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  • Actors: Phil Grabsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Seventh Art Productions
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007N31Y66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This new film explores a fresh picture of the life and work of Joseph Haydn. Working its way through the life story, chronologically, the film is resplendent in interviews and live performances.

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We, classical musicians, are indebted to Phil!
DePapa
Haydn's life can be said to be the classic example of the patronage system operating at its best.
Stephen Pletko
This film is an entertaining insight into this very significant and innovative musical figure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wilberfalse on September 12, 2013
Assessment based on two telephone conversations with Phil Grabsky of approximately 40 minutes each (August 13 and 21, 2012). This I felt advisable having listened to his interview on disc several times (this after having first studied the documentary itself in some detail).

Phil Grabsky's sincerity was without question and so I felt I should present him with some of my misgivings and to ask him a few pointed questions that could have explained his approach in presenting Haydn to us.

I have little to complain about in the flow of the narrative apart from the omissions in a few vital areas, notably the great fire at Eszterháza in 1779, with its disastrous consequences in the destruction of property, including valuable musical instruments and music scores. In addition the early, formative years might have been given more serious treatment. (See bellow in respect of time allocation compared to the films on Mozart & Beethoven.)

Further omissions:

Younger brother Michael (Haydn). The Mozart connection, eg. Symphony No. 37 Mozart/Haydn.M.

The friendship with Mozart (unique in the history of music) - the "Haydn" quartets. Reciprocal influences. Haydn acknowledged Mozart's Operatic skills just as Mozart learned from Haydn's contrapuntal dexterity.

Before departing for London on 15 December 1790, Haydn spent the day with Mozart in Vienna. Mozart demonstrated a premonition of his own impending premature death: "I fear, father, that this will be our last farewell".

Generally more attention to the period from 1790 (including the death of Mozart and any possible impact upon Haydn) up to 1801. Haydn's support of Constanze Mozart and her son following the death of Mozart.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Clinton on August 9, 2012
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This film, which combines interviews with musicians, snippets of performances and a history of Haydn's life, brings Haydn the life. I felt that I had a good understanding of who he was and what made him strive to write so many classic pieces. Several musicians who perform Haydn are interviewed, including Roger Norrington and Marc Andre Hamelin.

The film is about 90 minutes long. Not one minute of it is wasted. It describes Haydn's relationships with Mozart and Beethoven, his two great contemporaries. If you want to understand Haydn, you cannot beat this film.

Everything about it is first rate.
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On the back of the DVD case for this film it states:

"This film rescues Haydn from any neglect he may have previously suffered."

This statement is one hundred percent accurate. If you knew nothing about Haydn before viewing this documentary, you'll certainly know him intimately after viewing this extraordinary film!

The long career of Franz Joseph Hayden (1732 to 1809), an Austrian composer, spanned the decades when the Classical style was being formed. He imprinted upon it the stamp of his personality, and made a contribution to his art--especially the symphony and string quartet--that in scope and significance was unmatched.

We are informed of Haydn's early years in Vienna. Before long, he attracted the notice of the music-loving aristocracy in Vienna. One wealthy family employed him and he remained in their service for almost an amazing thirty years (the greater part of his creative career).

Haydn's life can be said to be the classic example of the patronage system operating at its best.

This film along the way looks at Haydn's humour, his operas, his international success, and his London journeys.

Throughout this documentary, are comments by experts (historians, conductors, pianists, etc.) As well, there are performance of Haydn's works by the world's most celebrated musicians.

Simply stated, this film is a visual and aural feast!! I found the location footage especially beautiful.

Extras for the DVD released in 2012 include complete movements of some of Haydn's large body of work and an interview with the film's director (Phil Grabsky).

Finally, the movements for the extra mentioned above are from:

(1) Symphonies no.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Grant on August 23, 2012
This beautifully shot film is a perfect introduction to Haydn, his family background, his musical career and insight into his character. Never patronising and always entertaining, for the connoisseur or novice alike... with some of the most famous musicians and historians in the world discussing how they feel about Haydn's music, how it is to play, and how it related to his life at the time it was written. Excellent!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denis William Sweet on January 27, 2013
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As with the other two "In Search of" this one is excellent. The research was very good and along with the music the whole DVD is worth viewing. I recommend this to any music lover or anyone interested in history. The whole series would be up there with the best documentaries. Phil Grabsky knows how to bring the composer to life and you actually feel you are living in those times.
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