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1 Beethoven: Overture from Fidelio, Op. 72b / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Masur  
2 Symphony #5 in C Minor, Op. 67 - Allegro con brio / Vienna Philharmonic, Kleiber  
3 Piano Sonata #8 in C Minor, Op. 13 - Adagio cantabile / Ashkenazy  
4 String Quartet #2 in G Major, Op. 18, #2 - Allegro molto, quasi presto / Melos Quartet  
5 Symphony #2 in D Major, Op. 36 - Allegro molto / Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Solti  
6 Septet in Eb Major, Op. 20 - Scherzo / Berlin Philharmonic Octet  
7 Piano Concerto #5 in Eb Major, Op. 73 - Adagio un poco mosso / Staatskapelle Dresden  
8 Symphony #9 in D Minor, Op. 125 - Molto vivace / Berlin Philharmonic, von Karajan  
9 Mass in D Major, Op. 123 - Kyrie / The Monteverdi Choir  
10 Violin Sonata #5 in F Major, Op. 24 - Rondo / Kremer, Argerich  
11 The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 - Turkish March / Berlin Philharmonic, Klee  
12 Overture from The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 / Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  
13 Symphony #6 in F Major, Op. 68 - Hirtengesang / Orchestra Of The 18th Century, Bruggen  
14 Piano Concerto #4 in G Major, Op. 58 - Rondo / BBC Symphony Orchestra  
15 An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 - Auf dem Hugel sitz ich spahend / Wunderlich, Schmidt  
16 String Quartet #6 in Bb Major, Op. 18, #6 - Scherzo / Takacs Quartet  
17 Symphony #4 in Bb Major, Op. 60 - Allegro ma non troppo / Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique  
18 Fidelio, Op. 72/Act 1 - O welche Lust / Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic  
19 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 - Rondo / Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen  
20 Piano Sonata #20 in G Major, Op. 49, #2 - Tempo di Menuetto / Paik  
21 Overture from Egmont, Op. 84 / Vienna Philharmonic, Abbado  
22 Symphony #3 in Eb Major, Op. 55 - Scherzo / West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Barenboim  
23 String Quartet #13 in Bb Major, Op. 130 - Cavatina / Amadeus Quartet  
24 Symphony #8 in F Major, Op. 93 - Allegro vivace / Berlin Philharmonic, von Karajan  
25 Twelve Contredanses, WoO 14 - I / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Marriner  
26 Twelve Contredanses, WoO 14 - II / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Marriner  
27 Twelve Contredanses, WoO 14 - III / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Marriner  
28 Twelve Contredanses, WoO 14 - IV / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Marriner  
29 Twelve Contredanses, WoO 14 - V / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Marriner  
30 Piano Concerto #1 in C Major, Op. 15 - Rondo / Argerich, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sinopoli  
31 Symphony #7 in A Major, Op. 92 - Allegretto / Vienna Philharmonic, Kleiber  
32 Mass in C Major, Op. 86 - Gloria / The Monteverdi Choir  
33 Serenade for Flute,Violin,&Viola in DMaj, Op. 25-Entrata / Zoeller, Brandis, Ueberschaer  
34 Piano Sonata #14 in C# Minor, Op. 27, #2 - Adagio sostenuto / Perahia  
35 Six Minuets WoO 10 - #2 in G Major / Pletnev  
36 Overture from Zur Namensfeier, Op. 115 / Vienna Philharmonic, Abbado  
37 String Quartet #9 in C Major, Op. 59, #3 - Allegro molto / Emerson String Quartet  
38 Symphony #9 in D Minor, Op. 125 - 'Ode to Joy' / Bavarian Radio Choir  

Many people picture grim-faced Beethoven, shaking his fist at the heavens and persisting through deafness and illness to compose works of transcendent beauty, but he also stirs emotions that feel both deeply personal and ubiquitous. There are moments of red-cheeked optimism, quiet introspection, playful dances, heroic declarations, a restless search for the sublime. And while Beethoven is perhaps most famous for his sonatas and symphonies, he composed an opera, chamber works, songs, sacred music, incidental music for the stage, even dances. Taken together, these selections paint a rich portrait of Beethoven's humanity, which has attracted artists of the highest caliber such as Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber, Janine Jansen, and Martha Argerich. Some of these recordings are legendary, but all of them jump out with their undeniable virtuosity and brilliance. This collection may remind you of that iconic portrait of immortal Genius suffering for Art, but it will also reacquaint you with an artist from another time who somehow captured so much of the human experience.