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Deutscher Kamerapreis for Jörg Widmann film!

Author: sounding images

Congratulations to Ralf Streese for winning the Deutsche Kamerapreis as editor of our production "In the Maze | The Musician Jörg Widmann".

  • Deutscher Kamerapreis for Jörg Widmann film! | Copyright: © Marco Borggreve

    © Marco Borggreve

  • Deutscher Kamerapreis for Jörg Widmann film! | Copyright: © Marco Borggreve

    © Marco Borggreve

Music takes on a life of its own in the moment of writing, believes Jörg Widmann. It assumes its own form, becoming a living being that forges its own path. As such, it remains a fragment, because it is not what he, the writer, had intended.

We follow Jörg Widmann into his maze, reaching for the thread that runs through his life and work. Together with him, we experience the ups and downs, the euphoric moments as well as the moments of crisis that are brought about by the process of writing. We encounter him backstage and on stage. And we discover that it is in fact a bundle of threads that intertwine to form a tangle, whereby the composer without the clarinettist, the conductor without the composer, or Jörg Widmann without the human, is inconceivable.

The film accompanies Jörg Widmann in the composition of his trumpet concerto “Towards Paradise (Labyrinth VI)”, commissioned by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We witness the piece take shape, from the first drafts to the premiere performance. As clarinettist and conductor, we see him at the Salzburg Festival, in the Boulez Hall and at the Konzerthaus Berlin, and experience this ‘universal musician’ alongside Daniel Barenboim (as pianist), with the celebrated violinist Anne Sophie Mutter, for whom he composed his String Quartet No. 6, and during a concert tour of Taiwan together with his sister, the violinist Carolin Widmann.

Duration 52 minutes
Editor Ralf Streese
Author Holger Preuße
Producer Stefan Pannen
Executive Producer Theresa-Martina März
Original title of music work "Towards Paradise" by Jörg Widmann
Production Company BR/ARTE, sounding images, 2022

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