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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 Eternelle Musique Classique, Volume 1 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2007 Beethoven - The Great Works Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2007 Complete Works Ludwig van Beethoven 2
2007 Die Streichquartette Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 1
2007 Los clásicos de la Ópera, No. 3: Fidelio (The Covent Garden Orchestra feat. conductor: Otto Klemperer) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2007 Piano Concertos 1-5 / Triple Concerto Beethoven; Christian Zacharias 1
2007 Piano Trios Nos. 1, 4, 5 "Ghost" & 7 "Archduke" Beethoven; The Chung Trio 1
2007 The ‘Late’ String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; The Hollywood String Quartet 1
2007 The Collector's Edition Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2007 The Nine Symphonies Beethoven; Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev 1
2008 The World's Greatest Composers: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 The 5 Piano Concertos Beethoven; London Classical Players, Roger Norrington, Melvyn Tan 1
2008 The Five Piano Concertos Beethoven; Russian National Orchestra, Christian Gansch, Mikhail Pletnev 1
2008 Complete String Quartets, Quintets and Fragments Beethoven; Endellion String Quartet 1
2008 Favourite Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Stephen Kovacevich 1
2008 The Complete Symphony Collection Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips 1
2008 The Complete Piano Concertos Beethoven; Evgeny Kissin, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2008 The Symphonies; Overtures Beethoven; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Franz Konwitschny 1
2008 The 99 Most Essential Beethoven Masterpieces Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 Ouvertüren (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2008 Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 "Pastoral" & 9 Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado 1
2009 Diabelli-Variationen / Andante favori / Für Elise u. a. Ludwig van Beethoven; Friedrich Gulda 1
2009 Les Grands Interprètes: Otto Klemperer: Beethoven, Brahms Beethoven, Brahms; Otto Klemperer 1
2009 Grandes compositores da música clássica, Volume 1: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2009 Violin Concertos Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten; Janine Jansen, Paavo Järvi 2
2009 The Symphonies Beethoven; Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2009 Complete String Quartets Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 1
2009 Complete Piano Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven; Paul Lewis 1
2009 Emil Gilels - Bach, Beethoven (Emil Gilels (1st piano), Yakov Zak (2nd Piano), Elizaveta Gilels (Violin), Kondrashin) Johann Sebastian Bach & Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2009 Grandes Compositores de la Música Clásica: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2010 Le Monde du piano Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert; Maurizio Pollini 1
2010 Le Monde du Piano, vol. 38 Beethoven, Schubert; Maria Yudina, Vladimir Sofronitzki 1
2010 Le Monde du piano Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Schumann; Clara Haskil 1
2010 5th & 7th Symphonies Beethoven; Bernstein, New York Philharmonic 2
2010 Complete Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Louis Lortie 1
2010 Complete Symphonies / Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Fidelio Beethoven; Simon Rattle 1
2010 Beethoven - Concertos pour piano n°3, n°4, et n°5 - n°5 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2010 Beethoven - Symphonies n°5, n°6 et n°9 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2010 Collection Radio Classique, Volume 3: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2010 Grandes Compositores de la Música Clásica: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2010 Symphonies no. 1-9 Ludwig van Beethoven; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi 1
2011 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Emil Gilels, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult 1
2011 Solo Piano Recordings 2: Beethoven: 32 Variations / Mendelssohn: Études Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn; Sergey Rachmaninov 1
2011 The Complete Piano Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven; Artur Schnabel 1
2011 Complete String Quartets Beethoven; Artemis Quartet 1
2011 The Symphonies Beethoven; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly 2
2011 Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Ludwig van Beethoven; Howard Shelley, Tasmin Little, Tim Hugh, Orchestra of Opera North 1
2011 The Rough Guide to Classical Composers: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 5 1
2011 9 Symphonies Beethoven; Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe 1
2011 Beethoven - Karajan Beethoven; Karajan 1
2011 Beethoven: Romances n° 1 & 2 / Chausson: Poème / Sarasate: Romance andalouse / Kreisler: Praeludium et Allegro Beethoven, Chausson, Sarasate, Kreisler; Christian Ferras, Leopold Ludwig, Eugène Bigot, Ernest Lush 1
2011 Complete Symphonies Ludwig van Beethoven; Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend 1
