The Life and Works of Beethoven

  • by Jeremy Siepmann
  • Narrated by Jeremy Siepmann
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For many people, Beethoven is the greatest composer who ever lived. In this portrait-in-sound, actors' readings combine with his music to reveal a titanic personality, vulnerable and belligerent, comic and tragic, and above all, heroic, as he comes to grips with perhaps the greatest disability a musician can suffer. No man's music is more universal; few men's lives are more inspiring. In every sense but one - his modest height - he was a giant.
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Audible Editor Reviews

This superb documentary features an unpretentious, well-written, intelligent narrative; excerpts from the composer's own correspondence and other contemporary documents; and liberal, lengthy quotations of Beethoven's music. Most popular accounts, fiction and nonfiction, of Beethoven's life either sentimentalize or demonize the man. Here, however, we receive the most balanced and humane account of his personality. The author, a noted British musicologist, delivers his own copy with informality and warmth, and five worthy actors handle the excerpts. Best of all, Naxos has chosen music recordings that highlight the tempestuous romanticism that most notably informed Beethoven's groundbreaking works and personal gestalt.

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the magic of Beethoven

This audio book is so easy to listen to and it gives a clear idea of the life of this wonderful composer with its many difficulties. Some of these difficulties were the result of Beethovens inability to say out loud that he was becoming deaf and some were probably rooted in his unhappy childhood. I was left in tears with the last piece of music, Beethoven was right not to be worried about what would happen to his music - it will live forever
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- Margaret

Mainly music not biography

I wanted a biography of the composer. most of this recording is highlights from music, not what I wanted but quite well done if that's what you're after.
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- M. Blythe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-06-2001
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks