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Short Rides with John Adams

John Adams' new "dramatic symphony," Scheherazade.2, comes out Sept. 30

Synopsis

John Adams is one of the most influential and at the same time most popular US composers of the post-war period, known for his irresistible music in which minimalism is mixed with imaginative orchestration and jazzy verve. The Film accompanied the composer for a year on his explorations and “Short Rides” in Berlin. The film documents both on and off stage encounters with musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker, old friends and associates such as Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Sellars, Gustavo Dudamel and star violinist Leila Josefowicz (“I call him Johnny”). A film which is both entertaining and serious, and which features jazz-inspired symphonic and poignant Passion music. A film not only for connaisseurs and admirers – just like the music of John Adams.

Additional Info

  • No: A05550705
  • Artists: Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Sellars, Gustavo Dudamel, Leila Josefowicz
  • Production year: 2017
  • Run time: 00:45:00
  • Director: A Film by Daniel Finkernagel and Magdalena Zięba-Schwind
  • Producers: Berlin Phil Media in co-production with UNITEL
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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