Tocar Y Luchar
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Caracas was an exceptional witness of soloists of the level of Andres Segovia, Agustin Barrios Mangore, Narciso Yepes, Nicanor Zabaleta, Gyorgy Sandor (who visited us for the first time in 1944), Wilhem Kempff (1953, 1964 and 1968) Paul Badura Skoda, Ginette Neveu, Janos Starker., William Kapell (1947 and 1949) , Pablo Casals, Ivry Gitlis, Pierre Fournier, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand, Jean Pierre Rampal, Eugene Istomin, Eugene Ormandy, Marta Argerich, Claudio Arrau, Lazar Berman, Horacio Gutierrez and notable orchestras such the Gewandhaus, VPO, Cameratta of Salzburg,Pittsburgh among others.
So that expected project was simply extraordinary. Directors of the artistic height of Celibidache, Horenstein, Adrian Boult, Stanislav Wisloscki, Igor Stravinsky, Penderecki and Villalobos among other important figures of the baton. The main soloists in those ages just included two dozens of brilliant artists such as Alirio Diaz (guitarist) Judith Jaimes, Eva Maria Zuk (pianists) Maurice Hasson, Francisco del Castillo (violinists) .Read more ›
You will see Plácido Domingo, Simón Rattle and Claudio Abbado brought to tears by the performances of this young orchestra. You will hear touching words from "Maestro" Abreu himself, and also from the new classical music superstar Gustavo Dudamel.
I will recommend it for all art lovers and specially for Venezuelan people that sometimes forget that there is still many good things happening in the Country.
"Music will sow in the child and the young a spirit of accomplishment, excellence, a cult for the beautifull, the fair, the just, the noble; and will transforms his personality"
José Antonio Abreu.
"La música siembra en el niño y en el joven un espíritu de superación, excelencia, un culto a lo bello, a lo bueno, a lo justo, a lo noble y transforma su personalidad".
José Antonio Abreu.
TOCAR Y LUCHAR ('To Play and To Fight') is a documentary about the National Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, an organization now headed by Jose Antonio Abreu that focuses on providing instruments, musical training, and the experience of becoming part of a classical music orchestra to the children of Venezuela. The result is the truly superb Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela that has been touring the world under the leadership of principal conductor Gustavo Dudamel providing inspiration not only to young people who long for something meaningful in their lives, something like the majesty that classical music offers, but also bringing audiences in Berlin, Munich, Italy, and throughout the United States to their feet. This superb DVD explains how this happens, and the success of the film is the radiant faces of the thousands of young students who are becoming leading musicians of world-class quality.
Yes, there are live performances conducted by Dudamel as well as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, and Giuseppe Sinopoli and there are moments of tribute from these conductors as well as from singers such as Placido Domingo and from commentators. But the real magic of the DVD lies in the expressions and the interviews with the members of the orchestra.Read more ›
Music is the only art that creates something out of "nothing" - out of air - sound...the music of the spheres, if you like. Only through music can the hearts of every man, woman and child be touched without words, even, as the project reveals, for those who can't hear. I believe that "Tocar y Luchar" can open up those hearts in the same way.
On witnessing the spiritual vision of Antonio José Abreu, so beautifully understood and captured by Alberto Arvelo, I felt, for the first time in years, a stirring of real hope for this world. The founders of the project were equally stirred, and the entire project is finally, after 30 years, being talked about here. BUT, without this award-winning film, I believe it would have passed the country by. Not even MixUp Mexico can find it. And those poor souls who complained of its "technical flaws" on the IMDB have completely missed the point.
If I had the ability to help, I'd jump on the next plane to Caracas to help the cause!Read more ›
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Extremely talented musicians. Beautiful music. A government sponsored music program that works. Far reaching political influence from a music program. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Mancebo
Inspiring, Why can't we bring music to our children in the same manner as in Venezuela?Published 16 months ago by Daisy Tyler
Great story and music. Disc was cracked at centre but still plays. Delivery earlier than expectedPublished 22 months ago by peterkillcare
I am completely fascinated with all things El Sistema and this story is perhaps the best on the system. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Moo
Which country will be next to copy this system? Venezuela starts with very young students playing on paper instruments,Then they find instruments for them. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Zarathustra
A powerful documentary about an important musical and social phenomenon. Well put together with some great concert footage and moving film of children's lives transformed by music.Published on November 16, 2013 by Andrew
I am a music teacher at San Francisco Public elementary schools.
This film is very inspiring to me.
Great and emotional presentation of one of the most important social and cultural movements of our timePublished on November 21, 2009 by Eduardo Donde De Teresa