Gramophone Friday, February 7, A beginner's guide to the 50 greatest Beethoven recordings, featuring extracts from the original Gramophone reviews, a playlist, and links to the albums on Apple Music. Following the overwhelming popularity of our lists of the 50 greatest Mozart , Bach , Chopin and Handel recordings, we have now gathered 50 of the finest recordings of Beethoven's music — Gramophone Award-winning albums, Recordings of the Month and Editor's Choice discs, from legendary performers like Artur Schnabel and Otto Klemperer to modern masters like Isabelle Faust and Riccardo Chailly. The list is organised by genre, beginning with orchestral works, then moving though chamber, instrumental, vocal and opera. We have also included extracts from the original Gramophone reviews, which are drawn from Gramophone 's Reviews Database of more than 40, entries. To find out more about subscribing to this unique and endlessly fascinating resource, visit: gramophone. Listen to extracts from each of the recordings in our 'Beethoven: Great Recordings' playlist on Apple Music. The freshness of this set is remarkable.
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Piano Concertos Nos 1-5
The entire corpus of Beethoven's piano sonatas is contained in this two-volume work — 32 sonatas in all. Volume Two contains the seventeen sonatas from Beethoven's second and third periods, including the Waldstein, the Appassionata, and the Hammerklavier. The music is reproduced directly from the exemplary Universal-Edition set edited by Heinrich Schenker. Combining scrupulous scholarship and profound artistic vision, Schenker achieved an edition which is universally admired by musicians and scholars. He used more autographs as sources than any previous editor of the sonatas, and he was the first to reproduce in print the visual impression of the autographs. For this Dover edition, Schenker's footnotes have been translated into English and his preface retranslated. A new introduction by Carl Schachter has also been included.
Dec 17, ; d Vienna, March 26, German composer. His early achievements, as composer and performer, show him to be extending the Viennese Classical tradition that he had inherited from Mozart and Haydn. As personal affliction — deafness, and the inability to enter into happy personal relationships — loomed larger, he began to compose in an increasingly individual musical style, and at the end of his life he wrote his most sublime and profound works. From his success at combining tradition and exploration and personal expression, he came to be regarded as the dominant musical figure of the 19th century, and scarcely any significant composer since his time has escaped his influence or failed to acknowledge it. For the respect his works have commanded of musicians, and the popularity they have enjoyed among wider audiences, he is probably the most admired composer in the history of Western music.
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