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From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China

Synopsis
In 1979, as China re-opened its doors to the West, master violinist Isaac Stern received an unprecedented invitation from its governernment to tour the country, performing and mentoring young Chinese musicians. Footage of this tour was turned into this Oscar-winning documentary. Stern is shown visiting rehearsals of the Peking Opera, meeting with their musicians who use traditional Chinese instruments, and also visiting a sports academy and other venues. The lingering effects of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), which opposed any western influences and oppressed those who introduced western approaches, are evident in the lack of skill development among many of the young musicians and the emphasis on technical skill rather than artistic interpretation.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of production
1981
Availability
out of distribution
Subjects
Social Studies; Music
Keywords
China; cultural evolution; Stern, Isaac

Credits

Director
Murray Lerner
Contributor
Isaac Stern

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 NTSC
Price
£24.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
84 minutes
Year
2008

Distributor

Name

Artefact Media

Address
1 Park View Road
Brighton
BN3 7BF
Notes
Artefact Media ceased trading in 2014

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