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This documentary, with a very sleek 80-minute run time, follows the conductor Paavo Jarvi as he gives performances in countries around the world. Along with this are interviews with several top classical musicians. I absolutely loved this film – it is the first time I have seen a film that examines the creative process involved in conducting a classical music orchestra. What I was left with is a much deeper appreciation for the roots of classical music, how it was, in its time, revolutionary, and how the best conductors can bring the music from the instruments of the best talent together to create the supreme performance. This film gets a big thumbs-up from me; it is one that I think everyone, classical music lovers or not, should see. The film helped me to deepen my appreciation for this music.

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