Janine Jansen – Falling for Stradivari

Author: Arthaus Musik

An unmissable, riveting documentary that follows superstar violinist Janine Jansen as she records a new album on twelve of the greatest ever 'Strads'.

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Directed by Gerry Fox, and accompanied in her quest by legendary Sir Antonio Pappano, the documentary will follow Janine fly-on-the-wall from her home town of Stockholm to research in Stradivarius’ home town of Cremona, where she will meet world leading luthiers, to a hectic ten day period in London. She will become acquainted with each of the violins, select works that fit them best, learn about their histories and particular foibles and rehearse and record this astonishing album. It will be nerve-wracking, intense, and hugely exciting. Finally, at Christmas, we will follow Janine home to the chamber music festival she has established in Utrecht, where accompanied by Pappano, she will play the pieces for a public audience.This is the first time ever that so many of the greatest Strads have been gathered together in one place, and the camera will accompany Janine at every step. As a violinist with phenomenal bowing technique, she is uniquely qualified to bring out the character of each violin, rather than impose her character on the instruments. In a series of up close and personal interviews with both Janine and others, we will capture the difficulties and joys of playing these phenomenally difficult but rewarding instruments.

Including FULL CONCERT with 12 different Stradivaris
Works by Manuel de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Schumann, Brahms, Elgar, Vieuxtemps, Rachmaninov, Szymanovski, Ravel, Suk, Heuberger

Cat. No.: 109453 (Blu-ray)

Genre Documentary + Concert
Production year 2020
Duration 131 (81min Documentary, 50min Concert)
Video format Blu-ray Disc / High Resolution 1080i
Audio format PCM Stereo 2.0
Director Gerald Fox
Soloist Janine Jansen
Soloist Sir Antonio Pappano



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