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Mozart in the Jungle Touché Maestro, Touché (2014–2018) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Comedy / Drama / Music
Original Title: Touché Maestro, Touché
Director: Jason Schwartzman
Writers: Alex Timbers,Roman Coppola
Released: 2014–2018
Duration: 31min
Video type: TV Episode
Guest cellist, Andrew Walsh (Dermot Mulroney) invites Hailey out to see Lang Lang play, and gives her, her first real glimpse inside the world of classical music's elite crew. Thomas and Rodrigo enjoy a rare guys night in and end up in a tent in a living room, exploring the farthest corners of their minds. Gloria proves she is more than she appears.
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Kirke Lola Kirke - Hailey Rutledge
Saffron Burrows Saffron Burrows - Cynthia Taylor
Bernadette Peters Bernadette Peters - Gloria Windsor
Dermot Mulroney Dermot Mulroney - Andrew Walsh
Malcolm McDowell Malcolm McDowell - Thomas Pembridge
Gael García Bernal Gael García Bernal - Rodrigo De Souza
Mark Blum Mark Blum - Union Bob
Lang Lang Lang Lang - Lang Lang
Emanuel Ax Emanuel Ax - Emanuel Ax
Joshua Bell Joshua Bell - Joshua Bell
Alan Gilbert Alan Gilbert - Alan Gilbert
Andrew Andrew Andrew Andrew - Andrew Andrew
Ken Barnett Ken Barnett - Christophe
Daniel Breaker Daniel Breaker - Virgil
John Miller John Miller - Dee Dee

Dermot Mulroney is not only a talented actor but a gifted cellist. In fact, this is actually him playing in this scene! Dermot has played on numerous film scores including JURASSIC WORLD and INSIDE OUT. In 2009 he attended the Acadamy Awards as an orchestra member.

After the table read, Gael came to the writers to express his concern that the scene wasn't pushing the characters far enough--he thought the characters shouldn't just be talking about life or music, but everything. Jason and Alex Timbers played with writing it out but decided to try something the show hadn't done before and let the actors improvise. They made a list of prompts, then Jason and Roman held up cue cards with prompts like "DEATH" for the actors to go anywhere they wanted, all in one forty-five minute take.

Not surprisingly, finding a day when Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, and Alan Gilbert--all classical music elite--were all in New York and available was like a Tetris puzzle. The party scene had to be shot almost a month after the rest of the episode. It was one of the best days of Jason's life. He said "Seeing Lang Lang and Joshua Bell hanging out in the corner of a bar in Brooklyn" was why he was doing the show, for moments like that. He added "Everyone was so cool and totally happy to embrace being out of their element." Jason said that after working with Emanuel Ax, he hopes Emanuel can adopt him because "he's the greatest and made me laugh. Every single take was just funnier and funnier and better and better than the one before."

This particular day the earpieces malfunctioned an each person heard things at slightly different times. Gael conducted and the orchestra followed his cues, however, due to the technical glitch the players were out of sync. The error was quickly solved but it proved to be a significant insight into Gael's prowess. Dermot noted to director Jason Schwartzman that the orchestra followed along with Gael's movements perfectly, rather than just following the music..he had truly become their maestro.

The Ping Pong scene originally featured the musicians bowling. Lang Lang suggested Ping Pong because he actually does play to unwind and said realistically the musicians wouldn't go bowling because of the risk of injury to their hands. Like the tent scene, Lang Lang and Joshua Bell played for ten minutes while the cameras rolled.

The song in the Ping Pong scene is "Veridis Quo" by Daft Punk. One of Jason's all-time favorites, he said he listens to it at the supermarket because it makes shopping feel romantic and keeps you focused--you can't fall out of beat. He and editor Peter Hagen cut the scene to this song before knowing if they'd get the rights to use it but put all their eggs in the Daft Punk basket and got lucky.

The producers wanted to invent their own strange drug for Rodrigo and Thomas and thought the first attempt looked a little too much like marijuana, so they asked propmaster Michael Cory to make it "40% bright red gummy bear type stuff, 30% mushroomy brown Raisinets type stuff and 30% green as you have it."

Lang Lang's representatives told the producers he would love to play if they wanted him too and of course they did, going with his suggestion: "Hungarian Rhapsody". It was the last scene after a long day of Ping Pong and bowling and they only had time for one take. He sat and played it in one fell swoop, the crew all gathered around in awe of the beauty and ability of the world's greatest pianist performing right next to them.

The producers wanted Dermot Mulroney to guest star in the first season, but story-wise it didn't make sense. Once the second season was confirmed, bringing him in as a guest cellist was one of the first things that went up on the board.

To find the right speakers for Gloria's apartment, Jason and production designer Tomasso Ortino went back and forth emailing each other the craziest sound systems they could find for inspiration, but they couldn't find any they were happy with (meaning huge enough). They wanted something bigger. Jason: "the idea was that Gloria bought these speakers 30 years ago. At the time, they were top of the line. Most likely she could get them replaced by something smaller and perhaps with Bluetooth, but doesn't have the time". Tommaso ended up building a set of shells that stood about 15 feet tall.

