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Bernstein on Beethoven: A Celebration in Vienna (1970)

Beethoven's Birthday: A Celebration in Vienna with Leonard Bernstein (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Humphrey Burton
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Leonard Bernstein ... Self / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Theo Adam Theo Adam ... Self / Pizarro in 'Fidelio'
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper Chor der Wiener Staatsoper ... (as The Vienna State Opera Chorus)
Franz Crass Franz Crass ... Self / Rocco in 'Fidelio'
Adolf Dallapozza Adolf Dallapozza ... Self / Joaquin in 'Fidelio'
Plácido Domingo ... Self
Gwyneth Jones Gwyneth Jones ... Self / Leonora in 'Fidelio'
James King James King ... Self / Florestan in "Fidelio"
Lucia Popp Lucia Popp ... Self / Marzellina in 'Fidelio'
Karl Ridderbusch Karl Ridderbusch ... Self / Don Fernando in 'Fidelio'
Otto Schenk Otto Schenk ... Self
Martti Talvela Martti Talvela ... Self
Shirley Verrett ... Self
Wiener Philharmoniker Wiener Philharmoniker ... (as Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
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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 Cornelius Seon

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The program marked Plácido Domingo's first appearance on American television. See more »

Quotes

Leonard Bernstein: [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"]
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Alternate Versions

The DVD restores the program to its full length. The program had not been seen that way since 1971, when it received its American premiere. See more »

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Referenced in Fidelio (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Fidelio
(excerpts)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner
Sung by Gwyneth Jones, James King, Lucia Popp, Theo Adam and others with the Chor der Wiener Staatsoper (as chorus of the Vienna State Opera) and the Wiener Philharmoniker
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
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Austria | USA

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English | German

Release Date:

24 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beethoven's Birthday: A Celebration in Vienna with Leonard Bernstein See more »

Filming Locations:

Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria See more »

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Mono

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Color
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