The Beethoven Project
Director: Christian Berger
Distributor: C Major Entertainment
Length: 90 min. / 2 x 45 min.
16:9 shot in 1080i HD | stereo & 5.1 surround sound
© 2009, a BFMI production for Deutsche Welle TV in coproduction with Unitel Classica and NHK in cooperation with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Beethovenfest Bonn
Form­ing part of the “Beeth­oven Pro­ject” is a doc­u­ment­ary which por­trays the ori­gin, evol­u­tion and re­hears­als of the Beeth­oven cycle. This out­stand­ing en­semble and its artist­ic dir­ect­or Paavo Järvi are squar­ing up to the chal­lenge that is Beeth­oven, and per­form­ing all nine sym­phon­ies in four days at the Beeth­oven Fest­iv­al in Bonn.

As mu­si­cians they are world class, as share­hold­ers in the com­pany that is their or­ches­tra they bear the full risks. Their vis­ion does not end with the fi­nal ap­plause: the mu­si­cians are also ful­filling a so­cial re­spon- sib­il­ity and passing on their pas­sion for mu­sic to stu­dents at a Bre­men school.

The film takes a look at the or­ches­tra it­self, which clearly dis­tin­guishes it­self from oth­er en­sembles through its goals, its spe­cial rela- tion­ship to Beeth­oven and its so­cial com­mit-ment to the un­der­priv­ileged Bre­men neigh- bor­hood that the mu­si­cians have chosen as their basis.

The „Beeth­oven Pro­ject“ com­prises the the Beeth­oven Sym­phony Cycle of Lud­wig van Beeth­oven which were also re­cor­ded at the Beeth­oven­fest Bonn in 2009 and are now avail­able on DVD.
Hamburg 2011
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Intermedia-Globe Grand Prix
Category: Best of all entries
44th WorldFest-Houston
International Film Festival 2011
Category: Special Jury Award
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Bestenliste 1-2011
Category: DVD-Video-Produktionen
Music Pen Club Awards
24th Music Pen Club Awards 2010, Japan
Category: Best Recording Product by Foreign Artist
Cincinnati Film Festival
Cincinnati Film Festival 2010
Category: Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Rhode Island International Film Festival
14th Annual Flickers:
Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) 2010
Category: Best Soundtrack
Eyes & Ears Awards
12th Eyes & Ears Awards 2010
Category: Special Prize CREATION