The Full Monteverdi

January 7, 2009, 11:03 pm
Filed under: General, Press


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Broadcast Review
January 5, 2009, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Broadcast, Press

The UK premiere on SkyArts prompted a new and rather nice review in the Independent on Sunday, in which the film’s realism came in for particular praise:

“John La Bouchardière’s adaptation… had a poignancy that only those who have married their childhood sweetheart and lived happily ever after would fail to recognise…  Shot in a series of unremarkable flats and streets, at restaurant tables and in toilet cubicles, with mascara, snot, baby bellies, wrinkles, receding hairlines and all the accoutrements of experience exposed, this was an exceptionally well-crafted, thoughtful film, beautifully sung and very bravely acted.”

Read the full review, here.


A stroke of genius that defines a genre
July 1, 2008, 1:50 pm
Filed under: Press

Extract from review in American Record Guide:

Fantastic! I wish the word “brilliant” had not been so overused, so that I could summon it to praise this film. And, yes, “film” is the right word. John La Bouchardiere, a noted opera director, has created this film (“The Full Monteverdi”) that winds in with the words and music of Monteverdi’s wonderful madrigals the way that they intertwine with each other and the result is superlative…

The musical component here could compete with the best recordings made, but there is no competition for what this is: a stroke of genius that defines a genre, something that sets a standard for what can be done. This is a way to open the treasures of this great music to our literal-minded and lazy age. Like the Beethoven description of one of his sonatas as for amateurs and connoisseurs, this is a production that can reach everyone willing to watch and listen. Those who already know and love this music will get new insights into it from La Bouchardiere’s stagings why is this one a quarrel? why is there a baby in that one?ˆwhile newcomers will be carried along by the acting (great from all concerned), the drama, the settings, and the underlying stories as they follow the words with the unobtrusive subtitles (yes, you can turn them off) and let the music play on their hearts….

If you love Monteverdi, get this. If you think you might like his music, get it. If you’ve tried to listen to Monteverdi, but haven’t quite managed to get into it, get it. If you’ve never heard Monteverdi, get it. Memo to Naxos, La Bouchardiere, and Fagiolini: there are seven other books of Monteverdi madrigals sitting there, waiting for you. Get to work!

Parisian Parlance
June 16, 2008, 12:35 pm
Filed under: Music, Press

Music director of The Full Monteverdi, Robert Hollingworth, has been interviewed on the French airwaves. Robert was invited to Paris by Radio Classique for a discussion with Philippe Venturini, the critic whose review led to the film’s Choc du monde de la musique award. The interview, of course, was in French…

Bravos from Brazil
May 27, 2008, 9:21 am
Filed under: DVD, Press

“La Bouchardiere not only brings the action into the 21st century, he also takes the art of Monteverdi and injects it with a dose of reality which allows us very easily and with irreversible fascination into the plots. This union of great art and real life is the key to the immense empathy of The Full Monteverdi with any sort of public… The high musical quality is of the same level as the exceptional direction. A musical and cinematic masterpiece.” João Marcos Coelho, Estadao (Brazil)

Golden Prague
March 19, 2008, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Press, screenings

We’ve entered The Full Monteverdi into the International Television Festival Golden Prague, the foremost festival for classical on the small screen. The film is entered in the Music-Drama category; fingers crossed. The festival runs from 14th – 18th June 2008 in Prague.

Golden Pargue Package

March 9, 2008, 6:04 pm
Filed under: DVD, Press

The Full Monteverdi has received another star-studded review in the UK classical music press. The highly respected Gramophone magazine recommends the DVD in April’s edition focusing particlaly on the emotional depth of the film.

“This brilliant film… is superbly acted, beautifully sung

…almost unbearably moving. Bravos all round.”

Recommended, Gramophone April 2008

Gramophone Review

March 3, 2008, 1:54 pm
Filed under: DVD, Press

The Full Monteverdi DVD has received rave reviews in the March editions of two of Europe’s leading classical music titles. Germany’s Fono Forum gave the film a glowing triple 5-star review and the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique awarded the DVD a prestigious Choc du Mois.

Critical Acclaim

Le Monde de la Musqiue

Amazon Fan
February 24, 2008, 10:59 am
Filed under: DVD, Press

This customer review appeared on (the international site) today from a new fan in Australia. There’s also a great comment on too – please do add your own comments!

Choir & Organ
February 18, 2008, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Press

The March/April issue of Choir & Organ features a first class review of the DVD, including recommending a stiff drink after viewing!

“…the film’s raw impact comes from its unflinching exposure of the effects on flawed, vulnerable human beings of these devastating emotional rifts… I Fagiolini’s performances are peerless.”

Graeme Kay Choir & Organ, March 2008

Choir & Organ Front Cover

December 21, 2007, 9:24 am
Filed under: DVD, Press

January’s BBC Music Magazine features a great 3-page feature on the filming of The Full Monteverdi. Reading it took us straight back to the cold early mornings of January 2007, and filming in those glamorous toilets!

BBC Music Magazine Jan 07

December 10, 2007, 9:18 am
Filed under: DVD, Press

The December/January edition of Muso magazine features a half-page write up on the newly released DVD. “…a fascinating and well-produced lesson in cross-genre art.”

Muso Dec/Jan Review

November 11, 2007, 7:39 pm
Filed under: DVD, Press

In his piece in The Observer (11/11/07) on using sex to sell opera (“I can’t see any harm in it…“), Peter Conrad added a column which recommends The Full Monteverdi on DVD.

October 7, 2007, 9:10 pm
Filed under: Press, screenings

Below is an extract of a review from the preview screening at the Southbank Centre’s Early Music Weekend:

“This astonishing film, here screened in public for the first time, is based on John La Bouchardière’s collaboration with I Fagiolini, and charts the emotional progress of six failing couples through the deeply moving music of Monteverdi’s Fourth Book of Madrigals. This remarkable, intricately constructed film is aesthetically beautiful in every aspect: masterfully shot, sensitively arranged images, utterly glorious singing, impressive operatic acting, and a terrifyingly involving narrative flow. This encounter between yesterday’s music and today’s medium can’t help but deliver Monteverdi’s masterpieces to a new and deeply appreciative audience in a thoroughly spectacular fashion.”

Edward Lewis – Classical Source

Click here for the full review

October 5, 2007, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Press

The Full Monteverdi project and I Fagiolini are the cover feature of the October/November issue of Early Music Today. Available now from all good stockists!

From the article:

Bouchardière’s verité-style direction, reminiscent of Kieslowski in its bold opening silence and unrelenting in emotional delivery, has the makings of an award winner”

Andrew Stewart Early Music Review

Early Music Today