Monday, September 08, 2008

A music film. And about music too

Most music documentaries aren't about music. They're about career or personality.

I've just watched "A Trip To Asia: On Tour With the Berlin Philharmonic" and it's a revelation. These are utterly accomplished players who've been hired by what is, by any measure, the best band in the world. However they accept that they're not creative musicians. They are instead, as one of them describes it, "reproducing musicians".

They talk about the need to bring all their different egos and personalities together into the tiny area in which they have to operate and the physical ecstasy when it all works. It's the nearest I've ever got to how musicians think.

1 comment:

  1. The most remarkable thing about this programme was the way it showed how this disparate group of people with, in spite of their talents, a whole bundle of assorted insecurities, neuroses and enmities could come together to give a performance of perfect control and selflessness in the interests of the whole.

    There must be a lesson in there somewhere?