Sedona International Film Festival have presented the Great Art on Screen series with “Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies”. This event was shown in Sedona on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Great Art on Screen is a series of seven documentaries featuring an in-depth look at the most extraordinary and groundbreaking art masters of their time. Take a fresh look at Van Gogh through the legacy of the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist’s work: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), one of the first to recognize the genius of Van Gogh. In the early 20th century, Kröller-Müller amassed nearly 300 of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings now housed at her namesake museum in Holland. The Basilica Palladina exhibition in Vicenza, “Amid Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies,” with 40 paintings and 85 drawings on loan from the Kröller-Müller Museum, lends the basis of this program, revealing Van Gogh’s art and his genius, while allowing audiences to understand the importance of drawing as part of his craft. Van Gogh’s seemingly instinctive canvases were the result of long, preparatory studies very rarely exhibited – not just sketches but stunning works of art in and of themselves, where the broken flow of lines that characterize the style and strokes in Van Gogh’s paintings can already be seen.
From the Sedona Film Festival web page.
The music for this film was composed by Italian born composer Remo Anzovino, it is a soundtrack that is sublimely beautiful and alluring, the Maestro creating wonderfully lyrical musical poems that not only enhance the images on screen but also bring a sense of emotion and poignancy to the proceedings. His music gives the artistry and stunning imagery as created by the master even greater life and vibrancy, the musical score purveys an aura of vulnerability, fragility and also weaves an intricate and compelling musical web, that itself could be seen as a brush of sorts that is applying colour, depth and textures to a blank canvas. The composer utilising solo piano and strings that at times soar or entwine to bring to fruition a heartfelt and highly emotional result, the themes the composer has written seem to surround the listener and are affecting as well as effective in the context of the film. The style is at times classical but there is also present a slightly more contemporary sound which although is fleeting proves to be attractive and emotionally powerful. Emotive and poignant with touches of splendour and melancholy describe this work. The piano performances are haunting and mesmerising and verge upon the achingly touching. There is also accordion which seems to fade in and out of cues adding even more atmosphere to the score. The instrument being given centre stage in a handful of cues, LOVING PEOPLE being one of them.
ARLES SYMPHONY is a personal favourite of mine from the score, it has subdued but at the same time driving strings that are a background to more strings which perform the central melody, this is also enhanced by use of percussion and punctuated by Accordion, it is an energetic and vibrant piece which I know will be returned to by many listeners. It is however the piano performances within the score that tantalise and hypnotise, overall this is a recording you should own and I recommend it without reservation. The composer has worked on numerous projects all of varying genres, he has been particularly successful in re scoring silent movies and is known for his film scores, sound design and music for theatre. His music for VAN GOGH OF WHEAT FIELDS AND CLOUDED SKIES is a masterful work has affiliation’s to and evokes the styles and sounds as created by the likes of Morricone, Bacalov, Frisina and at times Vangelis. The soundtrack will be released on Sony music. Also check out his soundtracks for, WATER LILLIES-MONET-THE MAGIC OF WATER AND LIGHT and HITLER VS PICASSO AND OTHERS.