Trip to Asia - The Quest for Harmony
From the director of Rhythm is it! comes another exciting documentary featuring the world famous Berlin Philharmonic and its charismatic conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Shot during the ensemble's breakneck tour across Asia with stops in Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Hongkong, Taipei and Tokyo, Thomas Grube's gripping film offers intimate access to the private world of the 126 skilled musicians who, under Rattle's baton, harness their virtuosity to create the orchestra's distinctive sound. But their artistic triumph onstage belies a dramatic life backstage rarely seen by outsiders. The Berlin Philharmonic is a closed society that observes its own laws and traditions, with a social structure founded on a common love for music, but also informed by competition, compulsion and extreme pressure to perform to a high pitch of excellence.