Hans Zender –Thinking with Your Senses

Author: Arthaus Musik

An unique documentary that gives insights into Zender’s artistic creative process incl. an interview that was recorded shortly before he passed away.

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  • Hans Zender during his last interview session in his library at Glaserhäusle above Lake Constance | Copyright: © Arthaus Musik  © Max Nyffeler

    Hans Zender during his last interview session in his library at Glaserhäusle above Lake Constance © Arthaus Musik © Max Nyffeler

In 2018, the author Max Nyffeler and the filmmaker Reiner E. Moritz managed to convince Hans Zender, who was already suffering from health problems at the time, to look back at his long and successful career. For several days, Hans Zender remembered the highlights of his career, interpreting a very special painting from his valuable collection of Japanese calligraphy and complaining that “our school education, based exclusively on scientific positivism and economic usefulness, is proving to be incapable of taking on a task which in the older generations still fulfilled the bourgeois family: to respectfully cultivate great music as a central phenomenon of the creative human spirit”. Looking back on an extraordinary career as composer, conductor and essayist Hans Zender talks about his life at the spectacular “Glaserhäusle” overlooking Lake Constance. Including performances of Scelsi, Lachenmann, Messiaen, Zimmermann and many more. An impressive documentary about the musician Hans Zender.

Including the complete performance of Claude Debussy's La Mer (1975) with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken conducted by Hans Zender. Published for the first time on media: a recording that Hans Zender himself appreciated extremely throughout his life. Claude Debussy’s La Mer almost mirrors Zender’s own biography in a stunning way.

Worldwide Release on 16 April 2021
Cat. No.: 109438 (DVD)

Genre Documentary
Production year 2020
Duration 79mins
Video format DVD / NTSC
Audio format PCM Stereo
Production Company RM Creative Fernseh- und Filmproduktion GmbH
Director Reiner Moritz
Main Actor Hans Zender
Main Actor Gertrud Zender
Main Actor Helmut Lachenmann
Composer Claude Debussy
Orchestra / Band Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
Conductor Hans Zender



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