- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: CLASSICAL
- DVD Release Date: 1 July 2001
- Run Time: 62 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005LP1N
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,101 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Bach - Mozart [DVD] 
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DVD Language and Audio Content:
Languages in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
The BBC TV series Great Composers, broadcast in 1997, takes an introductory look at key figures of European classical music. Bach (1685-1750) is a difficult composer to survey historically, partly because his life as a professional musician was restricted to several provincial German towns. Yet the vast body of music he produced is well covered, with a representative sample performed mainly on instruments of Bach's day. There's also consideration of his cultural importance as the effective progenitor of modern European music and enough anecdotal evidence to suggest a lively, combative personality in his own right. The life of Mozart (1756-1791) is easier to document, with his years as a child prodigy travelling the European cultural circuit, the difficult adolescent years in Salzburg and Paris and the rise and fall of his freelance career in Vienna all amply illustrated here. Again, a well-chosen selection of music, accompanied by thought-provoking comments from a range of musicians and historians, gently exploding the myth of the Amadeus film in the process. This is informal, informing, and worth acquiring.
On the DVD: The disc offers crisp Dolby 2.0 stereo and 4:3 ratio, with generous and well-chosen access points--13 for Bach, 16 for Mozart. Subtitles are offered in five languages, and you'll need to select the English option so that the German and Italian speaking contributors come with translation. Those with DVD-ROM can additionally access up-to-date articles on these composers. --Richard WhitehouseSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Both documentaries are very entertaining and give lots of insight in the lives of the composers.
There are interviews with well-kown conductors and performers (Elliot Gardiner, Sir Collin Davis, Cecilia Bartoli). Furthermore you'll see the places where Bach and Mozart used to live and work.
The sound quality is very good. The music sounds beautiful and the narrator's voice is very clear. Picture quality is fair. You can see this has an analog master. Especially some of the material from live performances can be a bit 'soft' or unsharp.
This is a DVD that will certainly please everyone interested in these composers, it doesn't matter if you know all about them already or are new to them.