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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.

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

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

March 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

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

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.

March 15, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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

March 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

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

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