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Art of Violin: The Devil's Instrument - Transcending the Violin
     

The Art of Violin: The Devil's Instrument - Transcending the Violin

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The violin, one of the most beautiful musical instruments, and the people who have mastered it are the subjects of this fascinating documentary that aired originally on PBS. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio. English, French, and Russian soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French,

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The violin, one of the most beautiful musical instruments, and the people who have mastered it are the subjects of this fascinating documentary that aired originally on PBS. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio. English, French, and Russian soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, Spanish, and Japanese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a detailed look at the over 20 classical pieces performed during the body of the film. This is an outstanding disc for anyone with a budding interest in classical music.

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
  • "I don't know what 'difficult' means," says Nathan Milstein in The Art of the Violin. "Either you can play or you can't." This may seem an arrogant statement, yet in the context of this documentary, it is more like an honest declaration of fact. All of the great violinists we see and hear have technique to burn; it is their differences in style and personality that are the focus here. The footage is precious and tantalizing -- Szigeti, Elman, Heifetz, Milstein, Francescatti, Thibaud, Stern, Szeryng, Menuhin, and others. One wishes there were more of it -- much more. Equally valuable, though, is the commentary by contemporary masters of the instrument, particularly by Ivry Gitlis and Itzhak Perlman. We share in their wonder as they encounter the playing of their forebears, and their insights add considerably to our enjoyment. Bruno Monsaingeon's film is a noble companion to the others in this fascinating series from NVC Arts: The Art of the Piano, The Art of Singing, and the two volumes of The Art of Conducting: Great Conductors of the Past and Legendary Conductors of a Golden Era.
  • Barnes & Noble
  • After riffing on the ivories for their excellent Art of Piano, PBS moved onto a more malevolent muse: the violin. Wielded by the likes of Nero, Old Scratch, and Jack Benny, the instrument has inspired controversy and virtuosity in equal measure, becoming the staple of classical music soon after its invention. Art of Violin, directed by Bruno Monsaigeon, is a group portrait -- painted through meticulously restored archival films -- of the finest players of the 20th century. They're all here -- Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, Joseph Szigeti, Fritz Kreisler, and many more. With commentary by Itzhak Perlman, Hilary Hahn, Laurent Kocia and Yehudi Menuhin. The performers are as follows, with the pieces noted in parentheses:
    --Alexander Markov (Paganini: Caprice No. 24)
    --Ivry Gitlis (Paganini: Concerto No. 2, Campanella)
    --Ruggiero Ricci (Paganini: Variations on "God Save the King");
    --Joseph Szigeti (Drdla: Souvenir, Schubert: The Bee)
    --Jasche Heifetz (Paganini: Caprice No. 24, Wieniawsky: Polonaise in D major, Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D major)
    --Nathan Milstein (J.S. Bach: Sonata in C major, Brahms: Concerto in D major)
    --Eugene Ysaye (Ysaye: Sonata No. 2, Les Furies)
    --Frits Kreisler (Kreisler: Liebesleid)
    --David Oistrakh (Franck: Sonata in A major, J.S. Bach: Concerto for two violins, Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1, Cadenza)
    --Yehudi Menuhin (J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, Erbarme dich)
  • Product Details

    Release Date:
    11/13/2001
    UPC:
    0685738580125
    Original Release:
    2001
    Rating:
    NR
    Source:
    NVC ARTS
    Region Code:
    1
    Sound:
    [Dolby Digital, monaural]
    Time:
    1:53:00

    Special Features

    [None specified]

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    Scene Index

    Side #1 --
    0. Chapters
    0. The Devil's Instrument
    1. Introduction
    2. Opening Sequence
    6. Paganini
    7. Szigeti
    9. Elman
    10. Heifetz
    13. Milstein
    16. Francescatti
    18. Child Prodigies
    0. Transcending the Violin
    22. Ysaÿe
    24. Enescu
    25. Kreisler
    26. Neveu
    28. Thibaud
    30. Stern
    32. Stradivarius & Guarnerius
    34. Szeryng
    36. Playing Styles
    38. Oistrakh
    42. Menuhin

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