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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  • 276.
    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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  • 277.
    Beethoven: Symphonie No 3;  Schumann: Manfred / Giulini
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447444 Release Date: 01/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 278.
    Beethoven Masterpieces
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10910 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Miklós Szenthelyi,  Ute Walther,  Edith Wiens,  Reiner Goldberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  György Gyoriványi-Ráth,  Alfred Scholz,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hungarian State Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 279.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Etc / Klemperer, Vienna Symphony
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 233901 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 280.
    Wilhelm Furtwängler Dirigiert Beethoven / Vienna Po
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90251 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 281.
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3;  Schubert: Symphony No. 8
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 553223 Release Date: 07/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 282.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 8
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64461 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 283.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Etc / Peter Tiboris
    Label: Elysium   Catalog: 702 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Peter Tiboris
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 284.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3 / Munchinger, Stuttgart Radio So
    Label: Intercord Classical Creations   Catalog: 820573 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 285.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 3 & 9, Etc / Böhm, Vienna Po
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 437368 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Tatiana Troyanos,  Karl Ridderbusch,  Jess Thomas,  Dame Gwyneth Jones
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Chorus
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  • 286.
    Beethoven: Eroica
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4007 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 287.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3;  Liszt / Hans Knappertsbusch
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90976 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 288.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 5 / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 445944 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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  • 289.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 1, 3, 6 & 8 / Monteux, Vienna PO
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 440627 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 290.
    Beethoven: 9 Symphonies / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 439900 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Luba Orgonasova,  Gilles Cachemaille
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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  • 291.
    Hans Pfitzner Dirigiert Beethoven - Symphony No 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90201 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Hans Pfitzner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 292.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 8 / Rahbari, Brt Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550407 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 293.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 3, Overtures / Alexander Titov
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57219 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Conservatory Orchestra
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  • 294.
    Bruno Walter - Beethoven: Eroica - Carnegie Hall, 1957
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 11/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
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  • 295.
    Karajan Gold - Beethoven: 9 Symphonien, Ouvertüren
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439200 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  Janet Perry,  José Van Dam
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 296.
    Karajan Gold - Beethoven: Symphonie No 3, Etc / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439002 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 297.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 / Roy Goodman, Hanover Band, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5144 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jean Bailey,  Andrew Murgatroyd,  Michael George,  Eiddwen Harrhy
    Conductor:  Monica Huggett,  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band,  Oslo Cathedral Choir
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  • 298.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 8 / Halász, Edlinger
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550178 Release Date: 10/05/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Richard Edlinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 299.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 / Harnoncourt, CO Of Europe
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46452 Release Date: 10/11/1991   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Charlotte Margiono,  Birgit Remmert,  Rudolf Schasching,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 300.
    Beethoven: 9 Symphonies, Overtures / Bernstein, Vienna PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423481 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  René Kollo,  Hanna Schwarz
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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