In Search of Beethoven (2009)

In Search of Beethoven



Critic Consensus: With a wealth of insightful talking heads and deft musical performances, In Search of Beethoven is a thorough, thoughtful examination of the great composer's life and times.

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"In Search of Beethoven": takes a comprehensive look at the composer's life through historical research and Beethoven's biography and letters, but with the emphasis always on the performance -- and interpretation -- of Beethoven's music. From his early piano concertos through the "Moonlight Sonata," "Für Elise," and the immortal notes of the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, Beethoven's music remains as beloved, popular, and relevant as any work of art has ever been. "In Search of Beethoven" brings … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Phil Grabsky
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2010
Seventh Art Productions - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for In Search of Beethoven

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (12)

Tells the story of its subject in a clear, accessible, and gimmick-free manner while still preserving, or perhaps even cultivating, a core sense of wonder at the creative monuments he bequeathed to us all.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

In Search of Beethoven trudges through the composer's life and works, pausing along the way for the usual smorgasbord of talking heads and performance clips. The results are shapeless, drab and mostly predictable.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

With In Search of Beethoven, documentarian Phil Grabsky has created a splendid work that will be a revelation to the uninitiated and a joy to music lovers.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Grabsky's appreciation of Ludwig van Beethoven follows the familiar contours, but it pays attention to the humanizing specifics that bring us closer to the subject.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Grabsky does manage to convey how shockingly dramatic Beethoven's music seemed to the first people who heard it, and the musicians' sensitivity and articulation--both verbal and musical -- fire this chronicle of one man's extraordinary artistic journey.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

What made Ludwig such a great musician? The documentary In Search of Beethoven, directed by Phil Grabsky, answers that question reasonably well.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
New York Post
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