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

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: April 6, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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.

Full review…
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?

Full review…
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.

Full review…
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?

Full review…
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.

Full review…
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.

Full review…
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

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

London Evening Standard

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

Full review…
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

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

Full review…
More reviews for In Search of Haydn