In Search of Beethoven

In Search of Beethoven

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Overview

In Search of Beethoven

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: 04/27/2010
UPC: 0880198108296
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: Microcinema
Region Code: 0
Time: 2:19:00

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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