Imperfect Harmony

Carmen Cobos, 76 min, Netherlands.

In Imperfect Harmony we follow Andriessen and Jansons closely, witnessing the final days of their strained relationship. With barely a week of rehearsals before the world première, they must attempt to reconcile their radically differing sensibilities. But is it possible for an austere, intuitive minimalist to compromise with a conductor steeped in a German Romantic repertoire, or will he end up playing the second fiddle? Will the concert be judged as Andriessen's capitulation to the establishment or as a vindication of his entire career? And will they overcome their musical differences? At times the outcome is far from certain.