The Florence Foster Jenkins Story

With Joyce DiDonato as Florence Foster Jenkins

Cinematic release (Germany) November 2016

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Cast: Joyce DiDonato, Adam Benzwi, Jan Rekeszus
Producer
: 3B-Produktion Berlin, Bernhard von Hülsen & Maria Willer
Director of Photography: Chris Valentien
Costumes and set design: Daria Kornysheva
Light design: Henning Blum
Editing & sound design: Frank Tschöke
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Tchaikovsky - Confessions of a Composer

ZDF/ARTE 2015

Starring Dirk Johnston as Tchaikovsky's lover

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+++ Winner of the ECHO Klassik Award 2016 +++

"A spectacular TV film for Tchaikovsky's 175th birthday." DIE WELT

"A radical psychogram." SIEGESSÄULE

Protagonists: Cameron Carpenter, Vladimir Malakhov, Philip Ross Bullock, Kadja Grönke, David Garcia u.a.
Producer: gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Christian Beetz
Editing & Sound design: Frank Tschöke
Camera: Tobias Albrecht, Jürgen Rehberg
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

THE WAGNER FILES

 
 
 

The Beethoven Files

WDR/ARTE 2013

Starring Lars Eidinger & Pheline Roggan

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Producer: gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Christian Beetz
Camera: Jürgen Rehberg
Editing: Johannes Nakajima
Author & Director: Hedwig Schmutte & Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

BEAUTY IS A CRIME

NDR/ARTE 2015

With Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Teodor Currentzis

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Music: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Editing & Sound Design: Frank Tschöke
DoP: Tobias Albrecht
Producer: 3B-Produktion
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Vocal Battle on the High Seas

ZDF/3sat 2013

Producer: Florianfilm, André Schäfer
Camera: Boris Fromageot
Editing: Uli Peschke
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

China's New Odeons

ZDF/3sat 2013

Protagonists: Meinhard von Gerkan, Hui He, Yu Zhang, Horst Kunkel, Yi Li, Lin Hongming, Peter Anders et al.
Producer: AVE, Bernhard von Hülsen
Camera: Tobias Albrecht
Editor: Uli Peschke
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Joyce DiDonato: DRAMA QUEENS

ZDF/ARTE 2012

Protagonists: Joyce DiDonato, Vivienne Westwood, Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Donna Leon, Alan Curtis et al.
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH, Florian Seelmann-Eggebert
Camera: Boris Fromageot, Johannes Greisle, Stephan Zwickirsch, Fabian Meyer, Wolfgang Lehnert
Editing & Sound design: Frank Tschöke
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Salut Salon: The Music Film

DVD film featuring chamber ensemble Salut Salon
DVD release April 25, 2012

Protagonists
: Angelika Bachmann, Iris Siegfried, Sonja Lena Schmid, Anne-Monika von Twardowski
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Camera: Boris Fromageot, Michael Boomers, Massimo Bonavia, Stephan Zwickirsch, Barbara Uliarczyk
Sound: David Kammerer
Editing & sound-design: Frank Tschöke
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Madrid - Zest for Life

RBB 2011

Protagonists: Gerard Mortier, Belén López u.a.
Producer: RBB
Camera: Stefan Logemann
Sound: Doris Renneberg
Editing: Ginny Lange
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Salut Salon - Quartet Without Borders

NDR/ARTE 2011

Protagonists: Angelika Bachmann, Iris Siegfried, Sonja Lena Schmid, Anne-Monika von Twardowski
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Reiner Bauer
Sound: Martin Pflüger
Editing & sound-design: Frank Tschöke
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Horsepower Performances - The Time Journey of the Pianist Markus Groh

SWR 2010

"Emotional roller coaster." MOZ

Protagonist: Markus Groh
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Frank Bergfeld
Sound
: Andreas Köppen
Editing & sound-design
: Frank Tschöke
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Cape of Good Voices – South Africa Hooked on Opera

NDR/ARTE 2010

Protagonists: Desmond Tutu, Michael Williams, Laurel Prast, Yandiswa Makade-Mayeki, Mlamli Lalapantsi, Arline Jaftha, Thamsanqa Khaba, Aubrey Lodewyk, Monika Voysey, Lesoko Seabe, July Zuma et al.
Producer
: Looks Film & TV
Cameras
: Michael Downie, Arthur West
Editing & Sound-design
: Frank Tschöke
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Donna Leon: Crime Novels from Venice

