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Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

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Year of birth1770
Year of death1827
NationalityGermany
PeriodRomantic
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ViennaWeber, Beethoven & Schumann

Weber, Beethoven, Schumann
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Lahav Shani

CologneLondon Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Roger Norrington

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Roger Norrington
Beethoven, Saint-Saëns
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Roger Norrington; Fazıl Say

BirminghamBerlin Philharmonic String Quintet

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Tartini, Bartók
Philharmonisches Streichquintett der Berliner Philharmoniker

DüsseldorfDenis Matsuev Piano Recital

© Eugene Voensky
Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Denis Matsuev, Piano

StockholmBeethoven & Beamish with Biss

Beamish, Beethoven, Strauss R.
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Omer Meir Wellber; Jonathan Biss
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Thoughtful "Emperor" from Tinney and lively Symphony no.7

Hugh Tinney © Colm Hogan at Castletown House
Tinney delivers an intelligent, sensitive account of Beethoven's Piano concerto no. 5 while German conductor Alber stresses speed over subltety in Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
***11
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A balance of form and passion: Lars Vogt plays Brahms with RNS

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
A gloriously romantic performance by Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia of Brahms' First Piano Concerto, complemented by Beethoven and Schumann.
****1
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Flawed heroics bring Barenboim's Sydney stint to a finish

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin © Peter Adamik
Setting aside a disappointing first movement of the Eroica, the Berlin Staatskapelle under Barenboim deliver another polished and persuasive performance in their third Sydney concert.
****1
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A manifesto against war: Dubugnon première impresses in Brussels

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Some 15 minutes long, in a slow-fast-slow form, Le Tombeau de Napoléon wraps a taxing solo part for tenor trombone in a dramatically compelling and sonically thrilling orchestral canvas.
***11
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Sturm und drollery: Nelsons' Beethoven in Boston

