Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

The fast and friendly guide to Beethoven

Classic FM's Fast and Friendly Guide to Beethoven

01:56

Top Beethoven pieces

Ludwig Van Beethoven Conductor: Claudio Abbado Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4297622

Fidelio - Overture artwork

Fidelio - Overture Ludwig Van Beethoven Conductor: Daniel Harding Ensemble: German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: VIRGIN Catalogue ID: VC 5453642

Ludwig Van Beethoven Conductor: Ivan Fischer Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra Soloists: Richard Goode Record label: Nonesuch Catalogue ID: 7559 799283

Ludwig Van Beethoven Conductor: Simon Rattle Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: EMI Catalogue ID: 7243 5574452

Symphony No.4 in Bb major Opus 60 (4) artwork

Symphony No.4 in Bb major Opus 60 (4) Ludwig Van Beethoven Conductor: Simon Rattle Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: A.C. Green Record label: EMI Catalogue ID: 7243 5574452

Ludwig Van Beethoven Conductor: Bernard Haitink Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra Record label: LSO Live Catalogue ID: LSO 0090

Ludwig Van Beethoven Conductor: Douglas Boyd Ensemble: Manchester Camerata Record label: Avie Catalogue ID: AV 2245

Most shared Beethoven features

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven's Symphonies: Where To Start

Beethoven's Facebook Page

If composers had Facebook: Beethoven's profile

Beethoven tuning fork

Here’s a recording of Beethoven’s actual tuning fork

Multi-Story Orchestra Beethoven

It’s a performance of Beethoven, but in a car park

Beethoven Ode to Joy Ragtime

This ragtime version of Beethoven's Ode to Joy is sublimely cheery

Dvorak Rusulka

Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor ('Choral')

Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes’ guide to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20