The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century

Overview

Eighteen of the world's most accomplished pianists share their talents in this collection of performances. Interviews and commentary are interspersed with archival television and film appearances of pianists such as Vladimir Horowitz, Ignace Paderewski, Rachmaninoff, Plante, Richter, and Gould. Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Barenboim, and Evgeny Kissin provide insights into these performers' personal and professional lives.
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Overview

Eighteen of the world's most accomplished pianists share their talents in this collection of performances. Interviews and commentary are interspersed with archival television and film appearances of pianists such as Vladimir Horowitz, Ignace Paderewski, Rachmaninoff, Plante, Richter, and Gould. Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Barenboim, and Evgeny Kissin provide insights into these performers' personal and professional lives.
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Spanning a century of keyboard virtuosity, The Art of Piano offers priceless mementos of great pianists from Ignaz Jan Paderewski to Glenn Gould. In a format as entertaining as it is educational, this video (broadcast on PBS stations) includes vintage film and video clips, interviews, and commentary by contemporary pianists such as Evgeny Kissin and Daniel Barenboim. Pianophiles will relish the chance to see many of the idols who are normally only heard in recordings in action: Josef Hofmann punching out Rachmaninov's C-sharp Minor Prelude with elemental force; György Cziffra's hands in a blur of energy performing Liszt's "Grand Galop Chromatique"; Alfred Cortot instructing a student to "dream this piece, not play it"; and Glenn Gould vocalizing along with Bach. Historical events frame some of the memorable scenes, such as Emil Gilels playing for Russian soldiers on the front lines in 1943, while a continent away Myra Hess plays Mozart during the Battle of Britain. Some of the most astonishing images are taken from a 1928 silent film that captures the hands of Anton Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, and Wilhelm Backhaus at normal speed and in slow motion. Somehow, the essence of each of these diverse personalities comes across simply through the approach and play of their fingers at the keyboard. Visual impressions aside, the music comes through loud and clear. Although longer concertos and sonatas are heard only in excerpts, several shorter etudes and preludes are allowed to unfold in their entirety. (For those eager to hear more, The Art of Piano has also been released as a three-CD set.) With its abundance of history and music, this delightful program will whet any viewer's appetite for deeper exploration of the legacy of recorded piano music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • UPC: 032031473294
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,896

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Donald Sturrock Director, Screenwriter
Pierre-Olivier Bardet Executive Producer
Christian Labrande Screenwriter
Clive Sugars Executive Producer
Stephen Wright Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Art of Piano
1. Introduction [3:23]
2. Ignaz Jan Paderewski [4:11]
3. Josef Hofmann [2:24]
5. Sergei Rachmaninoff [2:23]
6. Benno Moiseiwitsch [2:38]
8. Vladimir Horowitz [3:07]
11. György Cziffra [2:09]
13. Myra Hess [1:42]
15. Artur Rubinstein [4:32]
17. Francis Planté [:56]
18. Alfred Cortot [3:35]
20. Wilhelm Backhaus [4:00]
21. Edwin Fischer [3:42]
23. Emil Gilels [2:44]
25. Sviatoslav Richter [2:44]
27. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli [1:42]
29. Glenn Gould [2:06]
32. Claudio Arrau [2:51]
35. Annie Fischer [1:53]
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Disc #1 -- The Art of Piano
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