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  •  That was a wonderful clip. (4+ / 0-)
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    Dumbo, Dallasdoc, ER Doc, barbwires

    Mariss Jansson looks like he's having such a good time during the piece, but also like an athlete crossing the finish line after a good race when it's over. Well spotted.
    Coincidentally, right after I had pointed out the last diary to my husband, "Eroica" was on BBC4, and it was pretty d*mn good. It pointed out a lot of the realities of working for wealthy patrons that you wrote about in the first diary.
    My son has somehow set up a ghost server in the UK to watch BBC iPlayer. It would be worthwhile just to see that show.

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    by northsylvania on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 04:34:05 AM PST

    •  Do you mean the old 40s movie Eroica (3+ / 0-)
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      or The Eroica Film, a BBC made-for-TV, which is FANTASTIC.  The whole thing is available (in sections) on Youtube.  It manages to hit all the geeky details of Beethoven's historical record, explain the Eroica symphony in amazing detail, explore the tension of the fading patronage system, fits in his Countess girlfriend and her rejection of him for class reasons (that I talked about in the last diary), puts in Haydn's critique of his music, includes Beethoven's uncertain political loyalties, demonstrates his arrogant and mercurial personality -- and does it all while making it interesting and realistic.  That's one hell of a film.  Can't praise it enough.  I intend to post excerpts of it when I get to the Third Symphony.

    •  Jansson (0+ / 0-)

      looks like he'd be a lot of fun to play under--very expressive and energetic, but pretty easy to follow too.

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      by barbwires on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 07:33:57 PM PST

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