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 4 & 5 / Sudbin, Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
Release Date: 01/25/2011   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1758   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $19.99
SuperAudio CD: $14.99
In Stock
On sale!   $19.99   SuperAudio CD:  $14.99 Add to Cart

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Subdin, Vanska, Tapiola Sinfonietta
Release Date: 04/07/2017   Label: Bis  
Catalog: BIS-2078   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $19.99
SuperAudio CD: $14.99
Advance Order
On sale!   $19.99   SuperAudio CD:  $14.99 Add to Cart

Beethoven: Nine Symphonies / Vanska, Juntunen, Minnesota Orchestra
Release Date: 10/27/2009   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1825/6   Number of Discs: 5
On sale! $39.99
SuperAudio CD: $29.99
In Stock
On sale!   $39.99   SuperAudio CD:  $29.99 Add to Cart

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $19.99
SuperAudio CD: $14.99
In Stock
On sale!   $19.99   SuperAudio CD:  $14.99 Add to Cart

Beethoven: Missa solemnis / Reuss
Release Date: 03/24/2017   Label: Glossa  
Catalog: 921124   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $18.99
CD: $16.99
In Stock
On sale!   $18.99   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

Work: Sonata Appassionata

Browse 1-25 of 248 Available Recordings
1 2 ... 9 10
  • 1.
    Naxos: The Anniversary Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503293 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Bettina Eger,  Ute Hartwich,  Martin Kevenhörster,  Hans-Martin Kothe  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Georg Tintner,  Robert Stankovsky,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    On sale! $59.99
    CD: $49.99
    Advance Order
    On sale!   $59.99   CD:  $49.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 2.
    Beethoven: The Last 3 Piano Sonatas / Richter
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: WS121.226 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    CD: $29.99
    Advance Order
    CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 3.
    Piano Passion / Fischer
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: GEN 17464 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Clara Wieck Schumann,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Caroline Fischer
    CD: $18.99
    Advance Order
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 4.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Kim
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 30409 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sun-Wook Kim
    On sale! $18.99
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.99   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 5.
    Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas / Schiff
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002587102 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Recommendation
    CD: $114.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $114.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 6.
    Beethoven Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558505 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus  ... 
    CD: $77.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $77.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 7.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 3 / Bavouzet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10925 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
    CD: $37.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $37.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 8.
    Maurizio Pollini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002578510 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Andreas Esders,  Gabriele Lechner,  Gretchen Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
    CD: $254.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $254.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 9.
    Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Buchbinder
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 734708 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    DVD: $58.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $58.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 10.
    Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas / Buchbinder [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 734804 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Blu-ray Video: $58.99
    Low Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $58.99 Add to Cart

  • 11.
    Murray Perahia plays Beethoven
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843013312 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Recommendation
    On sale!
    CD: $21.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 12.
    Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002543002 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Thea King
    Recommendation
    On sale! $111.98
    CD: $106.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $111.98   CD:  $106.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 13.
    Beethoven: 6 Sonatas, Fur Elise & Emperor Concerto / Schnabel
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 3201 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Artur Schnabel
    Conductor:  Frederick Stock
    CD: $13.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 14.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Rosel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300752 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 15.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas / Rosel [Vinyl]
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300751BC Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    LP: $39.99
    In Stock
    LP:  $39.99 Add to Cart

  • 16.
    Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Schnabel
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556698 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Artur Schnabel
    Recommendation
    CD: $26.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $26.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 3, 23, 30 / Brownridge
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72707 Release Date: 08/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Angela Brownridge
    SuperAudio CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    SuperAudio CD:  $18.99 Add to Cart

  • 18.
    Yojo, 19
    Label: Tyxart   Catalog: 16074 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Yojo Christen,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yojo Christen
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 19.
    Lazar Berman: The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875168362 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Lazar Berman
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $22.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $22.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 20.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 / Buchbinder
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 73508 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    DVD: $29.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $29.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 21.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3 / Buchbinder [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 734604 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    On sale! $39.99
    Blu-ray Video: $34.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $39.99   Blu-ray Video:  $34.99 Add to Cart

  • 22.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $138.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $149.98   CD:  $138.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 23.
    Sergio Fiorentino: Early Recordings (1953-1966)
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Fiorentino
    CD: $48.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $48.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 24.
    The Originals: 8 Legendary Albums
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002469802 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Martha Argerich,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Claudio Abbado,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $27.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $27.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 25.
    Apassionato: Beethoven / Donka Angatschewa
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38200 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Donka Angatschewa
    SuperAudio CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    SuperAudio CD:  $19.99 Add to Cart

1 2 ... 9 10