The Florence Foster Jenkins Story

With Joyce DiDonato as Florence Foster Jenkins

Cinematic release (Germany) November 2016

"A wonderful story of megalomania and passion." RBB STILBRUCH

"An artful mix of documentary and drama." SPIEGEL ONLINE

"Multi-faceted, entertaining and insightful." GALA

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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