In Search Of Beethoven (2009)

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The follow up to In Search Of Mozart is an equally exhaustive documentary of another composer, narrated by Juliet Stevenson and RSC actor David Dawson. Examining each piece of music in the canon in chronological order alongside Beethoven's biography and letters, the film features excerpts of 55 performances of his works including Claudio Abbado's airing of the opera Fidelio and The Endellion String Quartet's recital of the quartets. This portrait of creative genius also includes contributions from the likes of Emanuel Ax, Helene Grimaud, Fabio Luisi, Sir Roger Norrington and Vadim Repin.