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German Record Critics' Prize for RHYTHM IS IT!

After the RHYTHM IS IT! DVD was in the jury's list of best productions in 2005, the RHYTHM IS IT! 3-Disc Collector's Edition won the German record critics' prestigious annual prize in 2006.

The German record critics’ prize was initiated in 1980 by a group of record critics, who then joined as an independent registered association in 1988. It looks back on the tradition of the first German record critics’ prize, which had been initiated in 1963 by the Bielefeld publisher Richard Kaselowsky.

The aim of the prize is to draw public attention to outstanding music and DVD releases. Prize-winners are chosen by a jury of specialists writing in German, either by the jury directly or by its annual committee.

In 2006 the German Association of Record Critics chose altogether ten productions as prize-winners. The prestigious prize was handed over on Saturday, the 18th November, at 7 p.m., at the traditional annual presentation in the Music Instrument Museum in Berlin, together with the three honorary documents.

BOOMTOWNMEDIA feels very honored receiving the prize for RHYTHM IS IT! as best DVD production of the year.

From the jury’s justification:

Thrilling pictures by Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez document the meeting of the world-famous orchestra with youngsters from so-called problematic milieus. The film focuses on secondary school pupils in Berlin who for the first time get to know classical music and who, in dancing to the fiery rhythms of Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacré du printemps’, gradually unleash their own potential. An Herculean task of teaching is taken in hand by the choreographer Royston Maldoom who, in the course of rehearsals rich in conflict, manages to increase the pupils’ self-confidence. This extensive documentation intimately reveals these processes without, however, pandering to false hopes. It shows that such maverick initiatives may help a few youngsters to begin and continue to use their untapped potential but that single initiatives cannot heal a general social malaise. Moreover the film stimulates discussion about new ways in which institutions of high culture may counter a growing suspicion among plebs that they are only museum pieces.