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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (Composer)

Born: December 1770, Bonn

Died: 26th March 1827, Vienna

Nationality: Austrian, German

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. Beethoven remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music; his works rank amongst the most performed of the classical music repertoire. His works span the transition from the classical period to the romantic era in classical music. His career has conventionally been divided into early, middle, and late periods. The "early" period, during which he forged his craft, is typically considered to have lasted until 1802.

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 Recording of the Week, Beethoven Piano Concertos from Krystian Zimerman and Simon Rattle

Zimerman, Rattle, and the London Symphony Orchestra present expressively exuberant performances of Beethoven's five piano concertos that are full of joy, wit, and drama.

 Recording of the Week, François-Xavier Roth conducts Beethoven's Eroica Symphony

Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth return to the music of Beethoven with a dramatic, illuminating account of the Third Symphony, coupled with an energetic performance of an overture by Méhul.

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