Category: Concerts and Performing Arts
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This magnificent, large-scale work is given a stellar treatment by the late Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. Adding great moments as soloists to this impassioned piece are Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Ruza Baldani and Eric Tappy. 83 min. Soundtrack: English.
Michael Gielen conducts the Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg in lively performances of Beethoven's first, second, and third (also known as the "Eroica") symphonies. For music aficionados craving a bit of the old Ludwig van, these 1998 and 2000 concerts are not to be missed! 110 min. Standard; Soundtracks: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital ... more
The music of revolutionary composer Ludwig van Beethoven lives on in these passionate concert performances by the Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. Michael Gielen conducts the group in 1997 and 2000 as they interpret Beethoven's fourth, fifth, and sixth ("Pastorale") symphonies. 114 min. Standard; Soundtracks: DTS 5.1, Dolby ... more
Live from Berlin, acclaimed pianist Daniel Barenboim performs Beethoven's piano sonatas over the course of eight spectacular classical concerts. In addition to Barenboim's masterful interpretations of the sonatas, the series includes hour-long classes taught by the master pianist, during which students play a selection from Beethoven ... more
Master pianist Wilhelm Kempff showcases his musical prowess as he interprets classic works of Beethoven in this archival footage from the CBC in Montreal. Performances of Rondo in G for Piano, Op. 51, No. 2 and Sonata No. 29 in B-flat for Piano, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier" are included, as well as a special interview with Kempff. 59 min. ... more
Originally airing on CBS in conjunction with Ludwig van Beethoven's 200th birthday, this insightful documentary features Leonard Bernstein analyzing the works of the great composer. Includes joyful footage of Bernstein and soloists Gwyneth Jones, Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo, and Martti Talvela performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto ... more
Bernstein On Beethoven: A Celebration In Vienna (1970)/Bernstein In Vienna: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1(1970)
First, Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven make a stirring duo, as Bernstein celebrates the composer's 200th birthday in "Bernstein on Beethoven," a recital with the Vienna Philharmonic. Selections include Piano Concerto No. 1, "Ode to Joy" and more. Soloists include Placido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, and Gwyneth Jones. Next, ... more
Argentinean composer Mauricio Kagel's avant-garde film about Beethoven depicts the composer returning to his hometown studio in 1970 (on the occasion of his 200th birthday) and experiencing powerful recollections of his music as it manifests itself in images and sound. The film provides a unique tribute to the revolutionary German master. ... more
Recorded between 1967 and 1972, this three-disc collection of innovative concert films features renowned conductor Herbert von Karajan leading the Berlin Philharmoniker and the Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin in unforgettable performances of all nine of Beethoven's symphonies. 5 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: German DTS 5.1, ... more
The esteemed Julliard String Quartet performs Beethoven's 4th, 7th and 14th string quartets at the municipality of Polling in Upper Bavaria for this intimate classical concert. The ensemble includes violinists Robert Mann and Earl Carlyss, who are joined by Samuel Rhodes on the viola and Joel Krosnick on the cello. 82 min. Standard; ... more
Conductor Herbert von Karajan leads the Berlin Philharmonic in a stirring recital of Beethoven's final symphonic work. 66 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dutch Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Dutch, French; biography.
Led by acclaimed conductor Vaclav Neumann, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir bring the revolutionary music of Beethoven to this special concert supporting the non-violent overthrow of the Marxist/Leninist government of Czechoslovakia, known as the ... more
Conductor Lorin Maazel leads the Orchestra Symphonica Toscanini and guest performers Maria Luigia Borsi, Birgit Remmert, and Vale Rideout in a powerful presentation of Beethoven's final symphonic work, filmed in the ancient Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura in Vatican City. 72 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English ... more
Beethoven's Second and Third Symphonies are performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, led by conductor Herbert von Karajan. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, PCM stereo, Dutch Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital stereo, PCM stereo, Spanish PCM stereo; biography.
From Germany's Gewandhaus concert hall comes this live recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 ("The Choral Symphony") which features Kurt Masur conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Chorus. Soloists include soprano Venceslava Hruba-Freiberger and mezzo Doris Soffel. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Pianist Alfred Brendel joins the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to perform stunning renditions of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E major. For this special recording from the 2005 Lucerne Festival, the orchestra is conducted by Claudio Abbado. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: ... more
Brilliant Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman joins legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein onstage for this exhilarating series of classical performances. Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, with Zimerman at solo piano, for renditions of Beethoven Piano Concertos 1-5. 197 min. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: ... more
Renowned Russian pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy performs Beethoven's five piano concertos in this marvelous classical concert. Ashkenazy plays alongside the London Philharmonic; Bernard Haitink conducts the ensemble. Standard; Soundtracks: DTS 5.1, PCM stereo; Subtitles: English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish.
In Search Of Beethoven(2009)
Filmmaker Phil Grabsky ("In Search of Mozart") turns his camera on another titan of the music world with this documentary that offers over 65 performances of Beethoven works and interviews with classical experts and musicians to reveal the life and inspirations of the tortured genius. 139 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English ... more
Even as his own hearing completely vanished, Ludwig van Beethoven continued to reshape the world of classical music with his revolutionary talent. This biographical program explores the German master's life story using footage shot on location, exploring how he guided listeners through to a new era of Romantic composition. 52 min. ... more