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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 completely 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
1995 Eternal Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 Beethoven; Rubinstein, Boston Symphony, Leinsdorf 1
1995 Schubert: String Quartet in D Minor / Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven; Amsterdam Sinfonietta & Lev Markiz 1
1995 Beethoven at Bedtime: A Gentle Prelude to Sleep Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Immortal Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Beethoven: Symphonie no. 6 »Pastorale« / Schubert: Symphonie no. 5 Beethoven, Schubert; Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm 1
1995 The Violin Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven; Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich 1
1995 Piano Sonatas nos. 17 "Tempest" / no. 26 "Les adieux" / no. 31 Beethoven; Ethella Chuprik 1
1995 Beethoven's Greatest Classical Hits Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Brahms: Sinfonien, Ungarische Tänze, Haydn-Variationen / Beethoven: Coriolan, Leonore Nr.2 Brahms, Beethoven; Wilhelm Furtwängler, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker 1
1995 Die Klassiksammlung 58: Beethoven: Werke der Reife Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Les 32 Sonates pour piano Beethoven; Éric Heidsieck 1
1995 Les Concertos Beethoven; Emil Gilels, Lev Oborine, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, Nathan Milstein 1
1995 Passion For Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 The Best of Alfred Brendel Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Alfred Brendel 1
1995 The Classical Collection 83: Beethoven: Symphonic Landmarks Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 The Five Piano Concerti / Choral Fantasy Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 1
1995 The Piano Concertos Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1995 The Rose Collection: Eroica Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 The Symphonies (The London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: André Previn / The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Rudolf Kempe) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 The Romantic Side of Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Complete String Quartets Beethoven; Quartetto Italiano 1
1996 Beethoven: "Archduke" Trio / Brahms: Violin Sonata / Schubert: Violin Sonata / Ysaye / Wieniawski / Suk / Kodaly Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert; David Oistrakh 1
1996 Beethoven for Book Lovers Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 The Late Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff 2
1996 More Immortal Beloved Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Classical - Beethoven: Overture to "Egmont"; Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"; Violin Concerto Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 29 Sonaten Beethoven; Emil Gilels 2
1996 The Complete Piano Sonatas (1990s recordings) Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 2
1996 25 Beethoven Favorites Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Beethoven Overtures Fidelio, Leonora, Prometheus, Egmont and more Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 / Variations / Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 / Slavonic Dances Beethoven / Dvořák 1
1996 Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 / Mozart: Symphonies no. 35 and no. 40 Beethoven, Mozart; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
1996 Complete Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Bernard Roberts 1
1996 Concert Collection Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Die Klassiksammlung 82: Beethoven: Bedeutende Symphonien Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Die Klassiksammlung 89: Beethoven: Klassische Vollendung Ludwig van Beethoven 2
1996 Handel: Keyboard Suites II / Beethoven: Piano Sonata, op. 31 no. 2 Handel, Beethoven; Andrei Gavrilov, Sviatoslav Richter 2
1996 Heinrich Neuhaus — Russian Piano School: Bach / Mozart / Beethoven Bach, Mozart, Beethoven; Heinrich Neuhaus 1
1996 Heinrich Neuhaus — Russian Piano School: Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano No. 14, 17, 30, 31 Ludwig van Beethoven; Heinrich Neuhaus 1
1996 Os grandes clássicos: Sinfonia no. 5 / "Coroliano", "Leonora III", "Rei Estévão" (aberturas) Ludwig van Beethoven; Orquestra sinfônica da rádio de Ljubljana, Anton Nanut 1
1996 Os grandes clássicos: Sinfonia No. 6 "Pastoral" / As criaturas de Prometeus / As ruínas de Atenas Ludwig van Beethoven; Orquestra Sinfónica da Rádio de Ljubljana, Anton Nanut 1
1996 Otto’s Welt der Klassik - Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Piano Concerto 4 / Triple Concerto Beethoven; Alexis Weissenberg, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1996 Piano Concertos 3 & 5 Beethoven; Alexis Weissenberg, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1996 Piano Concertos nos. 1–4 Beethoven; Emil Gilels, George Szell 1
1996 Schumann: Symphony no. 3 "Rhenish" / Beethoven: Leonore Overture no. 2 / Egmont Overture Schumann, Beethoven; Bruno Walter, NY Philharmonic, Columbia Symphony Orchestra 1
1996 Symphonies 1-10 Ludwig van Beethoven; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Walter Weller 1
