eSACHERe

Music documentary film eSACHERe features Czech cellist František Brikcius, who is presenting music by top 12 contemporary composers (C. Beck, L. Berio, P. Boulez, B. Britten, H. Dutilleux, W. Fortner, A. Ginastera, C. Halffter, H. W. Henze, H. Holliger, K. Huber and W. Lutoslawski) and explaining, why they are all using the Sacher hexachord (Es, A, C, H, E, Re - musical cryptogram on the name of Swiss conductor Paul Sacher).

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In the occasion of the 70th birthday of Swiss conductor and maecenas Paul Sacher, Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich asked 12 composers (Conrad Beck, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Benjamin Britten, Henri Dutilleux, Wolfgang Fortner, Alberto Ginastera, Cristobal Halffter, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber and Witold Lutoslawski) to create dozen compositions for cello using theme from the name of Paul Sacher (Es, A, C, H, E, Re). They were partially premiered in Zurich 2nd May 1976.

Decades later, Czech Cellist Frantisek Brikcius introduced this wonderful set of dozen compositions (we were told that it was for the first time performed by one cellist) at the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia in Prague. Concert was held under the auspices of the Embassy of Switzerland in the cooperation with the National Gallery in Prague, as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days and it was supported by scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Britten-Pears Foundation.

New music documentary film eSACHERe (2019) explains the genesis of this unique music project. Visit https://filmfreeway.com/project/eSACHERe and http://Festival.Brikcius.com .

  • Frantisek Brikcius
    Director
    MAKANNA
  • Festival Brikcius
    Producer
    MAKANNA
  • Frantisek Brikcius
    Key Cast
    “Frantisek Brikcius - Cello”
    MAKANNA
  • Jan Talich
    Key Cast
    “Jan Talich - Conductor”
    MAKANNA
  • eSACHERe Cello Ensemble
    Key Cast
  • Elena Rostropovich
    Key Cast
  • Conrad Beck
    Composer
  • Luciano Berio
    Composer
  • Pierre Boulez
    Composer
  • Benjamin Britten
    Composer
  • Henri Dutilleux
    Composer
  • Wolfgang Fortner
    Composer
  • Alberto Ginastera
    Composer
  • Cristobal Halffter
    Composer
  • Hans Werner Henze
    Composer
  • Heinz Holliger
    Composer
  • Klaus Huber
    Composer
  • Witold Lutoslawski
    Composer
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Music Video
  • Genres:
    Music, Music Documentary Film, Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Czech, Swiss, Composer, Documentary, Cello, Film, Doc, Prague, Cellist
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Czech Republic
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (DCP, H.264, ...)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Frantisek Brikcius

Czech cellist, artistic director and independent film-maker František Brikcius created his first music documentary film MAKANNA (in the cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel) in 2015. It's based on the novel of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil, about the rise and fall of the 7th century false prophet with his face covered with the green veil and his eyes glowing as embers. Recently he is working on new music documentary film eSACHERe (2018). For more details visit http://www.Brikcius.com and http://Festival.Brikcius.com .

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- MAKANNA (2015)
- eSACHERe (2018)