Free Beethoven and Mozart Recordings via Podcast

Beethoven_1See our follow up piece: More Free Classical Music Podcasts: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner and Some Yo-Yo Ma

Courtesy of Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcasting service, you can fill your iPod at no cost with some exceptional classical music. We’d particularly encourage you to focus on two podcasts. First, Beethovenfest (iTunes Feed Web Site), which lets users download “Beethoven’s most famous symphonies performed by excellent young orchestras.” Next, Classical Masterpieces (iTunes Feed Web Site), which gives you free access to symphonies by Mozart, Strauss, Schumann, Brahms, and Bruckner, each presented by conductor Kent Nagano and the internationally known DSO Berlin. (Incidentally, a quite large collection of free classical music can also be found on Wikipedia. Thanks to one of our readers for letting us know.)

Finally, we should mention that Deutsche Welle offers a lot of other free podcasts in English. Take for example Inspired Minds (iTunes Feed Web Site), a series of podcasts exploring the world’s great thinkers, or Deutsche Warum Nicht? (iTunes), a multi-part series that will teach you German from the ground up. A great trove of content that’s worth your time.

You can find more classical music in our Music Podcast Collection .

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  1. Don Kauffman says . . . | January 5, 2007 / 2:11 am

    Magnatune provides several podcasts, many of which feature classical music:

  2. trevor Nohcudg says . . . | January 5, 2007 / 4:32 am

    While this is public domain material is this the target market and on the hit parade of kids with iPods ?

  3. Chirag says . . . | January 5, 2007 / 2:39 pm

    Thank You.

  4. jaknudsen says . . . | January 6, 2007 / 1:11 pm

    to Don Kauffman: I believe the target market of iPods includes more than kids/youth.

  5. Ignat Drozdov says . . . | January 10, 2007 / 12:01 pm

    Thank you. Do they offer solo piano works by any chance?

  6. Bev Schilton says . . . | July 29, 2007 / 2:32 am

    Great tip. I have heard so many amaizing interviews on Deutsche Welle’s Inpsired Minds – Sting, Doris Lesing, Roddy Doyle even the Dalia Lama. Great great show. Thanks you

  7. Sangesh says . . . | October 28, 2007 / 11:17 pm

    It is hard to find these types to classical recordings. Thank you for sharing this.

  8. Links for 2007-01-10 by Graham English says . . . | December 9, 2007 / 9:38 am

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  9. sergey zaks says . . . | April 23, 2010 / 7:51 am

    Classical Connect ( has more than 2,000 free recordings of classical music, many of them by Beethoven and Mozart. Check it out!

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