Musica Viva Festival Munich 2008
Ten films by Peider A. Defilla covering the most important concerts of the Musica Viva Festival, Munich 2008. Interviews with the composers, conductors, and performers, as well as numerous music excerpts. Featured works: Adriana Hölszky, "Countdown"; Conlon Nancarrow, "Study No. 41"; Michael Lentz/Uli Winters, "Boxgesang Über 12 Runden"; Hans Zender, "Logos-Fragmente"; Olivier Messiaen, "Un Sourire"; Enno Poppe, "Keilschrift"; Younghi Pagh-Paan, "In Luce Ambulemus"; Iannis Xenakis, "Antikhthon"; Beat Furrer, "Konzert für Klavier und Orchester"; Gérard Pesson, "Aggravations et Final." The Musica Viva series held under the auspices of the Bavarian Radio was founded in 1945 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and has since advanced to become one of the most significant forums for contemporary music worldwide. Premieres and historical milestones of the modern age remain at the heart of these monthly concerts. In January and February of 2008 a three-week festival took place in Munich, the first time that such an event had been held in the history of the series. Not only the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio -- the regular partner to date -- but also other top orchestras within Germany's system of public broadcasting, the ARD, helped the festival (and the many renowned composers and interpreters of New Music) on its way to great success. Since 2001, the film-maker and composer Peider A. Defilla (owner of B.O.A. Videofilmkunst) has documented the Musica Viva concerts for BR-alpha (the educational channel of Bavarian Television). Each 15-minute portrait manages to demonstrate just how broad a spectrum is covered by Musica Viva. An ongoing cooperation between the Bavarian Radio, NEOS and B.O.A. has led to the present DVD with its representative excerpts of the most important concerts of the festival along with interviews. Comes on one PAL DVD and one NTSC DVD. Approximate running time: 148 minutes.