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In Nelsons No 5, Carmen Cobos’ second feature documentary, the world-renowned Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons – a man who is gentle and modest, but deeply passionate about his craft – takes on the Shostakovich masterpiece together with one of the world’s most celebrated ensembles, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Director Cobos’ camera is curious but not intrusive, and expertly captures the vitality and inquisitiveness of the orchestra both in rehearsal and in the concert auditorium. It follows the maestro Nelsons in reflective mood as he texts home and talks movingly of the young daughter he desperately misses. Cobos also creates a delightful cameo motif for the orchestra’s harpist whose instrument is so prominent within the symphony.
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