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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
1988 Complete Cello Music Beethoven; Melvyn Tan, Anthony Pleeth 3
1988 Piano Sonatas, Volume 3: Op. 2, nos. 1-3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 2
1988 Piano Sonatas, Volume 5: Op. 10, nos. 1-3 / Op. 79 Ludwig van Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 2
1988 Piano Sonatas, Volume 6: Op. 14, nos. 1 & 2 / Op. 78 / Op. 90 / Op. 101 Ludwig van Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 3
1988 Diabelli-Variationen Ludwig van Beethoven; Sviatoslav Richter 2
1988 Piano Concertos nos. 2 & 5 Beethoven; Stefan Vladar, Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth 2
1988 Symphonies nos. 7 & 4 Ludwig van Beethoven; Zagreb Philharmonic, Richard Edlinger 5 2
1988 Overtures (Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser) Ludwig van Beethoven 2
1988 Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rondo in B-flat WoO 6 Beethoven; Stefan Vladar, Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth 2
1988 Piano Sonatas, Volume 7: Op. 26 / Op. 31, nos. 1 & 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 1
1988 Piano Sonatas, Volume 8: Op. 7 / Op. 49 nos. 1 & 2 / Op. 54 / Op. 27 no. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 2
1988 Piano Sonatas, Voume 4: Op. 109 / op. 110 / op. 111 Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 3
1988 Symphonies nos. 5 & 2 Beethoven; Zagreb Philharmonic, Richard Edlinger 5 2
1988 Symphony no. 3 "Eroica" / Symphony no. 8 Ludwig van Beethoven; Zagreb Philharmonic, Richard Edlinger, CSR Symphony Orchestra, Michael Halász 4 2
1988 Symphony no. 9 "Choral" Ludwig van Beethoven; Zagreb Philharmonic, Richard Edlinger 5 1
1988 11 neue Bagatellen, op. 119 / 6 Bagatellen, op. 126 Beethoven; Valéry Afanassiev 1
1988 Archduke Trio / Kakadu Variations Beethoven; Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Joseph Kalichstein 1
1988 Beethoven Collection, Vol. 1: Symphony no. 5 / Symphony no. 4 Ludwig van Beethoven; Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, János Ferencsik 3
1988 Beethoven Collection, Vol. 2: Symphony no. 3 'Eroica' / Symphony no. 8 Ludwig van Beethoven; Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, János Ferencsik 2
1988 Beethoven Collection, Vol. 3: Symphony no. 6 'Pastoral' / Symphony no. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, János Ferencsik 2
1988 Beethoven Collection, Vol. 4: Symphony no. 7 / Symphony no. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven; Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, János Ferencsik 2
1988 Beethoven Collection, Vol. 5: Symphony no. 9 'Choral' Ludwig van Beethoven; Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, János Ferencsik 2
1988 Beethoven: Für Elise, Fantasie H-Dur, Die Wuth über den verlornen Groschen, 32 Variationen C-Moll / Haydn: Klaviersonate Nr. 62 Beethoven, Haydn; Rudolf Buchbinder 2
1988 Beethoven: Op. 135 / Schostakowitsch Op. 144 Ludwig van Beethoven, Dimitri Schostakowitsch; Brodsky Quartet 1
1988 Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 / Leonore Overture no. 3 / Schubert: Symphony no. 8 "Unfinished" Beethoven, Schubert; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch 2
1988 Cello Sonatas 3 & 5 Beethoven; Jacqueline du Pré, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich 1
1988 Choral Symphony Beethoven; Heather Harper, Alfreda Hodgson, Robert Tear, Gwynne Howell, Sinfonia Chorus, Members of London Symphony Chorus, Northern Sinfonia of England, Richard Hickox 2
1988 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73 "Emperor" / Sonata for Piano no. 27 in E minor, op. 90 Ludwig van Beethoven; Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Hans Swarowsky, Friedrich Gulda 1
1988 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61 / Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21 Ludwig van Beethoven, New York Philharmonic, Jascha Heifetz & Dimitri Mitropoulos 1
1988 Fidelio Beethoven; Dernesch, Vickers, Kelemen, Ridderbusch, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 3
1988 First Recording of Beethoven Symphony No. 10, 1st Movement / Overture: Coriolan / Overture: Egmont (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Wyn Morris) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Klavierkonzerte 3 & 4 Beethoven; Alexis Weissenberg, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1988 Mendelssohn Octet / Beethoven Septet Mendelssohn / Beethoven 1
1988 Missa solemnis Beethoven; Janowitz, Baltsa, Schreier, van Dam, Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karajan 1
1988 Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 24 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 Mozart, Beethoven; Glenn Gould 2
1988 Piano Concerto no. 3 / Piano Sonata, op. 10 no. 2 Beethoven; Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 1
1988 Piano Concerto no. 5 "Emperor" Beethoven; Alexis Weissenberg, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1988 Piano Concerto no. 5 “Emperor” / Piano Concerto no. 2 Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1988 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Beethoven; The Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1988 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1988 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Beethoven; Claudio Arrau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis 1
1988 Piano Concertos 1 & 3 Beethoven; Rudolf Serkin 1
1988 Piano Concertos 3 & 4 Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1988 Piano Concertos nos. 3, 4 Ludwig van Beethoven; Cristina Ortiz, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox 1
1988 Piano Sonatas Nos. 26, 21 & 23 Beethoven; Melvyn Tan 3
