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Trip to Asia: The Quest For Harmony [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sir Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Axiom Films
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P9WFMG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,782 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Documenting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's tour of Asia, including their first performance in China since 1979, Thomas Grube's extraordinary film offers privileged access to one of the world's premiere orchestras and the 126 musicians - all masters of their craft - that make up this unique self governing institution. Rehearsing and performing challenging pieces by Strauss, Beethoven and Thomas Adès', 'Trip to Asia' is also an exploration of what it is like to be a member of a world renowned orchestra, from the point of view of seasoned veterans, probationers and, leading them all, the charismatic Sir Simon Rattle. The fragility of egos, the pain of insecurity and the nervousness of awaiting acceptance by the group are balanced against the thrill of being a part of history and the rare opportunity of transcending the performing environment and achieving a vital moment of grace through music. An extraordinarily insightful and thrilling film, 'Trip to Asia' is above all else a celebration of music and the musicians who perform it.

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DVD bonus features include a feature-length director's commentary, an in-depth interview with director Thomas Grube, concert performance of Thomas Adès' 'Asyla', 'The Making of Trip to Asia', stills gallery and trailer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Trip to Asia 5 April 2010
This is an awesome documentary which gets to the heart of the problem that performing artists have of maintaining consistently high standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only about music 20 Sep 2013
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Since I think that our globalised circumstances are here to stay, whether we like it or not, examining group work is useful and also inspirational. Getting to see happens inside this fabulous orchestra is a source of inspiration (again) and motivates one to keep working on integrated efforts. All this in addition the fantastic musical experience. Good for educators, and anybody interested in human collaborative efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight! 20 July 2009
I love the Berlin Phil and love Simon Rattle even more and his artistic direction with the Philharmonic.

This DVD is a great insight into the lives of the musicians, and makes one feel that like us, they're also just human....
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1.0 out of 5 stars MISSED OPPORTUNITY 10 Jan 2012
What a disappointment. To be invited to record the circumstances of delivering brilliantly executed classical music to disparate populations and end up with a few snatches of Richard Strauss and virtually nothing in the way of audience reaction is frankly a disgrace. This is little more than a travelogue on Asia and an increasingly tedious series of interviews on orchestral players suffering differing degrees of neurosis.
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