2011 The Complete String Quartets, Volume 1 Beethoven; Belcea Quartet 2
2011 The Nine Symphonies Beethoven; Münchner Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe 1
2011 The Timeless Music of… Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2011 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Mendelssohn; Itzhak Perlman, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini, André Previn 1
2012 The 99 Most Essential Beethoven Masterpieces (Full Works Edition) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2012 Great Piano Concertos Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Schumann, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Prokofiev, Gershwin 1
2012 Great Violin Concertos Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Spohr, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Vieuxtemps, Brahms, Paganini, Saint‐Saëns, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Elgar, Wieniawski, Dvořák, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev 1
2012 Beethoven For All: Symphonies 1-9 Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 2
2012 Beethoven for All: The Piano Concertos Ludwig van Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin 5 1
2012 Violin Concerto / Piano Concerto no. 3 Beethoven; Arthur Grumiaux, Stephen Kovacevich, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
2012 The Orchestral Recordings: Symphonies & Overtures Beethoven; Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 1
2012 Big Beethoven Box Beethoven 2
2012 Great Classical Symphonies Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven 1
2012 Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2012 The Complete String Quartets Beethoven; Tokyo String Quartet 1
2013 Masterworks Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2013 Beethoven: Variations Diabelli, Sonate "Appassionata" Ludwig van Beethoven, Rudolf Serkin 1
2013 Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5 'Emperor', Piano Sonata no. 32 op. 111 / Debussy: Images (4) Beethoven, Debussy; Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 1
2013 George Szell conducts Beethoven Beethoven; Cleveland Orchestra; George Szell 1
2013 The RIAS Amadeus Quartet recordings, volume I: Beethoven Beethoven; Amadeus Quartet, Cecil Aronowitz 1
2014 The Symphony Edition Beethoven, Schumann, Dvořák, Mahler; Rafael Kubelík 1
2014 Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama 1
2014 The Piano Concertos / Triple Concerto Beethoven; Mari Kodama, Deutsches Symphonie‐Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano 1
2015 The Beethoven Journey: The Complete Piano Concertos Beethoven; Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra 1
2015 Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67 / Schubert: Symphony no. 7 in B minor, op. 759 "Unfinished" Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert; Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Hidemaro Konoye 1
2015 Piano Sonatas No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 & No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" Ludwig van Beethoven; Maurizio Pollini 1
2015 Symphony no. 6 in F major, op. 68 "Pastorale” / Overture "Egmont", op. 84 Ludwig van Beethoven; Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Hidemaro Konoye 1
9 symphonies (Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire feat. conductor: Carl Schuricht) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1770 - 1872: The World of Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
A la découverte de Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Arthur Schnabel joue Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven; Artur Schnabel 1
Beethoven Compact Companion Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Beethoven Cycle, Volume 2 (Wilhelm Furtwängler) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Beethoven for Dummies Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Beethoven for Your Beloved Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Beethoven, Sonates pour piano N°8 "Pathétique", N°23 "Appassionata" & N°2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Beethoven, Vol. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Ermler, Raymond Leppard 1
Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 in C minor / Coriolan Overture / Fidelio: Overture / Schubert: Symphony no. 8 in C minor "Unfinished" Beethoven, Schubert; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
Beethoven: The Great Symphonies Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Beethoven: The Immortal, Volume 2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Beethoven: The Man & His Music, Symphonies and Concertos Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1, Sonatas nos. 23, 12, 22 Brahms, Beethoven; Leinsdorf, Munch, Richter 1
Brendel spielt Beethoven Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 2
Classical Masters: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Complete Chamber Music for Flute Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Complete Piano Sonatas (1960s recordings) Ludwig van Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 1
Complete Sonatas for Pianoforte and Violoncello Beethoven; Anner Bylsma, Jos van Immerseel 1
Concerto pour piano et orchestre n°1 / Sonate "Waldstein" Ludwig van Beethoven 1

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