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Ludwig van Beethoven (, ; 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 Symphonien nos. 5 & 7 Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber 6
1995 Symphonie no. 9 / Ouvertüre »Coriolan« Beethoven; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 1
1995 Klavierkonzerte nos. 4 & 5 Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner 1
1995 Klavierkonzerte Nos. 3 & 4 Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado, Maurizio Pollini 1
1995 Missa Solemnis Ludwig van Beethoven; Júlia Várady, Iris Vermillion, Vinson Cole, René Pape, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1
1995 Symphonies no. 5 & no. 6 "Pastoral" Ludwig van Beethoven; Zagreb Philharmonic, Richard Edlinger, CSR Symphony Orchestra, Michael Halász 1
1995 Piano Sonatas, op. 2 nos. 1, 2 & 3 Beethoven; Murray Perahia 1
1995 Rehearses Beethoven Symphonies nos. 4, 5, 7 & 9 Beethoven; Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony Orchestra 1
1995 Symphonies no. 4 & no. 6 "Pastorale" Beethoven; Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter 1
1995 Symphonies Nos. 3 "Eroica", 8 Beethoven; Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter 1
1995 BBC Music, Volume 3, Number 9: String Trios Beethoven, Schubert; Beethoven String Trio of London 1
1995 Bach: English Suite no. 5 / Chopin: Two Nocturnes / Beethoven: Sonata, op. 10 no. 2 Bach, Chopin, Beethoven; Mieczysław Horszowski 1
1995 Sviatoslav Richter, Vol. 6 Beethoven; Sviatoslav Richter 1
1995 Piano Sonatas Nos. 23 "Appassionata", 24, 25, 27 Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 2
1995 Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 3 / Beethoven: Violin Concerto Mozart, Beethoven; Takako Nishizaki 1
1995 BBC Music, Volume 3, Number 12: Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert; BBC Philharmonic, Stephen Kovacevich, Günther Herbig 1
1995 Violinsonaten nos. 9 “Kreuzer” & 10 Ludwig van Beethoven; Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich 1
1995 Piano Concertos nos. 2-5 / Piano Sonata no. 14 Beethoven; Solomon, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, André Cluytens, Herbert Menges, Sir Adrian Boult 1
1995 Die Klaviersonaten: Aufnahmen 1951 -1956 Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff 1
1995 Piano Concerto no. 5 / Choral Fantasy Ludwig van Beethoven; Maurizio Pollini, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Claudio Abbado 2
1995 Kreutzer-Sonate, Geister-Trio Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Missa Solemnis Ludwig van Beethoven; Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées, Philippe Herreweghe 1
1995 Missa Solemnis en Re majeur Op. 123 (director: Philippe Herreweghe) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 String Quartets, Volume 2: Op. 18, nos. 3 and 4 Ludwig van Beethoven; Kodály Quartet 1
1995 Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture / Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien / Beethoven: Wellington's Victory Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Ludwig van Beethoven; Antal Doráti, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 1
1995 All Beethoven Concert: Prize Winning Performances at the 2nd Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 1995 Beethoven; Trio Jean Paul / Vertavo String Quartet 1
1995 BBC Music: The Concerto Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Beethoven Piano Sonatas: "Moonlight", Les Adieux", "Pathetique" Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Beethoven: Op 97 “Archduke” / Brahms: Op 8 Beethoven, Brahms; André Previn, Viktoria Mullova, Heinrich Schiff 1
1995 Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 5 / Strauss: Burleske Beethoven, Strauss; Glenn Gould, Vladimir Golschmann, Karel Ančerl 1
1995 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major / Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major "Italian" Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wolf; William Steinberg 1
1995 Coriolan Overture / Symphonies Nos. 4, 8 Beethoven; Sinfonia Varsovia, Yehudi Menuhin 1
1995 Diabelli-Variations Ludwig van Beethoven; Alfredo Perl 1
1995 Die 9 Symphonien Ludwig van Beethoven; Lorin Maazel, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks 1
1995 Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Charlotte Margiono, Peter Seiffert, Сергей Петрович Лейферкус, Bo Skovhus, László Polgár, Barbara Bonney, Deon van der Walt, Arnold Schönberg Chor, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe 1
1995 Klassik zum Kuscheln: The First Romantic Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Les 10 Sonates pour violon et piano Beethoven; Christian Ferras, Pierre Barbizet 1
1995 Mahler: Symphony no. 2 "Resurrection" / Beethoven: Quartet, op. 95 Mahler, Beethoven; Tina Kiberg, Kirsten Dolberg, The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Leif Segerstam 1
1995 Piano Concertos I & III Beethoven; Gerhard Oppitz, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Marek Janowski 1
1995 Piano Concertos nos. 4 & 5 "Emperor" Beethoven; Stefan Vladar, Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth 2
1995 Piano Sonatas, op. 31 Ludwig van Beethoven; Stephen Kovacevich 1
1995 Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4 Ludwig van Beethoven; Alfredo Perl 1
1995 Piano Trios, Volume 1 Beethoven; Trio Italiano 1
1995 Sonatas and Bagatelles Ludwig van Beethoven; Mia Chung 1
1995 Symphonien 2 & 5 Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein 1
1995 Symphonies 5 & 7 Beethoven, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter 1
1995 Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 “Pastoral” Beethoven; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Gardiner 5 1
1995 The Great Composers, 24: "Moonlight" Sonata / "Appassionata" Sonata / "Pathetique" Sonata Beethoven; Walter Klien 4
