Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth
In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth year, we have curated a special Celebrate Beethoven playlist which is refreshed monthly according to various interesting themes based on his life, compositional periods, genre, and more. The tracks are sourced from the Naxos Complete Beethoven Edition, a new 90-disc boxed set also released to mark the anniversary year, hailed by the critics or being the most comprehensive set available.
This month we focus on his music from his LATE COMPOSITIONAL PERIOD.
Follow the Celebrate Beethoven playlist on your favourite streaming platform to discover a wide range of works from one of the most influential composers in the history of classical music.
Although Beethoven’s later years were marked by ill health and deafness, the works from this period are some of his most ambitious. Solo and chamber pieces were intended for musical connoisseurs, with Beethoven’s new sound combining intense counterpoint and powerfully dramatic gestures. He declared the Missa solemnis the greatest piece of music he had ever written, and its universal message of peace joins that of brotherhood in the famous Ninth Symphony. This celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary brings together some of his finest music in acclaimed recordings from the Naxos catalogue.
Each month, we also have corresponding digital albums that you may download and enjoy again and again. Please click on the cover image to your left to download this month's release and remember to come back and visit our mini‑site each month for more amazing music!