Magic Moments of Music | Nigel Kennedy & The Four Seasons

Magic Moments of Music | Nigel Kennedy & The Four Seasons

Magic Moments of Music | Nigel Kennedy & The Four Seasons

A film by Silvia Palmigiano and Isabel Hahn, ZDF/arte and C Major Entertainment, 43 min., 2022

In 1989, Nigel Kennedy’s recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons causes a turmoil in the world of classical music. The press call the musician the “punk violinist” while others treat him with scorn. However, the record goes on to sell more copies than any other classical album before or since. Kennedy succeeds in transcending the reservations of an audience that considers classical music too elitist or aloof. The film tells of the incredible rise of an outsider into superstar and of a Vivaldi interpretation that has achieved cult status.

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When Nigel Kennedy presents his vision of a new classical album to the record company EMI, he is met with broad scepticism. Certainly, with his wild hair and an outfit that mixes punk, gothic and new wave, he’s far from the typical classical musician. But manager John Stanley senses an opportunity: “If Kennedy is permitted to be who he is, you could sell millions of records.” And he’s proven right.

The film takes viewers back to 1989 when Kennedy and the English Chamber Orchestra shook up the music scene with their recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. With daring and verve, Kennedy appeals to an audience that was otherwise averse to classical music, resulting in album sales of over three million and an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

Early on, the protege of Yehudi Menuhin stands out as a rebel: in the day he studies at the renowned Juilliard School and at night he plays in the New York jazz clubs and learns the art of improvisation, among others from Stéphane Grappelli.

Kennedy recalls: “The classical world felt like a straitjacket. I had to change something or else I had to get out. There was nothing to lose.” During the recording of The Four Seasons, he strives to free himself both from historically informed performance and the Russian School of playing. He seeks out and finds an interpretation that is inarr keeping with the times. With his playing style and arresting appearance, he breaks with the conventions of the classical concert business. The controversy is even discussed in the UK Parliament.

In the concert recording – filmed in the manner of a pop concert – the London audience sits at the edge of the stage in jeans and jumpers. The outfits of the orchestra musicians and the stage lighting change depending on the season. Star violinist Maxim Vengerov tells us what is revolutionary about Kennedy’s playing, and fashion designer Esther Perbandt gives her own view: “He’s an individualist. He doesn’t dress like this to market himself.” Nigel Kennedy says of himself: “I can only be who I am. And that’s how I am.”

With his groundbreaking recording, Kennedy helps young musicians to question the limitations and precedents of the classical music world and he pushes the door wide open for an audience to discover Vivaldi’s famous music.

The Voice of the Birds – Olivier Messiaen, Componist and Ornithologist

The Voice of the Birds – Olivier Messiaen, Componist and Ornithologist

The Voice of the Birds – Olivier Messiaen, Componist and Ornithologist

A film by Holger Preusse and Philipp Quiring, SWR/ARTE, 52 min, 2022
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For Olivier Messiaen, birds are “the greatest musicians inhabiting our planet”. Their endless melodies with the finest tonal gradations, their diverse singing and the infinite variety of rhythms are the lifeblood of the French musician. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his death on 27 April 2022, we tell Olivier Messiaen’s story from the perspective of the birds.

Messiaen became acquainted with birds at a young age, and when he came to Paris from the French provinces in his early 20s, they continued to flutter in his head. As organist of the parish church La Trinité in Paris, it is the birds that provide him with their songs, over which he improvises. Music lovers from all over Europe make a pilgrimage to see him. The premiere of his opera in Paris in 1983 is awaited with great excitement: In “Saint Francis of Assisi” (“Saint François d’Assise”), birds play a central role. For him, the birds are something metaphysical, a direct link to God.

Against the background of the “Voice of the Birds”, the film portrays the eventful life of the composer and ornithologist Messiaen through musical examples and narratives of selected interlocutors: There is conductor Kent Nagano, cellist Camille Thomas, Ondes Martenot interpreter Natalie Forget and organist Thomas Lacôte, Messiaen biographer Peter Hill, DJ and biologist Dominik Eulberg and, last but not least, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who vividly explains selected passages from Messiaen’s “Catalogue d’oiseaux” (“Catalogue of Birds”).

