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documentary Karajan, The Second Life A film by Eric Schulz

A film by Eric Schulz

Karajan, The Second Life A film by Eric Schulz

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Filmmaker Eric Schulz’s Karajan: The Second Life takes sharp look at the fabled maestro, pushing past the legend to get to the heart of this great man’s motivations. It was in the recording studio that his passion, dedication, and artistic vision were harnessed in service of an all-consuming quest for perfection in the form of an extended series of CD recordings of his core German Romantic repertoire. Schulz’s fascinating interviews with Karajan’s colleagues and contemporaries (including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Alward, David Bell, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Eberhard Finke) shed particular light on the conductor’s personality. The filmmaker also includes never never-before-seen archival footage of the maestro in rehearsals and recording sessions and previously-unreleased privately-recorded phone conversations between Karajan and his recording producer Günter Hermanns. Almost thirty years after his passing, Karajan’s musical testament continues to fascinating and challenge musicians and music-lovers the world over.

Cast

  • Peter Uehling | Karajan's biographer
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter | Violinist
  • Brigitte Fassbaender | Mezzo-soprano
  • Klaus König | Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Klaus Stoll | Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Krzysztof Polonek | Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Eberhard Finke | Berliner Philharmoniker
  • David Bell | Organist, tape editor EMI
  • Peter Alward | Former producer EMI
  • Hans Hirsch | Former producer Deutsche Grammophone
  • Hans Weber | Former audio producer, Deutsche Grammophone
  • Wolfgang Gülich | Former balance ingeneer, EMI
  • Andrew Wedman | Balance engineer, ARVATO
  • Godehard Pruin | Archivist, ARVATO
  • Ernst Pöppel | Neuroscientist

Program

  • Richard Strauss, Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
    • 1. Sonnenaufgang (Introduction, or Sunrise) (excerpt)
  • Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
    • Excerpts
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
    • Excerpts
  • Arnold Schoenberg, Variations for Orchestra, Op.31
    • Excerpts
  • Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique: An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts, Op. 14
    • Excerpts
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
    • 4. Adagietto: Sehr langsam (excerpt)
  • Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
    • Excerpts
  • Igor Stravinsky, Concerto in D for string orchestra
    • II. Arioso (Andante) (excerpt)
  • Richard Wagner, Siegfried
    • Excerpts
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
    • Excerpts
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastorale"
    • 1. Allegro ma non troppo (excerpt)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
    • Excerpts
  • Richard Wagner, Siegfried
    • Excerpts
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
    • Excerpts
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G Major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
    • Excerpts
  • Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical"
    • II. Arioso (Andante) (excerpt)
  • Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
    • Excerpts
  • Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
    • 1. Allegro non troppo (excerpt)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
    • Excerpts
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
    • 2. Larghetto (excerpt)
  • Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
    • 3. Adagio. Langsam, feierlich (excerpt)
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
    • 4. Adagietto: Sehr langsam (excerpt)

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Eric Schulz
  • Production date: 2012
  • Duration: 1 h 19 min
  • Production: © Unitel Classica / Servus TV
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR, ES, ZH, DE
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