A dramatized documentary on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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Paul Rhys ...  Ludwig van Beethoven 3 episodes, 2005
Charles Hazlewood Charles Hazlewood ...  Himself - Presenter 3 episodes, 2005
David Bamber ...  Prince Lichnowsky 2 episodes, 2005
Casper Harvey Casper Harvey ...  Karl van Beethoven / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Sarah Hadland ...  Johanna van Beethoven 2 episodes, 2005
Christian Coulson ...  Archduke Rudolph 2 episodes, 2005
Bertie Carvel ...  Ferdinand Ries 2 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Slinger ...  Carl van Beethoven 2 episodes, 2005
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A dramatized documentary on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven.

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UK

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English

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3 June 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Genius of Beethoven See more »

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(3 episodes)

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Excellent series!
29 April 2007 | by addiweiSee all my reviews

As the previous reviewer questioned.."Why did this series not catch on?" "Beethoven" or "Genius of Beethoven" is a very compelling account of Beethoven's life, legend, love, and most of all music. Probably the most accurate portrayal of the master's life, albeit Paul Rhys doesn't look exactly like Beethoven (according to most descriptions), but the acting was very good.

After watching the series, I've come to realize it's challenging to understand any piece completely, unless you understand the context in which it was written. This movie teaches and explains the awesome intricacies of each major piece of Beethoven's works and allows you to experience the music from the most accurate perspective.

Only small criticism I can point out is that there are some musical scenes that are too drawn out. e.g. if you really don't care about Beethoven's opera, the entire section that describes his opera in detail - I fell asleep during.

Beethoven's becoming a "lost gem", but probably just the entire genre of classical music being slowly forgotten by the Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake admiring public.


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