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Andreas Scholl - Countertenor
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Der Film begleitet den weltbekannten Contratenor Andreas Scholl zu Konzerten in Dresden, Schwetzingen und in seiner Heimatstadt Kiedrich. In Interviews spricht Andreas Scholl über seinen persönlichen und künstlerischen Werdegang.
"Was ist der Zweck eines Konzertes, der Oper, der Zweck von Musik, die von Interpreten, von Vermittlern einem Publikum dargebracht wird? Natürlich ist der Zweck der Musik und aller Kunst die Erleuchtung des menschlichen Geistes. Es geht darum, dass wir sowohl unseren Intellekt als auch unser Herz stimulieren. Und bilden."
Diesen und anderen Fragen geht Andreas Scholl in dem Portrait nach.
Scholl's voice is pure and beautiful in sound, his taste exquisite, his pitch and diction immaculate. It is inadequate to compare Andreas Scholl to many other countertenors now working, even the finest of them. Instead one is put in mind of legendary past masters. --Fanfare Magazine
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But if to folks of a certain mindset, the young man at the center of the camera focus is bigger than a rock star.
Welcome to the world of Andreas Scholl, star countertenor of our modern era. The date on this DVD is 2002 and this captures him at the height of his youthful appeal and in full voice as a singer. We see his modest apartment where he rests between engagements and he talks about the demands and rigors of travel. He shows us his home recording studio and his attempts at pop music. We see and hear him performing recital after glorious recital and he and his chamber group intelligently discuss the music they play.
His father talks about Scholl's early education and how he came to be trained at a choir that is about 650 years old.
If you like Baroque music than you will enjoy this DVD documentary but if you are a fan of the countertenor voice then this is a must-have. I just discovered that one of my favorite vocal performances is also featured here and I am enraptured. This disc has not left my DVD player since it arrived...time to play it again.
Besides being a superb singer, Scholl is an excellent communicator. What he says is substantive and he expresses himself very well. You can also see that he is a nice person. The scene of him with the student Alex Potter is very revealing. He immediately accepts Potter's interpretation of the song and suggests a way to communicate it. Another revealing scene is when his interview is interrupted by a telephone call and he handles it very graciously.
The DVD contains samples of Scholl singing interspersed with interviews with him and a 3 minute segment showing his father talking about Scholl growing up. The description of St. Valentius Church in Scholl's hometown of Kiedrich makes one want to visit it for the Sunday Latin mass.
Well, let me tell you, those who view it this way have missed the very essence and thrust of this video.
Life is random, life is sporadic...life of a professional singer is rarely 'structured'; you cannot choose your dates of performance, you cannot pick the venues, you cannot specify the moments people will get to you...This DVD captures JUST THAT, in the context of a world reknowned countertenor called Andreas Scholl.
Back to business - this 'footage' captures a considerable amount of Scholl's artistry at different facets.
He is primarily a baroque singer - he performs operatic arias by Handel in this footage, sacred music (even Gregorian) in churches, he sings 'songs' by Dowland and other song writers, even attempts to 'modernise' a Dowland song by electronic sound devices in his own free time (thereby robbing himself of sleep), and you even get a chance to here his 'tenor' voice singing from the chest, which you would most unlikely be able to hear elsewhere.
Scholl's personality and life style comes across very vividly in this DVD, as well as his passion for music and the level of his performances of different genres of compositions - German, Latin, English, Italian...
If only you care to pay a little bit of attention to its contents, you'd no doubt realise that this is a very well-thoughtout, very thorough and yet very informal type of introduction to a young and vibrant musical talent in the person of Andreas Scholl.