Zubin Mehta in rehearsal

Great conductors in rehearsal

The Israel Philharmonic's music director rehearses Richard Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel with the orchestra.

Richard Strauss' orchestral works contain a wealth of autobiographical allusions. This is equally true of the whimsical tone-poem Till Eulenspiegel, op. 28, which was completed in 1895. Strauss felt badly treated by the public in his home town of Munich, because his neo-Wagnerian opera Guntram had closed after only a single performance. In fact he had already planned a one-act stage work about the pranks of the legendary rascal Till Eulenspiegel and his 'victims', the town of Schilda's narrow-minded petit bourgeois citizens. The openly programmatic composition with its phenomenal audacity and unique demands on orchestral technique simultaneously shocked and delighted his public.

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.

Zubin Mehta conductor
Orchestre philharmonique d'Israël

Movie director : Peter Berggren
Collection : Great conductors in rehearsal
Musical period : Music from the 20th century

Duration : 54 min
Production date : 1996
Production : © Tele Bremen / RM Arts
Available version(s) : EN



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