The Full Monteverdi

Probably the best… The Full Monteverdi goes to Denmark
November 19, 2008, 1:18 pm
Filed under: screenings

The Full Monteverdi at The Danish Film Institute

Collaboration between Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival and the Danish Film Institute gave The Full Monteverdi its Danish screen premiere at Copenhagen’s Cinematek last week. Director John La Bouchardiere was flown over to introduce the screening; the response was such that the question and answer session afterwards had to continue in the cinema foyer, before many in the audience dashed to the DFI shop to buy a copy of the film on DVD. Thanks to Björn Ross and Claus Kjær for working together, gathering such a broad audience and for making the event one of the best screenings we’ve had.

Monteverdi goes South (again)
October 8, 2008, 10:22 pm
Filed under: General

Australia’s broadcaster SBS will show the country’s network television première of The Full Monteverdi on Saturday 18 October at 1pm. This is the film’s second trip to the Southern Hemisphere, following numerous transmissions of the episode version on New Zealand’s The Arts Channel in 2007 and earlier in 2008.

The Full Monteverdi’s cinematic summer
September 1, 2008, 2:48 pm
Filed under: General

The so-called British summer has provided us more opportunities to show The Full Monteverdi on big screens around England, in venues as widespread as Zeffirelli’s in the Lake District and Chichester Film Festival on the South coast. It’s good to see the film attracting some local press, too, such as this review in Worcester News.

We’ve also had interesting and enthusiastic feedback from our post-screening discussions (music director Robert Hollingworth at Dartington and director John La Bouchardiere at Chichester). The film continues to amaze its audiences, leaving many of them bowled over by its by its emotional force and universally astonished that The Full Monteverdi got made at all. John will be hosting another discussion after the film’s Danish Premiere in November.

Fanfare from America
July 25, 2008, 11:26 am
Filed under: General

More critical acclaim from the USA:

This is a remarkable way of realizing a book of madrigals that was never conceived to be heard this way. It’s highly successful, whether you watch with the English subtitles on or off. Not a word is spoken, for apart from ambient sound there is nothing to be heard but the singing, interrupted only by the briefest of pauses. The emotional expression on all the faces is convincing, an aspect that could easily have spoiled the effect. Repeated viewing will certainly reveal overlooked details, as the viewer becomes familiar with the dozen personalities that pop up in succession with some rapidity. Remember, six amorous breakups are unfolding simultaneously, the emotions and meanings of the madrigals applying equally to all of them. The production was made jointly for five national television systems and Naxos, and it has been broadcast since last autumn. This is a remarkably original conception, carried out with astonishing success. I have never realized the meaning of a set of madrigals as clearly as I did here.

J. F. Weber Fanfare (USA) July/August 2008

Back to Cheltenham again
July 3, 2008, 6:33 pm
Filed under: screenings

The Full Monteverdi comes home once more. The Cheltenham Music Festival hosted the very first three performances of the original live show back in 2004 and had such a huge success that it put on three more the following year. This was the beginning of a long exhilarating journey that took in a further visit to the town early in 2007 for much of the location shooting. Now, in 2008, transformed into a film and glistening with awards, the project returns again for a screening at the same festival. The Full Monteverdi, you could say, has come full circle – three times.

Screening details:

The Full Monteverdi
17.00 5 July
Pittville Studios, Albert Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3JG

Cheltenham Festival Box office: 01242 227 97

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…

June 2, 2008, 3:24 pm
Filed under: General

We’re delighted to announce a series of screenings this summer at some great music and arts festivals up and down the country. For booking details see SCREENINGS page.

19 June 19.00 Opera Fringe

26 June 21.30 Corsham Festival

05 July 17.00 Cheltenham International Music Festival

04 August 17.00 Dartington International Summer School

05 August 14.00 Three Choirs Festival

05 August 17.00 Lake District Summer Music Festival

Summer Festivals

Six stars from Norway
June 2, 2008, 2:58 pm
Filed under: General

The idea is actually very simple: you take Monteverdi’s Fourth Book of Madrigals (1603) and transplant them to a modern setting. But like most simple ideas it takes a special imagination to come up with it in the first place, and full credit to director John La Bouchardière for that moment of genius. The setting is a restaurant: the six voices of I Fagiolini sing the Monteverdi (wonderfully) as six actors mime the disintegration of their love affairs to their partners, flashbacks later revealing how they came to be there in the first place. What La Bouchardière has done is to add a further layer of meaning to the music: already painfully beautiful, it now takes on a searing intensity – I watched it with tears running down my cheeks.

Martin Anderson Klassisk (Norway) May 2008


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)

April 30, 2008, 8:04 am
Filed under: General

While the film continues to receive acclaim from the critics there’s a great vibe building online about the film too. As the film is released and broadcast around the globe blogs and feedback sites are filling with great audience reviews. Here’s a few recent additions:

The view from a blogger in Australia – buyer reviews from North America –

Great feedback from UK buyers at Amazon –

Poles apart
April 19, 2008, 3:16 pm
Filed under: General

Over the next few weeks The Full Monteverdi will broadcast in the very north of the planet and the very south! The Arts Channel in New Zealand begins another run on Thursday 24th April and SVT in Sweden will start broadcasting the three-part version from Monday 28th April in the 9pm arts slot.

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