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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 Jan. 2015
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L. Bagnall "LEN BAGNALL" (Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beethoven Impressions By His Contemporaries (Dover Books on Music) (Paperback)
An excellent read. It provides wonderful insights into the "real" Beethoven with recollections by his contemporaries
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the Maestro through his friends, 20 Aug. 2011
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RR Waller "ISeneca" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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As an addition to my already lengthy shelves devoted to the Maestro, it was a good purchase. Like the previous reviewer, I had read Suchet's brilliant trilogy (during which I used the "Compendium" for reference) and a host of other texts peppered with all the names in this book, friends and acquaintances without whom, I suspect, a great deal of his music would not have been written. Not a very practical person, Beethoven relied on others to deal with many of the day-to-day practicalities of life, as they relied on him to raise their everyday lives to new heights.
This book contains their views on him gleaned from many sources and it is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peel back the layers, 11 April 2011
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Are you a Beethoven fan? whether you are or not (myself just recently discovering him through the ex news reader John Suchet's - yes poirot's brother - Trilogy of books on the Master, all 3 books each 600 pages somewhat, I could not put each one down) - you will adore this book. The picture of Beethoven on the front cover with its blue hue lends itself to not only the genius of the Composer, but rather the funny moments, as you cannot help but laugh at some of the memories his comtempories expounded. A very colourful picture is painted of his daily life, where and how he lived, his relationship with his contempories and you can imagine and recreate all the memories they hold. A full and frank account is given by those who knew him and it is quite obvious that they wanted the world to really know him, flaws and all; their recollections were clearly measured and considered, you will end up not only liking, but adoring him, not only for the beautiful music he so exquisitly gave to the world, but also for the very human man, who knew he had a special gift and needed to share it with the world.
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