A dramatized documentary on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven.




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Series cast summary:
 Ludwig van Beethoven (3 episodes, 2005)
Charles Hazlewood ...
 Himself - Presenter (3 episodes, 2005)
 Prince Lichnowsky (2 episodes, 2005)
Casper Harvey ...
 Karl van Beethoven / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
 Johanna van Beethoven (2 episodes, 2005)
 Archduke Rudolph (2 episodes, 2005)
 Ferdinand Ries (2 episodes, 2005)
 Carl van Beethoven (2 episodes, 2005)


A dramatized documentary on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven.

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3 June 2005 (UK)  »

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The Genius of Beethoven  »

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Great Beethoven Drama
4 June 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

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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