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Janine Jansen: Falling for Stradivari

An unmissable, riveting documentary that follows superstar violinist Janine Jansen as she embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record a new album on 12 of the greatest ever 'Strads'.

Janine Jansen: Falling for Stradivari
(2021 / 81’ / G. F. Fox) vostfr

Directed by PRIX ITALIA winning documentary maker Gerry Fox, and accompanied in her quest by legendary Sir Antonio Pappano, the documentary follows Janine fly- on-the-wall from Stockholm where she lives and teaches to a hectic ten-day period in London. She becomes acquainted with each of the violins, selects works that fit them best, learns about their histories and particular foibles and rehearses and records this astonishing album.

This is the first time ever that so many of the greatest Strads have been gathered together in one place, a monumental feat pulled off by the team at J&A Beare, London’s pre-eminent violin dealers. The camera accompanies Janine at every step.

The film delves into the history of these unique instruments: some, in pristine condition have not been played for two hundred years, while others belong to legendary virtuosos including Fritz Kreisler, Nathan Milstein, Ida Haendel and Oscar Shumsky, all seen here in rare archival footage.

The screening will open with a short performance by Timothy Chooi playing the 1699 Haendel Stradivari violin featured in the documentary and kindly loaned by the Porter Foundation for this unique occasion.

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