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Biography

Frank Strobel, who believes in transcending perceived divisions between artistic genres, is renowned as a conductor, arranger, editor, producer and studio musician. He has been active for many years in the space where films meet music and is a leading figure in the field of film in concert. He has taken silent movies into opera houses and concert halls and is also admired as a conductor of concert repertoire of the Classical and Romantic eras and the 20th century.

Strobel grew up in the surroundings of his parents' cinema in Munich and was fascinated by the marriage of image and music. As a 16-year-old he obtained a piano score of Gottfried Huppertz's original music for Fritz Lang's cinematic masterpiece Metropolis, which he rearranged and then played to accompany the film. The final arrangement of Metropolis has again played a determining role in Strobel's career after an original copy of the film was discovered in Buenos Aires in 2008. The much-anticipated premiere of the restored version of Metropolis took place at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival with Strobel conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

Strobel is also in demand internationally for performances of music by the late-Romantic composers Franz Schreker, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Siegfried Wagner, whose works he has both revived and premiered. His open-minded musical philosophy struck a chord with the great Russian-born composer Alfred Schnittke, who came to see Strobel as an ideal interpreter of his works and commissioned him to make concert suites from a selection of his film scores; this led to recordings with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, which in 2005 and 2006 received the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis. Strobel also reconstructed and published Prokofiev's score for Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, conducting the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of his edition at Konzerthaus Berlin in 2004; this was followed by a performance at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. In 2006, at Dresden's Semperoper Strobel conducted the Sächsische Staatskapelle for a screening of Robert Wiene's 1925 film of Der Rosenkavalier, with the reconstructed Strauss' original orchestral score. A much more recent film, the science fiction extravaganza The Matrix was screened at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2011, with Don Davis' score performed live by Frank Strobel and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. 2014 brought the commemoration of the outbreak of World War I with the world premiere at the Salle Pleyel in Paris of Philippe Schoeller's newly-written score for Abel Gance's 1919 film, J'accuse; Frank Strobel conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 2016 Frank Strobel realised the reconstructed film Iwan Grozny by Sergei Eisenstein, for the first time performed with the complete music in its' original orchestration by Sergei Prokofiev with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB) at the Musikfest Berlin, followed by a performance with Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna in 2017. In 2018 Frank Strobel conducted the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for the reconstructed and restored version of the silent film J'accuse. This was the first part of an Abel Gance series during the Musikfest Berlin, which will be continued at this year's festival with the enormous epic silent film La Roue (with the original compilation of 117 works by French composers from 1880 to 1920). La Roue will be performed also with the Orchestre National de Lyon at the Lumière Festival.

Further highlights of the 2019/2020 season include three major film (music) concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, appearances at the "Focus Festival" of the Alte Oper Frankfurt with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as the premiere of the new Chaplin film project "With a Smile" at the Philharmonie Paris with the Orchestre de Paris. The silent film classic "Metropolis" will be premiered in France with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in summer 2019 and in Switzerland with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2020. Frank Strobel will return to the Grafenegg Festival, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Staatskapelle Weimar, where the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will be screened with a new music compilation. The coming season will also see Frank Strobel's debuts with the Belgian National Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic. Frank Strobel enjoys close and long lasting relationships with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich; with the Cologne and Paris Philharmonie as well as the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Frank Strobel acts as an adviser to ZDF/arte for its silent film programming. In 2000, he co- founded with Beate Warkentien the EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE. This cultural institution has built a reputation for its expertise in authentic performances of film scores.

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Biography

Frank Strobel croit en un art où les frontières des genres n'existeraient plus. Il travaille depuis des années aux confins du cinéma et de la musique, internationalement reconnu comme chef, arrangeur, éditeur, producteur et musicien de studio. Figure incontournable dans le domaine du ciné-concert, il a donné au cinéma muet sa place dans les maisons d'opéra et les salles de concert tout en se forgeant une réputation d'excellence dans un répertoire de concert classique, romantique et du xxe siècle.

