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Radio 3 invited four of the world's most respected experts on Beethoven to act as guides to different areas of the composer's works, and to place them in the context of his life. Read their biographies below.

    Roger Norrington
    Sir Roger Norrington

    Distinguished conductor Sir Roger Norrington acted as guide to Beethoven's symphonies.

    John Suchet
    John Suchet

    Writer and broadcaster John Suchet read excerpts from his three-volume biography of Beethoven, helping to put the works in the context of the composer's life.

    Alfred Brendel (Photo copyright: Hanya Chala)
    Alfred Brendel

    The esteemed pianist and composer Alfred Brendel, one of the world's foremost interpreters of the works of Beethoven,acted as guide to the piano works.

    Peter Cropper (Photo copyright:Barbara Klemm for Universal)
    Peter Cropper

    The leader of the Lindsay Quartet acted as guide to the String Quartets of Beethoven.

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