In Search of Beethoven addresses the romantic myth that Beethoven was a heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome his tragic fate, struck down by deafness, who searched for his ‘immortal beloved’ but remained unmarried. It delves beyond the image of the tortured, cantankerous, unhinged personality, to reveal someone quite different and far more interesting. In Search of Beethoven has brought together the world’s leading performers and experts on Beethoven to reveal new insights into this legendary composer. The line-up of performers and interviewees includes Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Frans Brüggen, Ronald Brautigam, Hélène Grimaud, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Paul Lewis, Lars Vogt, and Emanuel Ax among others. The film will be narrated by Juliet Stevenson and RSC actor David Dawson.
Produced in association with the world’s leading orchestras and musicians, individual documentaries by acclaimed filmmaker Phil Grabsky provide immersive visual and audial experiences to celebrate the remarkable life stories and achievements of four of Europe’s greatest composers. World-class performances, as well as intimate interviews with experts, evoke each master’s unique place in history and the profound effect of their work in the hearts and minds of music lovers today.