I had the pleasure last night of attending The Gloss magazine cinema club, which is also in assocation with Moet and Chandon, for the showing of a magnificent piece of film called, The Concert. Now we were due to be entertained by Gainsbourg, however, the inefficiencies of transport and private courier services prevented our viewing this biographical film of a great icon.
How and ever, we were delighted by The Concert. The film tells the story of Andrei Filipov, an exiled Conductor of the Bolshoi in Russia. He had been dismissed from his position, with some of his orchestra, due to his support of Jewish musicians, his colleagues. His dream to conduct never left him; the lack of which fuelling his passion even more, complemented by the love from his wife Irina.
I admire his character for his drive and motivation to succeed at something he loves, whilst not accepting the boundaries which have been laid out before him.
Opportunity knocks at his door, when he discovers a fax from the chatelet theatre Paris, in the office of the Director of the Bolshoi. The LA philharmonic cancel a performance in Paris and the Bolshoi have been asked to step in. While refraining to share this information with the Director himself, Andrei embarks on a quest to gather and rekindle friendships with his former colleagues, to reassemble what was the Bolshoi as they had known it.
Led by the Russian communist party leader as their manager (who has an ulterior motive to spread the political word of his party in France!) they head to Paris to perform.
Andre has chosen Anne Marie Jacquet as his soloist, who happens to be one of the world’s most renowned violinist. However, he really wants her to play for more than the reason of reprising the glorious state of what was the Bolshoi, but to acquaint himself with her as she is the long-lost baby of two of his dearest friends who were exiled due to their beliefs, of course, unbeknownst to her.
The way this story unfolds the various relationships within the film is beautiful. The loving relationship between Andrei and Irina, between Andrei and his friend Sasha, between Guylene (Anne Marie’s carer) and Anne Marie and between the orchestra themselves.
The film culminates in a crescendo of love and success and a wonderful performance of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin.
It’s full of unexpected humour and epitomizes how wonderful and magnetic music can be.
Thank you The Gloss and Moet and Chandon for a delightful evening of cinema. x