DOCUTAH 2015. ‘Bach in Madrid’ by Jose del Rio and Tirabeque Producciones is a movie about Madrid people, worldwide musicians, Spanish political meanness, and the excitement generated by a “sacred” music.
During 8 years, the orchestra and choir of La Capilla Real de Madrid, played the integral of J.S. Bach’s Cantatas and sacred works in Madrid (Spain). It was a huge challenge, never made outside Germany. We’re talking about a work of enormous dimensions: two hundred Cantatas, two Passions, Motets, Masses, and Oratorios.
Jose del Rio was interested in this great musical adventure and he was following the different concerts of The Royal Chapel for more than two years: Baroque instruments, old churches and 600 musicians and singers all around the world.
The documentary shows the emotion of Madrid people (children, students, grannies…) Because concerts were in every neighborhood, also in the humble ones, and people, who were not fond of classical music previously, ended up understanding its beauty.
But in the middle of the process, the last economic crisis started. Jose del Rio filmed these hard times. Madrid City Council decided not to support the project anymore. What could do those who love music and art? See the documentary! It’s full of epic moments!
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‘Bach in Madrid’ evidences that, at a time and in a place, musicians were struggling to get a musical milestone in the Spanish musical history.
“Making a film always begins as a mission that seems impossible. Too many obstacles to overcome. Then, little by little, you start and, one by one, you’re solving the obstacles. It’s hard, but it’s only the beginning. Afterwards, the major troubles arrive: the sale and distribution of the film.” Jose del Rio.
In fact, the biggest challenge was to condense nine years of work in the 90 minutes of a film. Tirabeque Producciones shot a lot of material. Over 100 hours: performances, interviews, concerts, etc…
Bach in Madrid by Jose del Rio: 9/8 – 5:20pm – Concert Hall, 9/11 – 6:15pm – Dunford Auditorium.
DOCUTAH 2015. Schedule: http://docutah.com/2015-films-a-to-z/
Jose del Rio Films: https://josedelriofilms.wordpress.com/
Video: Bach In Madrid. Trailer.