Several weeks ago, I shared a few things I gleaned from the magazine, Listen. After the particularly interesting article with documentarian, Phil Grabsky, I was eager to get my hands on DVDs of In Search of Beethoven and In Search of Mozart. Seventh Art Productions graciously sent me a couple copies for review and I am thoroughly impressed!
The films are a collection of interviews with historians and musicians, commentary on the times in which the composer lived, and incredible live excerpts of of performances of the composer’s works by leading symphonies and musicians from around the world! What I loved most was getting to travel progressively with the composer through his life and gain a better understanding of the chronological order of his compositions and the events and experiences that inspired each one.
The films are very professional and insightful and last approximately two hours. The In Search of Beethoven film comes with a bonus disc of special features, including deleted scenes, an interview the director, and complete movements. These would make a marvelous addition to the library of every music lover, teacher, professor, and student!
Seventh Art Productions is generously offering one of each DVD as a giveaway to Music Matters Blog readers! Just leave a comment below to be entered in a drawing to win one of these excellent films. The winner will be drawn using a random number generator at noon (CST) on Thursday, August 18.