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Hot on the heels of Nelsons’ appointment as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra comes this 52-minute film-portrait – an attempt to show what makes the 34-year old Birmingham-based conductor tick.

A local hero in his native Latvia, he comes across as an über-workaholic (10 cities a month, despite fear of flying) with few depths. Beyond its promotional veneer, the DVD communicates the quasi-manic enthusiasm for music that has powered Nelsons’ career so far.

Andris Nelsons

Genius on Fire

A film by Astrid Bscher

(Orfeo)

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