• In Search of Mozart (2020)

In Search of Mozart

Release Date: January 27th, 2020

NR |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

Produced in association with the worlds leading orchestras, opera houses and musicians. Told through a 25,000 mile journey along every route Mozart followed; IN SEARCH OF MOZART is a detective story that travels to the heart of old Europe and the heart of genius itself. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and featuring: Ronald Brautigam, Rene Fleming, Magdalena Koen, Lang Lang, Louis Langre, Julian Rachlin, Roger Norrington, Imogen Cooper, kampa Quartet, Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Salzburg Camerata and many other leading musicians, performers, and Mozart experts. Without resorting to docu-drama or visual re-enactment, In Search of Mozart traces the composers life through his music and extensive correspondence. From K1a to K626 (Requiem), over 80 works are featured in chronological order, revealing striking parallels between the music and Mozarts own experiences. Throughout, it is the music that takes centre stage, with the jigsaw of Mozarts 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 Mozarts genius, health, relationships, death and character, to present a new image, very different from Milos Formans Amadeus. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and with Mozart voiced by Samuel West, the film features interviews and performances with over 70 of the greatest exponents of Mozarts music including: Christophe Rousset, Sir Roger Norrington, Ren Jacobs, Sir Charles Mackerras, Rene Fleming, Magdalena Koen, Sandrine Piau, Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley, Sir Thomas Allen, Imogen Cooper, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Leif ove Andsnes, Lang Lang and kampa Quartet. Frans Bruggens Orchestra of 18th Century and Ronald Brautigam perform much of the orchestral repertoire but the film also includes live performances from the Vienna Philharmonic, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Salzburg Camerata, Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Kln, Netherlands Opera, Staatskapelle Berlin and Prague Estates Theatre.

Cast: Juliet Stevenson , Renée Fleming , Lang Lang , Sean Barrett , Frank Adams-Brown , Debbie Arnold , John Davies , Sam West

Director: Phil Grabsky

Genres: Documentary , Musical

Production Co: Seventh Art Productions

Distributors: Seventh Art Releasing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Chicago Tribune

    What emerges is a far more accurate, complete and endearingly human portrait of Mozart than any documentary has ever painted. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    Most of the color and zest among the movie's many talking heads comes from the refreshingly irreverent opera director Jonathan Miller. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    The overall effect is that of a deferential video you might find at a Mozart museum: educational, but not exactly inspiring. show more

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