A Surprise in Texas

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Overview

After establishing himself as one of America's leading classical pianists, Van Cliburn set out to help young musicians get the exposure they deserve, and in 1962 the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas held the first Cliburn Competition, a contest to find the world's best new classical pianists between the ages of 18 and 30. The competition is held every four years, and filmmaker Peter Rosen offers a look into the workings of the festival in the documentary A Surprise In Texas. The film profiles three of ...
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Overview

After establishing himself as one of America's leading classical pianists, Van Cliburn set out to help young musicians get the exposure they deserve, and in 1962 the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas held the first Cliburn Competition, a contest to find the world's best new classical pianists between the ages of 18 and 30. The competition is held every four years, and filmmaker Peter Rosen offers a look into the workings of the festival in the documentary A Surprise In Texas. The film profiles three of the competition's finalists: Evgeni Bozhanov from Bulgaria, Eduard Kunz from Russia and Nobuyuki Tsujii from Japan. For the finalists more than bragging rights are at stake -- the winners of the Cliburn Competition get cash prizes, recording contracts and international concert tours with three years of management from a leading firm in the classical field. In A Surprise In Texas, we hear these gifted performers as they demonstrate the talent that brought them to Fort Worth, watch them interact with a new and unfamiliar culture, and reveal their working methods, a particularly unusual matter for Tsujii, who has been blind since birth. A Surprise In Texas was an official selection at the 2010 Palm Beach International Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • UPC: 880242581686
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: Euroarts
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Deutsche, Français
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,794

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nobuyuki Tsujii Participant
Haochen Zhang Participant
Yeol Eum Son Participant
James Conlon Conductor
Technical Credits
Peter Rosen Director, Camera Operator, Editor, Producer
Bob Jorissen Editor
Sara Lukinson Screenwriter
Ginny Martin Camera Operator
Molly McBride Co-producer
Karen McLaughlin Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Rodzinski Executive Producer
Joel Shapiro Camera Operator
Brian Williams Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Surprise in Texas
1. Once Every Four Years [7:59]
2. Round 1: Solo at the Piano [15:25]
3. The Jury Deliberates [2:46]
4. Round 2: Playing with Others [13:31]
5. The Second Solo Performance [6:56]
6. The Jury Chooses 6 [4:43]
7. The Conductor [5:52]
8. 5 Days Of Rehearsal [10:12]
9. Waiting for the Finals [17:56]
10. The Final Judgement [7:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Surprise in Texas
   Play
   Chapters
   Languages
      English
      Deutsch
      Français
   Bonus
      Performances of the Three Medalists
         Nobuyuki Tsujii (Gold Medalist)
            Franz Liszt: La Campanella
            Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
         Haochen Zhang (Gold Medalist)Igor Stravinsky: Three Movements from "Petrushka"
            l Danse Russe
            ll Chéz Pétroucka
            lll La Semaine Grasse
         Yeol Eum Son (Silver Medalist)
            Franz Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole
      Trailers
         The Art Of Chopin
         Stephen Kovacevich Plays Bach, Schumann and Beethoven
         Nobel Prize Concert 2009
         Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier l & ll
   Resume
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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Compelling & Moving

    If you enjoy piano music you will love this DVD. It showcases the events of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. You see the dedication, hard work and intense moments that make this competition a world-wide phenomenon. I have to admit,I was slightly disappointed that the anchor had trouble pronouncing well-known composers names correctly and I would have enjoyed more piano music and less "reality TV" moments. Overall, this is a compelling, moving DVD that anyone who plays piano will appreciate or those who simply enjoy piano music will delight in.

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