Stand: 26.12.2017 06:00 Uhr

A portrait of Andrew Manze

For several months, four young filmmakers accompanied Andrew Manze, chief conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, filming and documenting. For Felix Borrmann, Jannes Kuhlmann, Jan-Philipp Peters and Pit Fröhlich, it was the ambitious final project of their training at the Norddeutscher Rundfunk public radio and television broadcaster and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover. The result: the 50-minute film "Andrew Manze - A Conductor's Journey", a captivating hybrid of portrait and report. You can watch it online on this page.

VIDEO: Andrew Manze - A Conductor's Journey (53 Min)

A life lived for music

The film comes to life through many spontaneous remarks, but above all through the multi-faceted representation of Andrew Manze’s character: the focus is on the chief conductor as a family man just as much as on the humorous musician and brilliant thinker. Always on the move and focused on what he is doing with contagious enthusiasm - following the footsteps of Manze, you get to immerse yourself in a fascinating life lived for music.

Chefdirigent Andrew Manze mit Jannes Kuhlmann, Jan-Philipp Peters, Felix Borrmann und Pit Fröhlich © NDR / Micha Neugebauer Foto: Micha Neugebauer
Andrew Manze together with Jannes Kuhlmann, Jan-Philipp Peters, Felix Borrmann and Pit Fröhlich.
Right into the middle of rehearsals

Andrew Manze had given several concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in its home town. The film transports you right into the middle of the rehearsals with viola player Lawrence Power, the soloist in Berlioz’ "Harold in Italy", but also shows the conductor away from the rehearsal stage as he visits an organ together with organist Ian Tracey. The focus, however, is above all on Manze's work with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, be it during the CD recordings with Francesco Piemontesi, in meetings with orchestra manager Matthias Ilkenhans or during the preparations for the Phil & Chill concert.


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