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Ludwig van Beethoven ( ( listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] ( listen); 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 Classical music, he remains one of the most recognised 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
2005 Appassionata / Waldstein / The Tempest Ludwig van Beethoven; Fazıl Say 1
2005 Piano Concertos no. 5 “Emperor” & no. 3 Beethoven; Ikuyo Nakamichi, Paavo Järvi, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen 2
2005 Piano Sonatas 7, 14 "Moonlight", 22, 23 "Appassionata" Beethoven; Nikolai Lugansky 1
2005 Violin Concerto & Romances Ludwig van Beethoven; Maxim Vengerov, Mstislav Rostropovitch, London Symphony Orchestra 1
2005 Piano Works Beethoven, Schumann; Jonathan Biss 1
2005 ピアノ協奏曲第5番《皇帝》 ベートーヴェン;イングリッド・フジ子・ヘミング,モスクワ・フィルハーモニー交響楽団,ユーリ・シモノフ 1
2005 String Quartets Sally Beamish, Ludwig van Beethoven; Emperor String Quartet 1
2005 Beethoven: Choral Symphony (Philharmonia Orchestra & Philharmonia Chorus, feat. conductor: Kurt Sanderling) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2005 Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Viotti: Violin Concerto no. 22 Beethoven, Viotti; Arthur Grumiaux, Alceo Galliera, Edo de Waart 1
2005 Beethoven's Best 2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2005 Concerti 4 & 5 pour le pianoforte avec accompagnement d’orchestre Ludwig van Beethoven; Arthur Schoonderwoerd; Cristofori 1
2005 David Oistrakh Legend Beethoven, Mozart; David Oistrakh, André Cluytens 1
2005 Duo Appassionata Beethoven, Franck, Ravel; Isabel Steinbach, Pervez Mody 1
2005 Pastoral Symphony / Symphony no. 8 Ludwig van Beethoven; Kurt Sanderling 1
2005 Piano Concerto 4, op. 58 / Piano Concerto, op. 61a Beethoven; Boris Berezovsky, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard 1
2005 Piano Concertos 4 & 5 'Emperor' Ludwig van Beethoven; Emil Gilels, Leopold Ludwig, Philharmonia Orchestra 1
2005 Piano Works, Volume 11 Ludwig van Beethoven; Artur Schnabel 1
2005 Sonatas no. 4 & 28 / Rondos Beethoven; Grigory Sokolov 1
2005 String Quartets Op. 95 / Op. 59 No. 1 Beethoven; Artemis Quartet 2
2005 String Quartets Opus 18 Nos. 5 & 6 Beethoven; Quatuor Mosaïques 1
2005 Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 Beethoven; Philharmonia Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling 3 1
2005 Symphony no. 3 “Eroica” / Symphony no. 8 Beethoven; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi 2
2005 The Legacy of Maria Yudina, Volume 7 Ludwig van Beethoven; Мария Юдина 1
2005 The Legacy of Maria Yudina, Volume 8 Ludwig van Beethoven; Мария Юдина 1
2005 The Legacy of Maria Yudina, Volume 9 Ludwig van Beethoven; Мария Юдина 1
2005 The Master Classes Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin; Alfred Cortot 1
2005 Triple Concerto / Septet Ludwig van Beethoven; David Zinman, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Truls Mørk 2
2005 Violin Sonatas "Spring" & "Kreutzer" Beethoven; Yehudi Menuhin, Jeremy Menuhin 1
2006 Fidelio (Deutschen Staatsopernchor Berlin & Staatskapelle Berlin feat. conductor: Daniel Barenboim) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2006 Walter Gieseking Plays Beethoven Concertos Beethoven; Walter Gieseking 1
2006 Piano Sonatas, op. 109, 110 and 111 Beethoven; Mitsuko Uchida 1
2006 The Piano Concertos / 3 Sonatas Beethoven; Steven Lubin, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 2
2006 Violin Concerto / Violin Romances Beethoven; Christian Tetzlaff, David Zinman, Tonhalle‐Orchester Zürich 2
2006 Beethoven: String Quartet, op. 135 / Walton: Sonata for Strings Beethoven, Walton; Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson 1
2006 Beethoven — L'œuvre pour violoncelle et piano Ludwig van Beethoven, Roland Pidoux & Jean‐Claude Pennetier 1
2006 The Piano Sonatas, Volume II: Sonatas opp. 10 and 13 Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff 1
2006 Piano Sonatas: No. 16 / No. 17 "Tempest" / No. 18 "The Hunt" Ludwig van Beethoven; Mari Kodama 1
2006 Piano Trios Beethoven; Jacqueline du Pré, Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Barenboim 2
2006 Symphony no. 7 / Triple Concerto Ludwig van Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Gordan Nikolitch, Tim Hugh, Lars Vogt, Bernard Haitink 2
2006 Piano Concerto No. 5 / Choral Fantasy / Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt Beethoven; Tonhalle‐Orchester Zürich, David Zinman, Yefim Bronfman 1
2006 Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major "Eroica" / Symphony no. 8 in F major Beethoven; Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2006 Beethoven: 'Hammerklavier'; 'Hunt' Ludwig van Beethoven; Earl Wild 1
2006 Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Volume 2 Beethoven; Garrick Ohlsson 1
2006 Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Volume 1 Beethoven; Garrick Ohlsson 1
2006 Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 3: Die Verliebte: Sonatas, op. 7; op. 10, nos. 1-3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam 1
2006 Symphony no. 6 "Pastoral" / Symphony no. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 3
2006 Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (Piano transcription: Franz Liszt, piano: Konstantin Scherbakov) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2006 Symphony no. 3 “Eroica” / Leonore Overture no. 2 Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 2
2006 Sonatas for Piano and Violin Op. 23, Op. 30 No. 2 Beethoven; Andreas Staier, Daniel Sepec 1
2006 Symphonies no. 5 & no. 7 Beethoven; Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel 1
2006 Symphony no. 9 Ludwig van Beethoven; Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä 1
