A Film by Co Merz
Executive Producer: Walter Schirnik
Producers: Walter Schirnik & Co Merz
Camera: Ute Freund, Co Merz, Winnie Küchl, Florian Ungerer
Sound: Moritz Aichriedler, Walter Schirnik
Edit: Bernadette Huber, Fabian Borst
Title- and Graphic Design: Mathias Schuckert
Soundmixing: Jürgen Roth
A c2m Production (c2m-production.com)
In Coproduction with Servus TV
In Cooperation with ORF
Over much of its distinguished history, The Vienna Philharmonic has been considered as one of the best orchestras in the world.
With a long tradition in mind, the musicians reflect on the role of their orchestra in the 21st century. In a modern world in which so many traditions are fading, how do these musicians secure a role for themselves - and for the music they love - in an uncertain future? A world orchestra undergoing changes....
The documentary film by Co Merz (film director & producer) and Walter Schirnik (executive producer & producer) gives a close-up view of the orchestra's inner life. Following the orchestra in Vienna, where the musicians are shown in the Musikverein, the State Opera, and at the world-famous New Year's Concert as well as in their private surroundings. In addition, the orchestra is accompanied to the Salzburg Festival, their "summer residence" so to say, as well as on their tour throughout Asia. The documentary is completed by the project "The Philharmonic Suit", the Philharmonic’s new uniforms, designed by Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler.
Above all, the following questions echo throughout the film: What do tradition and culture mean in this day and age? What is their value in society and how is this changing?
Selected Orchestra members: Rainer Küchl, Heinrich and Patricia Koll, Sophie Dartigalongue, Matthias Schorn, Thilo Fechner, et al.
With Christoph Eschenbach, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons and Gustavo Dudamel, Vivienne Westwood, and many more...