9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
A film can let music be more than sound effects and even be on the basis of artistic expression.
Aloísio Leoni Schmid (ISO-3) from Curitiba, Brazil
6 January 2000
The film shows the renewal of a famous String Quartet after the
of its 1st violin, who dies of a heart attack during a concert, by a
violinist who just left college. The period is intensively enjoyed but
not last - it is much like a "coda" in the lives of three old musicians.
Instead of leaving music on the background, this film let great composers
(Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and others) speak intimately through some of
their known chamber works. A string quartet may be similar to a symphony
many aspects. However, compared to a birthday's party, it is more like
meeting a few old friends at pub's counter than inviting two hundred
for dinner near the swimming pool.
The film allows music to be expressed in situations other than the stage,
showing it in relation with live. Ironically, it shows the tragedy of
individuals dedicated to a genre which demands deep interaction with the
audience. Remarkable Chamber Music from the 18th to the 20th Centuries
in the individual tragedies an adequate background, thus reaching a
particularly dramatic character.
In my opinion, this almost unknown work of art deserves mention at a
place - probably close to Milos Forman's Amadeus.
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