Originating from the movement searching above all for authenticity, Sir Roger Norrington shows how this modern trend and traditional approaches in the wake of such interpreters as Furtwängler and Toscanini can blend into a new style: a conductor like him has no need for old instruments, because with him modern orchestras play differently.
This portrait hinges upon SIR ROGER NORRINGTON's typical day in his countryside home. Images caught from his intriguing work and from his cosy domestic life are cleverly intermingled with "flash-backs" from his concerts and rehearsals with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Camerata Academica and the Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart.
Sir Roger Norrington in rehearsal with the Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart
John Eliot Gardiner in rehearsal with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists
Valery Gergiev in Rehearsal with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Boulez in Rehearsal with the Wiener Philharmoniker