The Great Composer Series
In Search of Mozart
Narrated by BAFTA nominated actress Juliet Stevenson
“Top-drawer…essential viewing” – The Guardian
In Search of Mozart was produced with the world’s leading orchestras and musician and is told through a 25,000-mile journey along every route Mozart followed. This is a detective story that takes us to the heart of genius. Without resorting to docu-drama or visual re-enactment, In Search of Mozart traces the composer’s life through his music and extensive correspondence.
From K1a to K. 626 (Requiem), over 80 works are featured in chronological order, revealing striking parallels between the music and Mozart’s own experiences. Throughout, it is the music that takes centre stage, with the jigsaw of Mozart’s life fitting around it. With rigorous analysis from musicologists and experts such as Jonathan Miller, Cliff Eisen, Nicholas Till, Bayan Northcott and the late Stanley Sadie, a new, vivid impression of the composer emerges.
It dispels the many common myths about Mozart’s genius, health, relationships, death and character to present a new image very different from Milos Forman’s Amadeus. On its first release the film played in some cinemas for 6 months and remains many people’s – including classical musicians’ – favourite film on Mozart.
This film screens with the short film Concerto: The Odd Couple by Daniel Jernazian
E – Exempt from Classification
“Vivid and alive, a fine tribute filmed with affection, taste, warmth and truth…an astonishing combination of the simple and the complex.” – Seattle PI
“With witty visual bridges (&) musical selections illustrating both the composer’s progress and the abiding passions that waft through the film’s two-hour length. Mozart experts speak with striking limberness, and in a film genre in which music often functions as billboard or mile-marker, the closely filmed chamber recitals, touching keyboard demonstrations, and opera scenes sate the ears and incite curiosity….endlessly fascinating” – New York Sun
“Engaging and relevant… Don’t miss this impressive film! ****” – Time Out New York
“Captivating… feast for both the eyes and ears” – WBAI Web Radio
“In Search of Mozart is challenging and exemplary…It is impossible to watch this film and not be moved by the richness and variety of the music and the poignancy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s prodigious but very short life.” – Los Angeles Times
“A film that sets the record straight and provides a deeply affecting advocacy of experiencing Mozart’s music. Bravo!” – Gramophone
“Visually sumptuous, authoritative, and compelling” – American Organist Magazine
“No more important, or beautifully filmed documentary about Mozart’s life and music has emerged than Phil Grabsky’s ‘In Search of Mozart’ … What emerges is a far more accurate, complete and endearingly human portrait of Mozart than any documentary has ever painted. If all you know of him are the glossy lies disseminated by ‘Amadeus’, don’t miss ‘In Search of Mozart’. It’s a must see for tyros and cognoscenti alike.” – Chicago Tribune
“…as informative as it is accessible…brings us up close to the composer’s brilliance…already being hailed as the definitive documentary for the composer’s 250th Anniversary year.” – Classic FM Magazine