On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »
Conductor Charles Hazlewood journeys to Russia in search of clues to uncover secrets to the enigmatic & masterful composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - (played by Ed Stoppard) - whose life has been heavily shrouded in mystery.
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »
The story begins with the composer's father Leopold with whom Mozart conducted a passionate and tortured correspondence. It is Leopold who knows Mozart's secrets. And there is another voice... See full summary »
I personally was very moved by these Beethoven series and would love to get it on DVD with Dutch subtitles so that my parents and grandparents can watch it.
I saw the first two parts on television and missed the final 3rd part, which really bothered me. I'm glad I finally did find a way to see it, but would love to purchase it. I find it really amazing that such a good documentary with such good actors is not released on DVD while a lot of much lesser series and movies ARE released on DVD. If it ever does gets to be released, somebody please send me an email! Yes it's a very dramatic documentary indeed. But is this really surprising when you listen to Beethoven's work? I really think the makers and the actors did a wonderful job. Of course I don't know if Beethoven really was behaving like he does in the series, but I can very well imagine that he did behave like that when listening to his music and imagine what it must be like to go deaf being a musician. I think the emphasis on his frustrations in the series were totally justified in order to understand Beethoven as a person. When you understand him as a person, you might also understand his music better and why he composed the way he did. All these things are explained by Charles Hazelwood, so frankly, I don't understand how anybody could be disappointed by a great inside look into the live of the great Beethoven.
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