In Search of Haydn (2012)

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Phil Grabsky's biographical account of the life of Haydn is a visual and aural extravaganza including breath-taking performances by some of the world's most celebrated and contemporary musicians. As with his previous films on Mozart and Beethoven, Grabsky follows the same format of presenting the composer's biography and music chronologically. Through intimate and revealing interviews with experts and detailed extracts from Haydn's personal letters, the audience gains tremendous insight not only into Haydn's music but an appreciation of the artist himself. The emphasis of the film is on the performance of Haydn's music and thus a much better understanding of the man Mozart and Beethoven revered. -- (C) 7th Art

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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.

Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Is the best way to bring audiences to this fantastic music to make them feel like they're back at school?

Mar 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 15, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/5

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?

Mar 23, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 23, 2012 | Full Review…

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