It's Beethoven's birthday, born this day (probably) in 1770. To mark the occasion, each member of the Bachtrack office has selected their favourite Beethoven work or moment... some very familiar and some a little off the beaten track!

In the meantime, if you take a look at our dedicated composer page, you can read reviews and find concerts featuring Beethoven's music. 

To kick us off, German editor Hedy has chosen Beethoven in jocular mood, his Rage over a lost penny

French editor Luce has opted for a more serious... Beethoven's overture to Goethe's play Egmont

David has also chosen a Goethe link... Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea from Faust, one of his Op.75 set of Lieder:

Mark has chosen the Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major, but in a performance which may surprise - Arthur Schoonderwoerd is partnered by the chamber forces of Cristofori: 

Dance editor Alexandra has chosen the second movement of the “Pastoral” Symphony, conducted by the late, great Frans Brüggen: 

Simon's not one for understatement. He's gone for the whole of the Diabelli Variations, probably the greatest set of variations ever composed. 

Felicity has chosen another favourite piano piece - the “Moonlight” Sonata, but the furious finale, rather than the much-loved opening movement. Here, it is played by Wilhelm Kempff: 

Alison has chosen the epic Fifth Symphony, choosing the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen – click here to view on RSPO Play.