Beethoven and the Romantics
Though he started composing during the Classical era, Beethoven is probably best remembered as a proto-Romantic, a composer who broadened the emotional range of Western music. Lyrical, demonstrative, even a little tempestuous, the works here (produced between the late 18th century and the early 20th) signal a shift toward expressivity that changed composition forever, culminating in the radical revisions of Modernism. We regularly update this playlist with new recordings. If you like a piece, add it to your library.