Trip to Asia – The search for the line

Trip to Asia - The search for the line

Trip to Asia – The search for the line

  Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic are on everyone’s lips. Not only because of their music but also because of their social commitment. Four years ago, they sat by Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch with its award-winning film Rhythm Is It! a monument. The subject seems to have attracted the filmmakers. While looking into Sanchez Lansch his documentary The Empire Orchestra (2007) in the history of the philharmonic orchestra goes, mine with them on tour: Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo are called stations. 126 world-class musicians and their star conductor, accompanied by a film crew.

The result is an exciting trip to Asia, which captures the full range of feelings and emotions in this mammoth tour. The young piccolo player, Virginie Reibel, is still on trial there. But the work does not come easy for her. His colleagues criticize their play and give tips. Although they emphasize that it is not personally going against Virginia, which is not so sure. Always, at every sample, at any time to retrieve its peak performance, is a stress that can not stand each.
Rewarded by the raging crowd, waiting in Taipei before the concert hall on the musicians, for all the agony. Suddenly we are in the limelight. Man is loved. It is liked. What a treat for a troubled soul of inferiority. The horn Sarah Willis told them: “I’ve never felt that I belong somewhere, until I started with the youth on Sunday evening to rehearse.” A similar fate befell Albrecht Mayer, stuttered as a child, and under the taunts of his classmates suffered terribly. Then he found the music and put in a miraculous way to a new way. Today he plays the solo oboe and taught with great wit and humor Chinese kids in the Master Class.

Manages to mine, produce a great intimacy between the film crew and the musicians. Frankly, they clap them all inside out and show that the big picture, the orchestra, first by each individual awakens to the true life. As you make fits into the structure, is for any artist, but a balancing act. The violist, Naoko Shimizu, must have been times when asked about her husband: “Why do you give so much trouble?” One can not hear you at all. ”

Mine shows man behind his musical instrument and this gives it a whole roll in passing a philosophy of life. Talent is pretty good, but without the constant work on himself and his art, talent is ultimately nothing. If we only turn on its axis, then it is considered by Albrecht Mayer plausible explanation: “We worked all our lives to us, with us. How can we be other than self-centered.”

In addition to the human side of mine told a story about modernity and tradition. Opposites, which together revealed a wonderful conglomeration. Richard Strauss ` Heldenleben and Beethoven Eroica belong to the repertoire as well as contemporary pieces Asyla by Thomas Adès. Even if one or another musician indulges in the old days under Karajan and the sound of that time still in the ear “has, is the life and history of music went on. Permanent change, but part of life. As metonymically stands for Asia: “This enormous amount of movement, a society in permanent change,” said Simon Rattle. A society which combines both: tradition and modernity.

As the orchestra, the film team operates as a large community and presses the interaction of all individual skills a great documentary. The classically staged interviews, a musician speaks directly into the camera, alternating with images of the tour and pictures of the magic of Asia. On the screen they are conjured up by the cameramen, Anthony Dod Mantle, Rene Dame, Alberto Venzago and Stefan Ciupek. Simon Stockhausen composed to a successful soundtrack. And so one could cite the bottom line even Simon Rattle: “line is what we strive .”

(Monika Sandmann)

Title min: Trip to Asia – The search for the line Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2006 Length: 108 ( ) of material: Piffl media

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