The world is going to see increasingly less of legendary conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who celebrates his 80th birthday in December 2009. So the time is right for a comprehensive portrait of one the most important conductors of our time.
Harnoncourt - the captivator. One immediately comes under the spell of his admirable intensity, his humorous comparisons, his wit and his brilliant rhetoric. It's nearly impossible not to succumb to his fascinating congeniality. Even his critics are captivated!
The film also draws parallels between Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Joseph
Haydn, who in their popularity and diversity are both unique. Besides great concerts in Eisenstadt and Esterháza, Harnoncourt conducts Haydn's famous opera Il mondo della Luna at the stunning Theater an der Wien. In his inimitable way Harnoncourt presents his own picture of Haydn, which is different from anything we have known before.