1988 Sinfonia N. 7 op. 92, Sinfonia N. 8 Op. 93 (1954, Salzburg, Wiener Philharmoniker, conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Sonata for Piano in D minor, op. 31 no. 17 “Tempest” / Sonata for Piano in F minor, op. 57 no. 23 “Appassionata” Ludwig van Beethoven; Herbert Waltl 1
1988 String Quartets Op. 130 & 133 Ludwig van Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 5 1
1988 String Quartets, op. 59 no. 3 & op. 74 Beethoven; Amadeus String Quartet 1
1988 Symphonie Nr. 9 (1962 recording) Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 6
1988 Symphonies No. 1 / No. 7 Ludwig van Beethoven; Staatskapelle Berlin, Otmar Suitner 1
1988 Symphonies No. 4 / No. 8 Ludwig van Beethoven; Staatskapelle Berlin, Otmar Suitner 1
1988 Symphonies no. 5 & no. 7 Beethoven; The Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi 1
1988 Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1988 Symphonies Nos. 2, 5 Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado 1
1988 Symphonies nos. 4 and 5 Beethoven; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf 1
1988 Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 4
1988 Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 "Pastoral" Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 2
1988 Symphony no. 3 "Eroica" Beethoven; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 1
1988 Symphony no. 3 “Eroica” Beethoven; Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra, Anton Nanut 1
1988 Symphony no. 3 “Eroica” / Leonora Overture no. 1 Beethoven; CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Michael Halasz 1
1988 Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" Ludwig van Beethoven; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf 1
1988 Symphony no. 6 "Pastoral" / Consecration of the House Ludwig van Beethoven; The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman 1
1988 Symphony no. 6 "Pastorale" / Overtures "Leonore no. 3" and "Fidelio" Ludwig van Beethoven; Staatskapelle Berlin, Otmar Suitner 1
1988 Symphony No. 6 / Coriolan / Egmont Beethoven; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1988 Symphony no. 6 in F “Pastoral” op. 68 / “Egmont” Overture for Orchestra, op. 84 Ludwig van Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Wyn Morris 1
1988 Symphony no. 7 Ludwig van Beethoven; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf 2
1988 Symphony no. 7 / Overtures Fidelio and Leonore no. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman 1
1988 Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Beethoven; English Chamber Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1988 Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral" Ludwig van Beethoven-Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Jascha Horenstein 1
1988 Symphony no. 10 Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Wyn Morris 3 3
1988 Symphony No.6 in F, Opus 68, 'Pastoral' Ludwig van Beethoven 3
1988 The Five Cello Sonatas / Variations Beethoven; Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim 3
1988 The Five Piano Concertos Beethoven; Steven Lubin, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1988 The Late Sonatas Beethoven; Richard Goode 1
1988 The Violin Sonatas Beethoven; Arthur Grumiaux, Clara Haskil 1
1988 Variations "Diabelli" Beethoven; Friedrich Gulda 1
1988 Violin Concerto / Romances nos. 1 & 2 Beethoven; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Frank Peter Zimmermann 3 4
1989 Violinkonzert / Romanzen Nr. 1 & 2 Ludwig van Beethoven; Wolfgang Schneiderhan, David Oistrach 3
1989 Violinsonaten no. 5 »Frühlings‐Sonate« & no. 9 »Kreutzer‐Sonate« Ludwig van Beethoven; Yehudi Menuhin, Wilhelm Kempff 1
1989 Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 / Schubert: Symphony no. 8 Beethoven, Schubert; Vienna Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel 3
1989 Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Prometheus Overture Beethoven; The London Classical Players, Roger Norrington 1
1989 Piano Sonatas, Volume 9: Op. 22 / Op. 106 “Hammerklavier” Ludwig van Beethoven; Jenő Jandó 2
1989 Sonaten Opp. 31/2, 53, 79, 81a (Maurizio Pollini) Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1989 Piano Trios Beethoven; Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, Jacqueline du Pré 2
1989 Violin Concerto in D major Beethoven; Isaac Stern, New York Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim 1
1989 Nocturnes Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1989 Violin Concerto / Romances nos. 1 and 2 Beethoven; Takako Nishizaki, Slovak Philharmonic, Kenneth Jean 3
1989 Symphony no. 5 / Leonore no. 3 & Fidelio Overtures Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn 1
1989 Piano Sonatas, op. 109, op. 110 & op. 111 Beethoven; Rudolf Serkin 1
1989 Violinkonzert / Romanzen 1 & 2 Beethoven; Itzhak Perlman, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim 2
1989 Overtures Ludwig van Beethoven; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis 1
1989 9 Symphonies Ludwig van Beethoven, Sir Roger Norrington & The London Classical Players 1
1989 Bagatelles Op. 33, 119 et 126 Ludwig van Beethoven; Gregor Weichert 1
1989 Fidelio Beethoven; Christa Ludwig, Jon Vickers, Gottlob Frick, Walter Berry, Gerhard Unger, Franz Crass, Ingeborg Hallstein, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Otto Klemperer 6
1989 Klaviersonaten Ludwig van Beethoven; Peter Rösel 1
1989 Leonoren-Overture Nr. 3 / Schwanensee / Bolero / Daphnis und Chloé / España Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chabrier, Ravel; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 1
1989 Les sonates pour piano Beethoven; Yves Nat 1
1989 Masterpieces, Volume 2 Beethoven 2
1989 On Tour in Russia Gounod, Tosti, Ravel, Beethoven; Leonard Warren 1

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