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony in Beethoven © Robert Torres
Drive and energy in Andris Nelsons' pairing of the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies highlights their similarities rather than their differences. 
****1
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List of works
12 Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, Op.6612 Variations on a theme by Handel from Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 4532 variations on an original theme in C minor for piano, WoO 8033 variations for piano in C major 'Diabelli Variations', Op.120Abendlied unterm gestirnten HimmelAdelaïde, Op.46Ah! perfido, Op.65An den fernen Geliebten, Op.75 no.5An die ferne Geliebte, Op.98Andante Favori in F major, WoO 57AppassionataCello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op.69Cello Sonata no. 1 in F major, Op.5 no.1Cello Sonata no. 2 in G minor, Op.5 no.2Cello Sonata no. 4 in C major, Op.102 no.1Cello Sonata no. 5 in D major , Op.102 no.2Coriolan overture, Op.62Die Weihe des Hauses: overture (The consecration of the House), Op.124Duo for viola and cello 'mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern', WoO 32Egmont (overture and incidental music to Goethe's tragedy), Op.84Egmont, Op.84: OvertureEgmont, Op.84: Theatre musicElegischer Gesang (Elegiac Song), Op.118Eleven dances for seven instruments 'Mödlinger Tänze', WoO 151Es war einmal ein König, Op.75 no. 3Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus, and orchestra 'Choral Fantasy', Op.80FidelioFidelio, Op.72: OvertureFifteen variations and fugue for piano in E flat major "Eroica Variations", Op.35Five variations for piano 'on "Rule Britannia"', WoO 79Grosse Fuge - fugue for string quartet in B flat major, Op.133Horn Sonata in F major, Op.17Kakadu Variations, Op.121aKönig Stephan (King Stephen), Op.117König Stephan (King Stephen), Op.117: overtureLeonore Overture no. 2, Op.72aLeonore Overture no. 3, Op.72bLeonore Overture no.1, Op.138Mailied, Op.52 no.4Mass in D Major "Missa solemnis”, Op.123Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage) for chorus, Op.112Neue Liebe neues Leben, Op.75 no. 2Nine variations for piano on "Quant'è più bello" from Paisiello's La Molinara, WoO 69Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major, Op.15Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat major, Op.19Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, Op.37Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major, Op.58Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major "Emperor", Op.73Piano Fantasia in G minor, Op.77Piano Quartet no. 2 in D major, WoO 36 Piano Sonata no. 1 in F minor, Op.2 no.1Piano Sonata no. 10 in G major, Op.14 no.2Piano Sonata no. 11 in B flat major, Op.22Piano Sonata no. 12 in A flat major, Op.26Piano Sonata no. 13 in E flat major "quasi una fantasia", Op.27 no.1Piano Sonata no. 14 in C sharp minor "Moonlight", Op.27 no.2Piano Sonata no. 15 in D major, Op.28 "Pastoral”Piano Sonata no. 16 in G major, Op.31 no.1Piano Sonata no. 17 in D minor "Tempest", Op.31 no.2Piano Sonata no. 18 in E flat major "Hunt", Op.31 no.3Piano Sonata no. 19 in G minor, Op.49 no.1Piano Sonata no. 20 in G major, Op.49 no.2Piano Sonata no. 21 in C major "Waldstein", Op.53Piano Sonata no. 22 in F major, Op.54Piano Sonata no. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata', Op.57Piano Sonata no. 24 in F sharp major, "A Thérèse", Op.78Piano Sonata no. 25 in G major, Op.79Piano Sonata no. 26 in E flat major "Les Adieux", Op.81aPiano Sonata no. 27 in E minor, Op.90Piano Sonata no. 28 in A major, Op.101Piano Sonata no. 29 in B flat major "Hammerklavier", Op.106Piano Sonata no. 3 in C major, Op.2 no.3Piano Sonata no. 30 in E major, Op.109Piano Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, Op.110Piano Sonata no. 32 in C minor, Op.111Piano Sonata no. 4 in E flat major, Op.7Piano Sonata no. 6 in F major, Op.10 no. 2Piano Sonata no. 7 in D major, Op.10 no.3Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor "Pathétique", Op.13Piano Sonata no. 9 in E major, Op.14 no.1Piano Trio in B flat major "Gassenhauer", Op.11Piano Trio no. 1 in E flat major, Op.1 no.1Piano Trio no. 10, Op.44Piano Trio no. 11, Op.121Piano Trio no. 2 in G major, Op.1 no.2Piano Trio no. 5 in D major "Ghost", Op.70 no.1Piano Trio no. 6 in E flat major, Op.70 no.2Piano Trio no. 7 in B flat major 'Archduke', Op.97Piano Trio no. 8 in E flat major, WoO 38Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, Op.16Resignation 'Lisch aus, mein Licht': song, WoO149Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op.40Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op.50Selbstgespräch, WoO 114Septet in E flat major, Op.20Serenade for string trio in D major, Op.8Seven Bagatelles for piano, Op.33Seven variations for cello and piano on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", WoO 46Seven variations for piano 'on "God Save the King"', WoO 78Sextet in E flat major for 2 horns, 2 clarinets and two bassoons, Op.71Six Bagatelles for piano, Op.126Six variations for piano 'on "Nel cor piu non mi sento", WoO 76Six variations on an original theme for piano in F major, Op.34String Quartet Op.130 with Grosse Fuge Op.133String Quartet no. 1 in F major, Op.18 no.1String Quartet no. 10 in E flat major, "Harp", Op.74String Quartet no. 11 in F minor, "Serioso", Op.95String Quartet no. 12 in E flat major, Op.127String Quartet no. 13 in B flat major, Op.130String Quartet no. 14 in C sharp minor, Op.131String Quartet no. 15 in A minor, Op.132String Quartet no. 16 in F major, Op.135String Quartet no. 2 in G major, Op.18 no.2String Quartet no. 3 in D major, Op.18 no.3String Quartet no. 4 in C minor, Op.18 no.4String Quartet no. 5 in A major, Op.18 no.5String Quartet no. 6 in B flat major, Op.18 no.6String Quartet no. 7 in F major, "Razumovsky", Op.59 no.1String Quartet no. 8 in E minor, "Razumovsky", Op.59 no.2String Quartet no. 9 in C major, "Razumovsky", Op.59 no.3String Quintet in C major, Op.29String Quintet, Op.104String Trio in D major, Op.9 no.2String Trio no. 1 in E flat major, Op.3Symphony no. 1 in C major, Op.21Symphony no. 10 in E flat major: first movement (assambled by Barry Cooper)Symphony no. 2 in D major, Op.36Symphony no. 3 in E flat major "Eroica", Op.55Symphony no. 4 in B flat major, Op.60Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op.67Symphony no. 6 in F major "Pastoral", Op.68Symphony no. 7 in A major, Op.92Symphony no. 7 in A major, Op.92: AllegrettoSymphony no. 8 in F major, Op.93Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125: Ode to Joy finaleThe Creatures of Prometheus, (die Geschöpfe des Prometheus), Op.43The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: OvertureThree Equale for four trombones, WoO 35Trio for two Oboes and English Horn in C major, Op.87Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano in C major, Op.56Twelve contredanses for orchestra, WoO 14Twelve variations for piano 'on the Russian dance from Das Waldmädchen', WoO 71Twelve variations for piano and violin ' on "Se vuol ballare", WoO 40Variations in C on Là ci darem la mano from Mozart's Don Giovanni, WoO.28Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op.23Violin Sonata no. 1 in D major, Op.12 no.1Violin Sonata no. 10 in G major, Op.96Violin Sonata no. 2 in A major, Op.12 no.2Violin Sonata no. 3 in E flat major, Op.12 no.3Violin Sonata no. 5 in F major "Fruhling (Spring)", Op.24Violin Sonata no. 6 in A major, Op.30 no.1Violin Sonata no. 7 in C minor, Op.30 no.2Violin Sonata no. 8 in G major, Op.30 no.3Violin sonata No. 9 in A major, 'Kreutzer', Op.47Wellingtons Sieg oder die Schlacht bei Vittoria (Wellington's Victory, or The Battle of Vitoria), Op.91Wonne der Wehmut, Op.83 no. 1Zur Namensfeier Overture, Op.115