Join your South Florida Symphony Orchestra friends for a movie watch party of Franz Schubert: The Greatest Love and the Greatest Sorrow, a poignant tribute not about his life, but about Schubert’s extraordinary achievements in his final months following the death of his idol, Beethoven.
Christopher Nupen’s documentary uses Schubert’s words and music to help us feel closer to what the composer himself was trying to say. The film begins with the funeral of Beethoven, at which Schubert was a torchbearer, and the story is told almost entirely in music that Schubert wrote between then and his death. The title, The Greatest Love and the Greatest Sorrow, is taken from a dream which Schubert wrote down in 1822 and which is quoted in full in the film.There are no actors, just words, music, musicians and an anonymous storyteller predominantly using Schubert’s own words. It features Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), Andreas Schmidt (baritone), Michael Sanderling (cello), Antje Weithaas (violin), the Petersen Quartet and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Watch it HERE.