tv Arts and Culture Deutsche Welle March 18, 2019 10:45pm-11:01pm CET
in our continuing series one hundred german must reads we'll hear about they divided. the first novel ever written about german division. and in times of intense debate over the authenticity of images news and facts a new exhibition in berlin questions the truthfulness of photography. well here's what you could call a down to earth celebrity californian born conductor ken knows how to bring music to the masses he knows how to wow a crowd and he knows how to take an orchestra in trouble and help it find its own language even its own relevance in the twenty first century and after thirteen years at the helm of the. he's hard at work sealing the deal on his own legacy. i the musical sparks fly when can men go no meets igor stravinsky
was the rite of spring when it premiered more than a hundred years ago because discount. the gano is presenting french composer sound song and debussy on his final european tour with the montreal symphony orchestra i a program that's tailored to the orchestras home audience. the identity of comeback is very very strongly tied to europe today that has a distinct impact on the sound of the orchestra what has been the most exciting thing. over the course of the past years is to see how far we can focus and refine our particular and unique. musical language. i. was. gonna know has led the orchestra for thirteen years and will depart in twenty
twenty. five sixty four to be able to develop a long relationship and it really is a privilege because it doesn't happen very often. is always a very. big chance to be able to have a special relationship because there are things that can only develop with time and with substantial depth. no has achieved plenty in his time with the canadian orchestra extending its repertoire and breathing new life into the classics. what makes cos communes excel special is that it it is above time it's above fashion but that is only if we allow it to be and means that we as performers have to constantly restudy research and really look and regenerate inspiration simply to repeat that which we thought we
heard. that's not enough for this great tradition. for can we go on oh and the montreal symphony orchestra it's not for our but good bye to you. all be it a lengthy goodbye thank goodness and i'm joined now by adrian kennedy from our culture desk welcome adrian thanks for coming in to see me a final european tour with the out west and it looks like it's going to be quite an emotional one in some ways and one of the highlights was most certainly probably that concert that they just had at the end for how many in hamburg that so i absolutely of course can a gun a very familiar with the console in hamburg because he's also the general music director of the stay up for the film or not orchestra but many members of the orchestra were looking forward to playing in the new venue which cost eight hundred
million euros took ten years to complete it's just opened two years back one of the vileness from the kind of start comparing playing there to playing a stradivarius for the first time. that they played it very well because the. audiences and critics alike yes we heard good things and it's such an incredible building interesting comparison there to buy it by that musician now as a touring conductor nagano is obviously really a citizen of the world but he's actually originally from the u.s. tell us a little bit more about him as a person that's right where he grew up in california as you said he was a bit of a child puerto g. conducting a children's choir at the tender age of eight his parents were a. microbiologist he went to europe right after his studies and stops in leone and manchester his path that led him to germany and to but in particular. it
was while he was in berlin and the principal conductor of the symphony orchestra that he was the subject of one of the w.'s acclaimed music films can garner. the pieces featuring six symphonies by six composers classical music legends like beethoven and. it was a fantastic set of d.v.d.'s so he was appointed musical director then in montreal in two thousand and six and that was a very popular appointment at the time was it because he really was able to pull that that orchestra out of a shambles he certainly dusted things down and he was a good fit with the young dynamic city unlike the somewhat image of the conductor that reigned in the past he was a breath of fresh new generation of more rock'n'roll. conduct with a long. back california star fact he's managed to cut the average age of classical
music. in the city by hall to become a symbol of the city's rich and diverse cultural scene i'm sure the montreal will be pretty thorough and to see him go especially as i've heard he become quite a hockey fan. but he's not retiring entirely and we will still have him around while he's starting on in. twenty twenty five so i think this decision is more to do with it being a good time for him to move to to take things down the giro say he answered concentrate on things in europe ok well hopefully we'll get a chance to see him while he's here in hamburg thanks very much adrian kennedy for bringing us that baxter to you. and it's time now for a tip from our german must reads go to david leavitt's and this time he's talking
about a novel by christopher who would have been ninety on march the eighteenth now one of the best known writers to emerge from the former communist east germany her breakthrough came in one thousand nine hundred sixty three with the publication of they divided the sky a gutsy book about german division that still hits a nerve today. more than a thousand people died trying to escape the oppression of east germany so who wanted to stay here the author cost of life did. in. her book they divided the sky tells the love story of a fleet but there can be no normal love story in a country that punishes an individual is a man flayed can't take it he decides to flee to the west but chooses to stay and the east in the past lovers who had to separate would look for a star when their gaze might meet in the evenings what can we look for at least they can't divide the sky flayed said in a mocking tone the sky this enormous vault of hope and yearning love and sorrow yes
they can she said the sky is what divides first of all. they divided the sky came out two years after the berlin wall was built because of boys saw the division of germany as a tragedy she openly criticized east germany's totalitarian structures still in total the book is an endorsement for the communist east because the voice was east germany's most respected author both at home and in the west they divided the sky was a bestseller on both sides of the wall and it's also the first book ever written about german division. well there aren't many photographers who managed. to shoot what we would call an iconic picture one that's not only widely published but also gets branded into our
collective memories some of them surely knew the moment they click the shutter that a picture had historical significance whether they were accidental shots or possibly carefully arranged well now a new exhibition in berlin called double take explores the question of just how truthful is photography. famous photos that tell stories and which themselves have made history there are significant images shown repeatedly becoming lodged deep in our collective memory joe i can courtis and out of the arms under edgar whose work is currently on show at sea oberlin recreate these iconic images in miniature and photograph them but their images are framed in a way that clearly reveals the fact that they are recreate sions. and have is a beautifully because of the flood of images we've got into the habit of no longer really looking at pictures properly especially with iconic photographs we believe we know them really well so we don't look closely at them anymore. the first man on
the moon this is the real photo of the famous small step. and this is how quarter sums on the end recreated it even depicting the tools they used to do so. but if you crop the photo it's astonishing new similar to the original in which. we're not questioning whether the lunar landing was real but we are questioning photography we believe in photography but we are no doubt what it's capable of. woods was a fish is. robert kapper is falling soldier taken during the spanish civil war both photo and photographer are legendary than subjects of debate that kappa stage the photo was a man even a soldier there are justified doubts. has been the authenticity of the photo is constantly being questioned so of course it's always appearing in
the media and so made even more iconic. the duo spend up to two months creating their miniature scenes they call their technique. it's meticulously precise sculpture which is then photographed digitally. the digital age with its smartphone cameras produces torrents of images. an anonymous tourist ended up taking an iconic photo of a tsunami. and a u.s. soldier created the image that came to symbolize the horrors of the iraq war the hooded man of abu ghraib. is the stage who are a genuine snapshot who knows in this era of fake news and so-called alternative facts doubts about authenticity are constant in a playfully intelligent way cortez and so on that goes work invites viewers to take a more critical look at photos sometime soon shouldn't be leaving.
a double take is on until june the first at c oberlin and if you trust the images you're seeing now we have reached the end of the program don't forget that you can find more culture anytime on our website where we have lots of background to the various reports and all one hundred of our must read videos so with that until we meet again from myself in the team here in berlin take a care. for
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