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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

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Price: $7.00

2 used & new available from

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

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5

Price: $17.79

4 used & new available from $9.99

3. Late String Quartets, Takacs Quartet

Beethoven: The Late String Quartets

Price: $32.59

18 used & new available from $25.47

4. The Complete Piano Sonatas, Wilhelm Kempff

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas

Price: $34.78

25 used & new available from $30.41

5. SYMPHONY NO.5/7, Arturo Toscanini

6. Fidelio, Hungarian Radio Chorus

Beethoven: Fidelio

Price: $9.88

29 used & new available from $1.22

7. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Jascha Heifetz

Beethoven, Brahms: Violin Concertos (1939, 1940)

Price: $8.96

19 used & new available from $1.70

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

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Price: $28.07

1 used & new available from

9. Missa Solemnis, Monteverdi Choir

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

Price: $16.97

58 used & new available from $1.70

10. Piano Concertos 4 & 5, Emil Gilels

Piano Concertos 4 & 5

Price: $19.95

10 used & new available from $16.49