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Director: Carine Bijlsma
In de aanloop naar de uitvoering van de monumentale Gurre-Lieder van Arnold Schönberg met liefst 356 musici laat dirigent Reinbert de Leeuw zien, en horen, waarom dit veertig jaar lang een droom is geweest.
Thanks to pianist, composer and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw (1938), who tolerated a camera crew by his side in the build-up to the biggest challenge of his career: conducting Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder. The performance of this monumental piece requires 356 musicians - 145 orchestra members, 200 singers, 6 soloists and 1 conductor. The figures are on the screen, so the facts make the spectator realise how enormous this undertaking is.
The images follow the music, or vice versa, while De Leeuw is followed during his preparations: going through the score at home, rehearsing with his huge, young group of musicians at the Royal Conservatory, and in the hour before entering the stage. Particularly in this final hour, stage fright gets its claws into the conductor, who has been dreaming for over forty years of performing this iconic composition. ‘This piece summarises the nineteenth century one more time, on an unprecedented scale.’


Production company
Rosan Productions
TV company
Distributor NL
Rosan Productions
Title: Extase
Year: 2011
Duration : 35 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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