Ludwig van Beethoven
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1770-12-17
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The popular image of Beethoven as a morose individual who shunned society is only partly true. He did have a serious outlook on life, and in later years he had difficulty mixing with people because of his deafness, which emerged ...

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Ludwig van Beethoven, Francesco Macci, Philharmonia Slavonica & N/A
ROMANCE NO.2 IN F MAJOR
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ROMANCE NO.2 IN F MAJOR ROMANCE NO.2 IN F MAJOR ROMANCE NO.2 IN F MAJOR ROMANCE NO.2 IN F MAJOR
Ludwig van Beethoven, Thomas Gould & Sinfonietta Rīga
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61: 3rd mvt - Rondo
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Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61: 3rd mvt - Rondo Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61: 3rd mvt - Rondo Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61: 3rd mvt - Rondo Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61: 3rd mvt - Rondo
Ludwig van Beethoven, Aurora Orchestra & Nicholas Collon
Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'
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Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral' Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral' Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral' Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'
Ludwig van Beethoven & Alfred Brendel
Sonata for piano no. 15 (Op.28) in D major "Pastoral", 2nd movement; Andante
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Sonata for piano no. 15 (Op.28) in D major "Pastoral", 2nd movement; Andante Sonata for piano no. 15 (Op.28) in D major "Pastoral", 2nd movement; Andante Sonata for piano no. 15 (Op.28) in D major "Pastoral", 2nd movement; Andante Sonata for piano no. 15 (Op.28) in D major "Pastoral", 2nd movement; Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto no.2 in Bb Op.19, 3rd mov't Rondo
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Piano Concerto no.2 in Bb Op.19, 3rd mov't Rondo Piano Concerto no.2 in Bb Op.19, 3rd mov't Rondo Piano Concerto no.2 in Bb Op.19, 3rd mov't Rondo Piano Concerto no.2 in Bb Op.19, 3rd mov't Rondo
Ludwig van Beethoven & Wihan Quartet
Quartet In C Minor Op.18`4 For Strings
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Quartet In C Minor Op.18`4 For Strings Quartet In C Minor Op.18`4 For Strings Quartet In C Minor Op.18`4 For Strings Quartet In C Minor Op.18`4 For Strings
Ludwig van Beethoven & Steven Osborne
Sonata No. 27 In E Minor Op.90 For Piano
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Sonata No. 27 In E Minor Op.90 For Piano Sonata No. 27 In E Minor Op.90 For Piano Sonata No. 27 In E Minor Op.90 For Piano Sonata No. 27 In E Minor Op.90 For Piano
Ludwig van Beethoven, Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan
I. Allegro con brio (Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67)
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I. Allegro con brio (Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67) I. Allegro con brio (Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67) I. Allegro con brio (Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67) I. Allegro con brio (Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Norbert Brainin & Günter Ludwig
Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1
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Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1 Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1 Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1 Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1
Ludwig van Beethoven, Marc Minkowski & Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Fidelio (Leonore) - opera Op.72 final vers. [1814] in 2 acts
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Fidelio (Leonore) - opera Op.72 final vers. [1814] in 2 acts Fidelio (Leonore) - opera Op.72 final vers. [1814] in 2 acts Fidelio (Leonore) - opera Op.72 final vers. [1814] in 2 acts Fidelio (Leonore) - opera Op.72 final vers. [1814] in 2 acts
Ludwig van Beethoven, Charlotte Margiono, Birgit Remmert, Rudolf Schasching, Robert Holl, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Arnold Schönberg Chor
IV. ''Ode to Joy' (Symphony No.9 in D minor) (excerpt)
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IV. ''Ode to Joy' (Symphony No.9 in D minor) (excerpt) IV. ''Ode to Joy' (Symphony No.9 in D minor) (excerpt) IV. ''Ode to Joy' (Symphony No.9 in D minor) (excerpt) IV. ''Ode to Joy' (Symphony No.9 in D minor) (excerpt)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century & Frans Brüggen
Coriolan Overture, Op.62
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Coriolan Overture, Op.62 Coriolan Overture, Op.62 Coriolan Overture, Op.62 Coriolan Overture, Op.62
Ludwig van Beethoven, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Gulbenkian Chorus & Lawrence Foster
Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 112
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Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 112 Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 112 Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 112 Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 112
Ludwig van Beethoven, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique & Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Symphony no. 7 (Op. 92) in A major, 3rd mvt, Presto
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Symphony no. 7 (Op. 92) in A major, 3rd mvt, Presto Symphony no. 7 (Op. 92) in A major, 3rd mvt, Presto Symphony no. 7 (Op. 92) in A major, 3rd mvt, Presto Symphony no. 7 (Op. 92) in A major, 3rd mvt, Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Encore: German Dances Nos.10 & 11
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Encore: German Dances Nos.10 & 11 Encore: German Dances Nos.10 & 11 Encore: German Dances Nos.10 & 11 Encore: German Dances Nos.10 & 11
Ludwig van Beethoven & Leif Ove Andsnes
Encore: 3rd movement from Piano Sonata op.31 no.3
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Encore: 3rd movement from Piano Sonata op.31 no.3 Encore: 3rd movement from Piano Sonata op.31 no.3 Encore: 3rd movement from Piano Sonata op.31 no.3 Encore: 3rd movement from Piano Sonata op.31 no.3
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, "Emperor"
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Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, "Emperor" Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, "Emperor" Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, "Emperor" Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, "Emperor"
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major
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Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes, BBC Singers/ David Hill & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Choral Fantasy in C Minor
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Choral Fantasy in C Minor Choral Fantasy in C Minor Choral Fantasy in C Minor Choral Fantasy in C Minor
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor
Ludwig van Beethoven & Ronald Brautigam
Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109
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Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109
