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Title...An Immortal Spirit

“An Immortal Spirit” is a Canadian film which would qualify as a musical documentary if it weren't for the writer. It is, in fact, a truly astonishing biographical and choreographic staging of the 10 th String Quartet, “Harp”.

The DVD alternates between a documentary on the life of Beethoven, combining documents of the time, modern images and video and the variations for piano and violin on a theme of Beethoven, with the staging of the quartet.

This is a very great success!
The Great Composers
The Great Composers

I reproduce below the promotional commentary of the DVD, which I have lightly retouched, but which I find very accurate:

At 32 years of age, in his famous Heiligenstadt Testament, Beethoven confessed that his deafness was beginning to become troublesome: thus begins this DVD dedicated to Beethoven, a portrait of this solitary genius who was nevertheless loved by all of Vienna and, above all, the many aristocrats who more or less offered him a life pension for some time...

Through the surroundings of his existence, underlined by divers visual documents - paintings, sketches, and manuscripts - we skillfully follow the traces of the errant composer through the wanderings of his brain.

The Claudel Quartet

The actor Pascal Contamine playing the character presents a true resemblance with certain portraits we all know; like, increase, the director does not comment on the gross error of the to make to talk, the illusion is disconcerting.

All that about his 10 th string quartet for 2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello - “Harp”, opus 74, under the fingers of the Claudel String Quartet – four pretty ladies all in blue – because the talk is accompanied by a complete performance of the quartet, every movement illustrating such and such an atmosphere or humor of the composer, as if were being conceived before our very eyes and ears.

Here is an excellent didactic DVD, of exceptional quality, at a reduced price and accompanied by two audio CDs. More than business: a veritable pleasure!

Pascal Contamine

Produced by Cine Qua non
Script by Bernard Hébert
Choreography by Estelle Clareton

Pascal Contamine: Beethoven
Rachel Harris: the aristocrat
Daniel Firth: nephew
Annie Parent: a pupil
Élaine Marcil: a pupil

and the Claudel Quartet.

Narrator: Vlasta Vrana

This film is available on DVD, together with two audio CDs in a magnificent box.

1 DVD video 52''53' + 2 audio CDs: 73''14' and 78''34'
DVD: All zones – all formats 4:3
Sound: Dolby Digital – DTS – Sound 5:1 Surrounding

Commentaries in French, English, Spanish, Italian, with subtitles.

The Great Composers
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