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
Pinchas Zukerman Plays Beethoven - The Violin Sonatas
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Rca  
Catalog: 440142   Number of Discs: 4
On sale!
CD: $10.99
In Stock
On sale!     CD:  $10.99 Add CD to Cart

Rudolf Serkin Plays Beethoven
Release Date: 11/06/2012   Label: Sony (Nax615)  
Catalog: 988302   Number of Discs: 11
On sale! $31.98
CD: $27.99
In Stock
On sale!   $31.98   CD:  $27.99 Add CD to Cart

Beethoven: Symphonies No 1-9, Overtures... / Bernstein
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 7683912   Number of Discs: 6
On sale!
CD: $13.99
In Stock
On sale!     CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

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
On sale! $9.98
CD: $4.99
In Stock
On sale!   $9.98   CD:  $4.99 Add CD to Cart

Leon Fleisher Plays Beethoven & Brahms
Release Date: 08/07/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 1918052   Number of Discs: 5
On sale!
CD: $18.49
In Stock
On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $18.49 Add CD to Cart

Work: Für Elise

Browse 251-275 of 294 Available Recordings
1 2 ... 10 11 12
  • 251.
    Piano Festival / Pietro Spada
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47198 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Muzio Clementi,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Manuel de Falla,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Pietro Spada
    On sale! $11.98
    CD: $9.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $11.98   CD:  $9.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 252.
    Quiet Music for Quiet Times
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454735 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida,  Peter Damm,  Stephen Kovacevich,  Irena Grafenauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Holliger Wind Ensemble  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $29.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 253.
    Beethoven: Best Of Beethoven
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4611322 Release Date: 09/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Yehudi Menuhin,  David Oistrakh,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    Import CD
    $12.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 254.
    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  ... 
    CD: $4.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $4.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 255.
    Immortal Beethoven - Featuring Beethoven's Greatest Works
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551165 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Csaba Onczay  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Richard Edlinger,  Kenneth Jean,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Zagreb Philharmonic,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 256.
    Age Of Elegance - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62369 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Naoko Yoshino,  Claire Guimond,  Barthold Kuijken,  Edward Carroll  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Anthony Newman,  Jeanne Lamon,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Brandenburg Collegium Orchestra,  Tafelmusik  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 257.
    My Gift To You - Favorite Piano Encores / Antonin Kubalek
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90218 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ignace Jan Paderewski,  Franz Liszt,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Antonin Kubalek
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 258.
    25 Classical Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8807 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alessandro Marcello,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Pervomaisky,  Ljiljan Molnar-Talajic,  Helmut Hucke,  Heinz Zickler  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  Nikea Baroza,  Paul Angerer,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Festival Orchestra,  Zagreb Philharmonic,  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $4.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $4.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 259.
    Intimate Piano
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8764 Release Date: 11/03/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    CD: $4.99
    Special Order
    CD:  $4.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 260.
    Piano Favorites / Moura Lympany
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69028 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $4.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 261.
    Classical Piano - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68456 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Emanuel Ax,  Lili Kraus,  Andreas Haefliger  ... 
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 262.
    Your Favorite Classics
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 750 Release Date: 08/07/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    CD: $21.49
    Low Stock
    CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 263.
    The Very Best Of Sensuous Classics
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8787 Release Date: 07/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Klien,  Susan Jolles,  Humbert Lucarelli,  Jan Czerkow  ... 
    Conductor:  Günter Kehr,  Philip Gibson,  Alberto Lizzio,  Paul Angerer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Slavonica  ... 
    CD: $4.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $4.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 264.
    Classically Romantic Piano
    Label: Michele   Catalog: 422 Release Date: 05/30/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Edward MacDowell  ... 
    Performer:  Valery Lloyd-Watts
    CD: $8.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 265.
    Another Kiss - More Music For Love & Passion
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 892934 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jörg Demus
    Conductor:  Günther Wich,  Karl Münchinger,  Václav Neumann,  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Chamber Philharmonia,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  ... 
    On sale! $11.98
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $11.98   CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 266.
    Beethoven At Bedtime
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446485 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Bella Davidovich,  Piero Farulli  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Frans Brüggen,  Edo De Waart,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Quartetto Italiano,  Orchestra of the 18th Century  ... 
    CD: $6.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $6.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $4.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 267.
    Für Elise - Best Of Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550647 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Robert Schumann,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Jénö Jandó,  Klára Körmendi,  Idil Biret  ... 
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 268.
    Classical Kids - Beethoven Lives Upstairs
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84236 Release Date: 03/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Douglas Bodle,  Adele Armin,  Suzanne Schulmann,  Russell Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Arts Orchestra
    CD: $14.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 269.
    Immortal Beloved - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66301 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pamela Frank,  Emanuel Ax,  Murray Perahia,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 270.
    Movies - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66709 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  William Byrd,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Vladimir Feltsman,  Nina Stemme,  Adriana Morelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Leonard Bernstein,  Zubin Mehta,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Canadian Brass  ... 
    CD: $8.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 271.
    For Children / Dag Achatz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 158 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Dag Achatz
    CD: $21.49
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 272.
    Beethoven - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64052 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dennis O'Neill,  Gwynne Howell,  Suzanne Murphy,  Carolyn Watkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  George Szell,  Sir Colin Davis,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Chamber Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 273.
    Beethoven - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3602 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Jan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  London Festival Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $9.99
    Back Order
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 274.
    Music For A Rainy Day / Roland Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 300 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
    CD: $21.49
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 275.
    Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 5 / Balázs Szokolay
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550168 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Gustav Lange,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Leon Jessel  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

1 2 ... 10 11 12