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The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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British Broadcasting Corporation Production Company

This film from the 1970s depicts the history of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra began with Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman who helped start a Jewish Orchestra in Palestine in 1936 and their first concert was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The film features interviews with musicians and conductors, including Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim, and concert segments. Furthermore, it features explanations regarding different aspects of the orchestra such as how the orchestra was comprised of musicians from a myriad of different backgrounds, how it is a co-operative, and what their policies were regarding Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner (since filming Strauss has been permitted in Israel whereas Wagner is still controversial). Additionally, it features Israeli composer Shulamit Ran performing a composition of hers on the piano while the orchestra accompanies her.