Ludwig van Beethoven, Mahler Chamber Orchestra & Leif Ove Andsnes
12 German Dances (nos 10 and 11)
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12 German Dances (nos 10 and 11) 12 German Dances (nos 10 and 11) 12 German Dances (nos 10 and 11) 12 German Dances (nos 10 and 11)
Ludwig van Beethoven & Leif Ove Andsnes
Bagatelle op.33 no.7 in A Flat
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Bagatelle op.33 no.7 in A Flat Bagatelle op.33 no.7 in A Flat Bagatelle op.33 no.7 in A Flat Bagatelle op.33 no.7 in A Flat
Ludwig van Beethoven & Leif Ove Andsnes
Bagatelle Op.119 No.8 in C
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Bagatelle Op.119 No.8 in C Bagatelle Op.119 No.8 in C Bagatelle Op.119 No.8 in C Bagatelle Op.119 No.8 in C
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58
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Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58 Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58 Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58 Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15
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Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15 Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15 Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15 Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15
Ludwig van Beethoven, Andris Nelsons & City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor
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Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor
Ludwig van Beethoven, Graham Johnson & Benjamin Appl
Der Kuss Op.128
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Der Kuss Op.128 Der Kuss Op.128 Der Kuss Op.128 Der Kuss Op.128
Ludwig van Beethoven, Graham Johnson & Benjamin Appl
Gesang aus der Ferne WoO.137
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Gesang aus der Ferne WoO.137 Gesang aus der Ferne WoO.137 Gesang aus der Ferne WoO.137 Gesang aus der Ferne WoO.137
Ludwig van Beethoven & Pavel Kolesnikov
Alla Ingharese op.129 (Rage over a lost penny)
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Alla Ingharese op.129 (Rage over a lost penny) Alla Ingharese op.129 (Rage over a lost penny) Alla Ingharese op.129 (Rage over a lost penny) Alla Ingharese op.129 (Rage over a lost penny)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, 'Choral Fantasy' (Proms 2015)
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Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, 'Choral Fantasy' (Proms 2015) Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, 'Choral Fantasy' (Proms 2015) Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, 'Choral Fantasy' (Proms 2015) Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, 'Choral Fantasy' (Proms 2015)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor
Ludwig van Beethoven & Quatour Voce
String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso)
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String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso) String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso) String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso) String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso)
Ludwig van Beethoven & Quatour Voce
String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegretto ma non troppo)
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String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegretto ma non troppo) String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegretto ma non troppo) String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegretto ma non troppo) String Quartet in F minor Op 95 (Allegretto ma non troppo)
Leif Ove Andsnes & Ludwig van Beethoven
Bagatelle Op.126 no 3
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Bagatelle Op.126 no 3 Bagatelle Op.126 no 3 Bagatelle Op.126 no 3 Bagatelle Op.126 no 3
Ludwig van Beethoven & Leif Ove Andsnes
Piano Concerto No 4 in G major
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Piano Concerto No 4 in G major Piano Concerto No 4 in G major Piano Concerto No 4 in G major Piano Concerto No 4 in G major
Ludwig van Beethoven & Leon McCawley
Five Variations on Rule Britannnia WoO 79
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Five Variations on Rule Britannnia WoO 79 Five Variations on Rule Britannnia WoO 79 Five Variations on Rule Britannnia WoO 79 Five Variations on Rule Britannnia WoO 79
Ludwig van Beethoven, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky & Martha Argerich
Piano Trio Op 70`1, 'Ghost Trio' - 1st movt
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Piano Trio Op 70`1, 'Ghost Trio' - 1st movt Piano Trio Op 70`1, 'Ghost Trio' - 1st movt Piano Trio Op 70`1, 'Ghost Trio' - 1st movt Piano Trio Op 70`1, 'Ghost Trio' - 1st movt
Ludwig van Beethoven, Wiener Philharmoniker & Claudio Abbado
Overture (Op.115) in C major "zur Namensfeier"
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Overture (Op.115) in C major "zur Namensfeier" Overture (Op.115) in C major "zur Namensfeier" Overture (Op.115) in C major "zur Namensfeier" Overture (Op.115) in C major "zur Namensfeier"
Ludwig van Beethoven, Hiro Kurosaki & Linda Nicholson
Sonata for violin and fortepiano in E flat (Op.12 No.3)
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Sonata for violin and fortepiano in E flat (Op.12 No.3) Sonata for violin and fortepiano in E flat (Op.12 No.3) Sonata for violin and fortepiano in E flat (Op.12 No.3) Sonata for violin and fortepiano in E flat (Op.12 No.3)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Piano Concerto no.1 in C major: 3rd movement; Rondo (Allegro)
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Piano Concerto no.1 in C major: 3rd movement; Rondo (Allegro) Piano Concerto no.1 in C major: 3rd movement; Rondo (Allegro) Piano Concerto no.1 in C major: 3rd movement; Rondo (Allegro) Piano Concerto no.1 in C major: 3rd movement; Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven & Leif Ove Andsnes
Menuetto from Piano Sonata in E flat major Op.31 No.3
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Menuetto from Piano Sonata in E flat major Op.31 No.3 Menuetto from Piano Sonata in E flat major Op.31 No.3 Menuetto from Piano Sonata in E flat major Op.31 No.3 Menuetto from Piano Sonata in E flat major Op.31 No.3
Ludwig van Beethoven, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Thomas Sondergard
Symphony No.5 in C Minor - 1st Movement
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Symphony No.5 in C Minor - 1st Movement Symphony No.5 in C Minor - 1st Movement Symphony No.5 in C Minor - 1st Movement Symphony No.5 in C Minor - 1st Movement
Ludwig van Beethoven, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig & Kurt Masur
Egmont - incidental music (Op.84), Overture
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Egmont - incidental music (Op.84), Overture Egmont - incidental music (Op.84), Overture Egmont - incidental music (Op.84), Overture Egmont - incidental music (Op.84), Overture
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BBC News - Proms: Pianist's 'intense' relationship with Beethoven
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who has spent four years exclusively playing Beethoven, is ending his 'musical pilgrimage' at the Proms.
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Biography