Holger Preuße

Holger Preuße

Holger Preuße

CEO heidefilm and shareholder berlin producers

 

Holger Preuße

Contact:

+49 30 44 03 169 – 21
holger.preusse[at]berlin-producers.de

 

Holger Preusse is director of numerous award winning films and television shorts.
He has developed new formats, in particular the `The Philosophy Quartet’ for ZDF. He is a partner in the Berlin Producers Media GmbH and director of the heidefilm GmbH. He is a member of the German Film Academy.

Many of his films have been honoured with national and international prizes. He has been a joint partner at fernsehbüro for five years, where he works as an executive producer and director.

Auszeichnungen / Preise (Auswahl)
  • Deutscher Umweltpreis für Publizistik (Förderpreis) 1992
  • Hauptpreis Dokumentarfilm Ekotopfilm 1995
  • Nominierung Grimme-Preis 1995
  • Preis der Internationalen Jury Ekotopfilm 1996,
  • Spezialpreis beim XX. Ciclo cine submarino San Sebastian (Spanien) 1996
  • Prix Nausicaa beim 25. Weltfestival des Unterwasserbildes 1998 in Antibes (Frankreich),
  • Hauptpreis bei der 20. Internationalen Biennale des Wissenschaftlichen Films
    1998 in Ronda (Spanien),
  • Spezialpreis beim Unterwasserfilmfest in San Sebastian 2000,
  • Erster Preis in der Kategorie Fernsehen beim Festival Radio Television España (RTVE) 2006
  • Hans Strothoff-Journalistenpreis für Wirtschaftsjournalismus 2008
  • ARD-Pitch Gewinner für Dokumentarfilm „Blickpunkt Deutschland: total-halbtotal-nah“ 2013
  • Dagmar and Václav Havel’s Vize 97 Foundation Award 2016
  • Nominierung Grimme-Preis 2017

Kristian Kähler

Kristian Kähler

Kristian Kähler

CEO berlin producers, heidefilm
Kristian Kähler

Contact:

+49 30 44 03 169 – 17
kristian.kaehler[at]berlin-producers.de

Kristian works as director and producer and has developed many new formats for German television.

As a managing director, he is also responsible for distribution and co-production. He is particularly attuned to the international market, he regularly visits the major tradeshows such as the MIP TV, the Sunny Side of the Doc and the World Science Congress.

Filmografie

Filme als Produzent

Musik
2018 – 2020
BEETHOVEN 9 – BEETHOVENS 9. SYMPHONIE AUF 5 KONTINENTEN
(1×90 Minuten und 10×30 Minuten) Internationale Musikdokumentation mit ZDF/Arte, Deutsche Welle, Arte France, BKM, Gedeon Frankreich)

THE WAR ON MY PHONE (90 Minuten, WDR, NRW Filmstiftung, Deutsche Welle)

Travel/Adventure
2015-17
INSELN DER QUEEN (ZDF/Arte 10×52 und 10×43 Minuten sowie 2x 43 Minuten „Länder, Menschen, Abenteuer, NDR)

Science
2017
PROJECT GOLD / EQUALIZER – WIE DIE WISSENSCHAFT REKORDE MACHT (2x 52 Minuten, 2x 43, 2x 26, internationale Koproduktion mit ZDF Lesch Kosmos, ZDF Arte, Kensington Films, CBC Kanada, Inica Films Spanien, PreTV Österreich, ORF)

2015-17
BELLO ALLEIN ZUHAUS – WARUM DER HUND MANCHMAL VERRÜCKT SPIELT
DAS GEHEIME LEBEN DER KATZEN
(2×43, Minuten SWR)

2015
PROJECT GOLD / EQUALIZER – WIE DIE WISSENSCHAFT REKORDE MACHT (1x 52, 1x 43, 1x 26, internationale Koproduktion mit ZDF Lesch Kosmos, ZDF Arte, Kensington Films, CBC Kanada, Inica Films Spanien)

2015
BELLO ALLEIN ZUHAUS – WARUM DER HUND MANCHMAL VERRÜCKT SPIELT (2×43, SWR)

Reise / Küche
LANDTRÄUME (26 x 26min., ZDF/arte)

