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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
1997 Complete Beethoven Edition, Volume 6: Piano Works Ludwig van Beethoven 2
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 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 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 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 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
1998 Furtwängler conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 41: Friedrich Gulda II Beethoven, Chopin, Strauss, Weber; Friedrich Gulda 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 89: Artur Schnabel Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1998 Piano Le Magazine n°2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1998 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ("Eroica") / Overture "Coriolan", Op. 62 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1998 The Best of Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1998 The Late Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim 1
1998 The Ultimate Collection Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1998 The Very Best of Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1998 Ultimate Classical Collection, Volume 4: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1999 Complete String Quartets Beethoven; Alexander String Quartet 1
1999 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 13: Alfred Brendel II Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 1
1999 The 5 Piano Concertos Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle, Alfred Brendel 3
1999 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 90: Rudolf Serkin Beethoven, Mozart; Rudolf Serkin 1
1999 Symphonies no. 5 / Symphony no. 7 / Coriolan Overture, op. 62 / Fidelio Overture, op. 72b Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
1999 The Piano Concertos / Choral Fantasy Beethoven; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner, Robert Levin 1
1999 The String Quartets Beethoven; Amadeus Quartet 2
1999 Beethoven: The Greatest Hits Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1999 Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus 1
1999 Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus 1
1999 Brahms: 4 Balladen Op. 10 / Schubert: Klaviersonate D 537 / Beethoven: Klaviersonate No. 4 op. 7 Brahms, Schubert, Beethoven; Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 1
1999 The Complete String Quartets (1978 - 83 recordings) Beethoven; Alban Berg Quartett 2
1999 The Late Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Claudio Arrau 2
1999 The Piano Sonatas (1980s recordings) Ludwig van Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim 1
1999 9 Symphonies Beethoven; Tonhalle‐Orchester Zürich, David Zinman 1
1999 Baby Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1999 Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante Beethoven, Haydn; Pinchas Zukerman 1
1999 Cleveland Orchestra: Beethoven / Bloch Ludwig van Beethoven, Ernest Bloch; The Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi 1
1999 Concerto for piano No. 5 / Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra, Op. 80 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1999 Concerto in C major for Piano, Violin, and Cello / Symphony No. 10 (1st Movement) Beethoven; Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Walter Weller 1
1999 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 33: Walter Gieseking II Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel; Walter Gieseking 1
1999 Sinfonía n° 3, op. 55 "Heroica" / Sinfonía n° 8, op. 93 Beethoven; Orquesta Filarmónica de Berlín, Ferenc Fricsay 1
1999 Symphonies No. 5 & 6 and Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1999 Symphony no. 2 / Symphony no. 7 Beethoven; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1999 The Complete Masterworks Ludwig van Beethoven 2
2000 Greatest Masterpieces of the Millennium (London Symphony Orchestra) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2000 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Tchaikovsky; Bronislaw Huberman, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, George Szell, Staatskapelle Berlin, William Steinberg 1
2000 The Symphonies Beethoven; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim 2
2000 The Complete Concerto Recordings, Volume 1 Beethoven, Mendelssohn; Fritz Kreisler, Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Leo Blech 1
2000 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Brahms; Jascha Heifetz, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky 1
2000 Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 6 "Pastoral" Beethoven; Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Pfitzner 1
2000 The Complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos Beethoven; Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, Daniel Barenboim 1
2000 Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler 1
2000 Symphonies 3 & 5 Beethoven; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Erich Kleiber 2
2000 Beethoven par Gieseking Beethoven; Gieseking 1
2000 Complete String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; Quatuor Végh 1
2000 Die Symphonien Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado 1
2000 Piano Trio, Op. 70 'Ghost' / Piano Trio, Op. 97 'Archduke' Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2000 The 9 Symphonies Beethoven; Wilhelm Furtwängler 1
2001 Piano Concerto 4 / Piano Concerto 5 "Emperor" Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2001 Beethoven: The Immortal, Volume 1 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2001 Virtuoso Violin Bach, Beethoven, Kreisler, Massenet, Paganini, Ravel; Grumiaux, Kennedy, Kremer, Oistrakh, Perlman, Shaham 2
2001 Essential Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2001 The Piano Concertos, Volume 1 Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
2001 The Masterworks Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2001 Violin Sonatas Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms; Yehudi Menuhin, Hephzibah Menuhin 1
2001 Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 4 Beethoven, Mozart; Joseph Szigeti, British Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham 1
2001 Symphonies 1-9 / Overtures Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
2001 The Sonatas for Piano and Violin Beethoven; David Oistrakh, Lev Oborin 1
2001 The Piano Trios (1970s / 80s cycle) Beethoven; Beaux Arts Trio 1
2001 Die 9 Symphonien Ludwig van Beethoven; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur 1
2001 Great Cellists: Cello Sonatas Beethoven, Brahms; Pablo Casals 1
2001 Complete Piano Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven; Annie Fischer 1
2001 Diabelli‐Variationen • Klaviersonaten Ludwig van Beethoven; Alfred Brendel; Werner Haas 1

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