Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

The fast and friendly guide to Beethoven

Classic FM's Fast and Friendly Guide to Beethoven

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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

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Beethoven's Facebook Page

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David Beckham Beethoven

David Beckham plays Beethoven's greatest symphony (with footballs)

Beethoven Darth Vader

The Star Wars Imperial March in the style of Beethoven sounds momentous and sad

'Ode to Joy', played on theremins

Watch: A massive THEREMIN ensemble plays ‘Ode to Joy’

Favourite symphony

Quiz: Can we guess your favourite symphony in just NINE questions?

Beethoven happy birthday

Happy Birthday in the style of Beethoven's Pathetique sonata is actually ingenious