Notes & Reviews:
This DVD features two hour-long films by Bruno Monsaingeon: "The Red Baton" and "Gennadi Rozhdestvensky: Conductor or Conjuror?" Against the 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 in situations that were dangerous, precarious, often grotesque and always extreme. The Red Baton explores these paradoxal scenes of musical life in Stalinist Russia. With rehearsal scenes from Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" and Schnitke's "Dead Souls", this film is a documentary about the art of Gennadi Rozhdestvensky's conducting.Notes & Reviews:
Run Time: 155 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 2.0,
Subtitles: English, French
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- Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky