Delving beyond the romantic myth of Beethoven as a tormented figure battling a tragic fate, this compelling 2009 documentary by award-winning director Phil Grabsky brings together some of the world’s leading musicians and Beethoven experts to reveal new insights into the legendary composer. This comprehensive look at the composer’s life includes appearances by such luminaries as Emanuel Ax, Louis Langrée, Paul Lewis, and Gianandrea Noseda.

“One of the finest movies about a great musician I’ve ever seen.”
– Observer (UK)


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In Search of Beethoven

Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm Walter Reade Theater

Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the events in the 2020/21 Great Performers series. As a result, this performance has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. 


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Directed by Phil Grabsky (2009)

With Emanuel Ax, Louis Langrée, Paul Lewis, Gianandrea Noseda, and others

Running time: 2 hours, 19 minutes