Beethoven

Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven (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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Beethoven

Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (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, Fideli...
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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
REGER Variations on a Theme of Mozart
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsodies Nos. 1 & 2
DOHNÁNYI Wedding Waltz
SIBELIUS Finlandia
Recorded 1936-42
Total duration: 77:45

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Hermann Abendroth,
conductor

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BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas 1-32
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto Nos. 1-5
BEETHOVEN Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Recorded 1950-1958


Wilhelm Backhaus, piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Clemens Krauss,
conductor
Karl Böhm,
conductor
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, conductor

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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Recorded in 1952 and 1950
Total duration: 61:45

Wilhelm Backhaus,
piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Clemens Krauss,
conductor
Karl Böhm,
conductor

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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5
Recorded in 1951 and 1953
Total duration: 70:11

Wilhelm Backhaus, piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Clemens Krauss,
conductor

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BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
BEETHOVEN Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120
Recorded in 1954 and 1958
Total duration: 76:51

Wilhelm Backhaus, piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,
conductor
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    BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas 1-4
    Recorded in 1952 and 1953
    Total duration: 79:27

    Wilhelm Backhaus, piano