1995 The Great Composers: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 The Movie Lover's Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Variations for Piano: Diabelli Variations, op. 120 / Eroica Variations, op. 35 / Variations on an Original Theme, op. 76 Beethoven; Sviatoslav Richter 1
1995 Violin Sonata Op. 24 "Spring", Op. 30 No. 2 Beethoven; Ralph Holmes, Richard Burnett 1
1996 Seven Sonatas for Cello and Piano, Volume 2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 "Eroica" / Schumann: Manfred-Ouverture Beethoven, Schumann; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini 1
1996 Beethoven Piano Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven; Awadagin Pratt 1
1996 BBC Music, Volume 4, Number 5: Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 97 (Archduke) / Dvořák: Piano Trio Op. 90 (Dumky) Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák; György Pauk, Ralph Kirshbaum, Peter Frankl 1
1996 String Quartets, Volume 3: Op. 18, nos. 5 and 6 Ludwig van Beethoven; Kodály Quartet 1
1996 Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125 Ludwig van Beethoven; Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra London, Walter Richter 1
1996 Piano Sonatas Nos. 29 "Hammerklavier", 26 "Les adieux" Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 2
1996 String Quartet, op. 130 / Große Fuge, op. 133 Ludwig van Beethoven; Brandis Quartett 1
1996 Symphonies nos. 1 and 6 "Pastoral" Beethoven; Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Béla Drahos 1
1996 Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 Beethoven; Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Kurt Sanderling, Mitsuko Uchida 1
1996 Piano Sonatas Op. 10 Nos. 1, 2 & 3 Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 3
1996 Symphonies no. 3 "Eroica" and no. 8 Beethoven; Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Béla Drahos 1
1996 Diabelli Variations Ludwig van Beethoven; Stephen Kovacevich 5 2
1996 Early String Quartets op. 18 Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet 1
1996 Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32 Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 1
1996 Klaviersonaten 30-32 Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff 1
1996 BBC Music, Volume 4, Number 12: Piano Trios Beethoven, Fauré, Brahms; Gould Piano Trio 1
1996 The Late Quartets Vol. 1 Beethoven; Quartetto Italiano 1
1996 Classical - Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 / Piano Sonata No. 8, "Pathetique" Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Classical Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"; Symphony No. 9, "Choral"; Fur Elise Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Complete Cello Music Beethoven; Melvyn Tan, Anthony Pleeth 1
1996 9 Symphonies Beethoven; Hermann Scherchen, Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Magda László, Lucienne Devallier, Petre Munteanu, Raffaele Arié, Choir of the Radio della Svizzera Italiana 1
1996 Symphonies Nos. 5, 7 Beethoven; Philharmonia Orchestra, Christian Thielemann 1
1996 Bach: English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 / Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op 110 / Webern: Variations, Op. 27 Bach, Beethoven, Webern; Piotr Anderszewski 2
1996 Beethoven in New York Beethoven; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, David Shifrin 1
1996 Beethoven: Septett / Hindemith: Oktett Beethoven, Hindemith; Berlin Philharmonic Octet 1
1996 Fidelio Beethoven; Nilsson, McCracken, Prey, Krause, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel 1
1996 Klavierkonzerte No.1 + 2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Os grandes clássicos: Concerto para piano e orquestra no. 2 / Concerto para piano e orquestra no. 5 "O Imperador" Ludwig van Beethoven; Orquestra Sinfônica de Munique, Alexander von Pitamic 1
1996 Os grandes clássicos: Sinfonia no. 3 "Heróica" / Fidelio, abertura Ludwig van Beethoven; Süddeutsche Philharmonie, Henry Adolph 1
1996 Overtures Beethoven; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1996 Piano Concerto no. 5 "Emperor" / Choral Fantasy Beethoven; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner, Robert Levin, The Monteverdi Choir 1
1996 Piano Concertos IV & V Beethoven; Gerhard Oppitz, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Marek Janowski 1
1996 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Beethoven; Immerseel, Tafelmusik, Weil 1
1996 Piano Sonatas From the Middle Period Beethoven; Michael Houstoun 1
1996 Piano Sonatas, op. 26, 49 & 109 / Bagatelles, op. 126 Ludwig van Beethoven; Stephen Kovacevich 1
1996 String Quartet, op. 130 / Grosse Fuge, op. 133 Beethoven; Cleveland Quartet 1
1996 Symphonien nos. 2, 8 / Fidelio Ouvertüre Ludwig van Beethoven; SWF-Sinfonieorchester, Michael Gielen 1
1996 Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Ludwig van Beethoven; Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Werner Ludwig Baum 1
1996 Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op.55 ("Eroica") / Overture "Coriolan", Op.62 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1996 Symphony nos. 5 & 6 “Pastoral” Ludwig van Beethoven; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur 1
1996 The Complete Symphonies, Vol. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Kurt Masur 1
1996 The Complete Symphonies, Vol. 2 Beethoven; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Kurt Masur 1
1996 The Early Sonatas Beethoven; Michael Houstoun 1
1996 The Great Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony Nr. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 "Eroica" Ludwig van Beethoven; Philharmonia Slavonica, Alberto Lizzio 1
1996 The Last Five Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Michael Houstoun 1
1996 The Last Recital: Ossiach, June 28 1969 Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann; Wilhelm Backhaus 1
1996 The Late Quartets, Volume 2 Beethoven; Quartetto Italiano 1

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