Christoph von Dohnányi in rehearsal
Great conductors in Rehearsal

Featuring some of today’s leading conductors in rehearsal, this series gives a unique insight into the process of creating great music. The conductors’ very different styles and methods; the dialogue between an orchestra and an inspired interpreter; the intensity of the preparations for a concert performance; and the struggle towards perfection are captured in these revealing audio-visual records. Most episodes include a full run-through of the work rehearsed. All include interviews with the conductor who is seen at work.

At the start of the 1997/1998 season, the renowned German maestro Christoph von Dohnányi, Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra, also took up the appointment of Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, a natural progression form his previous role as Principal Guest Conductor. This highly-acclaimed conductor is known for his scrupulous concern for textural detail, cogent structural logic and his dedicated respect for the scores he works on.

Recording the In Rehearsal programme, the cameras were witnessing part of the process of development of a new relationship between an orchestra and its Music Director. Dohnányi is seen working with the Philharmonia on Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 in G for a concert in their 1998 Haydn/Bartók series at London’s Royal Festival Hall. It was to be Dohnányi’s first Haydn performance with the orchestra and so the limited time available for preparation was of vital importance. The musician’s appreciation of his musically precise and exacting approach is evident in the concentrated atmosphere of rehearsals and also in comments they make about working with the maestro.


With Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor London Philharmonic Orchestra Meyeric Alexander, principal bassoon Keith Bragg, principal piccolo Justin Jones and David Thomas, violin Music programme Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G

Movie director : Barrie Gavin
Collection : Great conductors in rehearsal

Duration : 58 min
Production date : 1998
Production : © Spektrum TV / RM Arts
Available version(s) : VOST FR