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Every Beethoven Symphony to download…

In a move that genuinely astonishes and stuns me with it’s awesomeness, my department at the BBC has just started a week in which every note of Beethoven’s ouevre will be broadcast on the radio. And as if that wasn’t enough of a shock to the system, over this coming week you can download in unencrypted MP3 form each of Beethoven’s nine symphonies to keep forever. Each symphony is performed by the BBC Philharmonic and prefaced with some introductory comments and contextualising information, and you can get the first and third symphony right now. Stunning. Delightful.

32 replies on “Every Beethoven Symphony to download…”

Thank you for reminding me about this 🙂 Very nice of the corp. to offer this, and this is what makes the Beeb superior to any other network.

Only 128kbps for the downloads, though. Sigh. It may be nitpicking, but 192kbps would have been perfect.

192kb/s would indeed be lovely and having an Ogg alternative even better but I’m not complaining. Thanks, Auntie, and thanks to Tom for the link.

I applaud the DRM-free downloads. However, I’m curious about the terms on which the recordings are offered. Are they being released into the public domain, or is the BBC (or someone else) retaining the copyright? If they remain copyrighted, what sort of license is being offered? (e.g., can people re-distribute the files, can they modify them and distribute the modified version, etc).
Just curious. If this information is already on the BBC site, I apologize, but I couldn’t find it.

“The BBC grants you a 7-day, non-exclusive licence to download this Beethoven Experience audio.
You may not copy, reproduce, edit, adapt, alter, republish, post, broadcast, transmit, make available to the public, or otherwise use this audio in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use.
You may not use this file for the purpose of promoting, advertising, endorsing or implying a connection with you (or any third party) and the BBC, its agents or employees.
The BBC will not be liable for any loss or damage which you may suffer as a result of or connected with the download or use of this file.”
From the download page Tom pointed to.
You can download and use it for your personal use, but that’s all.

I missed downloading the 1st and 3rd, and they are no longer posted on the BBC Radio 3 download page. Anyone know where I might get them? Thanks!

Just found out about this beautiful initiative yesterday evening, so I missed 5 out of 5. According to the “Download Disclaimer” it should not be possible to get them anymore. However, maybe someone has a suggestion how to get them??

Hmm, seems lots of people have my problem – they missed the oportunity – I WAS ON HOLIDAY! Is there a way to get these now that anyone knows?

I have the same question 🙁
If anybody has a hint on where to get them, please do let us know!

I missed downloading the 1st and 3rd too. Anyone know where I might get them? Thanks!
A fan from Belgium

I missed the chance to download symphony no.3. If someone can share theirs with me, I’ll share what I have.

can you tell me a site where i can download the rest i need(1-8) bbc is not offering to let people download it now? i did got 9 and that’s wonderful.

I’m a mexican guy and I think is great idea to allow people to get those masterpieces which I really like.

I’d like to access for beethoven symphonys Because
Ilike it so much
hoping you to agree

Friend told me symphony 7 movement 2 is beautiful, so I want to hear it.

If you want to download all Beethoven’s symphonies the easiest way to do it is to use bittorrent, first download a client – a popular one is azureus then go to and search for beethoven symphonies there are a lot of results all different qualities and sizes, choose the one you want and click on it then click download torrent and select open. The torrent will open up in Azureus and as soon as you’ve selected a save directory it will start downloading. Happy listening 😀

Typical BBC and the rest of UK, lot of noise, then nothing much happens and quality also not the best.

I like Beethoven’s symphonies so much that, on hearing it is like entering into a new world

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