Pianomania

Overview

The piano is one of the fundamental instruments of classical music -- and one of the most complicated. A piano is an elaborate arrangement of mechanics and acoustics that requires proper maintenance to sound its best, and world-class pianists demand that the instruments they play be in proper condition before performing a concert or beginning a recording session. Stephan Knüpfer is a piano technician affiliated with Steinway & Sons, one of the world's most respected piano manufacturers, and he spends his days...
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Overview

The piano is one of the fundamental instruments of classical music -- and one of the most complicated. A piano is an elaborate arrangement of mechanics and acoustics that requires proper maintenance to sound its best, and world-class pianists demand that the instruments they play be in proper condition before performing a concert or beginning a recording session. Stephan Knüpfer is a piano technician affiliated with Steinway & Sons, one of the world's most respected piano manufacturers, and he spends his days working with musicians and their instruments, helping put the pianos in tune for major concerts at venues around the world. Filmmaker Robert Cibis and Lilian Franck present a portrait of Stephan Knüpfer and his career caring for pianos in the documentary Pianomania. In addition to his work with noted touring musicians, the film deals with the finer points of keeping a piano in tune including heat, humidity, and the conditions of the hall and his work with Pierre-Laurent Aimard as he prepares to record a collection of Bach fugues. Pianomania was an official selection at the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival.
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Special Features

Director Q&A
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • UPC: 720229914987
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,083

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephan Knupfer Participant
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Participant
Lang Lang Participant
Alfred Brendel Participant
Till Fellner Participant
Technical Credits
Robert Cibis Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Lilian Franck Director, Screenwriter
Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson Sound/Sound Designer
Michele Barbin Editor
Benedikt David Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Lucassen Producer
Ina Nikolow Sound/Sound Designer
Jerzy Palacz Cinematographer
Sabine Panossian Sound/Sound Designer
Ebba Sinzinger Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pianomania
1. A Seat For Lang Lang [5:33]
2. Piano 245 [11:42]
3. The Perfect Tone [8:13]
4. Piano 109 [11:45]
5. From Beach to Brahms [8:29]
6. Mozart Hall Antics [7:35]
7. The Sound of Dust [14:04]
8. Recording Aimard [12:52]
9. Dreams Come True [11:03]
10. End Credits [1:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pianomania
   Play
   Chapters
   Audio Setup
      2.0 Stereo
      5.1 Surround
   Director Q&A
   First Run Features
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