John Cage was a 20th century phenomenon: a composer who broke through traditional barriers and created sounds that were far different from those of his predecessors. This Accentus documentary gives us a comprehensive picture of the man, the musician, and the iconoclast, through interviews and performances of his works.
Film & Blu-ray Reviews
Belgian choreographer Alain Platel has made an ambitious effort to collate his ultramodern dance routines to the choral works of Verdi and Wagner. As a paean to social protest, it is a series of hits and misses captured with beautiful sight and sound recording. Probably not for classic balletomanes, the physicality of the “dance” routines border on the sensational.
Benjamin Britten: War Requiem [City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review
In commemoration of its debut 50 years ago, Arthaus Musik has released a stunning Blu-ray version of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Andris Nelsons directs a strong group of soloists, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a moving performance that gets my nod as one of the must-watch discs of the year.