In Search of Beethoven

In Search of Beethoven

Director: Phil Grabsky

Cast: Phil Grabsky, Juliet Stevenson, David P. Dawson, Ronald Brautigam

     
 

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Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) narrates this straightforward documentary account of the life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, covering all the major highlights from his birth in 1770 through his death in 1827. Writer-director Phil Grabsky skirts around the option of dramatic period reenactments, and instead opts for an impressionistic approach. He…  See more details below

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Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) narrates this straightforward documentary account of the life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, covering all the major highlights from his birth in 1770 through his death in 1827. Writer-director Phil Grabsky skirts around the option of dramatic period reenactments, and instead opts for an impressionistic approach. He builds much of the film around the basic foundational material of interviews and studio performances of the great man's work by artists including Ronald Brautigam, Emanuel Ax, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Grabsky also offsets Stevenson's traditional chronicle of Beethoven's life with letters from the composer, read by David Dawson, that unveil an intense and almost belligerent side to the musical giant, leavened with offbeat humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
UPC:
5060116573503
Original Release:
2009
Source:
Seventh Art
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:19:00
Sales rank:
45,057

Special Features

In the edit room; Complete movements; Deleted scenes; Interview with the director

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juliet Stevenson Narrator
David P. Dawson Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ronald Brautigam Himself
Roger Norrington Himself
Bayan Northcott Himself
Ilona Schmiel Herself
Christine Köngden Herself
Cliff Eisen Himself
Jonathan Biss Himself
Giovanni Bietti Himself
Kristian Bezuidenhout Himself
Emanuel Ax Himself
Alban Gerhardt Himself
David Waterman Himself
Gianandrea Noseda Himself
Riccardo Chailly Himself
Hebe Jeffrey Himself
Claudio Abbado Participant
Frans Brüggen Participant,Conductor
Helene Grimaud Participant
Janine Jansen Participant
Louis Langrée Participant
Paul Lewis Participant
Fabio Luisi Participant
Leif Ove Andsnes Participant
Vadim Repin Participant
Lars Vogt Participant
Endellion String Quartet Participant
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Participant
Camerata Salzburg Participant
Wiener Symphoniker Participant
Vladimir Jurowski Conductor

Technical Credits
Phil Grabsky Director,Cinematographer,Screenwriter
John Cassy Executive Producer
Phil Reynolds Editor
Nicky Thomas Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- In Search of Beethoven
1. Birth & Bonn [9:06]
2. To Vienna [11:00]
3. First Publications [9:52]
4. Failing Health [7:57]
5. Eroica [14:54]
6. Fidelio [9:06]
7. 4th Symphony [9:21]
8. An Epic Concert [12:35]
9. 5th Symphony [6:43]
10. French Occupation [11:13]
11. Karl Van Beethoven [5:53]
12. Complete Deafness [9:02]
13. Missa Solemnis [5:08]
14. 9th Symphony [8:40]
15. Final Years [8:53]
Disc #2 -- In Search of Beethoven
1. Ronald Brautigam Plays Op 13 "Pathetique" [4:34]
2. Endellion String Quartet Play Op 18-6 -1st Movement [9:13]
3. Ronald Brautigam Plays Op 81a "Das Lebewohl" -2nd Movement [3:34]
4. Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber Perform Op 98- "An Die Ferne Geliebte" [14:07]
5. The Orchestra of the 18th Century Perform the 9th Symphony Op 125 - 3rd Movement [13:17]
6. Ronald Brautigam Plays WoO59 "Für Elise" [2:29]
1. Peter Manning on the Late Quartets [3:12]
2. Giovanni Bietti on "The Diabelli Variations" [3:27]
3. Graham Sheffield on the 9th Symphony [1:24]
4. Ronald Brautigam on Op 28 "Pastoral" [2:10]
5. Ronald Brautigam on Op 31 [1:02]
6. Emanuel Ax on Op 57 [4:34]
7. Alban Gerhardt on 0p 5-2 [4:13]
8. Jonathan Biss on Op 90 [:59]
9. Roger Norrington on the Metronome [3:30]
10. Lars Vogt on Op 111 [2:56]
11. Ronald Brautigam on WoO63 [1:07]

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