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Alastair

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  • The Life and Works of Beethoven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jeremy Siepmann
    • Narrated By Jeremy Siepmann
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    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.

    Rand says: "beethoven's life and works"
    "Functional but uninspired"
    Overall

    Audio is of course a natural format for a musical biography, and this delivers a competent short biography of the great man (turns out, not as stone deaf as the popular image). But this won't grab you like a novel the way a really good biography should, which is a shame considering he was such an interesting and iconic character. It's a bit dull - somehow I never quite connected with the subject at an emotional or psychological level; but you get the facts - often quite sad -without any sensationalist speculation or idle dallying. The splendid thing is the musical excerpts - I could have done with many more, and more musical analysis. Perhaps they were tacked on as an afterthought for the audio edition.
    For drivetime, only recommended if you a strong pre-existing interest in Ludwig van.

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