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In Search of The Great Composers

Five Films to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Written and directed by Phil Grabsky.

Join us in celebrating four of the greatest composers (Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Haydn), for the exclusive re-release of the critically acclaimed award-winning In Search Of series.

This definitive and much-loved series is not to be missed on the big screen!

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In Search of Beethoven

In Search of Beethoven

In Search of Beethoven

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Thu, May 23 6:30pm Buy Tickets
Mon, May 27 1:00pm Buy Tickets
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In Search of Beethoven addresses the romantic myth that Beethoven was a heroic, tormented gure battling to overcome his tragic fate of deafness and who searched for his ‘immortal beloved’ but remained unmarried.

It delves beyond the image of the tortured, bad-tempered, unhinged personality, to reveal someone quite different and far more interesting. In Search of Beethoven brings together the world’s leading performers and experts on Beethoven to reveal new insights into this legendary composer.

The line-up of performers and interviewees includesGianandrea Noseda, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Frans Brüggen,Ronald Brautigam, Hélène Grimaud, Vadim Repin,Janine Jansen, Paul Lewis, Lars Vogt, and Emanuel Axamong others.

The film is considered one of the best ever made on Beethoven – and is the choice of the Beethoven Haus (Beethoven’s birthplace) as the ‘go to’ film on Beethoven.

“This film will make you rush to a concert hall or the nearest classical music store to savour Beethoven’s compositions”
– The Telegraph

“It was so terrific, I wept”
– Mail on Sunday

“ Superb”
-The Telegraph

 

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In Search of Mozart

In Search of Mozart

In Search of Mozart

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Thu, Jun 20 6:30pm Buy Tickets
Sun, Jun 23 1:00pm Buy Tickets
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In Search Of Mozart was produced with the world’s leading orchestras and musicians, and is told through a 25,000 mile journey along every route Mozart followed. This is a detective story that takes us to the heart of genius.

Without resorting to docu-drama or visual re-enactment, In Search of Mozart traces the composer’s life through his music and extensive correspondence.   From K1a to K626 (Requiem), over 80 works are featured in chronological order, revealing striking parallels between the music and Mozart’s own experiences.  Throughout, it is the music that takes centre stage, with the jigsaw of Mozart’s life fitting around it.  With rigorous analysis from musicologists and experts such as Jonathan Miller, Cliff Eisen, Nicholas Till, Bayan Northcott and the late Stanley Sadie, a new, vivid impression of the composer emerges.  It dispels the many common myths about Mozart’s genius, health, relationships, death and character, to present a new image, very different from Milos Forman’s Amadeus.

“Outstanding…A must see film”
– Chicago Sun-Times

“A model of its kind”
– The Independent

“Don’t miss this impressive Film!”
– Time Out New York

“Top-drawer…essential viewing”
The Guardian

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In Search of Chopin

In Search of Chopin

In Search of Chopin

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Thu, Jul 18 6:30pm Buy Tickets
Sun, Jul 21 1:00pm Buy Tickets
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Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written?

How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?

For four years, award-winning Phil Grabsky travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin. Some of the world’s best musicians provide the music, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and the Orchestra of the 18th Century.

Funny, heart-breaking, inspirational – this lm has been called the first to really illustrate the true nature of this remarkable and still widely-loved composer.

“A directional coup – inventively lmed and coolly perceptive”
– New Zealand Herald

“A masterpiece”
– Sydney Morning Herald

“A superb account providing an understanding of the creative impulse and how it is captured and expressed”
– The National Business Review

“An indelible portrait offering a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music”
– URBANCINEFILE

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In Search of Haydn

In Search of Haydn

In Search of Haydn

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Thu, Aug 15 6:30pm Buy Tickets
Sun, Aug 18 1:00pm Buy Tickets
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Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breath-taking performances by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians.

By speaking to some of the greatest exponents of Haydn’s music, this film redresses the balance and sheds light on the master and his work.

Haydn’s life spanned from the end of the Baroque period to Napoleon’s invasion of Vienna, outliving his younger friend Mozart. He was one of the most proli c composers, producing more than 100 symphonies, 64 quartets, 16 extant operas, 51 piano sonatas and the oratorios ‘The Creation’ and ‘The Seasons’.

Through intimate and revealing interviews with experts and detailed extracts from Haydn’s personal recollections, the audience gains tremendous insight not only into Haydn’s music but an appreciation of the artist himself.

The emphasis of the film, as with all the In Search Of films, is on the performance – and interpretation – of the works of Haydn, the composer both Mozart and Beethoven looked up to.

“Joyous, thrilling, informative and accessible”
– Empire

“Quietly inspiring”
– The Times

“The lm rescues Haydn from any neglect he may previously have suffered”
– The Sunday Times

“ Bracing, refreshing… simply very good indeed”
– The Guardian

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Concerto: A Beethoven Journey

A Beethoven Journey

Concerto: A Beethoven Journey

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Thu, Sep 19 6:30pm Buy Tickets
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A pianist’s extraordinary search for the real Beethoven

Filmed over the course of four years award- winning director Phil Grabsky follows leading concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’s attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written: Beethoven’s five piano concertos.

Considered one of the top pianists of the age, Leif Ove Andsnes offers rare insights into the mind of a world-class pianist and access to his personal and professional life.

Against the wonderful background of Leif Ove playing these 5 pieces, we also show how these works offer a new and fresh way of examining Beethoven’s life and work.

Leif Ove Andsnes’s own life as a top pianist is also revealed – and, despite knowing and performing all the great composers of history, he concludes after this major project with Beethoven’s piano concerti – and a world-wide sell-out tour – that the greatest composer in history is indeed Ludwig van Beethoven.

“High class and wonderful, Concerto demands to be seen”
– Gramophone

“You’ll hear Beethoven as if for the rst time”
– The Guardian

“ Enchanting”
– Evening Standard

“The intimacy was felt in every note”
– The Times from the BBC Proms