Although the aesthetics of staging and broadcasting classical music haven’t changed much within the past 30 years, a parallel universe driven by a new event culture, marketing strategies and stardom has developed. With the first CD in 1982 as the starting point of the popularization of classical music the phenomenon found its peak in the 1990s with the overwhelming success of the “Three Tenors.” This documentary offers a close look at the origin and development of classical music presentation. more
Always armed with a bowler, wisecracks and affectations, he is not only on the outside one of the strangest fellows in French music history: Erik Satie was not just a composer, he was also a designer, church founder, PR pioneer, master of aperçus, author, wayfarer, professional self-publicist and inventor of “Musique d’ameublement.” more
You can find them standing in walkways, in front of bars or in the Paris metro, playing rock music, classical, Latin American or Caribbean rhythms on the world’s largest public stage: the street. This series Sounds of the Sidewalk” is dedicated to street musicians in Europe “on the road” with buskers, artists of life, dropouts, and virtuosos. In this format, stories of talents and the characters behind them are found on the street. more
Riccardo Chailly, born in Milan in 1953, is one of the most exciting musicians of our time. This first portrait features him working with “his” Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and rehearsing a new Bohème production at Palau de les Arts in Valencia. It also follows him on tour and with his family in Italy. The film’s motto is a quotation by Chailly himself: more
This documentary, filmed in North and South Korea, explores whether music can overcome the boundaries of a divided country. There is one figure of the two Koreas, whose outstanding biography in itself forms a bridge between both worlds: The Korean composer Isang Yun, one of the very few people acknowledged on both sides. The film traces the course of a life that has been interpreted in different ways.
“Wagner in Switzerland” is shot at unique historical sites and explores Richard Wagner’s life at Tribschen: Concerts at the composer’s villa are complemented by documentary elements offer insight into Wagner’s life at Tribschen. It features soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing his “Siegfried Idyll” at the very place where he premiered it on the staircase in 1870 as a birthday present to his wife Cosima.
This three-part documentary accompanies Daniel Barenboim on his quest into the social meaning of music and the secrets of sound. It features him as a UN Messenger of Peace leading a spectacular concert in Gaza, working with the West-Eastern-Divan-Orchestra and conducting the Cairo Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. In addition, the programme opens up a fascinating cultural discourse by depicting Barenboim discussing Wagner, politics and music. more
A Zen master or an expert on chance? A specialist in mushrooms or a performance artist? The inventor of new sounds or a cook? An author or an anarchist? John Cage was all of these things.
On the occasion of his centenary in fall 2012, this documentary by Oscar-winner Allan Miller and Emmy-winner Paul Smaczny pays tribute to the most fascinating American avant-garde composer John Cage. more
In March 2012 the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig celebrates its 800th anniversary – promptly for this unique centenary anniversary the choir appears in a full-length documentary film on the big screen for the first time. Through their personal stories, a sensitive portrayal of the St. Thomas Boys emerges, which raises questions about the fascination of the traditional ensemble. more