Son enfance a pour cadre le cinéma de ses parents à Munich. À 16 ans, il met la main sur la partition pour piano de la musique originale de Gottfried Huppertz pour Metropolis de Fritz Lang, qu'il réarrange et interprète pour accompagner ce chef-d'oevre du cinéma. L'arrangement final de Metropolis jouera un rôle déterminant dans sa carrière après la découverte d'une copie originale du film en 2008 à Buenos Aires. La première de la version restaurée a lieu lors de la Berlinale 2010 avec l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Berlin placé sous sa direction.

Frank Strobel est également demandé dans le monde entier en tant que spécialiste des compositeurs de la fin du Romantisme tels que Schreker, Zemlinsky et Siegfried Wagner, dont il a repris et recréé les oevres. Sa conception très ouverte de la musique attire l'attention du compositeur russe Schnittke qui voit en lui l'interprète idéal de ses pièces et lui demande d'arranger une sélection de ses musiques de film. Cette collaboration est suivie d'enregistrements avec l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Berlin (prix de la critique discographique allemande en 2005 et 2006). Frank Strobel reconstitue et édite également la partition de Prokofiev d'Alexandre Nevski d'Eisentein, dirigeant l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Berlin pour la première mondiale de cette édition au Konzerthaus de Berlin en 2004, avant une reprise au Théâtre du Bolchoï de Moscou. En 2006, il dirige à la Semperoper de Dresde la Sächsische Staatskapelle pour une projection du film de Robert Wiene du Chevalier à la rose (1925), avec reconstitution de la partition originale pour orchestre de Strauss. Film de science-fiction bien plus récent, Matrix est projeté au Royal Albert Hall de Londres en 2011, avec la musique de Don Davis interprétée en direct par Frank Strobel et l'Orchestre Philharmonique de la NDR d'Hanovre. En 2014, à l'occasion de la commémoration du début de la Première Guerre mondiale, il dirige l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France à la Salle Pleyel dans la musique fraîchement composée par Philippe Schoeller pour le film J'accuse d'Abel Gance de 1919. En 2016, il reconstitue Ivan le Terrible d'Eisenstein, donné pour la première fois avec la musique intégrale dans l'orchestration originale de Prokofiev avec l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Berlin au Musikfest de Berlin, suivi d'une reprise avec l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Vienne en 2017. En 2018, Frank Strobel a de nouveau dirigé l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Berlin pour la version reconstruite et restaurée de J'accuse. Il s'agit de la première partie d'une série Abel Gance dans le cadre du Musikfest de Berlin, qui se poursuivra cette année avec l'énorme épopée du film muet La Roue (avec la compilation originale de 117 oevres de compositeurs français, de 1880 à 1920). La Roue se produira également à nouveau en France avec l'Orchestre national de Lyon au Festival Lumière. Lors du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence de 2019, Frank Strobel a présenté le classique du film muet allemand Metropolis, avec l'Orchestre Philharmonia de Londres, qu'il présentera également à Zurich en 2020.

Parmi les autres temps forts de la saison 2019/2020, citons trois grands concerts de cinéma (musique) avec l'Orchestre de la Tonhalle de Zurich, la direction musicale du concert d'ouverture et la "Longue Nuit" dans le cadre du Focus Festival de l'Alte Oper de Francfort avec l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Francfort, ainsi que la première du nouveau projet "With a Smile", dédié à Chaplin, avec la Philharmonie et l'Orchestre de Paris. Frank Strobel a été invité de nouveau par le Festival de Grafenegg, l'Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, l'Orchestre Symphonique de la MDR de Leipzig, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de la NDR d'Hanovre NDR, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Vienne et la Staatskapelle de Weimar, où le film muet Le Cabinet du Dr Caligari sera présenté avec une nouvelle compilation musicale. Au cours de la prochaine saison, Frank Strobel fera ses débuts avec l'Orchestre National de Belgique et le New Japan Philharmonic.

