To mark Beethoven's 250th birthday, an extraordinary series of films from 1970, as pianist Daniel Barenboim examines the life and music of the composer

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Daniel Barenboim examines Beethoven's life and music

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 93 mins

Episode 1

Genius & Destiny: Pianist Daniel Barenboim offers an introductory overview of Beethoven's life and music

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 26 mins

Episode 2

New Dimensions: Barenboim celebrates Beethoven's rebellious Piano Sonatas No 3 and 4

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 25 mins

Episode 3

Form: The Waldstein: An analysis of Beethoven's genius through a close look at the Waldstein piano sonata

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 26 mins

Episode 4

The Appassionata: Barenboim performs an unforgettable interpretation of Beethoven's spectacular Sonata

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 26 mins

Episode 5

The Working Process: Barenboim turns his attention to the Leonore Overtures 2 and 3

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 26 mins

Episode 6

Fourth Piano Concerto - 1st Movement: A detailed look at Beethoven's soulful Piano Concerto No 4

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 26 mins

Episode 7

The Fourth Piano Concerto - 2nd Movement: The New Philharmonia Orchestra join for the conclusion of the Fourth Piano Concerto

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 25 mins

Episode 8

The A Major Cello Sonata - Opus 69: Barenboim is joined by Jacqueline du Pré for one of Beethoven's most exuberant pieces

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 27 mins

Episode 9

The Eroica: The focus turns to Beethoven's watershed Third Symphony, the Eroica

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 27 mins

Episode 10

The Symphonist: Beethoven's lifelong compulsion to depict and overcome the great struggles of life

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 26 mins

Episode 11

Sonata No. 32 - 1st Movement: A close look at the first movement of Beethoven's final piano sonata

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 26 mins

Episode 12

Sonata No. 32 - 2nd Movement: Beethoven's last piano sonata, an ode to a pure innocence

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 26 mins

Episode 13

Fifth Symphony: Beethoven's Fifth, with Barenboim at the helm of the New Philharmonia Orchestra

First shown: Sat 19 Dec 2020 | 38 mins

Episode 14

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