The Italian Character
a film by Angelo Bozzolini
Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra
of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Yuri Temirkanov - James Conlon - Valery Gergiev - Daniel Harding - Janine Jansen - Lisa Batiashvili - Evgeny Kissin - Denis Matseuv - Stefano Bollani - Lang Lang
The Italian character: a film within music and about music.
The Italian Character is the story of one of the most renowned orchestras in the world, enhanced with archival material about the great conductors who have performed on the most famous podium in Rome over the past thirty years. Today, the post belongs to Sir Antonio Pappano, an Anglo-American with roots in Benevento, who rediscovered an essential part of his Italian origins while conducting the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra.
In this documentary, which was produced by Alpenway Media Production GmbH and directed by Angelo Bozzolini, the story unfolds vividly, revealing along the way: how a great performance is planned and put together, how the sound evolves from the first rehearsal until the final applause in a packed concert hall, what goes on between the musicians before they walk onstage, and how they unwind at the end of a concert.
Through the personal vicissitudes of the orchestra’s members and its conductor, events shot where they occur, The Italian Character allows viewers to gain insight into a fascinating world that is usually hidden. At the same time, it tells the story of a national institution, recounts unique historical events and describes an approach to life characteristic of a country beloved by many, but often misunderstood or even unexplored in all its intricate variety.
How do you become a classical musician? What kind of hard work is entailed every day? What is the special relationship bonding artist and instrument? What do musicians experience onstage? How do you explain the transformation of extreme tension during concerts into exuberant joy afterwards? – The documentary answers these questions in a grand, stirring, polyphonic narrative.
The central storyline is framed by the appearances of some of the finest soloists and conductors in the world, captured on film while interacting with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and through it, with the Italian character.
The very moments when the ‘inside’ story of the Orchestra is enriched by the voices of friends ‘outside’ it – by their perspectives and reflections on the Italian character and on their relationships with this extraordinary ensemble of passionate musicians.
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