Une collaboration étroite et durable le lie à de nombreuses formations telles que l'Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio de Francfort, le London Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre Symphonique de la MDR de Leipzig, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de la NDR d'Hanovre, l'Orchestre national de Lyon, l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Berlin et l'Orchestre de la Tonhalle de Zurich, ainsi qu'avec la Philharmonie de Cologne, la Philharmonie de Paris et le Konzerthaus de Vienne.

Frank Strobel travaille comme consultant auprès de la ZDF/Arte pour leur programmation de cinéma muet. En 2000, il a fondé avec Beate Warkentien le European FilmPhilharmonic Institute, référence en matière de recherche et d'interprétation originale de musiques de film.

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Biography

Frank Strobel has been active for many years in the interdisciplinary field of film and music and is a leading figure in the "film in concert" movement. He has taken silent movies into opera houses and concert halls to great critical acclaim. Strobel is admired as conductor of concert repertoire of the Classical and Romantic eras and also the 20th century. He has an extensive experience as a conductor, arranger, producer and studio musician.
Frank Strobel acts as an adviser to ZDF/arte for its silent film programming. Since 2000 he has been artistic director of the EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE, which he co-founded and which has a reputation for its expertise in authentic performances of film scores.

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Discography


Berlin - New York Songs of the musical scene in Berlin & New York in the 1930s, 1940 & 1950s Arranged by Max Knoth
WDR Funkhausorchester
Lyambiko (vocals)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Sony Music (2019)
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Ivan the Terrible Sergey Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible (Ivan Grozny)
Original Motion Picture Score
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marina Prudenskaya (Mezzosoprano)
Alexander Vinogradov (Bass)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Capriccio (2018)
Metropolis Gottfried Huppertz: Metropolis
The Complete Original Motion Picture Score by Gottfried Huppertz
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Pan Classics (2018)
Zur Chronik von Grieshuus Arthur von Gerlach: Zur Chronik von Grieshuus
The Complete Original Motion Picture Score by Gottfried Huppertz
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Pan Classics (2016)
Die Nibelungen Fritz Lang: Die Nibelungen
Suite from the Original Motion Picture Score by Gottfried Huppertz
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Pan Classics (2016)
Der Müde Tod Fritz Lang: Der müde Tod
Music: Cornelius Schwehr
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin,
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Murnau Stiftung (2016), DVD
Rapsodia Satanica & Il Gattopardo Mascagni: Rhapsodia Satanica & Rota: Il Gattopardo
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Capriccio (2015)
Die Nibelungen Fritz Lang: Die Nibelungen
Complete Original Motion Picture Score by Gottfried Huppertz
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frank Strobel (conductor)
Schnittke Edition Alfred Schnittke: Film Music Edition (4 CDs)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Capriccio (2015)
Pest – Die Rückkehr Original Soundtrack (Music: Ulrich Reuter) Czech Symphony Orchestra Prague,
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Alhambra/ DA Music (2014)
Die Nibelungen Silent film by Fritz Lang
Music: Gottfried Huppertz
hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt
Frank Strobel (conductor)
DVD/ blue ray: Universum Film (2013/Deluxe Edition)
Richard Wagner Silent film by Carl Fröhlich, William Wauer
Music: Giuseppe Becce
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
DVD: Universum Film (2013)
Im Kampf mit dem Berge Silent film by Arnold Fanck
Music: Paul Hindemith
hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt
Frank Strobel (conductor)
DVD: Universum Film (2013)
Donna Leon: Brunetti Original Soundtrack (Music: Ulrich Reuter)
Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Alhambra/ DA Music (2013)
Das Weib des Pharao Film by Ernst Lubitsch
Music: Eduard Künneke
WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Frank Strobel (conductor)
