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  • The Operas of Mozart

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791 at the age of just 35, he nonetheless left behind the defining composition in every available musical genre of his time: symphony, chamber music, masses, and above all - opera. Opera was the prestige genre of the era, and the thought of it, Mozart wrote, made him, "beside myself at once." It was a form he loved dearly, depending on it heavily for personal, professional, artistic, and financial reasons of the greatest weight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best values on Audible!

  • By Doggy Bird on 04-06-14

Surprising disappointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I love Dr. Greenberg's lectures generally. I have listened to at least 5 of his and my possibly my favorite lecture from all of the Great Courses is his lectures on Beethoven's symphonies. This was a strong disappointment for a very simple reason: it's all about the stories of Mozart's operas instead of the music. He spends lecture after lecture explaining a piece of story, then playing the piece, then moving on to the next piece of the story. I could have read the summaries on Wikipedia in much less time. When I purchase an audiobook on Mozart, I expect I'll learn about what made Mozart famous: his music. The music was commented on occasionally, but generally just to tell us that it's very very good, but no explanation as to why, exactly. This was a series of lectures about the libretto's that Mozart wrote music for, not so much lectures about Mozart's music.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Symphonies of Beethoven

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 262

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truly the course materials MUST be made available.

  • By Christopher James on 09-23-14

Unbelievably thorough

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-15

What does Professor Robert Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His enthusiasm is so engaging and his depth of knowledge is astounding!

Any additional comments?

While the word score would be nice, I bought this to listen to in the car and it not only entertains, but gives so much information that I was enraptured throughout. I bought all 9 symphonies so I can listen to them and go back and re-listen to the lectures on each symphony to deepen my understanding. I will definitely be buying more of The Great Courses.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Startup CEO

  • A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business
  • By: Matt Blumberg
  • Narrated by: William Michael Redman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

A definitive audiobook for any CEO - first time or otherwise - of a high-growth company. While big company CEOs are usually groomed for the job for years, startup CEOs aren't - and they're often young and relatively inexperienced in business in general.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but Too long and a bit corporate-ish

  • By Gil Tov Ly on 09-20-16

Five stars for the right audience

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-15

What made the experience of listening to Startup CEO the most enjoyable?

The information was spot on. Very valuable and thorough. For someone like me who is looking for angel money to become the CEO of a startup, it was just what I needed. The only caveat is that I'm highly educated and have a lot of experience in the nuts and bolts of business and accounting (Master's Degree in Accounting, Certified Management Accountant). So someone who has a dream and an idea but no business (and especially accounting) experience might do well to shore up other weaknesses first before hitting this one. I say that simply because I'm thinking of entrepreneur CEOs that I work with who lack the fundamental skills of running a business, in which case this book is like getting a bigger engine for your car while ignoring that the car doesn't have tires.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful