I know there's already a fav Beethoven Symphony thread. Hopefully this will be sufficiently different to justify itself.
A thread for a discussion of all things Beethoven. What are your favourite pieces? Favourite versions of pieces? Least favourite pieces? Least favourite versions of pieces? How do you rate him compared to the other composers? Post video links and amazon links! And would also appreciate recommendations towards any books about the man. Reliable books (ones that are more concerned with what the evidence actually says, rather than traditional anecdote/legend). People should also feel free to just marvel at how somebody created the stuff he did. How anybody could do that. Let alone a deaf man.