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Track Listing:

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
 

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Beethoven


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.