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The top 10 recordings of Beethoven to help start your collection, by Gramophone

Ludwig van Beethoven remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers, he was both sent by God and inspired by God. ‘Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy,’ he is quoted as saying. Gramophone now gives  a list of the top 10 recordings to help start your collection…

1. Symphony No 9, ‘Choral’,  Hybrid SACD – DSD

2. Piano Concerto No 5, ‘Emperor’, Orchestre Symphonique de

3. Late String Quartets, Takacs Quartet

4. The Complete Piano Sonatas, Wilhelm Kempff

5. SYMPHONY NO.5/7, Arturo Toscanini

6. Fidelio, Hungarian Radio Chorus

7. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Jascha Heifetz

8. Symphony No 3,  Giovanni AntoniniSuper Audio CD – DSD

9. Missa Solemnis, Monteverdi Choir

10. Piano Concertos 4 & 5, Emil Gilels