BEETHOVEN: The Gramophone guide to the best recordings


Beethoven truly felt that he was both sent by God and inspired by God. ‘Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy,’ he is quoted as saying. People approach Beethoven with a feeling of awe and reverence, an appropriate response to one of the supreme creative geniuses of history. Read full biography

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New to Beethoven? Here's a list of the top 10 recordings to help start your collection...