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




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Series cast summary:
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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I will never listen to Beethoven the same after watching this series
18 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I just watched the first 2 episodes of this wonderful series on Beethoven and am looking forward to watching the last episode. I have always loved Beethoven's music, especially his orchestral works. But this series makes me appreciate his music even more. The inner struggle he went through in life is portrayed in his music. The narrator, composer Charles Hazlewood, explains specific works in detail and how its essence was a reflection on his struggles during life. Paul Rhys, as Beethoven, portrays brilliantly the many moods of this musical genius. A fantastic acting performance. I do like that it's part documentary and part drama. I even like the mock interviews he does with the people involved in his life. The quality of this series make a compelling and must see for those who love classical music and especially Beethoven. After watching this series, I still haven't seen the 3rd installment yet, I will never hear a Beethoven composition without thinking what was going on in his life at that time. This documentary is a masterpiece.

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