Notes and Editorial Reviews
The Salzburg Festival has hosted every great star of the opera and concert hall, from Toscanini to Anne-Sophie Mutter, from Fischer-Dieskau to Barenboim, from Pollini to Mitsuko Uchida.
In this film, the first to tell the story of this remarkable Festival, set in the birthplace of Mozart, director Tony Palmer has been granted unprecedented access to Austria's film archives.
Highlights include performances of Jedermann from 1920 to the present day featuring actors such as Maximilian Schell and Klaus Maria Brandauer; Don Giovanni (with Furtwängler in 1954 and a controversial performance directed by Peter Sellars in the 1990s); a wealth of footage of Herbert von Karajan, including performances
never-before-seen home movies; and footage of the Nazi hierarchy at the Festival during the Second World War.
Alongside this historical footage the film interviews current stars including Plácido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Lang Lang, Anna Netrebko, Riccardo Muti and Simon Rattle, who tell their stories and open their hearts about this unique Festival.
Featuring Plácido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Lang Lang, Anna Netrebko, Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Maximilian Schell, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Herbert von Karajan and others.
A Film by Tony Palmer
Region: 0 (All region)
Video: Full screen; color
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Country of Origin: USA
Original Language: English
Running Time: 195 minutes
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Various
Herbert von Karajan
Don Giovanni, K 527: Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ
Date of Recording: 1954
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