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Ludwig van Beethoven (/ˈlʊdvɪɡ væn ˈbˌtvən/, /ˈbtˌhvən/; German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːtˌhoˑfn̩]; baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis and an opera, Fidelio.

Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Beethoven; Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 1
1988 Piano Concertos 1 & 3 Beethoven; Rudolf Serkin 1
1988 Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1988 Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 (City of London Sinfonia feat. conductor: Richard Hickox, piano: Cristina Ortiz) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Piano Sonatas Nos. 26, 21 & 23 Beethoven; Melvyn Tan 3
1988 Sinfonia N. 7 op. 92, Sinfonia N. 8 Op. 93 (1954, Salzburg, Wiener Philharmoniker, conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Sonatas for Piano No17 in D "Tempest", No23 in F "Appassionata" (feat. piano: Herbert Waltl) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Symphonies no. 5 & no. 7 Beethoven; The Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi 1
1988 Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Symphonies Nos. 2, 5 Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado 1
1988 Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (Boston Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Erich Leinsdorf) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 "Pastoral" Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 2
1988 Symphony No. 2 / Egmont Overture Ludwig van Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Alfred Scholz 3
1988 Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” (The Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Anton Nanut) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" Ludwig van Beethoven; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf 1
1988 Symphony no. 6 "Pastoral" / Consecration of the House Ludwig van Beethoven; The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman 1
1988 Symphony No. 6 / Coriolan / Egmont Beethoven; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1988 Symphony no. 6 in F “Pastoral” op. 68 / “Egmont” Overture for Orchestra, op. 84 Ludwig van Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Wyn Morris 1
1988 Symphony No. 7 (Boston Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Erich Leinsdorf) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Symphony no. 7 / Overtures Fidelio and Leonore no. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman 1
1988 Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Beethoven; English Chamber Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1988 Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral" Ludwig van Beethoven-Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Jascha Horenstein 1
1988 Symphony No. 10 (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Wyn Morris) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 The Famous Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Dubravka Tomšič 4
1988 The Five Cello Sonatas / Variations Beethoven; Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim 3
1988 The Five Piano Concertos Beethoven; Steven Lubin, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1988 Triple Concerto in C major, op. 56 Ludwig van Beethoven; Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson 1
1988 Variations "Diabelli" Beethoven; Friedrich Gulda 1
1988 Violin Concerto / Romances nos. 1 & 2 Beethoven; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Frank Peter Zimmermann 3 4
1989 Violinkonzert / Romanzen Nr. 1 & 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; Wolfgang Schneiderhan, David Oistrach 3
1989 Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 / Schubert: Symphony no. 8 Beethoven, Schubert; Vienna Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel 1
1989 Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Prometheus Overture Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1989 Piano Sonatas, Volume 9: Op. 22 / Op. 106 “Hammerklavier” Ludwig van Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 2
1989 Sonaten Opp. 31/2, 53, 79, 81a (Maurizio Pollini) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1989 Piano Trios Beethoven; Jacqueline du Pré, Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Barenboim 3
1989 Violin Concerto in D major Beethoven; Isaac Stern, New York Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim 1
1989 Nocturnes Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1989 Violin Concerto / Romances nos. 1 and 2 Beethoven; Takako Nishizaki, Slovak Philharmonic, Kenneth Jean 2
1989 Piano Sonatas, op. 109, op. 110 & op. 111 Beethoven; Rudolf Serkin 1
1989 Violinkonzert / Romanzen 1 & 2 Beethoven; Itzhak Perlman, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim 1
1989 Overtures Ludwig van Beethoven; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis 1
1989 Bagatelles Op. 33, 119 et 126 Ludwig van Beethoven; Gregor Weichert 1
1989 Das Konzert (November 1989) Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim 1
1989 Die Streichquartette Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 1
1989 Fidelio Beethoven; Christa Ludwig, Jon Vickers, Gottlob Frick, Walter Berry, Gerhard Unger, Franz Crass, Ingeborg Hallstein, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Otto Klemperer 5
1989 Klaviersonaten Ludwig van Beethoven; Peter Rösel 1
1989 Les sonates pour piano Beethoven; Yves Nat 1
1989 Piano Concerto No. 3 / Piano Sonata No. 23 Ludwig van Beethoven; Dubravka Tomšič 2
1989 Piano Concerto no. 5 "Emperor" / Piano Sonata no. 21 "Waldstein" Beethoven; Cristina Ortiz, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox 1
1989 Piano Concertos nos. 3 & 4 Beethoven; Stephen Kovacevich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 5 2

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