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In Search of Haydn Reviews

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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
April 12, 2012
You don't need to be interested in classical music to find the results engrossing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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?
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.
March 15, 2012
This is a film that sweeps away preconceptions with a very thorough broom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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