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‘A giant of Western classical music, Beethoven demands suitably prodigious recognition on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth. Our complete edition of the composer’s output certainly achieves that: its 90 discs and authoritative supporting notes capture both the diversity of the music and the depth of the man.

Everything is there, from universally known masterpieces to rarities and recently reconstructed fragments and sketches. Commanding performances by some of Beethoven’s greatest contemporary exponents provide a perfect record of his musical genius. Listeners will never tire of revisiting these interpretations in our comprehensive presentation of Beethoven’s orchestral, concerto, keyboard, chamber, choral and vocal works, not forgetting his music for the stage.

It has been a pleasure for me, over the past decades, to assemble this testament to the composer. I know that listeners will find equal delight in having this compendium to hand in the decades ahead.’

Klaus Heymann, founding chairman of Naxos

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Edition (Complete) (90 DISCS)
8.500250 [90 DISCS]
Over 100 hours of music
Over 1,550 tracks
Includes 136-page book
Includes World Premiere Recordings
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Complete Edition

Various Artists

Beethoven’s monumental contribution to Western classical music is celebrated here in this definitive collection marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Surveying the totality of his career and achievement, the Complete Edition spans orchestral, concerto, keyboard, chamber, music for the stage, choral and vocal works, encompassing his most familiar and iconic masterpieces, alongside rarities and recently reconstructed fragments and sketches in world premiere recordings. The roster of artists and ensembles includes some of Beethoven’s greatest contemporary exponents, in performances that have won critical acclaim worldwide.

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Includes a 136-page booklet with the full and detailed track list, and comprehensive notes on Beethoven’s life and works.
Two free album downloads of Liszt piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies or songs.
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DIGITAL PLAYLIST            
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 KEYBOARD.

Beethoven’s music for solo piano contains some of his most visionary, groundbreaking and memorable works. Drawn from the Complete Edition boxed set (Naxos 8.500250), the selected movements from Beethoven’s most well-known piano sonatas illustrate his dynamism as a composer and pianist, as well as his gift for flowing melodic beauty, with a wide range of variation and emotion. The smaller pieces highlight the composer’s command of variation form and, in the case of the Rondo a capriccio in G major (‘Rage over a Lost Penny'), his scintillating powers of bravura wit.

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.

Each month, we also have corresponding digital albums that you may download and enjoy again and again. Please click on the cover image to the left to download this month's release!
FEATURED ARTISTS            
Takako Nishizaki
Maria Kliegel
Boris Giltburg
Jenő Jandó
Leif Segerstam
Kodály Quartet
Martin Galling • Sergio Gallo • Patrick Gallois • Boris Giltburg • Amy and Sara Hamann • Jenő Jandó
Jakub Junek • Dong-Suk Kang • Maria Kliegel • Warren Lee • Takako Nishizaki • Carl Petersson • Hermann Prey
Matti Salminen • Konstantin Scherbakov • Kazunori Seo • Nina Tichman • Stefan Vladar • Larry Weng • Ian Yungwook Yoo
Fine Arts Quartet • Kodály Quartet • New Zealand Piano Quartet • Xyrion Trio
Capella Istropolitana • Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • Minnesota Orchestra
Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra • Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra • Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra • Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Staatskapelle Dresden • Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt • Hilary Davan Wetton • Oliver Dohnányi • Béla Drahos • Stephen Gunzenhauser
Michael Halász • Kenneth Jean • James Judd • Ondrej Lenárd • Kenneth Schermerhorn
Leif Segerstam • Stanisław Skrowaczewski • Marek Štilec
WHAT’S INSIDE THE BOX            
ORCHESTRAL 1–8
Symphonies Nos. 1–9 • Overtures • Wellington’s Victory • German and Viennese Dances
Marches • Minuets
CONCERTO 9–13
Piano Concertos Nos. 1–5 • Piano Concerto, Op. 61a • Piano Concerto, WoO 4 • Violin Concerto
Triple Concerto • Romances • Fragments
KEYBOARD 14–34
Piano Sonatas Nos. 1–32 • Early Sonatas • Dances and Bagatelles • Piano Variations
Works for Piano Four Hands • The Creatures of Prometheus (version for piano)
Wellington’s Victory (version for piano) • Fragments, Arrangements and Sketches
CHAMBER 35–65
Violin Sonatas • Cello Sonatas • Flute Sonatas and Serenades • Horn Sonata • String Trios
String Quartets • String Quintets • Piano Trios • Piano Quartets • Wind Quintet • Sextets
Septet • Octet • Preludes and Fugues • Canons • Dances and Marches
Duets, Trios and Quartets • National Airs and Variations • Fragments
STAGE 66–72
Fidelio • Leonore • Egmont • King Stephen • The Creatures of Prometheus
The Ruins of Athens • The Consecration of the House • Leonore Prohaska • Germania
CHORAL 73–77
Missa solemnis • Mass in C major • Choral Fantasy • Christ on the Mount of Olives
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage • Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II
Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II • The Glorious Moment • Opferlied
Abschiedsgesang • Cantata campestre • Gesang der Mönche • Der freie Mann • Bundeslied
VOCAL 78–90
Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English Songs • Folk Songs • Lieder • Concert Arias
Canons and Musical Jokes • Fragments and Alternative Versions


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