The music of Ludwig van Beethoven has challenged and inspired generations of musicians and music lovers. His life-story is no less challenging and inspiring, overcoming as he did numerous personal struggles and crises to create some of the best known and loved music ever composed.
The various pages of this online collection contain a fascinating array of documentaries, long-form interviews, reviews, podcasts and live concert recordings.
Peter Mechen surveys some of the great Beethoven symphony cycles: from the intense and visionary accounts of Bruno Walter in 1949, to the formative 1962 Karajan recordings, and into the 21st century… Audio
BEETHOVEN: Complete Symphonies; 8 Concert Overtures Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Riccardo Chailly (Decca 478 2721). Dianne James explores the first five symphonies in this exciting cycle of Beethoven… Audio