Puccini, Beethoven, Verdi: In the Footsteps of the Great Composers Collection 3xDVD
''I lived for art, I lived for love.'' Giacomo Puccini wrote these lines for the heroine of his most celebrated work, Tosca. But they equally apply to the composer himself. Through his letters, manuscripts and previously unseen family films, the great Puccini comes to life - revealing all his successes and his setbacks. From childhood religious processions in the hills of Tuscany to the great opera houses of Europe, Puccini spent a lifetime in search of opulence and spectacle. From humble beginnings, Giuseppe Verdi rose to become Italy's greatest composer. His music revolutionized opera as we know it, and his revolutionary politics helped bring about the unified Italy that we know today. Our cameras travel the length and breadth of Italy - from La Scala in Milan to La Fenice in Venice - to recount the extraordinary tale that is Verdi's life and legacy. By the age of seven, Ludwig van Beethoven was a child prodigy. By the time of his premature death, 30,000 mourners turned out for his funeral. From Bonn to Vienna, we examine his remarkable music and bittersweet life of the man who brought classical music into the Romantic era - a true master who continued to compose, perform and conduct even after becoming completely deaf.
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