Music series: Third of four
All of these films are almost like a concert with high quality music interspersed into the well scripted narrative.
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 K626 (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.
Based on Mozart’s memoirs and letters home, In Search Of Mozart is a forensic “detective story” that maps his travels across Europe (some 25’000 miles), while stitching together a portrait of the man himself and his relationships. With the help of historians, virtuoso musicians and some of the world’s best orchestras, the film traces Mozart’s rise from a precocious child prodigy to the poorly-paid favourite of royal courts.
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN is celebrating four of the greatest composers (Chopin, Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven) for the exclusive re-release of the award-winning In Search Of series, with a worldwide special event cinema screening to mark the Year of Beethoven celebrating his 250th birthday.
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and featuring: Ronald Brautigam, Renée Fleming, Magdalena Kožená, Lang Lang, Louis Langrée, Julian Rachlin, Roger Norrington, Imogen Cooper, Škampa Quartet, Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Salzburg Camerata… and many other leading musicians, performers, and Mozart experts.
UK 2006, 109 min, rated G
Directed by Phil Grabsky
Juliet Stevenson narrates.