In Search of Beethoven

October 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

As with his previous superb film, “In Search of Mozart”, Phil Grabsky assembles a fantastic collection of performances and performers’ commentaries on the great man.  We also hear narrated letters of contemporary accounts of Beethoven who from his mid 30s endured self imposed social isolation due to his deafness.  An unimaginable affliction for a musician.

By comparison with the Mozart film, the narrative drags at times but the sublime music always speaks for itself and helps dig the story out of any holes.

These marvellous films are important vehicles for humanising these great composers who, it is shown, produced tremendous amounts of work not because “it seemed like a nice artistic thing to do”, but in order to survive.

Screenings in Perth at Cinema Paradiso commence Thursday October 29th  and will continue for 4 weeks.

Check the Paradiso website for session times.


For more information on the film go to

Ronald Brautigam performs Beethoven

Ronald Brautigam performs Beethoven


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