The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Paavo Järvi & Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie DVD wins prestigious award at Sichuan TV Festival

25 November 2013

Paavo Järvi and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s DVD box-set, Schumann at Pier 2, has won a prestigious Gold Panda award at the 2013 Sichuan TV Festival in China.

The DVD, co-produced by Deutsche Welle, Unitel Classica and Radio Bremen, was filmed in a former shipyard in Bremen, where Järvi and the orchestra recorded all four Schumann symphonies in front of a young audience. The DVD also offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsals, focusing on significant excerpts from the symphonies, providing an accessible and entertaining journey through Robert Schumann's symphonic world. 

The production wins a Gold Panda award as the Most Innovative Film in the Anthropology category, the jury stating: "This film records and shows the beauty of Romantic music with inventive scenes. The gorgeous visuals combined with the elegant and rhythmical music (of Schumann) offers viewers a most pleasurable experience in which they can feel life's pulse and rhythm."

In total, over 5,000 productions from 77 countries were submitted for the Gold Panda awards this year.

The Gold Panda is the latest in a number of awards and other recognition for Schumann at Pier 2. The film also won the renowned Japan Record Academy Award and was screened as part of the Eugene International Film Festival in the US in November. It has also just been nominated as a finalist in the Best Programme category at the Eutelsat TV Awards in Venice. With a total of twelve prestigious awards at international film and TV festivals so far, Schumann at Pier 2 is one of the most successful classical music documentaries ever presented by Deutsche Welle.

Sichuan TV Festival

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