The Italian Character

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The Italian Character



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25th Nov 2013




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The Italian Character

The story of a great Italian orchestra

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A film by Angelo Bozzolini.

The Italian Character allows its audience to gain an insight into a fascinating world that is usually concealed.

It is about finding the essence of the Italian character, in the centre there is the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and its principal conductor, Sir Antonio Pappano.

With some of the best soloists and conductors in the world presenting materials collected during their collaboration with the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia such as Yuri Temirkanov, James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Evgeny Kissin, Denis Matsuev, Stefano Bollani, Lang Lang.

The film is selected for the Vancouver International Film Festival (world premiere will be the 04. October 2013) and the 47. International Hofer Filmtage.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian

Booklet notes: English, German, French, Italian

Running time: 100 mins + 12 mins

German FSK: 0

BBC Music Magazine

June 2014


“Pappano aside, Yuri Temirkanov appears the most relaxed and charismatic of the conductors; Valery Gergiev pops in briefly, weary, unshaven, and on the phone. None of them, however, tops the extraordinary archive spectacle for the French maestro Georges Pretre, stirred into such agony conducting Bolero that he hides his face behind his hands.”

Financial Times

10th May 2014


“Antonio Pappano in front of a movie camera is compulsive viewing; before an Italian orchestra, the result is compulsive listening.”

MusicWeb International

8th January 2014

“The Italian Character is the story of this well-respected Italian orchestra... [Pappano] speaks knowledgeably and with evident honesty about his feelings about music and clearly demonstrates enthusiasm for his work...This video is clearly motivated by a team of musicians, passionate about their orchestra”

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