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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 and pianist. 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 one 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
2007 Sinfonia nº 6 "Pastoral" e Abertura a consagração da casa (Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo com regente: John Neschling) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2007 String Quartets, op. 18 nos. 1-6 Beethoven; Tokyo String Quartet 1
2007 Symphony no. 9 "Choral" Beethoven; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klaus Tennstedt 1
2007 Violin Sonatas No.7 & No.9 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Brahms: Double Concerto Beethoven, Brahms; Christian Ferras, Paul Tortelier, János Starker, Éric Heidsieck 1
2008 Symphonies 3 & 4 Beethoven; Giovanni Antonini, Kammerorchester Basel 1
2008 Symphonies nos. 1 & 3 Beethoven; Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe 1
2008 Beethoven Sonatas, Volume 5 Beethoven; Garrick Ohlsson 1
2008 Beethoven Folk Songs Beethoven; Robert White, Yo‐Yo Ma, Ani Kavafian, Samuel Sanders 1
2008 Bagatelles, Op. 126 / Piano Concerto No. 1 (Piotr Anderszewski) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 Symphony no. 9 (transcription for two pianos) Ludwig van Beethoven / Franz Liszt; Leon McCawley, Ashley Wass 1
2008 Beethoven Sonatas, Volume 4 Beethoven; Garrick Ohlsson 1
2008 Die Streichtrios Beethoven; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Bruno Giuranna, Mstislav Rostropovich 1
2008 Symphony no. 7 Beethoven; Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra 1
2008 #4 Sonatas: op. 10, 28 "Pastoral", 49, 81 "Les Adieux", 109, 110, 111 Beethoven; Paul Lewis 1
2008 Symphonies 1 & 7 (NBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Arturo Toscanini) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 The Piano Sonatas, Volume VI: Sonatas opp. 54, 57, 78, 79 and 81a Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff 1
2008 Beethoven Explored Volume 4 Ludwig van Beethoven, Ferdinand Ries; Peter Sheppard Skærved, Aaron Shorr 1
2008 Piano Concerto no. 3 / Violin Concerto (version for piano) Ludwig van Beethoven; Olli Mustonen, Tapiola Sinfonietta 2
2008 Symphony no. 9 in D minor Beethoven; Philharmonia Slavonica 1
2008 Beethoven Sonatas, Volume 6 Beethoven; Garrick Ohlsson 1
2008 Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 6: Appassionata: Sonatas, opp. 53, 54, 57, 78 & 79 Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam 1
2008 Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 "Eroica" Ludwig van Beethoven; NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini 1
2008 Symphony No. 5 / Symphony No. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi 1
2008 Symphonies nos. 2, 7 Beethoven; Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2008 Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos Beethoven, Clement; Rachel Barton Pine, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, José Serebrier 1
2008 Beethoven / Ravel / Bartók / Say Beethoven, Ravel, Bartók; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Fazıl Say 2
2008 The Piano Sonatas, Volume VII: Sonatas opp. 90, 101 and 106 Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff 1
2008 The Piano Sonatas, Volume VIII: Sonatas opp. 109, 110 and 111 Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff 1
2008 Piano Sonata no. 12 in A-flat major, op. 26 / Piano Sonata no. 9 in E major, op. 14, no. 1 / Piano Sonata no. 10 in G major, op. 14, no. 2 / Piano Sonata no. 15 in D major, op. 28 (Pastorale) Beethoven; Murray Perahia 1
2008 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Raymond Leppard) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 Piano Sonatas: No. 1 / No. 2 / No. 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama 1
2008 Cello Sonatas, Volume 1: Op. 5 no. 1 / Op. 5 no. 2 / Op. 69 Ludwig van Beethoven; Daniel Müller‐Schott, Angela Hewitt 1
2008 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Sibelius: Symphonie No. 5 Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Sibelius; Glenn Gould, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker 1
2008 Beethoven: Symphony no. 1 / Keuris: Symphony in D Ludwig van Beethoven, Tristan Keuris; Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Frans Brüggen, Jaap van Zweden 1
2008 Fidelio Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle 1
2008 Für Elise: Bagatelles for Piano by Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven; Stephanie McCallum 1
2008 Klaviersonaten: Mondschein / Pastorale / Der Sturm Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim 1
2008 Piano concerto no. 5 Beethoven; Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra, Christian Gansch 1
2008 Symphonies & Ouvertures Ludwig van Beethoven ; Jos van Immerseel & Anima Eterna 1
2008 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" (Staatskapelle Dresden, Dresden State Opera Chorus feat. conductor: Sir Colin Davis) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 The best Piano Sonatas (Alessandro Cesaro, Andrea Dindo, Olaf Laneri) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 Violin Concertos Beethoven; Mozart, Horace Silver; Nigel Kennedy 1
2009 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Bach: Partita No. 4 Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach; Stephen Kovacevich 1
2009 String Quintets, opp. 4 & 29 Ludwig van Beethoven; The Nash Ensemble 1
2009 Symphony no. 5 / Leonore III Beethoven; Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Fernando Lozano 1
2009 Symphony no. 9 Beethoven; Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine, Alain Lombard 1
2009 Piano Sonatas op. 31 Complete Beethoven; Glenn Gould 1
2009 Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Tsintsadze: Miniatures Beethoven, Tsintsadze; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Lisa Batiashvili 5 1
2009 Klaviertrios E.T.A. Hoffmann, Ludwig van Beethoven; Trio Bamberg 1
