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Ludwig van Beethoven ( ( listen), ; German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːtˌhoˑfn̩] ( 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 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
2012 Chopin / Rachmaninov / Beethoven / Prokofiev Chopin, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Prokofiev; Nikolai Lugansky 1
2012 Symphonies nos. 1–9 Beethoven; Erich Leinsdorf, Boston Symphony Orchestra 1
2012 Beethoven For All: Symphonies 1-9 Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 2
2012 Beethoven 101 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2012 Beethoven for All: The Piano Concertos Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim 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 The Complete Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim 1
2012 Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 2
2012 Big Beethoven Box Beethoven 2
2012 Claudio Arrau at Tanglewood Beethoven; Claudio Arrau 1
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 Moonlight / Waldstein / Storm Ludwig van Beethoven; Alexei Lubimov 2
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 Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Alexej Gorlatch 1
2014 The Symphony Edition Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Schumann, Пётр Ильич Чайковский; Bernard Haitink; Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest 1
2014 The Symphony Edition Beethoven, Schumann, Dvořák, Mahler; Rafael Kubelík 1
2014 Complete Piano Concertos Beethoven; Yefim Bronfman, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, David Zinman 1
2014 The Complete Sonatas Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam 2
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
2014 The Complete Concerto Recordings Mozart, Haydn, Shostakovich, Schumann, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff; Evgeny Kissin 1
2015 The Beethoven Journey: The Complete Piano Concertos Beethoven; Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra 1
2015 Beethoven: Violin Concerto, op. 61 / Brahms: Violin Sonata, op. 100 / Vitali: Chaconne Beethoven, Brahms, Vitali; Gioconda de Vito, G. L. Jochum, M. Raucheisen 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
2016 Concertos for Violin: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruch Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruch; Nathan Milstein 2
2016 Beethoven: The Essentials Ludwig van Beethoven 1
2016 The Piano Sonatas Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff 1
2016 Beethoven: "Kreutzer" Sonata / Schubert: Fantaisie, op. 159 / Music of France Beethoven, Schubert; Jascha Heifetz, Brooks Smith 1
2017 Complete String Quartets Beethoven; Takács Quartet 2
2017 The Complete Piano Concertos Ludwig van Beethoven; Hannes Minnaar, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend 1
2017 The Late Quartets Beethoven; Quatuor Mosaïques 1
2017 Complete Symphonies Beethoven, Liszt; Yury Martynov 1
5 Klavierkonzerte Beethoven, Claudio Arrau, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink 1
9 symphonies (Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire feat. conductor: Carl Schuricht) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1770-1827: 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: Septet / Mozart: Horn Quintet Beethoven, Mozart; Berlin Soloists 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
Benny Goodman plays Classics Beethoven, Brahms, Weber; Benny Goodman 1
Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1, Sonatas nos. 23, 12, 22 Brahms, Beethoven; Leinsdorf, Munch, Richter 1
Brendel Plays Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4&5 Beethoven; Brendel, Vienna Symphony Orchestra 1
Brendel spielt Beethoven Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 2
Chamber Music Schubert, Vivaldi, Bach & Beethoven 1
Complete Chamber Music for Flute Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Complete Edition Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Complete Piano Sonatas (1960s recordings) Ludwig van Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 1
Concerto pour piano et orchestre n°1 / Sonate "Waldstein" Ludwig van Beethoven 1
De 5 Pianoconcerten Beethoven; Julius Katchen, London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba 1
Die frühen Streichquartette (1980s recordings) Ludwig van Beethoven; Melos Quartett 1
Die mittleren Streichquartette (1980s recordings) Ludwig van Beethoven; Melos Quartett 1
Die späten Streichquartette (1980s recordings) Ludwig van Beethoven; Melos Quartett 1
Discover Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Edwin Fisher Plays Beethoven: Pathétique Sonata / Appassionata Sonata / Emperor Concerto Beethoven; Edwin Fischer, Karl Böhm, Dresden Staatskapelle 1
Famous Sonatas for Piano / Piano Concerto No. 3 Beethoven; Dubravka Tomšič 1
Famous Symphonies Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Fidelio: Highlights Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Für Elise: The Magic of the Piano Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert & Gershwin 1
George Szell, The Complete Beethoven Symphonies Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Great Composers: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 99: Maria Yudina Bach, Beethoven; Maria Yudina 1
Greatest Hits Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Key to the Quartets Beethoven; Emerson String Quartet 1
Klavierkonzerte Nr. 1 & 2 (Staatskapelle Dresden) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Kreutzer Sonata / String Quartet, op. 59 no. 1 "Razumovsky" Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff, Yehudi Menuhin, Amadeus Quartet 1
Le Sonate per Pianoforte - The Mono Recordings (1950-1954) Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus 1
Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 5 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Leven en werken van Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Love Immortal Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Mad About Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Maestro Furioso Beethoven; Arturo Toscanini 1
Masters of Classical Music, Vol. 3: Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven 3 1
Mozart / Beethoven / Humperdinck Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Engelbert Humperdinck; London Festival Orchestra, Alfred Scholz 1
On a Classical Note Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Ouvertures célèbres Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Overtures Beethoven; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Louis Lane 1
Overtures, Volume II Beethoven, Mozart, Auber, Mascagni, Cimarosa; The London Festival Orchestra, Kurt Redel, Alfred Scholz 3
Piano Concerto No 5 & Symphony No 2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Piano Concerto No. 5 / Rondo / Overtures "Fidelio" & "Leonore III" Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Piano Concertos No. 1 & No. 5 "Emperor" Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 1
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”) / Andante Favori in F / Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”) Beethoven; Paul Procopolis 1
Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6 No. 7, 1, 6 : Bruno-Leonardo Gelber Ludwig van Beethoven 1
Piano Variations / Bagatelles Beethoven; Alfred Brendel 1

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