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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


Beethoven has a prominent place in the pantheon of composers, for his influence has stretched far beyond his stature even as the greatest German composer of the Classical period.

After an unhappy childhood there were abortive attempts at studying with Albrectsberger and Salieri. He settled in Vienna establishing himself as a freelance musician, rebelling against the common practice of court patronage. Deafness afflicted him from early manhood and eventually became total, bringing to an end his performing career but not his composing.

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Further Reading: Beethoven

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven's Leonore from René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester

The original 1805 version of Beethoven's only opera is a high-adrenaline experience in the hands of the Belgian conductor and his period-instrument band, with Marlis Petersen in the title-role and Maximilian Schmitt as her imprisoned husband.

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven Symphonies from Ádám Fischer and the Danish Chamber Orchestra

Ádám Fischer conducts the Danish Chamber Orchestra in frequently thrilling, occasionally controversial, but always fascinating performances of Beethoven's symphonies.

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