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Notes Interdites

Notes Interdites

Two Films by Bruno Monsaingeon

Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, films directed by Bruno Monsaingeon

By starting with the elegiac big tune of Zdravitsa, Prokofiev's toast to Stalin's 60th birthday. Bruno Monsaingeon's The Red Baton threatens to follow an all too familiar path, tormenting the... More…

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The Red Baton

  • Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, films directed by Bruno Monsaingeon
  • Scenes of musical life in stalinist Russia. Between 1917 and 1990, the Soviet Union was the setting for a fascinating paradox upon which this film will attempt to shed some light. Against a backdrop of extreme hardship, indeed terror, there developed one of the most intense and rich musical arenas of the 20th century. Major composers, virtuoso performers, the most prestigious orchestras displayed their talent throughout these 70 years, in situations that were dangerous and precarious, often grotesque and always extreme

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky: Conductor or Conjuror?

  • Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, films directed by Bruno Monsaingeon
  • Rather than a profile, this is a documentary about a conductor discussing and analysing what he knows best: the art of conducting. Featuring the following works: Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony (masterclasses, rehearsals with students from the Moscow Conservatory and Zurich’s Tonhalle orchestra, archival clips), Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and Schnittke’s Deal Souls

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

  • Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich
  • Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, films directed by Bruno Monsaingeon
  • (masterclasses, rehearsals with students from the Moscow Conservatory and Zurich’s Tonhalle orchestra, archival clips)

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

  • Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, films directed by Bruno Monsaingeon

Schnittke: Dead Souls

  • Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, films directed by Bruno Monsaingeon

Prokofiev: Zdravitsa (Hail to Stalin) Op. 85

  • Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, films directed by Bruno Monsaingeon