Documentary film by Eckhardt Querner and Sabine Scharnagl (Germany, Bavarian Television 2012)
Mariss Jansons, born in 1943 in Latvia, is one of the most impressive conductors of our time: unpretentious, committed to music, a systematic worker in rehearsals, an artist with a lot to say musically. Jansons has been chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003, since 2004 also head of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam with its rich tradition, a welcome guest all over the world. He has been associated with the Berliner Philharmonikern for decades – through concerts in Berlin and on various tours. “The music has to inspire”, the conductor has to “give fire” and go to the limit in his work and his interpretation, Jansons once said. He indeed challenges himself to the utmost, despite delicate health. One day before Janson’s first concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the end of this season, we are showing a documentary film by Eckhart Querner and Sabine Scharnagl which originated in 2012 for Bavarian television for the conductor’s 70th birthday. The authors accompanied Jansons to his home town of Riga, to St. Petersburg where he received his musical training and where he in part still lives today, as well as to Amsterdam and Vienna. The film also mentions early patronage from Herbert von Karajan and the work with the Berliner Philharmoniker. We supplement the screening of this documentary film with a current testimony in sound: an excerpt from a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker, recorded for the Digital Concert Hall.