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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Considered to have been the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, Beethoven remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.



Beethoven: Music for Winds
Beethoven: Music for Winds
The Wind Soloists’ new recording features youthful, entertaining and brilliant music by Beethoven. 

CKD 572  

Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3, 4 & 5
Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the SCO and pianist Artur Pizarro. 

BKD 336  

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
Beethoven's famous 'Pathetique', 'Moonlight', 'Tempest' and 'Appassionata' sonatas. 

CKD 244  

Beethoven: Last Three Piano Sonatas
Beethoven: Last Three Piano Sonatas
Pizarro's acclaimed second disc of Beethoven sonatas, beautifully played on a Blüthner piano. 

CKD 225  

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) was a German composer and pianist. He is considered to have been the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and a part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation in present-day Germany, he moved to Vienna in his early twenties and settled there, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. His hearing began to deteriorate in the late 1790s, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.

The Scotsman
5 Stars
'...a showstopper, where the very stuff of theatre – its tensions and releases, its compelling narrative vitality and emotional nuances – is played out in scintillating musical terms.'
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Terzwerk
'The musicians not only impress individually, but also harmonize as an ensemble.'
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The Herald
'...the line-up on this recording is particularly impressive...'
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MusicWeb International
'You couldn’t hope for more masterful, affable guides.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'The wind soloists of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra make a lovely job of them and throw in a handful of pleasing miniatures to fill the disc.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
'All the wit and character of all the individual players coming through but yet still at the service of the whole ensemble. Something close to a perfect balance of individuality and team spirit.'
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The Wee Review
4 Stars
'The wind soloists of the SCO demonstrate why they are Scotland’s, and indeed one of Britain’s, finest chamber ensembles.'
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