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Paul

Stockbridge, GA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

    Jacob says: "Really happy with the format"
    "Excellent!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought I had my favorite symphonies on my iphone, but wound up buying several versions of pretty much every work highlighted. Sorry Bartok estate.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Shostakovich - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    (19)
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    Dmitri Shostakovich is without a doubt one of the central composers of the 20th century. Drawing on both the flood of declassified documents from the Soviet Union that began in 1991 and Shostakovich's own extraordinarily frank posthumous reminiscences, Professor Greenberg shows how Shostakovich, who, in the words of a friend, "did not want to rot in a prison or a graveyard" was still unwilling to become a docile instrument of the Soviet regime.

    Cookie says: "Living the Great Terror"
    "awesome!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Great Masters: Shostakovich - His Life and Music the most enjoyable?

    The history that is learned along side of Shostakovich's music.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Masters: Shostakovich - His Life and Music?

    His survival in the Soviet Union.


    Any additional comments?

    This is about the 12th Greenberg lecture I've listened to, and I have enjoyed them all. He is an excellent educator. Starting another today, Bach and the High Baroque.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Have you ever wondered how the lives of great composers-especially when set against the social, political, and cultural context of their world-influences their music?After listening to this perceptive series of eight lectures on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, you will likely find that you hear his work in an entirely different way, your insight informed by new knowledge of how Beethoven was able to create masterpieces from the crises of his life.You'll learn about the years of progressive hearing loss-ultimately to produce total deafness-and the understandable agony and rage such a fate would bring upon a composer. About his deep depression over the end of his relationship with the woman he calls his Immortal Beloved. About his pathological hatred of authority, his persecution complex, even delusional behaviors.But you'll also learn how each of these crises, and many others, served to drive Beethoven inward, to reinvent himself and redeem his suffering through art, creating disruptive works of profound passion and beauty that reinvented the nature of musical expression in the Western world.

    Paul says: "Ahh... Beethoven"
    "Ahh... Beethoven"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What other book might you compare Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music to and why?

    Mozart, his life and music. Excellent overview


    What about Professor Robert Greenberg’s performance did you like?

    That he didn't edit the ugly with the good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, and think deeply about the man who wrote the music I love to play and listen to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    (310)
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    (276)
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    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
    "Very worthwhile."
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    What did you love best about How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition?

    Well structured, fun to listen to.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I have listen to four so far and am about to start a fifth.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too much to digest to listen to in one sitting. A lecture or two per day gives time to chew on the details. (And download some of the works discussed.)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

    Amazon Customer says: "More Great Listening!"
    "Fantastic summary of this amazing composer."
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    What did you love best about Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music?

    Unedited, unsugar coated, and as it was summary of his life. Very eye opening and it makes me appreciate his music so much more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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