How do you capture the unique spirit of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi on film? That was the challenge taken up by David Donnelly, director of the hit classical music documentary Maestro. His new feature-length film, Nordic Pulse, which is set for release this year, follows Kristjan and the orchestra on their landmark 2017 tours, as they radically reinvent the concert experience, first through the inspirational ‘Waterworks’, with its spectacular lighting, sound design and projection art in collaboration with Sunbeam Productions, and second with the history-making memorised performances of Stravinsky’s The Firebird during the ‘Baltic Folk’ tour.
The idea of filming musicians who have such a daring vision was immediately compelling for the experienced Donnelly, who says: ‘I have been documenting the classical sphere for nearly a decade, but within minutes of the first rehearsal, I realised this was a completely unique organisation with ambitious goals that went far beyond just making music. What they are doing can’t be defined by a traditional description of an orchestra or genre.’ We’re excited to see the final cut of the film, and can’t wait to share our adventure with a wider international audience.