Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a passion for rhythmically free musical lines. Lisa Marie Mazzucco/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Guest DJ: Simone Dinnerstein

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In 1959, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time by an all-Chinese orchestra and sung in Mandarin. Courtesy of China National Symphony Orchecstra hide caption

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Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

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Herbert von Karajan's Symphonic Obsessions

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra with pianist Jan Lisiecki at Carnegie Hall in a program inspired by Vienna. Ebru Yildiz/for NPR hide caption

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Conductor Simon Rattle took his Berlin Philharmonic and symphonies by Beethoven to Carnegie Hall for a week-long residency. AJ Wilhelm/NPR hide caption

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Beethoven Symphonies At Carnegie Hall Via Berlin

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The Tokyo Quartet untangles Beethoven's complex Grosse Fuge at WQXR's Greene Space. Pete Checchia/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Chamber Music In The Greene Space: The Tokyo String Quartet

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András Schiff takes late sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to Carnegie Hall. AJ Wilhelm/for NPR hide caption

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András Schiff Plays Mozart, Haydn, Schubert And Beethoven At Carnegie Hall

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Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"What's the first piece of classical music you fell in love with?" The question launched a blog, and an avalanche of powerful stories. Getty Images hide caption

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Classical Fans Tell Stories Of 'First Loves'

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Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley: Tiny Desk Concert

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A late 15th-century icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh with the Saints of Rostov adorns the cover of a new album of Russian Orthodox Church music by the vocal ensemble Conspirare. Harmonia Mundi hide caption

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Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened their 75th anniversary season at Tanglewood on July 6, 2012. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Tanglewood At 75: Opening Night With The Boston Symphony Orchestra

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The Emerson Quartet play Beethoven at the Savannah Music Festival. From left: Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, David Finckel and Lawrence Dutton Frank Stewart /Savannah Music Festival hide caption

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Beethoven's String Quartet Of Transcendence

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The Nashville Symphony celebrates the return to its acoustically rich concert hall after last spring's devastating flood. Harry Butler hide caption

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Mendelssohn: Fair Melusine Overture

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The Emerson Quartet's latest passion is the late string quartets by Dvorak. Lisa-Marie Mazzucco hide caption

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String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 [Allegretto]

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 live at Carnegie Hall on February 3, 2013. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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Carnegie Hall Live: Daniel Barenboim Leads The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

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