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Concerto: A Beethoven Journey

2015, Phil Grabsky, UK, 92 min. With Leif Ove Andsnes.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 15th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 15th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 16th 5:30pm
  • Sun, Apr 17th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 18th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 19th 8:30pm
  • Wed, Apr 20th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 21st 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"A wonderfully uplifting and rewarding experience ... Andsnes proves a wonderful guide to these five extraordinary works, speaking with humility, wisdom, and insight." – James Jolly, Gramophone

The superb music documentarian Phil Grabsky (the IN SEARCH OF... series) revisits Beethoven from a fresh and exciting new perspective. In 2011, the virtuoso pianist Leif Ove Andsnes embarked on a four-year journey devoted to Beethoven’s oeuvre, climaxing with a 2014-2015 worldwide tour in which he performed the composer’s five piano concertos. Andsnes acts as our guide as he passionately engages the five pivotal masterworks, using them to glean insights into the music and the man behind it. These are interwoven with Andsnes’s stunning performances in venues ranging from an intimate salon near his Norway home to the vast Disney Hall in Los Angeles, captured via an innovative keyboard-mounted camera and close shots of his extraordinarily expressive face. DCP digital. (MR)

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