Immortal Beloved ~ the movie

Immortal Beloved (released in 1994 and starring Gary Oldman) is one of my favorite movies, and also happens to be about my favorite classical composer:  Beethoven.  The title is based on Beethoven's infamous deathbed letter to the love of his life.  Oldman delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as Beethoven, the story is at once raw and beautiful, and the score was edited to perfection.  Amadeus got many deserved accolades, but I think Immortal Beloved is even better.  If you have seen it, I'd love to know your thoughts...
 the letter, translated:


This is an extraordinary performance of his Concerto #5 - the second movement (at 21:15) moves me to tears every time.  The pianist is Krystian Zimerman. I love Bernstein's expressions throughout!

{Piano Concerto #5 in E flat major Op. 73 (Emperor) by Ludwig Van Beethoven with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Leonard Bernstein}

4 comments:

Nadine A. said...

I will have to look into this movie. I know I liked Amadeus. =) I just recently started following your blog. Love your banner and the jewelry you make. The green bead dragon fly necklace is beautiful.

Barbara said...

Thank you so much, Nadine! Very happy to have you here!

Barbara

Monica said...

oh man! i love gary oldman, and beethoven, and have never come across this film!
i'll look it up.

the pianist is fab too!

Barbara said...

Mon, I think you'll love it! Let me know...