Documentary World in Harmony – 2019 George Enescu International Festival Has Its Romanian Release on the Official Enescu Festival Website
Documentary World in Harmony about the 2019 edition of the George Enescu International Festival, produced by Paradigma Film, premieres in Romania today, November 19, 2020, on the official Enescu Festival website and YouTube account. The film, which premiered internationally on October 19, 2020, on Medici TV, the most important classical music channel in the world, can be watched free of charge with either English or Romanian subtitles.
World in Harmony takes us backstage at the 2019 George Enescu International Festival, one of the most prominent classical music festivals today, which has, since its first edition in 1958, regularly attracted to Bucharest the biggest names of the international classical music stage. The 2019 edition was the largest so far – hosting 84 concerts and 2,500 world-renowned artists from over 50 countries, for 23 days – and the first to unfold internationally in cities other than Bucharest, including Berlin, Florence, Liège, Toronto, and Montreal.
The documentary captures not only the grand-scale approach and the atmosphere of the Festival but also insights from some of the greatest artists in the world, such as Joyce DiDonato, Mitsuko Uchida, Evgeny Kissin, Vladimir Jurowski, Vasily Petrenko, Fabio Luisi, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Yuja Wang, reflecting on the idea that – in a world where accord seems to have vanished – the Enescu Festival aims to restore, at least for a while, some of the world’s lost harmony through the healing power of music.
According to the great musicians who attended the 2019 edition, the Enescu Festival is a celebration of the way Enescu’s cultural legacy profoundly connects us to our humanity, making us better as persons and as a society, and inspires us in a manner wonderfully evoked by Vladimir Jurowski: “Enescu’s humanism and his humanitarian attitude, not only as a musician but as a person, as a citizen of the world – a citizen of his country but also a citizen of the world – help us today find new hope in this relatively austere and grim world we live in.”
As the documentary presents the unfolding of a leading classical music festival in the last year when an edition of such broad scope and communion was possible, given the difficult times we experience, the emotional charge of the scenes is deeply enhanced when the viewers realize, in retrospect, their uniqueness and unrepeatability.
The documentary will continue to be available on the Medici TV online platform where it can be watched free of charge via this link by creating a guest account, for which an email address and a password are required.