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In Search of Haydn Reviews

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John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune
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The result is an absorbing and illuminating portrait of a composer whose popularity actually exceeded that of Wolfgang and Ludwig during his day.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

April 12, 2012
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

You don't need to be interested in classical music to find the results engrossing.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 3/5

April 12, 2012

Rip It Up

Classical music groupies will rejoice over Grabsky's seemingly-final entry in this documentary series -- but is it indeed the last word? Who else could he possibly construct a film around? Vivaldi? Bach? Debussy? Prokofiev?

Full Review Source: Rip It Up

March 23, 2012
Evan Williams
The Australian

In Search of Haydn is the third in Phil Grabsky's fine trilogy of films about great classical composers, a worthy successor to In Search of Mozart and the somewhat less successful In Search of Beethoven.

Full Review Source: The Australian

March 23, 2012

This is London

This is a film that sweeps away preconceptions with a very thorough broom.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2012
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Is the best way to bring audiences to this fantastic music to make them feel like they're back at school?

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

March 15, 2012
Julian Wood
FILMINK (Australia)

Perhaps more suited to television, the film nevertheless will please classical music fans and Haydn is certainly owed a renewed assessment and a current audience.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

March 15, 2012
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

Though assorted experts do their best to sound excited about Haydn, some seem to be fighting the sense that from a post-Romantic perspective his output, like his life, lacks a certain wow factor.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 15, 2012
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Grabsky does have a great gift for showing how a piece is put together. The music is the thing.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2012
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Part of the success of the film lies in just talking to very intelligent and authoritative people -- musicians, conductors, historians -- and letting them have their say, simple as that.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

I learned much about this likable man (including the fact that there's only one picture of him without a wig and that he never appeared with his head uncovered), and I intend to hear more of his music.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 15, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

In the vein of Grabsky's documentaries about the musical genius of Mozart & Beethoven, (but) in the final evaluation, I felt slightly disappointed in this documentary, which seems to go through the motions rather than excite its audience with conviction

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 11, 2012
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