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The Great Composers Series

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

Written and directed by Phil Grabsky.

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In Search of Beethoven

Rating: Not Rated   Length: 139 min

In Search of Beethoven

In Search of Beethoven

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Encore Screening
Sun, Jan 28 1:00pm Buy Tickets
General $18
Members $15
Seniors $16
Student (18 and under) $13
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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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Concerto: A Beethoven Journey

Rating: Not Rated   Length: 92 min

Concerto: A Beethoven Journey

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Encore Screening
Tue, Jan 30 7pm Buy Tickets
General $18
Members $15
Seniors $16
Student (18 and under) $13
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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.

Phil Grabsky

PHIL GRABSKY

Phil Grabsky and his company have been making films for TV & cinema for the past 30 years. Multiple award-winners, their films include ‘I, Caesar – The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire’ for the BBC, The Great Commanders for C4, over 100 Tim Marlow art shows for C5 and Sky Arts, Great Art for ITV, Terry Jones history films for Discovery, The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan for international cinema – and many more.

The most recent project, that Phil conceived in 2009, was to bring major art exhibitions, galleries and artists to cinema screens around the world. This strand EXHIBITION ON SCREEN now plays in 61 countries.

Phil has also written four best-sellers – available now on Kindle and Audible.

“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