DVD (2011)
Die Nibelungen Silent film by Fritz Lang (Germany 1924)
Music: Gottfried Huppertz
hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt
Conductor: Frank Strobel
DVD: Edition SZ Cinemathek Stummfilm, 2012
Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt Original Motion Pictures Score
Silent film by Walther Ruttmann
Music: Edmund Meisel, arranged by Bernd Thewes
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Metropolis Silent film by Fritz Lang (Germany 1926)
Music: Gottfried Huppertz
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
DVD, blue ray: warner home, 2011 (3 Discs, Special Edition)
Metropolis Silent film by Fritz Lang (Germany 1926)
Music: Gottfried Huppertz
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Capriccio 2011
Küssen kann man nicht alleine Max Raabe & Palastorchester
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Decca, 2011
Alfred Schnittke The Chamber Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Nr. 2 (1964)
Maria Lettberg, piano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Crystal Edition, 2011
Rabih Abou-Khalil: Trouble in Jersualem Bundesjugendorchester (BJO);Rabih Abou-Kalil; Michel Godard; Jarrod Cagwin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: enja records 2010
Alfred Schnittke Film Music Vol. IV
concert suites from film music for Sport, Sport, Sport and Adventures of a Dentist
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Capriccio, 2009
Alfred Schnittke The Piano Concertos n° 1 - 3
Ewa Kupiec - Piano; Maria Lettberg - Piano; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Phoenix Edition, 2008
Der Kobold Siegfried Wagner
Der Kobold Op. 3
Nürnberger Symphoniker; Young-Jae Park; Regina Mauel; Rebecca Broberg; Johannes Föttinger; Volker Horn; Nicholas Isherwood
Conductor: Frank Strobel
DVD: Marco Polo, 2008
Der Schmied von Marienburg – The Blacksmith of Marienburg (opera in three acts)
Siegfried Wagner
Baltic Philharmonic Gdansk; Karl Schneider; Rebecca Broberg; Ralf Sauerbrey; Anne Wieben; Johann Winzer; Maacha Deubner
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Marco Polo, 2008
Das Neue Babylon silent film by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg
Music: Dmitri Shostakovich
Cast: Sergei Gerassimov, David Gutmann, Sofia Magarill, Vsevolod Pudovkin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
DVD: AbsolutMedien, 2007
Der Schatz silent film by Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Music: Max Deutsch
Cast: Albert Steinrück, Lucie Mannheim, Ilka Grüning, Werner Krauss a.o.
Conductor: Frank Strobel
Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
DVD: Arthaus, 2007
Der Rosenkavalier silent film by Robert Wiene
Music by Richard Strauss
Cast: Huguette Duflos, Jaque Catelain, Michael Bohnen, Paul Hartmann, Carmen Cartellieri, Friedrich Féher, Elly Felicie Berger, Karl Forest a.o.
Conductor: Frank Strobel
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
DVD: Edition Film + Text, 2007
Alfred Schnittke Film Music Vol. III
Concert suites from film music for "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" and "A Tale of Travels"
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Capriccio, 2007
Die Generallinie silent film by Sergei Eisenstein
Music by Taras Buyevsky
Cast: Marfa Lapkina; Vasili Buzenkov; Mikhail Gomorov
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
DVD: AbsolutMedien, 2006
Alfred Schnittke Film Music Vol. II
concert suites from film music for Clowns and Kids, The Waltz, The Glass Accordion and The Ascent
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Capriccio, 2006
Dmitri Shostakovich New Babylon Op. 18
A Year Is Like a Lifetime Op. 128 a
SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Hänssler Classic, 2006
Alfred Schnittke Film Music Vol. I
concert suites from film music of "The Commissar" and "The Life-Story of an Unknown Actor"
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Capriccio, 2005
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevski Film Music (1938)
Marina Domaschenko, Ernst-Senff-Chor
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Frank Strobel
CD: Capriccio 2014
Der letzte Mann silent film by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Cast: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller
Music: Giuseppe Becce; arranged by Detlev Glanert
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
Conductor: Frank Strobel
DVD: Transit Classics, 2003

