In Search of Haydn Reviews

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Top Critic
John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune
April 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
April 12, 2012
You don't need to be interested in classical music to find the results engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Rip It Up
March 23, 2012
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?
Evan Williams
The Australian
March 23, 2012
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.

This is London
March 15, 2012
This is a film that sweeps away preconceptions with a very thorough broom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julian Wood
FILMINK (Australia)
March 15, 2012
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.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 15, 2012
Grabsky does have a great gift for showing how a piece is put together. The music is the thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 15, 2012
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.
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 15, 2012
Is the best way to bring audiences to this fantastic music to make them feel like they're back at school?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
March 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 11, 2012
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
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