2006 Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 / Shostakovich: Symphony no. 5 Beethoven, Shostakovich; Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
2006 The Piano Sonatas, Volume III: Sonatas opp. 14, 22 and 49 Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff 1
2006 Cello and Piano Sonatas, Volume 1: Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (cello: Zuill Bailey, piano: Simone Dinnerstein) Ludwig van Beethoven 2
2006 Piano Sonatas: Op. 57 "Appassionata" / Op. 10 no. 3 / Op. 7 Ludwig van Beethoven; Angela Hewitt 2
2006 Symphony no. 4 / Symphony no. 8 Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 2
2006 Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 4: Mondschein & Pastorale: Sonatas, opp. 26, 27 & 28 Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam 1
2006 "Razumovsky" Quartets VII, VIII & IX Beethoven; Tokyo String Quartet 1
2006 Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 1
2006 Beethoven's Last Three Sonatas Beethoven; Ronald Farren-Price 1
2006 Piano Sonatas, opp. 27 no. 2, 53, 81a & 110 Ludwig van Beethoven; Nelson Freire 1
2006 Piano Sonatas, Volume 2: Op. 13 "Pathétique", 14, 22, 53 "Waldstein", 78, 79, 90, 101, 106 "Hammerklavier" (Paul Lewis) Ludwig van Beethoven; Paul Lewis 1
2006 Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano (cello: Bion Tsang, piano: Anton Nel) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2006 Sonate za violinu i klavir Ludwig van Beethoven; Marko Josifoski, Zarifa Alizade 1
2006 Sonates pour violon & piano / pour violoncelle & piano Beethoven; Christian Ferras, Pierre Barbizet, Paul Tortelier, Éric Heidsieck 1
2006 String Quartets Opus 18 Nos. 2 & 3 Beethoven; Quatuor Mosaïques 1
2006 String Quartets Volume 6: Complete Opus 18 Beethoven; Borodin Quartet 2
2006 String Quartets, op. 59, nos. 2 & 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Brodsky Quartet 1
2006 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Bruch;Arthur Grumiaux, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg 1
2006 Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder / Isoldes Liebestod / Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Mahler: 5 Lieder / Beethoven: Abscheulicher! ('Fidelio') Wagner, Brahms, Mahler, Beethoven; Christa Ludwig, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 2
2007 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Bach, Scarlatti, Galuppi 1
2007 Beethoven: Symphony no. 4 / Dvořák: Symphony no. 7 Beethoven, Dvořák; Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Roger Briggs 1
2007 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Beethoven; Yefim Bronfman, Tonhalle‐Orchester Zürich, David Zinman 1
2007 Complete string quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; Barylli Quartet 1
2007 The Piano Concertos / Choral Fantasy / Diabelli Variations Beethoven; Julius Katchen, London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba 1
2007 Symphony No. 9 Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2007 Nathan Milstein, Sir Adrian Boult. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major. Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 8 Beethoven, Vaughan Williams; Nathan Milstein & Sir Adrian Boult 1
2007 The Violin Sonatas Beethoven; Arthur Grumiaux, Clara Haskil 1
2007 Piano Sonatas, Volume 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Michael Korstick 1
2007 The Piano Sonatas, Volume IV: Sonatas opp. 26, 27 and 28 Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff 1
2007 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 4 Beethoven; Lang Lang, Orchestre de Paris, Eschenbach 2
2007 Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 5: Der Sturm: Sonatas, op. 31, nos. 1-3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam 1
2007 Piano Sonatas: Op. 13 "Pathétique" / Op. 28 "Pastoral" / Op. 2 no. 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Angela Hewitt 3
2007 Works for Piano and Violin Schubert, Beethoven; Liza Ferschtman, Inon Barnatan 1
2007 Richter the Master, Volume 6: Haydn / Weber / Beethoven Sviatoslav Richter ; Joseph Haydn; Carl Maria von Weber; Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2007 Diabelli Variations Ludwig van Beethoven; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
2007 Richter, The Master: Volume 4 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2007 Symphony no. 4 / Symphony no. 7 Beethoven; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi 1
2007 Piano Sonatas, op. 101 & op. 106 "Hammerklavier" Beethoven; Mitsuko Uchida 1
2007 Trios, op. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven; The Peabody Trio 1
2007 Concerto no. 5 "Emperor" / Piano Sonata no. 28 Beethoven; Hélène Grimaud, Staatskapelle Dresden, Vladimir Jurowski 2
2007 Klavierkonzerte Nos. 3 & 4 Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Maurizio Pollini, Karl Böhm 1
2007 Piano Concertos nos. 2 & 4 Beethoven; Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra, Christian Gansch 1
2007 The Piano Sonatas, Volume V: Sonatas opp. 31 and 53 Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff 1
2007 The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Volume 1: Pathétique Ludwig van Beethoven; Martin Roscoe 1
2007 Piano Sonatas, Volume 3: Op. 2, 7, 26, 27 "Moonlight", 54, 57 "Appassionata" Ludwig van Beethoven; Paul Lewis 1
2007 Violin Concerto / Kreutzer Sonata Beethoven; Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jiří Bělohlávek, The Prague Philharmonia 1
2007 Piano Sonatas 8 'Pathétique', 15 'Pastoral', 27 & 30 Beethoven; Jonathan Biss 2
2007 Symphony no. 3 "Eroica" Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
2007 Violin Concerto / "Kreutzer" Sonata Beethoven; Vadim Repin, Martha Argerich, Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti 2

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