ZU TISCH IN… (192 x 26 min., ZDF/arte, seit 2001)

EIN LADEN IN … (26 x 26 min., ZDF/arte, 2006)

BEI AUFTRAG ENTDECKUNG (4 x 43 min., ZDF/arte, Co-Produktion mit fact & film, Bremen; Nordmedia 2009)

FAHRT INS RISIKO / Hotroads (10 x 43 min., ZDF/arte, 2010-2015 Koproduktion mit LIC und Servus TV)

Zeitgeschehen
UNSERE GSCHWENDS – DIS SENIORENTESTER UNTERWEGS (3 x 30 min., SWR)

HINTER DEN MAUERN VOM … (3 x 26 min., SR/arte/ARD, 2007)

AUFBRUCH IM NORDMEER (3 x 43 min., arte/RBB/WDR 2006)

SCHULGESCHICHTEN (18 x 26 min., ZDF/arte 2005-2006 – distributed in more than 10 different countries)

ALT & DOOF? (2 x 43 min., SWR/NDR, 2010)

Filme als Autor

2018
INSELN DER QUEEN II – BERMUDAS

2016
ZU TISCH 200 – NORDIRLAND (26 Min, ZDF/Arte)

INSELN DER QUEEN – HEBRIDEN (43/52 Min, ZDF/Arte)

2015
WEM GEHÖRT DIE STADT? (90 min, ARD, 1. Preis Blickpunkt Deutschland – Wettbewerb Dokumentarfilm)

2014
ZU TISCH IM DONAUDELTA (26 min., ZDF/arte)

FAHRT INS RISIKO (43 min., ZDF/arte, LIC China, Servus, autentic)

2013
ZU TISCH AUF DEN HEBRIDEN (26 min., ZDF/arte)

2012
ZU TISCH AUF JERSEY (26 min., ZDF/arte)

VERGESSENE VÖLKER: DIE EWENKEN IN SIBIRIEN (43/30 min., WDR/arte)

DE GAULLE & ADENAUER: EINE DEUTSCH-FRANZÖSISCHE FREUNDSCHAFT (52/43 min., SWR/arte)

2011
ZU TISCH IN MARAMURES (26 min., ZDF/arte)

SEEBÄDER BRIGHTON (43 min., WDR/arte)

LANDTRÄUME CORNWALL (26 min., ZDF/arte)

2010
DINOSAURIER – SPURENSUCHE IN DER URZEIT (30/52 min., NDR/arte)

LANDTRÄUME: Cornwall (43 min., ZDF/arte)

FAHRT INS RISIKO: Im Labyrinth von Dhaka (43 min., ZDF/arte)

ALT & DOOF? Geld (43 min., SWR/NDR)

2009
UNTER DEUTSCHEN DÄCHERN: Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg (43 min., Radio Bremen)

TRAUMBERUF KOCH? (43 min., SWR)

2008
ZU TISCH IN LAPPLAND (26 min., ZDF/arte)

LEBEN AUF DEM FLUSS – KANADAS LETZTE FLÖSSER (43 min., ZDF/arte)

AUFBRUCH IM NORDMEER – DIE NORDOSTPASSAGE (43 min., RBB/WDR/arte)

2007
WER HAT ANGST VOR EUROPA? Wie die EU nach Polen kam. (83 min., ZDF/arte)
Journalistenpreis des Europäischen Parlaments 2009

SCHRUBBEN AUF DEM SONNENDECK (30 min., ZDF)

ZU TISCH IN KALABRIEN (26 min., ZDF/arte)

2006
MENSCHEN UND STRASSEN: DIE AMALFITANA (26 min., SR/arte)

ZU TISCH IM ALLGÄU (26 min., ZDF/arte)

2005
ZU TISCH IN IRLAND (26 min., ZDF/arte)

ZU TISCH IN KIRGISISTAN (26 min., ZDF/arte)

DIE WILDEN REITER VON KIRGISISTAN: EIN LEBEN AUF PFERDEN (45 min., ZDF/arte)