Projects

Alexander Nevsky (USSR, 1938)
Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Music: Sergei Prokofiev, Reconstruction and arrangement: Frank Strobel
ALEXANDER NEVSKY, a Soviet agitation and propaganda film, was shot on the eve of the Second World War. The film recounts an episode set in the 13th century: in order to defend themselves against a plundering and murdering host of the Teutonic Knights, Russian farmers unite under the leadership of Count Alexander Nevsky and defeat the German aggressors in the legendary "battle on the ice". Sergei Prokofiev's film music, which is significantly more austere than the concert cantata of the same name, underlines the film's character with contrasting musical motives (folkloristic-charming choir passages for the Russian farmers; sharp, dissonant brass for the knights; absurd choral verses for the priests). In Eisenstein's work, this first cooperation with Prokofiev plays a special role since it marked the beginning of the theory of vertical montage. [...]
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All Quiet On The Western Front Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
Lewis Milestone's classic war film emerged in 1930, just at the end of the upheaval from silent to talking film. In order to present the movie at cinemas that hadn't yet made the transition to talkies, Universal produced a silent version that should by no means be understood as a byproduct. The silent version reveals aesthetic differences that mostly result from the technical standard of the time. The camera, relieved of the heavy apparatuses needed for talking film, floats fluidly through cinematic space. The silent version also includes scenes left out of the talking film. [...]
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Battleship Potemkin Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
Sergei Eisenstein's milestone in film history commemorates the mutiny on the Czar's battleship off Odessa in 1905. Eisenstein, who was 28 years old at the time, developed his innovative montage techniques in the context of this film. The editing, which was approached with previously unknown rhythm and dynamics, turned the film into a particularly haunting work that polemically contrasts the rulers and the ruled, engaging emotions with the aim of taking the audience to the point where political insight is gained.
The musical arrangement by Armin Brunner compiles symphonies No. 4 and 11 by Dmitri Shostakovich. The result is film music full of grace, power and demonic possession that posthumously brought together two notable artists who had wanted to work together as long as they lived but never actually fulfilled this desire. Shostakovich's music is full of vivid, pictorial gestures of grief, hesitancy and remembrance, gallant attacks, fear and faith in victory. [...]
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Blancanieves(Spain 2012)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
Following the worldwide success of the Oscar-winning black-and-white movie THE ARTIST (2011), BLANCANIEVES returns to the film aesthetics of the 1920s. The classic fairy-tale of Snow White is taken by director Pablo Berger into the Andalusian torero world.
The young and beautiful Carmen (Macarena García) is being tormented by her cruel stepmother (Maribel Verdú). To escape her miserable childhood, she embarks on a journey and meets new friends: the Enanos Toreros, seven dwarfs who travel across the country and are always eager to participate in bullfights. When one of them is severely injured, Carmen steps in and becomes a famous matador. [...]
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Berlin. Symphony Of A Great City(GER, 1927)
Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
Director: Walter Ruttmann, Music: Original music by Edmund Meisel, Re-orchestration: Bernd Thewes (2007)
At the time of its premiere, BERLIN. SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY was viewed as a revolutionary, avant-garde film experiment. Today, this brilliantly edited silent film is considered to be a classic piece of cinema history. Illustrating one day in the metropolis, it captures the vivacious emotions of the roaring twenties and pursues the racing pulse of city life. The action, some of which was shot with hidden cameras, takes place from morning to night on a typical working day and was edited according to musical principles in the form of a 'symphony' in 5 acts with different tempi.
A novel aspect of the film is the crucial role of the music, which the film composer Edmund Meisel developed in close cooperation with the director. Meisel's music conveys the tempo of unfolding city life and designs a multi-layered sound picture of the city which is realised in distinctive, rhythmical leitmotivs. The music works with strong, at times monotonous rhythms and atonality, an approach that gives weight to the portrayal of Berlin and the New Objectivity. [...]
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Carmen(USA 1915)
Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
The audience present at the premiere of Georges Bizet's new opera CARMEN in 1875 was rather taken aback by the female lead who, even by Parisian standards, was deemed too modern and unconventional. Thirty years earlier, the author of the Carmen novella, Prosper Mérimée, had not fared much better, with critics referring to his book as a scandal.
