Documentary in which Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how the Medici family transformed Florence through sculpture, painting and architecture and created a world where masterpieces fetch millions today.
It is the largest-scale project in forensic medicine of all times: the Medici Project. With leading experts and real Medici family members this docu-drama follows the Medici’s trail of blood, offering a brand-new take on the dramatic intrigues and mysterious murders within the Medici family. Cutting-edge CGI and 3-D effects visualize the stunning findings as well as lavish live action scenes. It is the real CSI Florence: the Medici family is subject of one of the most intriguing forensic projects of all times. For the past 10 years, a team of European scientists has exhumed 28 corpses of this mighty Italian dynasty which are buried in the Medici’s family crypt in Florence. The film focuses on two outstanding periods of the 16th century - a time when the descendants of Cosimo the Elder and Lorenzo the Magnificent have already ascended to rulers of Tuscany and have married into Europe’s ruling dynasties. In Interviews historians, forensics and bio-archaeologists talk vividly about these vibrant times, centering around the siblings Isabella, Francesco and Ferdinandode Medici as well as Francesco’s mistress Bianca Cappello.
…and the album as a whole would serve that goal well. It leaves the listener understanding the Renaissance sacred a cappella repertory better than he or she did before playing it. Strongly recommended. All notes and texts are in English, French, German, and Dutch.
The most important work in this DVD is the film of Alexis Weissenberg playing Petrushka. From the notes: "through the inventiveness of its framing, the subtlety of its composition and the attention paid to the photography, Petrushka, interpreted by Alexis Weissenberg and directed by Ake Falck, is a unique example of a musical cinematographic film.This film also had a considerable impact on Alexis Weissenberg's career. Notes by Michel Glotz, his Manager and friend.