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  • The Symphonies of Beethoven

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
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Ludwig van Beethoven is justifiably acclaimed as one of the most revered composers in the history of Western music-a genius once characterized as a "Titan, wrestling with the gods." There is no better way for you to understand the full impact of that description than to not only listen to all nine of his magnificent symphonies, but to do so with a full understanding of what this great composer was saying and the circumstances that drove him up to and beyond what had once been considered the limits of musical expression.

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  • By Christopher James on 09-23-14

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Reviewed: 03-06-18

I am going to binge all of Robert Greenberg’s courses. His enthusiasm is matched only by his thoroughness. If Beethoven or the act of composition is a subject that interests you,then I cannot recommend this course strongly enough. Dr. Greenberg speaks about the music technically, as well as putting its composition in historical context, which renders the music all the more awesome.