Richard Durrant's extraordinary virtuosity and category-defying repertoire have earned him a unique place in the world of the guitar. After 24 years of touring and recording, Richard is now ackowledged as one of the outstanding guitarists of his generation. His continually evolving performances are testimony not only to his boundless creativity but also his dazzling versatility and mastery of the guitar and its music.
- A comprehensive and unedited interview.
- A documentary film in which Richard Durrant explores what it is to be a 21st-century itinerant musician.
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, Hélčne Grimaud, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Paul Lewis, Lars Vogt, and Emanuel Ax among others. The film is narrated by Juliet Stevenson and young RSC actor David Dawson.
As with the Mozart film In Search of Beethoven takes a comprehensive look at the composer's life through his musical output. Having created a blueprint with In Search of Mozart , Phil Grabsky documents each piece of music chronologically marrying it to Beethoven's biography and letters.
Phil Grabsky travelled across Europe and North America to interview historians and musicians between rehearsals and performances. He managed to film a remarkable 55 performances for the film - and has once again captured the raw energy of these world-class artists. It includes exclusive footage of Claudio Abbado's critically-acclaimed performance of Beethoven's opera Fidelio . There are further performances from Frans Brüggen's Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Salzburg Camerata with Sir Roger...
Joseph Haydn is the composer that Mozart and Beethoven revered. Yet he is somewhat overlooked. In this eagerly-awaited documentary, award-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky goes in search of one of the greatest composers of all.
As with his two previous international hits (In Search of Mozart, In Search of Beethoven) , 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 musicians: Alison Balsom, Sir Roger Norrington, The Endellion String Quartet, Gianandrea Noseda, Ronald Brautigam, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, Emanuel Ax, The Classical Opera Company, Sophie Bevan, and The Orchestra of the 18th Century with Frans Brüggen, among others.
Through intimate and revealing interviews with experts, detailed extracts from personal accounts and beautiful location footage, Grabsky offers tremendous insight into not only Haydn's music but the man himself.
Made to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, In Search of Mozart is a detective story that takes us to the heart of genius.
Produced with the world's leading orchestras and musicians, the prolific composer's story is told through a 25,000 mile journey along every route Mozart followed.
Without resorting to docu-drama or visual re-enactment, In Search of Mozart traces his life through his music and extensive correspondence. From K.1a to K.626 (Requiem), over 80 works are featured, revealing striking parallels between the music and Mozart's own experiences.
But it is the music that takes centre stage, with the jigsaw of Mozart's life fitting snugly 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 .
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and with Mozart voiced by Samuel West, the series features interviews and performances with over 70 of the greatest exponents of Mozart's music.