Hearing the Silence
Sketches for a Portrait by Paul Smaczny
Picture Format: 16:9 anamorphic
Sound Format: PCM stereo
Running Time: 67 mins
Region Code: PAL All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recording Date: Various
Cat. no.: DV-DOCABB
Claudio Abbado - Hearing the Silence conveys an intensely moving
view of one of the leading musicians of our time. In several interviews, Abbado
talks about artistic, musical and biographical aspects of his life. The film
shows excerpts from rehearsals and concerts with some of his favourite orchestras.
Statements from colleagues and friends are combined with views from his favourite
surroundings and help to characterise the "silent thinker".
Film director Paul Smaczny had a very rare opportunity to get a glimpse of
the immensely private personality of Claudio Abbado, described by many in the
film as noble and elegant but also as a warm-hearted friend. Together with rarely
seen historical filmed material and documents of him rehearsing and performing
works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Debussy, Dvorak, Strauss, Stravinsky and
Nono, these interviews make up an extensive portrait of one of the most important
personalities in the classical musical world.
Bruno Ganz, Swiss actor and close friend, opens the comments and observations
of the featured artists. They all speak of their work with the conductor and
share a sense of awe for his achievements with orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic
or the orchestras he founded.
This marvellous filmed portrait, now available on TDK DVD, has won two prestigious
festival prizes at major art film festivals in 2004: "Best Portrait"
award (Prix du meilleur portrait) at the 22nd International Festival of Films
on Art (FIFA) in Montreal, regarded as the most important art film festival
in North America, and the Premier Grand Prix at the 28th UNESCO International
Art Film Festival (Festival International Du Film d'Art et Pédagogique)