The popular image of Beethoven as a morose individual who shunned society is only partly true. He did have a serious outlook on life, and in later years he had difficulty mixing with people because of his deafness, which emerged in his late twenties and gradually increased thereafter till his death. Yet he loved company, and had a ready wit. His letters contain many puns, and it was he who introduced the scherzo (literally, ‘joke’) into the symphony when he used one in his Symphony No. 2 instead of the customary minuet.

This Second Symphony already goes well beyond the models of Haydn and Mozart, the two chief influences on his style. Building on their example Beethoven continually strove to stretch the bounds of music to new limits, whether in his seven surviving concertos, 16 string quartets, 35 piano sonatas (including three very early ones) or other works.

Each of his nine symphonies (and an incipient tenth) is completely different from any previous one, and he showed similar originality in every major genre of the time, from his only opera Fidelio and his mighty Missa solemnis to his numerous settings of folk songs, which he treated in an entirely novel way. He achieved his goal through a combination of natural genius and sheer hard work: every one of his major compositions is the result of painstaking refinement, evident in the many thousands of pages of musical sketches that he wrote.

It is not always realised, however, that Beethoven was extraordinary in other ways too. Having no wife or family of his own, he spent enormous energy on helping his nephew, and he was deeply religious. Indeed his goodness and kindness were so evident to his contemporaries that at least three of them independently asserted that he was even greater as a human being than as a musician. Considering that many regard him as the greatest composer in history, such praise is astonishing.

Beethoven also responded strikingly to political upheavals – the French Revolution and the ensuing Napoleonic wars. Although no political activist, he made his hatred of tyranny very plain in works such as Fidelio and his music for Goethe’s play Egmont.

Yet it is the quality of his music that has ensured his lasting reputation. Although its novelty initially puzzled some of his contemporaries, repeated hearings and study have shown that it is based on firm foundations. Its combination of beauty and unpredictability, extreme emotional depth and intellectual rigour, across so many genres, is unsurpassed and probably always will be.

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