Madrid Events. Documentary. Bach in Madrid by Jose del Rio and Tirabeque Productions. About Johann Sebastian Bach sacred music.
‘Art is Everywhere’ and now, in Madrid. Filmmaker Jose del Rio and Tirabeque Productions have been following the Royal Chapel in Madrid (La Capilla Real de Madrid) for more than two years while they were playing Johann Sebastian Bach sacred music (the complete repertory!) in different churches of the Spanish capital. The result is this documentary ‘Bach in Madrid’, just finished.
In 2004, artistic director Oscar Gershenson and hippocampus director Alberto Martinez Molina had a dream. They wanted to play Johann Sebastian Bach sacred music (cantatas, passions, Christmas oratorio, Magnificat and masses) under similar circumstances and atmosphere to those lived by the German master. A huge project, never before done in Spain.
Filmmaker Jose del Rio was interested in this great musical adventure and he has been following the different concerts of The Royal Chapel for more than two years: Baroque instruments, old churches and 600 musicians and singers. They were joined by a unique illusion: finish what seemed impossible.
‘I want to make an epic documentary,’ Jose del Rio said, ‘a documentary which reflects Bach marvelous music, but also the feelings of the musicians and public, the daily problems of a project so difficult, and the happiness of a well-done work.’
Has Jose del Rio achieved his goal? The documentary is full of emotive moments and explains really well the heroic work of artists overcoming great difficulties (personal, organizational and above all, economic).
Is Art stronger than the Spanish crisis and the indolence of its administration?
‘To me,’ Jose del Rio says, ‘it’s very important that this project had a continuation. It can change mentalities and serve as a lesson of courage and strength.’
Then, through his camera we see the true people of Madrid (children, students, workers, old women…) excited in the long queue of that little chapel or this Baroque basilica, because they are going to hear Bach. And we see the busy city waiting for another concert, for a music so distant so close.
Yareah Magazine has seen the documentary and has smiled with the public in the old church of Perpetuo Socorro, has cried listening to Cantata 147 and has felt Madrid rain watering the long queue that follows the path of art.
A great documentary! Congratulations, director.
Jose del Rio is a Spanish filmmaker, born in Madrid in 1970. His works include: Un. Una, 2003 (He. She), Te y Café, 2005 (Tea and coffee), Jauja, 2007, Escultura de Cartón, 2010 (Cardboard Sculpture) and Bach in Madrid. http://tirabequeproducciones.com/