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  • Concert Masterworks

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt-or any composer, for that matter?What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or it a matter of pure inspiration?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down the rabbit hole with Dr. G!

  • By JaneN on 11-09-14

ERA OF TRANSFORMATION CLASSICAL-ROMANTICISM

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

Reviewed: 11-18-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Concert Masterworks to be better than the print version?

Absolutely yes...it is essential to "...get it in our ears," says Professor Greenberg, as he teaches the thematic development in various forms of composition, he walks us through each work playing key parts, as if sitting at our side discovering the original intentions of each great master he reviews. Audio lends itself very well to great learning enjoyment...I augment the lessons by listening further online to entire works Dr. Greenberg introduces.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Concert Masterworks?

The section on Paganini and Franz Liszt...the influence of mastering technique to the extreme capability of an instrument and the inspiration of virtuoso on generations centuries forward was fascinating...one could then see how musical composition became transformed to accommodate the extremes in performance.

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

Yes...Mozart: His Life and Music...in contrast, Concert Masterworks was much broader in scope covering select works of many great composers spanning from and including Bach, Haydn, and Mozart's era through the 19th century, Beethoven, Chopin, Paganini, Brahms, Liszt, Dvorak, and into the early 20th century, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff. Dr. Greenberg does give attention to biographical details as well as social cultural changes as they influenced changes in compositional and thematic forms in music.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Change We Can Believe In

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  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 497

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic summary of this amazing composer.

  • By Paul on 09-23-13

TRUTH ABOUT AMADEUS

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

Reviewed: 10-22-13

Would you listen to Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music again? Why?

Yes...it is a fascinating biography...although I loved the film AMADEUS, this tells the truth versus the fiction and clarifies where Mozart fits into an evolving art form in the context of world history.

What did you like best about this story?

The development of the genius of Mozart in the context of the times in which he lived.

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

His zest for srorytelling and light humor.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful