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


Disc 2

Beethoven, Ludwig van

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


Disc 3

Beethoven, Ludwig van

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


Disc 4

Beethoven, Ludwig van

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

Total Playing Time: 04:52:29






Composer(s):
Beethoven, Ludwig van

Reader(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Music Biographies

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.558024-27

Barcode: 0636943802427

Release Date: 03/2001

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