The Symphonist Video(VHS/DVD)

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The Symphonist Video(VHS/DVD). Almost all of Beethovenís music has a symphonic character. A great pianist himself, he overrode the boundaries of the piano to bring out of the instrument a new range of expression. Barenboim demonstrates this range with excerpts from the Pastoral Sonata, Opus 28, and the Hammerklavier. But the musical strength evinced here can lead to a misunderstanding of Beethovenís happier works. It is a mistake to read Beethovenís work programmatically, to laud the struggle of the odd symphonies and dismiss the lighter even ones. Barenboim conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra in the first movement of the Symphony No. 8. (28 minutes)

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