The Orchestra – Claudio Abbado and the musicians of the Orchestra Mozart

The conductor's last great musical adventure

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Orchestra Mozart

Claudio Abbado — Conductor

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This film revolves around Claudio Abbado's last great musical adventure: the Orchestra Mozart. It offers insights into the private lives of the orchestra's musicians and the profound works and projects of a great maestro.

The documentary follows the musicians of the prestigious Orchestra Mozart during their 2013 European tour. The Orchestra Mozart was founded more than ten years ago, in 2004, in Bologna, Italy, by Claudio Abbado.

The Orchestra brings together the world's finest classical music performers, mixing young, promising instrumentalists with established soloists. Among them: Johani Gonzales, a young double bass player from one of the worst slums in Caracas, and the famous German trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich. The documentary, which follows the Orchestra Mozart on its European tour during the 2012-2013 season, offers a unique and intimate look at Abbado's work and the work of classical musicians today. The film tells the story of the public and private lives of a group of musicians from both a musical and a human point of view: Maria Francesca Latella, Federica Vignoni, Lucas Navarro, Alois Posh, Reinhold Friedrich, Alessio Allegrini, Johani Gonzales. The documentary includes a long and unpublished interview with Claudio Abbado and concerts and rehearsals filmed in Bologna, Lucerne, Vienna, Madrid and Palermo.

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