SCHULGESCHICHTEN: Das UWC College in Triest (26 min., ZDF/arte)

DIE TSUNAMI-WARNER (42 min., ZDF/arte)

2004
ZU TISCH AUF KORSIKA (26 min., ZDF/arte)

DIE THERMEN DER TOSKANA (45 min., ZDF/arte)

GLANZ DER ERDE: Kupfer aus Chile (45 min., ARD/RBB/arte)

SCHULGESCHICHTEN: Das San Giuseppe de Merode in Rom (26 min., ZDF/arte)

ZU TISCH IM SCHWARZWALD (26 min., ZDF/arte)

2003
KANN MAN LEBEN VERSICHERN? (30 min., arte-Themenabend)

ZU TISCH IN FRIESLAND(26 min., ZDF/arte)

WENN DIE VERSICHERUNG NICHT ZAHLT (45 min., NDR/ARD)

SCHULGESCHCIHTEN: Die Weydon School in England (26 min., ZDF/arte)

ZU TISCH IN DER SCHWEIZ (26 min., ZDF/arte)

2002
ZU TISCH IN WALES (26 min., ZDF/arte)

DER LEHRTER BAHNHOF (36 min., Kabel1/Reportage)

DER PREIS DER ANGST (30 min., SWR)

2001
ZU TISCH AN DER ALGARVE (26 min., ZDF/arte)

BLÜHENDE LANDSCHAFTEN (45 min., ORB)

LUXUS IN ST. TROPEZ (36 min., PRO7)

ZU TISCH IN DER BRESSE (26 min., ZDF/arte)

2000
UNTER DEUTSCHEN DÄCHERN: Die Platte wird plattgemacht (45 min., ARD/RB)

MENÜS, MODELS UND MATRATZEN: DEUTSCHLANDS GRÖSSTES HOTEL (30 min., ARD Exklusiv/WDR)

SCHNAPP SIE DIR ALLE! Das Pokémon-Syndrom (30 min., ARD/SWR)

DAS KURZE LEBEN DES OMAR BEN NOUI (45 min., ORB)

1999
ENDSPURT IM WAHLKAMPF (30 min., ORB)

1996
FEINDBILD FREMDER (30 min., ORB)

7 Lives of Music – The Kanneh-Mason Family

7 Lives of Music – The Kanneh-Mason Family

7 Lives of Music – The Kanneh-Mason Family

A Film by Catharina Kleber, ZDF/3sat, 60 min, 2022

They are a family with seven children, each of them an exceptionally talented musician. The Kanneh-Mason siblings, their enormous success and their incredible energy team up to prove that classical music is not exclusively for those with light skin and financial means. The documentary film “7 Lives of Music – The Kanneh-Mason Family” by Catharina Kleber will be aired on 3sat on February 5th 2022 at 8.15 PM. It will provide moving, emotional, and surprising glimpses into the private lives and the careers of this incredible family.

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It all started with Sheku: The winner of “BBC Young Musician 2016” was invited to play the cello during the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He became world-famous overnight and pulled his siblings into the spotlight along with him. The eldest of the seven is Isata. She plays the Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival while her sister Jeneba debuts at the Wigmore Hall in London with her brothers, as each of the siblings makes their way through the beginnings of promising careers that will lead them to the height of their fields. Along the way, they meet some of the current greats: Simon Rattle and Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Hope and Thomas Hampson. Every step of their path is taken together, lifting each other up and showing the younger siblings and the world: If I can do it, so can you. With this attitude, all seven play the BBC Proms and record at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Their parents are never far from their sides, but they aren’t the drill sergeants one has come to expect from families such as the Bachs, the Mozarts or the Jacksons. Kadie and Stuart are as surprised as anyone at their children’s talent and determination. They are able to support these qualities, without pushing them.

The film is a portrait of all of the family, with glimpses of their dreams and goals but also the barriers and worries along the way. It spotlights rehearsals in the living room, battles on the soccer pitch and glamorous concerts with equal interest. The Kanneh-Mason Family know first-hand how hard it is for people of color and from outside the inner circle to succeed in the world of classical music, but they prove beyond a doubt, that it may not remain that way.