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

Ludwig van Beethoven

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen's voice has been called one-in-a-million. James Hole /Decca Records hide caption

toggle caption
James Hole /Decca Records

From Norway With Horsepower: Soprano Lise Davidsen Is Conquering Opera

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/980863482/981309975" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven, painted in 1804 by W.J. Mähler. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

toggle caption
Wikimedia Commons

Beethoven's Life, Liberty And Pursuit Of Enlightenment

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/945428466/947440121" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, ca. 1818. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

toggle caption
Wikimedia Commons

Let's Celebrate Beethoven's 250th

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/946339676/946478695" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique are performing all nine of Beethoven's symphonies in a series of concerts celebrating the composer's 250th birthday. Chris Lee/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Chris Lee/Courtesy of the artist

Revisiting Beethoven's Beloved, Radical Symphonies For His 250th Birthday

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/808920482/808995351" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), painted by Kloeber circa 1805. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Music And Morality Of Beethoven's Mighty Ninth

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/785098204/785804916" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Run-D.M.C. backstage at the Grammy Awards in March 1987. The hip-hop group's 1986 album Raising Hell is one of 25 new inductees to the Library of Congress Recording Registry. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Run-DMC, Pauline Oliveros, 'Rumours,' Chic And Beethoven Added To Library Of Congress

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/595559862/595791480" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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

toggle caption
Courtesy of China National Symphony Orchecstra

Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491353170/491390066" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Herbert von Karajan Siegfried Lauterwasser/DG hide caption

toggle caption
Siegfried Lauterwasser/DG

Herbert von Karajan's Symphonic Obsessions

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/89313251/89408870" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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

toggle caption
Ebru Yildiz/for NPR

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

toggle caption
AJ Wilhelm/NPR
Carlos Waters/NPR

Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley: Tiny Desk Concert

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/392377690/392395037" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

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

toggle caption
AJ Wilhelm/for NPR

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

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/336656578/337531189" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript