"I was a very lucky child because I was born amidst music. In fact my father's job, a wonderful job, was to play the violin. He used to practice in a room far away from the one in which I played as a small boy. Once, when I was very young, I was drawn by the magical sounds that came from that room. My father made the violin speak in an extraordinarily beautiful language unknown to me. I remained very quiet for fear of interrupting the magic spell cast by his playing..."
This film, based on a book by Claudio Abbado, is both a memoir of the Berliner Philharmoniker director Claudio Abbado's early years, and a personal introduction to the orchestra. It culminates in a deeply felt introduction to the sections of the orchestra with Abbado leading the Youth Orchestra of a United Europe.
La Casa dei Suoni, written by Claudio Abbado, is a book dedicated to the children. It aims at explicating music in a simple way, notably the roles of each instrument in an orchestra, or the different genres of classical music...
Lucerne Festival Orchestra