©1992, a film by Susan Froemke, Peter Gelb, Albert Maysles
and Pat Jaffe, 78 mins
Opera star Kathleen Battle and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis
go baroque. Rehearsals and recording sessions bring both singer
and trumpeter together to explore 17th century music. Marsalis
throughout worries about his intonation and is awed by Battle.
The soprano, for her part, is endlessly amused and supportive.
The filming team follows Battle to her hometown, where she
makes a special appearance with her old church choir. Marsalis
spends the break-time in New Orleans coaching young jazz
musicians, and performing with his musically renowned
brothers and father.
Finally, the performance of Bach's Jauchzet Gott in Allen
Landenä with Handel's Let the Bright Seraphim, both familiar,
and Handel's exquisitely haunted Eternal Source, which shows
this combination capable of lyric introspection as well as
triumph and jubilation. Battle and Marsalis perform with
John Nelson and the accompanying St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra.
Opera soprano Kathleen Battle and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis
are two of the most watchable and listenable musicians around
today. So seeing them work together in this documentary about
their collaboration on a concert and recording session of several
duets for soprano, trumpet and orchestra by Bach and Handel is
a treat. Hearing Battle sing in her hometown church and Marsalis
play jazz, you understand what a remarkable distance they have
come in mastering music as refined and demanding as Bach.
-- David Patrick Stearns, USA TODAY, February 7, 1992
The creative process is always fascinating to watch.
-- Kay Gandella, DAILY NEWS, February 7, 1992
National premiere on PBS series Great Performances
Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Classical Program
in Performing Arts (1992)
Award Winner, National Education Association Awards
for the Advancement of Learning through Broadcasting (1992)
Prize for Best Media Work, Montreal Festival International
du Film Sur L'Art