This program is a 125 Minute documentary in four chapters that celebrated the 200th birthday of the famous classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Presented by the famous composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, Bernstein analyzes the life of Beethoven, and illustrates his analysis with excerpts from three of Beethoven's works. It was originally televised by the CBS Television Network. Chapter one is the opening, where Bernstein introduces us to Beethoven, the person, and explains - through Beethoven's music - his personality, and the effect of his personality on his music and the effect of his music on his public persona. The music that is most heard during this chapter is excerpts from Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Chapter two is a presentation on Beethoven's single opera: Fidelio. In it, you are a fly on the wall as Bernstein and the Company rehearse the opera, and then you experience scenes from the actual performance which is analyzed scene by scene by Bernstein.... Written by
24 December 1971 (USA)
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Beethoven's Birthday: A Celebration in Vienna with Leonard Bernstein
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[speaking about the opera "Fidelio"
The sublime quartet which follows is the first moment when we realize that we are dealing with no mere musical comedy, but with the mysterious inner world of Beethoven the Great.
[There follows the quartet "Ich mit so wunderbar"
Referenced in Fidelio
Piano Concerto No. 1
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
, pianist and conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic See more