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, both 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.
The great bonus of this audio-biography is that the development of Beethoven’s music can be heard in the context of his life. What did he write in those early, ambitious years when he was at the peak of his musical powers? What did he write when beset with anxiety over his failing hearing? And what was the music that insisted on pouring out of him, even though he couldn’t hear it himself?
Jeremy Siepmann draws us into the private world of Ludwig van Beethoven, with the composer portrayed with rugged vividness by Bob Peck.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2003 Naxos AudioBooks (P)2003 Naxos AudioBooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kukkonen on 15-10-17

Best part was to hear music.

Maybe little bit short, you are supposed to know everything already. Story closer to Wikipedia than proper storytelling, but to able to hear the actual music makes it all worth.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 14-07-17

Excellent introduction

I wanted to learn more about the great man and this book was the perfect introduction to his life, character and music. It was engaging, informative and interesting. I like the mixture of narrative , music and readings from contemporary diaries and letters etc. I enjoyed listening to this book : it is a great place to start your study.

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3 out of 5 stars
By SydSavvy on 20-10-14

I'm a Believer

Makes a great case for Beethoven. I didn't realize there were so many of his works I don't know in addition to the ones I do. Chopin is still my favorite, but I have new music to explore now and I do recognize the genius.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Darren E Ryan on 12-10-16

A great audible experience

A great intertwining of story and the music that is vital to that story. Edifying and thoroughly enjoyable.

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