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Zuzana - Music is Life
A story of love, tyranny and triumph
Zuzana: Music is Life is the dark and triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova (1927 - 2017), and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia after surviving three concentration camps during her teenage years. Zuzana’s story is remarkable not just because she returned to Czechoslovakia after the war to fulfill her childhood dream of a career in music; but also in how she navigated political and religious persecution while becoming a tour-de-force in concerts and competitions around the world. As she reveals her life of hope and fear, the little-known story of Czechoslovakia emerges, from the promise of 1930s democracy to the Nazi invasion, followed by the grinding brutality of forty years of Soviet occupation. Zuzana transcends the personal as she shares her story, in a deeply affecting look at the redemptive power of art during the Czech Republic’s turbulent 20th century.
Passionate Amr Salah is an Egyptian jazz composer and musician trying to organise the Cairo Jazz Festival; a risky undertaking, not only because of his limited experience, but mainly also due to the increasingly intolerant social climate. This political music documentary simultaneously paints an atmospheric portrait of the Egyptian capital.
Waldbühne 2017 | Legends of the Rhine
For their annual season end concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker take the audience on a dreamy, magically journey through the river Rhine with Schumann’s beloved 3rd Symphony Rhenish. Pieces from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen under the baton of dynamic conductor Gustavo Dudamel complete this evening.
This program is available on DVD & Blu-ray.
Mata Hari's Secret
100 years ago, Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, better known under her stage name Mata Hari, the famous exotic dancer and suspected double agent was executed in Paris. However, the nature and extend of her espionage activities remain uncertain and to this day her guilt is still widely debated.
Now, on the occasion of her 100th death day, the French archives will finally be opened and might shed some light into this mystery.
Europakonzert 2017 from Cyprus
The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in an European city of cultural significance. This year’s concert takes the orchestra to one of the most mythical places in its history: Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite.
Available on DVD & Blu-ray
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EuroArts Showreel 2017
It was premiered at the Avant Première 2017 in Berlin - take a look at the EuroArts Showreel 2017.