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Roll over Bonn... is Zutphen the real birthplace of Beethoven?

ClassicTalk with George Hamilton

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Dates: It's said Beethoven himself claimed to be born in 1772, not 1770

Dates: It's said Beethoven himself claimed to be born in 1772, not 1770

Dates: It's said Beethoven himself claimed to be born in 1772, not 1770

With this year marking the 250th anniversary of his birth, there'll be no shortage of material to read and hear about Ludwig van Beethoven.

This towering figure, whose influence is felt right across the classical sphere, has a real claim to be the greatest of them all.

From symphonies to sonatas, from concertos to his single opera - Fidelio - the German composer's interests spanned the spectrum.