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Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
Actor: Howard Goodall
Director: David Jeffcock;Justin Kershaw
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2008     4hr 10min

'In this series I'm going to look at five of the great breakthroughs that European music has experienced in its extraordinary history; five momentous discoveries. I also want to show what they mean to us today, at a time w...  more »


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Actor: Howard Goodall
Director: David Jeffcock;Justin Kershaw
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Classical, Documentary
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 4hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

It's finally available
Chronos467 | Pelham, Alabama | 06/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thanks for finally making this available on DVD. I recorded all of the episodes from Ovation TV earlier this year but the quality was poor, so I'll pick this up. This is a very witty and well researched series. The explanation of equal temperament is the best I've ever heard -- and I have a masters in music. I would've grasped the concept much quicker had I seen this presentation."
Great series!
Benjamin A. Opie | 09/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was lucky enough to see these broadcast on the Ovation network, and I'll be purchasing a copy shortly. This is absolutely some of the best music education I've ever seen. Like the Bernstein Young People's Concerts, these five shows can equally be enjoyed, understood, and appreciated by experienced musicians and non-musicians alike. All five subjects are approached with humor, and his examples cover a very wide range of musical expression."
'About Time' this was released on dvd
John Yiannakopoulos | Australia | 05/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you have any interest in music that goes beyond
a childs level this is an essential purchase.
Excellent production values, witty, amusing and
superb fun.
Would make a superb gift to anyone with even a
cursory interest in 'art' music - especially as an
introduction - buy it for a friend, relative or
anyone you care for and it just might turn into a
musical epiphany for them, which is what the intent
of the entire series is about.
You will not be dissapointed with this dvd or
anything else that Howard Goodall is in, everything
that he is involved in is essential.
The fifth episode is my favourite.
Yours Sincerely

Good Big Things, but could have been better
Michael J. Cook | Skokie, IL | 08/13/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Howard Goodall has presented important stages in the evolution of classical music in a very lively, entertaining manner. Particularly fascinating was the evolution of the 12 tone system based on the square root of two. I had never pondered why the scale of C followed by D E F G then A B C worked mathematically in addition to tonally.

If he went this far, then he should also explain in further detail how one can play an A major scale on the piano or a wind instrument or better still, F # minor. He presents the seminal piano work by Bach in which all the keys are played. But I would like to see and hear how the individual key signatures work. More importantly, I would have wished for more specific examples of why composers select the keys to convey happy or sad, tragic feelings. What is the significance of Mahler sketching his last symphony, the 10th in F# minor? Mahler seems to be handing music over to Berg and Schoenberg by exploring in atonality in bits and pieces.

Also, there are certain pieces that are forward looking in that they inspire a student or other composers in terms of tonality, orchestration. I refer to Haydn's "The Creation" which utilized a large orchestra or Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" which also goes on the fringe of atonality as well. These should have been discussed more throughly."