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Directed by Phil Grabsky

United Kingdom 2015 92 mins.

Over the course of four years, director Phil Grabsky followed celebrated Norwegian concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’ attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of music ever written for piano: Ludwig van Beethoven’s five piano concertos. However, Concerto is more than a document of a famous musician’s world tour; it is also an exploration of the deep relationship that emerges between composer and pianist. As Andsnes delves into the life and passion of Ludwig van Beethoven and his work, he begins to invoke the composer’s spirit in a way never before seen. Gransky’s film movingly chronicles Andsnes’ devotion to his passion project and bears cinematic witness to what is increasingly being regarded as one of the greatest interpretations of these five timeless pieces of music.

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