Today, both Mérimée's novella and Bizet's opera rank among the outstanding works of western cultural history, and the story has spawned numerous retellings and film versions. In the 1910s, both in Europe and the USA, a number of filmmakers adapted the theme, among them Raoul Walsh (1915), Charlie Chaplin (1915) and Ernst Lubitsch (1918). The film version by Cecil B. DeMille (1915) stands out as an early testimony the merging of two genres: music theatre and film. [...]
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Der Rosenkavalier(A, 1925)
Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
Director: Robert Wiene, Music: Original music by Richard Strauss, Musical arrangement: Bernd Thewes, Adaption: Frank Strobel Film versions of operas were already popular in the silent film era; however, few other opera films of the time were as spectacular and of such a high musical quality as the ROSENKAVALIERwhich was created in 1925. The film stars a number of brilliant performers, among them Michael Bohnen, who was considered to be the incarnation of Ochs von Lerchenau par excellence.
The film is based on the music of the ROSENKAVALIER opera by Richard Strauss. It was arranged in an instrumental form to suit the film medium and was played by a repetiteur on set. Taking the opera's story line as its central theme, the result was a film comedy enlivened with attractive locations, including Schönbrunn castle and its extensive grounds. The 'people's film opera', as Richard Strauss liked to call it, was staged in an opulent scenography produced by Alfred Roller who had furnished the setting for the opera's premiere. The director was Robert Wiene, who had made a name for himself with THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920). In ROSENKAVALIER, he proved that he not only had impeccable taste when it came to creating the rococo ambience of the original but was also perceptively tuned into the ironic element which distinguishes ROSENKAVALIER as one of the major 20th century operas. [...]
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Henry V Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
The expressive voice and beautiful articulation of Laurence Olivier made him one of the greatest Shakespeare actors of the 20th century, and he is foremost remembered as a man of the theater. Olivier (1907-1989) worked in film starting in 1930, winning success with his utterly British, even stiff manner in the Hollywood Classics WUTHERING HEIGHTS (after Emily Brontë, 1939), REBECCA (1940) and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1940). His most important contributions as actor and director are his three adaptations of Shakespeare: HENRY V (1944), which became the 'Song of Songs' to English patriotism during the Second World War; HAMLET (1948), performed as a pale spirit with a psyche oriented toward Sigmund Freud; and RICHARD III (1955), a mix of static stage drama and masterful color dramaturgy. [...]
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Im Kampf Mit Dem Berge(GER, 1921)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
The only film score which survives from the scarce composed by Paul Hindemith in the twenties decade, corresponds to one of the first compositions expressly made for a specific picture. Composed in a unselfish way, only for the pleasure to do it, this very beautiful Hindemith's score for IM KAMPF MIT DEM BERGE, a mountain-and-snow adventure film directed by his friend Arnold Fanck in 1920, was only heared in conjunction with the movie, and as the composer and director liked, on its premiere in Berlin in 1921. [...]
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Ivan The Terrible(USSR 1943)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
IVAN THE TERRIBLE - the second joint project of Sergei Eisenstein and Sergei Prokofiev – is, much like ALEXANDER NEWSKI, a historical epic, portraying the rise and fall of the autocratic ruler Ivan IV in the 16th century. ALEXANDER NEWSKI and IVAN THE TERRIBLE count in terms of both film and music history as outstanding productions.
Out of the collaboration of two like-minded artists emerged works that would have an incalculable influence on international film and establish themselves in the world heritage of great art—a unique occurrence, for Prokofiev considered his contributions to cinematography forever over after Eisensteinʼs sudden death. [...]
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Matrix Live. Film In Concert Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
Cinema in the 4th dimension...
MATRIX LIVE. FILM IN CONCERT brings the winner of four Oscars to the concert hall. The live film concert combines visionary science fiction imagery with the sound of a large symphonic orchestra.
THE MATRIX is deemed to have played a groundbreaking role in the development of the science fiction genre, dealing with a subject of concern to millions of cinema goers at the turn of millennium: the border between reality and the virtual world. The film's content, narrative and technical realization (e.g. the so-called 'bullet time effect') helped open up and propagate a new dimension of film appreciation.