1996 The Best of Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven; Karl Böhm, Yehudi Menuhin, Rafael Kubelík, Wilhelm Kempff 2
1996 The Great Piano Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Tchaikovsky; Orchestra RTSI, Marc Andreae, Uto Ughi 1
1997 Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Mozart: Coronation Mass Beethoven, Mozart; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1997 Klaviersonaten: No.13, 14 ,15 ,26 Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim 1
1997 The String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; Emerson String Quartet 2
1997 Adagio Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 The Symphonies Beethoven; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1997 Favourite Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Vladimir Ashkenazy 2
1997 Naxos: The Best of Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 The Five Piano Concertos Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine, Alfred Brendel 3
1997 The 6 Piano Concertos Ludwig van Beethoven; Philippe Entremont, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra 1
1997 Complete Concertos Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Anne‐Sophie Mutter, Maurizio Pollini 3
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 7: Violinsonaten Ludwig van Beethoven 2
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 3: Orchestral Works / Music for the Stage Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 4: Leonore / Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 8: Cello Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 9: Piano Trios Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 10: String Trios Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 The Complete Quartets Beethoven; Cleveland Quartet 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 11: The Early Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 12: The Middle Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 13: The Late Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 14: Chamber Works Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 15: Wind Music Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 16: Lieder Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 17: Folksong Arrangements Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 18: Secular Vocal Works Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 19: Large Choral Works Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 BBC Music, Piano Special Issue: The Piano Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin & Robert Schumann/Sviatoslav Richter 1
1997 Beethoven (Classic FM compilation) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 20: Historic Recordings Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Complete Violin Sonatas Beethoven; Aaron Rosand 1
1997 Nightmoods: Moonlight Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 Symphony no. 1 in C, op. 21 / Symphony no. 2 in D, op. 36 / Symphony no. 3 in E-flat, op. 55 "Eroica" / Overture "Coriolan", op. 62 Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Wyn Morris 1
1997 Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 The Classic Composers Series Disc 1 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1997 The Complete String Trios Beethoven; Arthur Grumiaux, Georges Janzer, Eva Czako 2
1997 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 25: Beethoven: Serenade, op. 8 / Spohr: Concerto no. 8, op. 47 / Double Quartet, op. 65 Beethoven, Spohr; Heifetz, Piatigorsky, Primrose 1
1997 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 28: Brahms: Quintet, op. 111 / Beethoven: Trio, op. 70 no. 2 Brahms, Beethoven; Heifetz, Piatigorsky, Pennario 1
1997 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 30: Mozart: Concerto no. 4 / Beethoven: Trio, op. 1 no. 1 / Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Cello Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi; Heifetz, Piatigorsky, Lateiner, Sargent 1
1997 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 42: Schubert: Fantasie / Brahms: Piano Quartet / Beethoven: Trio Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven; Heifetz, Piatigorsky, Primrose, Lateiner 1
1997 The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 12: Beethoven: Piano Trio, op. 97 "Archduke" / Schubert: Piano Trio no. 1, op. 99 Beethoven, Schubert; Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, Emanuel Feuermann 3
1997 Violin Concerto & Romances Beethoven; Yehudi Menuhin, Orchestre du Festival de Lucerne, Wilhelm Furtwängler 1
1998 Face to Face with Beethoven Beethoven; Anne‐Sophie Mutter 1
1998 Symphonien Nr. 5 & 6 "Pastorale" Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1998 Beethoven: Triple Concerto / Brahms: Double Concerto Beethoven, Brahms; Oistrakh, Rostropovich, Richter, Herbert von Karajan, George Szell 2
1998 The Complete Piano Sonatas and Concertos Beethoven; Claudio Arrau 2
1998 The Complete Concertos, Volume 1 Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner, Wilhelm Kempff 1
1998 The Complete Concertos, Volume 2: Piano Concerto no. 5 "Emperor" / Triple Concerto / Violin Concerto Beethoven; Kempff, Anda, Schneiderhan, Fournier 1
1998 Cello Sonatas Beethoven, Chopin; Pierre Fournier, Friedrich Gulda, Jean Fonda 1
1998 Adagios Ludwig van Beethoven 1

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