A lean line through the lives of two of the greatest, with excellent commentaries. The slightly ironic Ax and the solid Norrington stood out for me in their perceptiveness.
Music and life are well connected and I enjoyed the extra disc with full musical presentation, as the documentary just highlights parts of pieces.
The combination is a good purchase as it allows to compare the two musical giants and as both composers are dealt with excellently.
The life of Beethoven is the more convincing, perhaps because it is such a great story to tell, the exuberant young man turning into the struggling one with his encroaching deafness.
The part on Mozart is also superb in parts but his travels come less to life than they could have. It is still an excellent video.
The independently purchasable disc on Haydn is also good but, just as the music being less enticing for me, the disc was a little less satisfactory. I wish there would have been one disc on Schubert; that would complete the great Viennese, the only one born there of the three.
In order to supplement by reading I recommend the psychoanalytical Solomon Beethoven, or the lighter Tassilo's Vienna Violin/ Fresh Classical Music Guide/ Times/ Places including most of the Viennese composers.