In the new film, directed by the award-winning and critically acclaimed trilogy Finding Mozart, Finding Beethoven and Finding Haydn, Phil Hrabsky offers us the music and life story of one of the world’s favorite composers – Frederic Chopin. Seeking to discover new ideas for Chopin, the man and his musical genius, Hrabsky has been touring the world for four years, recording performances by world-class musicians and interviewing respected historians and musicologists. With Daniel Barenboim; Ronald Brautig ;; Jeremy Sipman, Nelson Guerner; Kevin Kenner; Janusz Olejniczak; Eighteenth-Century Orchestra conducted by Frans Bergen; Life Ove Endnes; Lars Vogt. Juliet Stevenson speaks while RSC actor David Dawson talks to Schopens.
In this highly anticipated documentary, Phil Grabebsky’s biographical account of Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravagance, including some spectacular performances by some of the world’s most famous musicians.
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) is one of the greatest music innovators. Mozart and Beethoven looked upon him very much as an inspiration, but in the concert halls he seemed to overshadow the benefits of his younger contemporaries too often.
As Andras Schiff recently noted:
The world needs to appreciate it much more: it is still the most underrated of all great composers.
Talking to some of Haydn’s greatest music exhibitors, this film restores balance and sheds light on the master and his work. Phil Grabsky hopes Haydn will reach a wider audience that will be amazed, amused and fascinated by Haydn’s humor, humanity and insatiable creativity.
Haydn’s life extends from the end of the Baroque period to Napoleon’s attack on Vienna and is survived by his younger friend Mozart. He was one of the most productive composers and created over 100 symphonies, 64 quartets, 16 existing operas, 51 piano sonatas and oratoriosCreation and Seasons.
His,perhaps, a gentle, calm temperament embraced the challenges and trials of life with informal humor and irony. Although he has blessed the encouraging philanthropist who runs his own orchestra and opera company on the Estherhazi estate for about 30 years, he has succumbed to the usual fabrications of the aristocratic household and the folly of the art world. These years proved to be extremely productive and inspired Haydn to write numerous works to please his patron and his excellent guests with witty theater nights, jokes and casual jokes.
Phil Grabsky follows the same format to present the composer’s biography and music chronologically. Through intimate and insightful interviews with experts and in-depth excerpts from personal memories, Haydn’s audience gains a great understanding not only of Haydn’s music, but also of his appreciation for the artist himself. As in previous films, the focus of the film is on the performance and interpretation of Haydn’s music, with performances by the world’s greatest musicians and orchestras.