NDR/ARTE 2009

"Witty, creatively filmed and edited documentary." KURIER

Protagonists: Donna Leon, Alan Curtis, Geraldine McGreevy et al.
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Günther Benze, Reiner Bauer
Sound: Gisela Kraus
Editing & sound-design: Frank Tschöke
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger / Torsten Bohnet

 
 

Handel – Life of a Pop-Icon

NDR/ARD 2008. Supported by nordmedia Filmförderung

"Periwig loaded movie scenes." FAZ

Protagonists: Donna Leon, Joyce DiDonato, Alan Curtis, René Jacobs et al.
Cast: Joyce DiDonato, Matthias Wiebalck, Sebastian Madyda et al.
Narrator: Nicola Ransom
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Reiner Bauer
Sound: Martin Pflüger, Andreas Köppen
Editing & sound-design: Frank Tschöke
Assistant Director: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger

 
 

Handel in North Germany – A Star Composer’s Years of Travel

NDR 2009

Protagonists: Simone Young, Rolf Beck, Maite Beaumont, Musica Alta Ripa et al.
Cast: Sebastian Madyda, Ingo Paulick, Matthias Wiebalck, Levi Wessel et al.
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Günther Benze, Reiner Bauer
Sound: Gisela Kraus, Martin Pflüger
Editing & sound-design: Frank Tschöke
Assistant Director: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Anne-Sophie Mutter – Portrait of a Global Success

"Filmmaker Ralf Pleger shows the woman behind the artist." BILD

NDR/ARTE 2007

Protagonists: Anne-Sophie Mutter, André Previn, Roman Patkoló, Ye-Eun Choi et al.
Producer: dmfilm & TV Produktion
Director of Photography: Frank Bergfeld
Sound: Andreas Köppen
Editing & sound-design: Stephan Haase
Research & P.A.: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger

 
 

The Maestro-Maker – Jorma Panula and his Finnish Conducting School

+++ Winner of the Czech Crystal award as best music documentary
at the 2008 International TV Festival Golden Prague. +++

ZDF/3sat 2007

Protagonists: Jorma Panula, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Susanna Mälkki et al.
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Günther Benze
Sound: Gisela Kraus
Editing & sound-design: Frank Tschöke
Research & P.A.: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger

 
 

With Crown and Camera: The House of Welf's Secret Cinema

NDR 2006

Protagonists: Heinrich von Hannover et al.
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Hans-Jürgen Büsch
Editing & sound-design: Frank Tschöke
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger / Torsten Bohnet

 
 
 

Simone Young – To Hamburg from Downunder

"Insightful, clever portrait of a power-lady." DER SPIEGEL

NDR/ARTE 2005

Protagonists: Simone Young, Plácido Domingo, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Gasteen, Hanno Müller-Brachmann et al.
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Jan Kerhart
Editing & sound-design: Frank Tschöke
Research & P.A.: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger

 
 

Fate to Fado: A Musical Tour of Lisbon

NDR/ARD 2003

Protagonists
: Quinteto Amália, Cidália Moreira et al.
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Günther Benze
Sound: Gisela Kraus
Editing: Ute Kampmann
Research & P.A.: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger

 
 

Palermo: City of Music

NDR/ARD 2002

Protagonists: Stefan Anton Reck, Mimmo Cuticchio, Maqam et al.
Producer: Seelmannfilm GmbH
Director of Photography: Günther Benze
Sound: Gisela Kraus
Editing: Andrea Feldtmann
Research & P.A.: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger

 
 
 

Music in Istanbul: Where East Meets West

NDR/ARD 2001

Protagonists: Mehter Janissary Band, Nina Öger et al.
Director of Photography: Peter Pietrowski
Editing: Andrea Schröder-Jahn
Research & P.A.: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger / István Bury

 
 
 

The Berlin Philharmonic and its City

NDR/ARD 2000

Protagonists: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Editing: Inge Bohmann
Research & P.A.: Torsten Bohnet
Author & Director
: Ralf Pleger / István Bury

 
 
 

A Musical Tour of Krakow

NDR/ARD 1999

Protagonists: Krzysztof Penderecki, Elżbieta Penderecka et al.
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger / István Bury

 
 
 

St. Petersburg: City of Music

NDR/ARD 1996

Protagonists: Valery Gergiev et al.
Author & Director: Ralf Pleger / István Bury