Beethoven and Beyond

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Episode 2 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

Simon Russell Beale continues his journey into the world of the symphony with the story of the revolutionary later symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven and their phenomenal impact. We also meet Franz Schubert, whose two greatest symphonies were only discovered after his tragic early death, the obsessive French Romantic Hector Berlioz and the flamboyant pianist-turned-composer Franz Liszt. The music is performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Halle, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

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Credits

Presenter
Simon Russell Beale
Presenter
Simon Russell Beale
Producer
Andy King-Dabbs
Director
Andy King-Dabbs
Series Producer
Helen Mansfield
Conductor
Mark Elder
Conductor
Mark Elder
Orchestra
OAE
Orchestra
OAE
Orchestra
Halle Orchestra
Orchestra
Halle Orchestra

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