Bruno Monsaingeon is not only one of the most outstanding music film directors but also a passionate violinist, writer and a great devotee of languages, as he is fluent in English and Russian and also able to easily communicate in German and Italian alongside his mother tongue French. In order to receive the most personal and individual result he takes as much time as he needs to prepare and shoot his films, which are always shot in the first language of his portrayed artists. With their trust they give rise to highly personal, insightful and atmospherically rich testimonies of themselves and particularly of their thoughts and its contemporary historical background.
His grand oeuvre of films hitherto contains 85 films. Legendary artists like Yehudi Menuhin, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oïstrakh, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Guennadi Rozhdestvensky, and Julia Varady were accompanied for many a long year and multiply portrayed. Not only his portraits but recital recordings of famous artists too gained world recognition. Over the past 20 years his films have been exclusively produced by the French label Idéale Audience and have been distributed since 2004 by EuroArts Music International.
In honour of his 70th birthday in December, the Bruno Monsaingeon Edition consisting of various individual editions with films by the director will be published. These editions are dedicated to one of each of the above mentioned artists and will be presented in a high-grade box consisting of a book and multiple DVDs in German, French and English. Ample pictorial and text material will be forming the editorial foundation in the respective book.
The first edition is dedicated to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. You will find several recitals with Lieder by Schumann and Schubert, the documentary “Autumn Journey”, three master classes as well as a world premiere: “Last Words - A conversation about music in one prologue and sixteen scenes”. In 2008/2009 Bruno Monsaingeon had the rare opportunity to capture Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in a very intimate light during many hours of most personal conversations which turned out to be the last filmic captured encounter. As a quintessence Bruno Monsaingeon turned these eight hours into the film preserving a unique testimony of this extraordinary artist for posterity.
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