‘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’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.
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.
We conclude Beethoven’'s 250th jubilee year with a collection of his GREATEST HITS.
Beethoven’s inexhaustible geniuscovered nearly all genres of music and this selection of award-winning performances offers a conspectus of single movements from his very greatest and most famous works. His unequalled legacy is represented by three epochal symphonies, excerpts from his quartets and the named piano sonatas. From the mighty Missa solemnis to the delicate solo piano favourite Für Elise by way of concertos for violin, piano and the Triple Concerto, all facets of Beethoven’s genius are explored.
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.
Themed Digital Album
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!
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