2009 Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5 (Scottish Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras, piano: Arturo Pizarro) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2009 Piano Concerto WoO 4 / Rondo WoO 6 / Piano Concerto No. 2 (Norrköping Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Andrew Parrott, piano: Ronald Brautigam) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2009 Piano Concertos Schumann, Beethoven; Teo Gheorghiu, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Douglas Boyd 1
2009 Piano Variations Ludwig van Beethoven; Florian Uhlig 1
2009 BBC Music, Volume 17, Number 9: String Quartets Op. 18 No. 4, Op. 135, Op. 95 Ludwig van Beethoven; Pavel Haas Quartet 1
2009 Piano Quartet, op. 16 / String Quintet, op. 104 / "Eyeglass" Duo for Viola and Cello Beethoven; The Nash Ensemble 1
2009 Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale" / Symphony No. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi 1
2009 Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 7: Hammerklavier: Sonatas, opp. 81a, 90 & 106 Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam 1
2009 Complete Sonatas for Piano & Violin Beethoven; Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov 1
2009 Complete Works for Piano & Cello Beethoven; Zuill Bailey, Simone Dinnerstein 1
2009 Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra Beethoven; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées, Philippe Herreweghe 2
2009 Mozart / Schubert / Beethoven / Wagner Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner; Jonas Kaufmann, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1
2009 Symphony no. 9 Ludwig van Beethoven; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi 1
2009 String Quartets Op. 59 No. 1, Op. 131 Beethoven; Amadeus Quartet 1
2009 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Korngold; Renaud Capuçon, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin 1
2009 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 / Schubert: Piano Sonata Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert; Tatiana Nikolayeva 1
2009 Piano Concerto No. 4 / Piano Concerto in D, Op. 61a (Norrköping Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Andrew Parrott) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2009 Beethoven’s Moonlight Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2009 Berg - Beethoven Violinkonzerte Alban Berg, Ludwig van Beethoven; Arabella Steinbacher, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Andris Nelsons 1
2009 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano 1
2009 Quintets for Piano and Winds Mozart, Beethoven; Netherlands Wind Soloists, Klára Würtz 2
2010 At Carnegie Hall, The Private Collection - Haydn & Beethoven Haydn, Beethoven; Vladimir Horowitz 1
2010 The Late String Quartets Beethoven; Tokyo String Quartet 1
2010 Recital Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Liszt; Van Cliburn 1
2010 Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Brahms: Double Concerto Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Trio Poseidon 1
2010 Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside Bach, Busoni, Beethoven; James Rhodes 1
2010 Hammerklavier Sonata Op. 106 / Diabelli Variations Op. 120 Ludwig van Beethoven; Michael Leslie 1
2010 Piano Concertos 1 & 3 Beethoven; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Serge Baudo, Jean‐Claude Pennetier 1
2010 Cello Sonatas, Volume 2: Op. 102 / Variations, op. 66, WoO 45 & 46 Ludwig van Beethoven; Daniel Müller‐Schott, Angela Hewitt 1
2010 Symphony no. 3 "Eroica" / Symphony no. 9 / Overtures Beethoven; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm 1
2010 The Beethoven Project Trio Ludwig van Beethoven; The Beethoven Project Trio 1
2010 Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 8: Opus 111: Sonatas, opp. 101, 109-111 Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam 1
2010 Piano Sonatas: "Moonlight" / "Pathétique" / "Waldstein" Ludwig van Beethoven; Steven Osborne 1
2010 Piano Concerto no. 5 / Choral Fantasia Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam, Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, Andrew Parrott 1
2010 9th Symphony "Choral" Beethoven; Amara, Chookasian, Alexander, Macurdy, Philadelphia Orchestra, Ormandy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Richard P. Condie 1
2010 Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major / Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Beethoven, Sibelius; Ida Haendel, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ančerl 2
2010 Complete Piano Concertos Beethoven; Paul Lewis, Jiří Bělohlávek, BBC Symphony Orchestra 1
2010 Violin Sonates 3 & 9 Beethoven; Viktoria Mullova, Kristian Bezuidenhout 2
2010 Piano Sonatas: Op. 10 no. 2 / Op. 26 / Op. 27 no. 2 "Moonlight" / Op. 90 Ludwig van Beethoven; Angela Hewitt 1
2010 Piano Sonatas: Op. 78 "For Therese" / Op. 79 / Op. 14, nos. 1 & 2 / Op. 49, nos. 1 & 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama 2
2010 Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 9: Kurfürsten Sonatas, WoO 47, 50 & 51 Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam 1
2010 String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven, Arne Nordheim, Béla Bartók; Engegårdkvartetten 2
2010 Beethoven Sonatas, Volume 9 Beethoven; Garrick Ohlsson 1
2010 Piano Concertos 4 & 5 Ludwig van Beethoven; Minnesota Orchestra, Yevgeny Sudbin, Osmo Vänskä 1
2010 Complete Works For Cello And Piano Ludwig van Beethoven; David Geringas, Ian Fountain 1
2010 Glenn Gould Plays Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2010 Missa Solemnis (Orchester und Kammerchor der KlangVerwaltung feat. conductor: Enoch zu Guttenberg) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2010 Piano Concertos nos. 4 and 5 Ludwig van Beethoven; Till Fellner, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano 1
2010 Sonatas for Cello and Piano (cello: Peter Martens, piano: Luis Magalhães) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2010 String Quartets No. 6 Op. 18, No. 13 Op. 130 Beethoven; Artemis Quartet 1

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