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This landmark series presents the lives and works of seven musical giants from the Baroque era to the twentieth century. It examines the backgrounds, influences and relationships that make these seven composers part of the very fabric of the history of western music. Each composer's life and work is presented through extensive performance sequences, and through interviews and comment from some of today's greatest artists and most respected authorities.
For many people, musicians and laymen alike, Beethoven is the most admired composer in the history of Western classical music – not only because of the intellectual rigour of his music, but also its expressive power. Beethoven’s struggle to resist being defeated by his deafness
has a parallel in his music. This programme explores all aspects of Beethoven’s life, the music and the man, his views on life, politics and the French Revolution. Contributors include conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Michael Tilson Thomas, pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, violinist Peter Cropper from The Lindsays, musicologist Charles Rosen, sociologist Tia de Nora, director Sir Peter Hall, Beethoven expert John Suchet and Beethoven scholars Barry Cooper, Bill Meredith, Basil Deane and William Kinderman.
Narrated by KENNETH BRANAGH
Music performed by the CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF EUROPE
Conducted by NIKOLAUS HARNONCOURT
Contributors include JOHN SUCHET • WILLIAM KINDERMAN • CHARLES ROSEN • MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS • NIKOLAUS HARNONCOURT • SIR PETER HALL • VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY
Running Time: 59 minutes
Picture Format: NTSC
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Kenneth Branagh (Narrator)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe,
Lindsay String Quartet
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