The story: Neo, a hacker, is contacted via the internet by a mysterious underground organisation. The leader of the group, the wanted terrorist Morpheus, lets him in on a terrible secret: reality as we know it is just an illusory world. In reality, people have long been controlled by a sinister virtual power – the Matrix, whose agents already have their sights on Neo. [...]
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Metropolis 27/10 Conductor: Frank Strobel
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
It all started in Buenos Aires in 2008. The METROPOLIS restoration project, which attracted international attention, began with the surprise discovery of a long-forgotten unique version of the film, including scenes that were previously believed lost. It is these new parts that sets METROPOLIS apart from the earlier, substantially shorter 1988 and 2001 versions. Against the breath-taking science fiction background, the human element has been given a more prominent role, adding a different slant to the storyline.
The music plays a crucial role in the reconstructed montage of the premiere version, the primary source being the original score by Gottfried Huppertz.
Political and economic power in Metropolis centres on one person: From the 'New Tower of Babel', Joh Fredersen reigns like an absolute monarch over Upper Town and Lower Town. Perceiving himself as the 'brain', the ruler considers people as mere 'hands' in the machinery. The human aspect - love and friendship, rebellion and revenge - is still powerful enough to shake the foundations of the futuristic city's technological world. [...]
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The New Babylon(USSR 1928)
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THE NEW BABYLON is a parable of revolutionary fervor and the tyrannical efforts of the bourgeoisie to suppress it. Trauberg and Kosinzew used the tools of cinema in a lively and invigorating fashion that is still asthonishing.
Multiple storylines and locations are cut between with brisk fluidity; the camera is tossed, spun, raised lowered, and put in places you would never expect. The performances of the cast are quite eccentric, yet never out of place or out of keeping with the tone of the picture.
The film has all of the vigor and pure cinematic originality of Abel Gance's Napoleon without all the pretensions to greatness shouldered by that film. [...]
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Nibelungen, Part 1: Siegfried(Germany 1924)
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Larger than life, built upon the Norse legends of the Middle Ages, and enhanced by the striking imagery of the German expressionist movement, SIEGFRIED is a monumental spectacle. In preparing the tale of Siegfried, Lang put to full use the cinematographic innovations and creative visions of the artists of Decla-Bioscop. The towering trees, treasure-filled caves, and seventy-foot dragon were constructed in full scale within the studio walls. The special effects artists devised innovative matte and mirror effects when the scope of action was too immense to be confined to an indoor set. [...]
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Nibelungen, Part 2: Kriemhild's Revenge(Germany 1924)
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In a follow-up to his adventure epic SIEGFRIED, director Fritz Lang continues the tale of the 13th Century Norse legend, while delving into topics of deeper personal significance.
Lang heightened the story's dramatic tension by meticulously choreographing the actors' positioning within the huge, expressionistic sets constructed for the film, so that every shot works to subtly enhance the steadily intensifying conflict.
Riveting from start to finish, KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE is an unforgettable glimpse into the heart of darkness of the human soul that ranks alongside Lang's similar examinations of human bloodlust: M, FURY, and THE BIG HEAT.[...]
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October Conductor: Frank Strobel
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Sergei Eisenstein's OCTOBER, created for the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917, set radical new aesthetic standards. With the help of "intellectual montage" the film presented historical events as an explosive process of liberation from long repression and, as such, fell under the notorious verdict of formalism by means of which nearly all films of the Soviet avant-garde were banned from cinemas.
The film was locked away until the 1960s, yet its authentic revolutionary images were in circulation and used as documentary material in the absence of original recordings. A thorough reconstruction took place at the State Film Archive Gosfilmofond in the mid-1960s. The Munich Film Museum's new digital HD restoration is based on this version, which Gosfilmofond acquired and photographically improved upon with material from the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam and Berlin's Federal Archive. [...]
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The Passion of Joan of Arc(France 1928)
