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Life and Works: BEETHOVEN (Siepmann)

Life and Works
Ludwig van Beethoven

Author and narrator: Jeremy Siepmann
Bob Peck as Beethoven
Other parts taken by Neville Jason, David Timson, Elaine Claxton and Karen Archer
4 CDs
184-page booklet
Naxos 8.558024-27
ISBN: 1-84379-091-2

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 such rugged vividness by Bob Peck.

Disc 1

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Ludwig van Beethoven: Life and Works
1.   Childhood and Youth 00:00:22
2.   Symphony No. 7 in A (finale) 00:05:11
3.   Hammerklavier Sonata, op. 106 (exc.) 00:04:31
4.   Beethoven as a pianist 00:04:24
5.   Sonata in C, op. 2 No. 3 (finale) 00:04:58
6.   Beethoven as Pianist 00:04:25
7.   German Dance, WoO 8, No. 4 00:06:24
8.   Beethoven's Vienna 00:07:50
9.   Sextet in E flat, op. 81b (first movement) 00:02:13
10.   Beethoven as Friend, Pupil and Artist 00:07:41
11.   Trio in C Minor, op. 1 no. 1 (finale) 00:07:14
12.   Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat (finale) 00:05:59
13.   The Onset of Deafness 00:03:29
14.   Appassionata Sonata (finale) 00:08:10

Disc 2

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Ludwig van Beethoven: Life and Works
1.   The Crest of the Wave 00:00:38
2.   Septet in B flat (Scherzo) 00:06:53
3.   Sonata Pathetique, op. 13 (Exc.) 00:03:18
4.   Beethoven in Love 00:03:37
5.   Piano Sonata in C - Sharp Minor, op. 27, no. 2 (exc.) 00:01:24
6.   A Winning Streak 00:01:11
7.   Symphony no. 2 in D, finale (exc.) 00:03:04
8.   Beethoven in Crisis: the Heiligenstadt Testament 00:05:24
9.   Eroica Symphony: Funeral March (exc.) 00:03:55
10.   Beethoven and Heroism 00:06:24
11.   Eroica Symphony, finale (exc.) 00:01:52
12.   Beethoven the Revolutionary 00:02:54
13.   Razumovsky Quartet No. 1 pp.59 no. 1, Adagio (exc.) 00:03:58
14.   Beethoven and Women 00:08:15
15.   Violin Concerto in D, op. 61, First movement (exc.) 00:06:24
16.   Beethoven the Performer 00:06:56
17.   Emperor Concerto, finale (complete) 00:10:00

Disc 3

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Ludwig van Beethoven: Life and Works
1.   Beethoven and Suffering 00:00:56
2.   Coriolan Overture 00:08:24
3.   Beethoven and Fate 00:03:59
4.   Fifth Symphony, first movement (complete) 00:07:30
5.   Fifth Symphony, finale (exc.) 00:01:24
6.   Beethoven and the Transcendence of Suffering 00:02:17
7.   Seventh Symphony, first movement (exc.) 00:04:16
8.   Beethoven, Goethe and Self - pity 00:02:59
9.   Beethoven on his Method of Composing 00:01:57
10.   Beethoven and Unrequited Love 00:03:11
11.   Serioso Quartet, op. 95. first movement 00:04:52
12.   The Immortal Beloved 00:07:59
13.   Violin Sonata in G, op. 96, first movement 00:10:03
14.   To the Brink of Suicide - and beyond 00:03:00
15.   Battle Symphone (exc.) 00:02:54
16.   Prisoner's Chorus from Fidelio 00:07:12

Disc 4

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Ludwig van Beethoven: Life and Works
1.   Archduke Trio 00:04:07
2.   Beethoven 'kidnaps' Karl 00:08:48
3.   Beethoven's Manner & Appearance 00:03:16
4.   Pastoral symphony (exc.) 00:02:55
5.   Beethoven as a ' parent ' 00:17:22
6.   Piano sonata No. 32, Op. 111 00:04:50
7.   Beethoven and Friendship 00:04:27
8.   His attitudes to Publication 00:01:10
9.   Beethoven as Conductor 00:01:21
10.   Ninth symphony (Scherzo) (exc.) 00:03:53
11.   His Final Works 00:01:53
12.   String Quartet in B flat, Op. 130 ('Cavatina') 00:07:06
13.   Beethoven's Death 00:05:29
14.   Music 6: Ninth Symphony (exc.) 00:04:01

Total Playing Time: 04:52:29

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Siepmann, Jeremy

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Music Biographies

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.558024-27

Barcode: 0636943802427

Physical Release: 03/2001

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