In Search of Haydn
In Search of Haydn (2012)

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… More

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Release Date: April 6, 2012
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John von Rhein
Chicago Tribune

The result is an absorbing and illuminating portrait of a composer whose popularity actually exceeded that of Wolfgang and Ludwig during his day.

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Rip It Up

Classical music groupies will rejoice over Grabsky's seemingly-final entry in this documentary series -- but is it indeed the last word? Who else could he possibly construct a film around? Vivaldi? Bach? Debussy? Prokofiev?

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Julian Wood
FILMINK (Australia)

Perhaps more suited to television, the film nevertheless will please classical music fans and Haydn is certainly owed a renewed assessment and a current audience.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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

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Evan Williams
The Australian

In Search of Haydn is the third in Phil Grabsky's fine trilogy of films about great classical composers, a worthy successor to In Search of Mozart and the somewhat less successful In Search of Beethoven.

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Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

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.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

You don't need to be interested in classical music to find the results engrossing.

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This is London

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

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

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

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