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The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances.

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The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances. Written by Seventh Art Productions

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Interesting documentary, bursting with music.
5 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the start of last month at the Barbican London. Having been impressed the directors previous offering In Search of Mozart, I was looking forward to see what In Search of Beethoven had to offer. The film offers a great insight into the life of Beethoven taking into account social, historical and musical goings on of the time and how they shaped and influenced his life and music. The number of contributors that appear in the film is extraordinary, Ronald Brautigam, Helene Grimaud, Orchestraof the 18th Century, Endellion, Sir Roger Norrington to name a few and there must be at least over 50 pieces of music featured. Some have complained about the length of In Search of Beethoven, I would agree in some respects that it may have been a tad too long however I was engrossed in the film from start to finish. I wonder what the director Phil Grabsky will go In Search of next….


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