Walter Berry
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 270.
    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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  • 271.
    Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies / Peter Maag
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47370 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Amanda Halmgrinson,  Ruthild Engert,  Zeger Vandersteene,  Friedemann Kunder
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athestis Chorus,  Padua and Veneto Orchestra
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  • 272.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 8 / Drahos, Esterházy Sinfonia
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553475 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
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  • 273.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 & 3 / Peter Maag, Padova E Veneto
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47246 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Padua and Veneto Orchestra
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  • 274.
    Famous Symphonies - Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504012 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Richard Edlinger,  Antoni Wit,  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 275.
    Beethoven: Complete Symphonies Vol 1 / Masur, Gewandhaus
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454032 Release Date: 06/11/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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