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THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC shows the uncompromising style of Carl Theodor Dreyer.
The trial, the condemnation and execution of Jeanne d'Arc - all this is reflected in facial expressions on camera. The whole work is a succession of expressions and glances. The faces of the intriguing judges are caught from below in a dialectical movement, whereas Jeanne's face is shown in fixed angles and in most cases from above. Dreyer changes the perspective erratically with fast cuts, which create contrast with the lack of outward action in the plot.
In this more or less cubistic montage, Jeanne's inner fight is visible on Maria Falconetti's unpainted face: from the distraction of her almost crazy wide-opened eyes, over doubts and hope to triumph. With Falconetti, Dreyer found his ideal cast. Her incomparable performance is considered an example of brilliant dramatic art to this day. [...]
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Richard Wagner Conductor: Frank Strobel
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The film RICHARD WAGNER, made on the occasion of the composer's 100th birthday in 1913 when cinema was still in its infancy, brings us the first comprehensive portrait of the "great master".
At the time, Wagner's original compositions could not be used for the film for reasons of copyright. Giuseppe Becce, who played Wagner in the film owing to a strong physical resemblance, suggested composing music that would create a clear link to Richard Wagner's work while maintaining enough difference to prevent legal consequences. [...]
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Romeo And Juliet - Romeo I Zhulietta(USSR, 1954/55)
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The historic performance, an adaptation of the timeless Shakespeare story, is a version of Prokofiev's ballet specially choreographed and staged for filming by the famous Leonid Lavrovsky. It is presented by the Bolshoi Ballet. The world legendary dancers Galina Ulanova, the leading ballerina at the Bolshoi Theater for nearly two decades after World War II, and Yuri Zhdanov essay the title roles for an unforgettable ballet experience. [...]
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Tabu(USA, 1931)
Conductor: Frank Strobel
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TABU is a famous silent-film melodrama and prominent director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's last film. It was filmed at the original set in Bora Bora granting it a poetic mixture of drama and ethnographic study. Murnau never experienced the premiere of his film, which took place after his death on March 11, 1930 in Santa Barbara, CA due to a car accident. Instead of the original silent-film, the producer Hugo Riesenfeld presented TABU as a sound motion picture at its premiere in 1931. [...]
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The Adventures Of Prince Achmed(GER, 1926)
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The Adventures Of Prince Achmed was the first feature-length animated film in cinematic history. This highly imaginative and poetic film portrays the battle between good and evil based on stories from 'Arabian Nights'. The perhaps best known element is found in 'Aladin and the Wonderful Lamp', motifs from which were included in the plot [...]
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The Lodger – A Story Of The London Fog Conductor: Frank Strobel
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THE LODGER became Alfred Hitchcock's first horror classic and his first great success. It also marks the start of Hitchcock's famous cameo appearances. The film is a typical Hitchcock thriller in which a serial killer murders blond women in London. After all, it wouldn't be a Hitchcock if it didn't include the usual ingredients of thrill and suspense!
A serial killer known as "The Avenger" is murdering women in London. Every Tuesday, the killer murders a blond woman, and every time the police find the victim, she is wearing the signature of The Avenger. A strange new lodger, Jonathan Drew, requests to rent a room at Mr. and Mrs. Bounting's residence in Bloomsbury. His odd habits, such as leaving the house late on foggy nights and keeping a picture of a blond girl in his room, cause suspicion. The Bounting's daughter, Daisy, is engaged to Joe, a detective. Daisy Bounting is a blond model that has a flirtatious relationship with the lodger. When another murder occurs close to the Bounting's residence, Joe and Mr. Bounting suspect Jonathan of being the avenger, and so the lodger is arrested. [...]
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The Treasure(GER, 1922)
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THE TREASURE was G.W. Pabst's debut film as well as the last film of the German expressionist era. It illustrates a parable about the dialectic between the power of material and idealistic values. This is a theme that is as current today as it was in the 1920s. Musically, the original composition by Max Deutsch is a unique historic document, since it is the first composed film symphony in five acts. [...]
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