Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was one of the world’s greatest musical innovators. His close friend Mozart and his student Beethoven were inspired by him. As the finest composer of the day Haydn changed the world of music forever. By speaking to the world's foremost exponents of Haydn’s music this film sheds light on the master and his work. As with the two previous international hits, 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, as with the previous films, is on the performance – and interpretation – of Haydn’s music, with performances from the world’s greatest musicians and orchestras.
Director: Phil Grabsky
Producer: Phil Grabsky
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Phil Grabsky is an award-winning documentary film-maker. With a film career spanning 25 years, Phil and his company Seventh Art Productions make films for cinema, television and DVD.