A Film by Achim Freyer Director, stage designer and painter Achim Freyer is internationally acclaimed for his theatre and opera productions at top European venues. This avant-garde music feature, plucked straight from his imagination, marks his debut as a film-maker and is an arresting example of the innovative style of his work. It is set to music by Olivier Messiaen and Erik Satie and conjures up a primordial world inhabited by bizarre characters whose outward appearance has become a manifestation of their inner hopes and desires. Through the sometimes grotesquely drawn protagonists and their bizarre actions, the Mediterranean landscapes, which form a backdrop to the film, take on a seductive, dream-like quality. Directed by Achim Freyer – 80’ / 59'
Öffentliche Musikmeditation Live recording of a concert at the Amerikahaus, Munich, 1981. Directed byJanos Darvas – 27’
Friedrich Gulda: Landscape with Pianist Improvisations for piano by Friedrich Gulda in an electronic muscial landscape by Günter Rabl. Live recording at the Münchner Klaviersommer 1987. Directed by Janos Darvas – 35’ The Beauty Of The Voice –
International Opera Studio Zurich The Zurich Opera operates an international opera studio that each year allows twenty young singers from all over the world to fine-tune their skills and become qualified performers. This is a pool of young talents for the Zurich Opera as well as many other opera houses. The artistic coach is the Mexican tenor Francisco Araiza. For 15 years he has been one of the leading tenors on the world’s opera stages. His enormous experience coupled with his highly sensitive and motivating practice makes Francisco Araiza an ideal mentor to the young highflyers in the IOS Zurich. Directed by Sabine Gisiger – 52’
Dragon Songs - Lang Lang in China Lang Lang, the exceptional Chinese pianist, has never forgotten his home country. Having been quite successful in the Western world, he now returns to China, inviting us to witness a sensational event: The Chinese superstar plays concerts and gives master classes in eight major cities/venues in China and in Beijing he plays a concert which presents traditional Chinese music, together with the most outstanding musicians from all over China. The documentation of this tour and the music programme of traditional Chinese music are recorded on HD. Directed by Benedict Mirow - 52'
„Beyond words“ – Mischa Maisky This film contains mainly the recording of a concert of Mischa Maisky and Pavel Gililov during the Richard-Strauss-Tage in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with compositions of Johannes Brahms. They play: J. Brahms: "3 Songs… without words" op. 85/1, op. 85/2, op. 86/2 / Sonata Nr. 1 e-minor op. 38 Interviews with Maisky about his tragic experiences in the former Soviet Union, his relationship with his instrument and the meaning of music in his life in combination with shootings in the pictoresque landscape of Garmisch-Partenkirchen give this film a real emotional potential. Directed by Benedict Mirow – 60’
Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise
in Salzburg No production at the Salzburg Festival was more eagerly awaited than Peter Sellars's staging of Olivier Messiaen's opera, Saint François d'Assise, starring José Van Dam and Dawn Upshaw, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Schönberg Choir. Its success was overwhelming, attracting excellent reviews and standing ovations. Jean-Pierre Gorin's documentary traces the development of the production from rehearsals to first performance and includes interviews with the controversial director Peter Sellars, with Salonen, Van Dam and Upshaw. Directed by Jean-Pierre Gorin - 77'
Schumann - Clara - Brahms
(with Hélène Grimaud) A 45-minute feature on the subject "love", taking as an example the relationships between Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The film presents Hélène Grimaud playing excerpts from Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Cello Sonata No. 2 by Johannes Brahms with Truls Mørk and Schumann's Romances op. 94 with Albrecht Mayer. Furthermore the film includes songs by Clara Schumann with Anne Sofie von Otter. A feature created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Robert Schumann's death in 2006. Directed by Benedict Mirow – 45’