When filming scenes which involve complicated music performances it is best to have the music pre-recorded, this insures that every take is the same tempo. The music is then pumped through special in-ear monitors worn by key members of the orchestra and Gael.

Bernadette Peters rendition of "C'mon to my House" sounded exactly like Peggy Lee version when singing "Fever."



Reviews: [2]

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    Zaryagan

    Because of the softball team disobeying orders, Betty damages her fingers and now Hailey will be going to Mexico. This episode is pretty much about the partying and carrying on that is taking place everywhere. Hailey goes out with and sleeps with the handsome cellist. While they are out, they run into Lang Lang (an incredible pianist), Emmanuel Ax, and Joshua Bell. They go bowling, of all things. It is a light, happy sort of episode and great fun to see those musicians. I saw Lang Lang at the Kennedy Center a year or so ago and he is amazing. Hailey is getting more and more conflicted about her relationships. As her boyfriend goes off to Florida to do a reality show, she doesn't seem all that upset.
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    LivingCross

    So we're onto season 2 of "Mozart in the Jungle" now! MIJ is a great show – it has perfect casting, witty scripts, great actors and screenwriters who try to unsuccessfully imagine how the classical music scene works. Actually it sometimes even adds to the fun that they don't have a clue, as we become witnesses to scenes and dialogue that would never happen in real life. Isn't that what TV is about?

    But as it is fun to nitpick here is a rundown of all the mistakes in season 2, episode by episode .

    (Moritz Eggert) 1) OK, the movement that Dermot Mulroney (the cellist) makes at 1:04 is very, very weird. Is this an outtake that they used? On the other hand I have to say that his cello playing – faking is so far the most convincing musician imitation that we had in the series. Perhaps he really took lessons? 2) The applause gets even lauder than the one for the soloist at 1:38 when the orchestra gets up. Very unusual – and kind of insulting to the soloist. Dermot should be sulking.

    3) "I see you've been working on your molto sul ponticello" is quite a strange comment to make by Rodrigo (sul ponticello just means you bow closer to the bridge on a string instrument). It's like saying "I see you've been working on your hammer lifting skills" to a building worker. But perhaps that's exactly the joke.

    4) What a nice cellist – giving individual compliments to players after the gig (who he seems to remember by name as well). Most modern cellists immediately vanish to their dressing room immediately – the concert is usually not finished after they play and they either go to the restaurant already or take a plane to the next city.

    5) "Your performance tonight was magnificent" (2:30). Eh Rodrigo didn't actually "perform", he only waved a baton.

    6) Rodrigo's assistant's behaviour is plain bizarre – carrying the cookie tray wherever the maestro goes, bowing deeply when the cellist talks to him. If only real life assistants where like that – usually they are upstarts who would love nothing more than taking the place of the conductor.

    7) And again – why does the show seem to end after the cello concerto? It is extremely uncommon to put instrumental concertos at the end of a show, but Rodrigo seems to love doing that again and again 8) 3:35 "The East Germans with their obsession of Urtext". OK, allow me a small historical excursion here: Even though the attempt to go back to the facsimile (composer's manuscript) sources when creating new editions of classical works can be indeed traced to the Peters-Verlag in Leipzig the word "Urtext" was actually first used by the Henle-Verlag from Munich (not in East Germany). There was never a particular obsession with "Urtext" in East Germany, in fact the publishers there had usually difficulties to look at particular source material because of the isolation of East Germany in DDR times. "Urtext" was and is employed by publishers all over Europe, not particularly in East Germany. Boring historical excursion end.

    9) 3:45 The cellist greets and kisses Cynthia as if he hasn't seen her in ages, but in fact they just performed on stage together (including at least 2 rehearsals before the show). Has he just walked by her with a blank face until then? 10) I love the idea of Immanuel Ax and Lang Lang playing games in this seedy bar, but why is Hayley dumbstruck when she talks to Ax but basically is easy going next to Lang Lang? Ax is the better pianist, that's why  How much did Lang Lang's agency pay for the ping pong paddle shot, I wonder? 11) Malcolm McDowell, it's always fun watching you! 12) 11:10, Hayley doesn't recognize Joshua Bell? He just played with her orchestra last season! Oh, the memory of drug-addled musicians 13) The timer in the background of the two Maestros drug-hazed conversation creates all kinds of continuity problems. At 13:13 it say 2:52, at 13:15 it says 9:53, at 13:17 it says 10:00. It seems like they have entered another dimension altogether.

    14) I love how drug-fueled Rodrigo imagines conducting the oboe section when there are actually no oboes playing in the music (19:25) 15) 27:20: kudos to Lang Lang really performing this on a bad upright-piano, wrong notes and dodgy sound included. Impressive showmanship! It's always good if these shows contain stretches of really live recorded music (like "Tremé"), and this is the case here.

    16) And kudos to Jason Schwartzman for directing one of the most experimental episodes so far! 17) But again: the idea of high-class and famous musicians like Bell, Lang Lang, Ax, etc. meeting up by chance in a New York bar and spending the evening together for such a long time is quite ludicrous. Even if they had played a concert together (which in this combo would be weird) they would probably have to catch a plane or something. The life of a classical musician is not as glamorous and easy-going as "Mozart in the Jungle" makes it out to be