Paul Meyer, Conductor

Portrait du clarinettiste français

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Paul Meyer — Clarinetist, conductor

Michel Portal — Clarinetist

I Virtuosi Italiani

Program notes

A famous clarinettist for many years, Paul Meyer is also a young conductor. How and why does someone become a conductor? How does it feel to be face to face with the musicians that you direct, and the soloists? What does the future hold for Paul Meyer, clarinettist? How much is technique and how much is inspiration?

This film follows Paul Meyer rehearsing in Prague and performing concerts in Strasbourg with the Virtuosi orchestra and the clarinettist Michel Portal performing solo. For Paul Meyer, these concerts are symbolic: they will enable the clarinettist he is, and the conductor he has become, to direct his "master."

This documentary is also a chance to hear the Symphony no. 40 in G Minor and the Concerto for clarinet in A Major by Mozart, and the Konzertstücke for two clarinets, no. 1 in F Major, op. 113 and no. 2 in D Minor, op. 114. by Mendelssohn.

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