Narrator: Juilet Stevenson
Director: Phil Grabsky
Running Time: 102 minutes
Synopsis: From the award-winning maker of In Search Of Mozart and In Search Of Beethoven comes the final film of the trilogy, In Search Of Haydn.
Joseph Haydn (1723-1809) was one of the greatest musical innovators. His close friend Mozart, and his student Beethoven greatly revered him yet today in concert halls he is often overshadowed in favour of his younger contemporaries.
By speaking to the greatest living exponents of Haydn's music, this film readdresses the balance and sheds light on the master and his work.
As with the two previous international hits, Phil Grabsky's biographical account of the life of Haydn is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breath-taking performances by some of the world's most celebrated and contemporary musicians: Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Roger Norrington, The Orchestra of the 18th Century with Frans Brüggen, The Endellion String Quartet, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, Ian Page and the Classical Opera Company, Ronald Brautigam, Sophie Bevan and Emmanuel Ax, and many, many more.
Through intimate and revealing interviews with experts, and detailed extracts from Haydn's personal letters, the audience gains tremendous insight not only into Haydn's music, but an appreciation of the artist himself. The emphasis of the film, again wonderfully narrated by Juliet Stevenson, is on the performance - and interpretation - of Haydn's music, with performances from the world's greatest musicians and orchestras.