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

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Art of Violin: The Devil's Instrument - Transcending the Violin is part of the PBS series Art. The film contains footage of some of the most respected violinists of the twentieth century performing some of the most recognizable pieces in the classical cannon. Included is footage of such masters as Joseph Szigeti, Yehudi Menhuin, and David Oistrakh. The DVD release of the film offers a detailed guide to all of the musical selections.
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Overview

Art of Violin: The Devil's Instrument - Transcending the Violin is part of the PBS series Art. The film contains footage of some of the most respected violinists of the twentieth century performing some of the most recognizable pieces in the classical cannon. Included is footage of such masters as Joseph Szigeti, Yehudi Menhuin, and David Oistrakh. The DVD release of the film offers a detailed guide to all of the musical selections.
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Editorial Reviews

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  • 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
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • UPC: 032031463998
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Français, Español, Japanese
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,589

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Bruno Monsaingeon Director, Screenwriter
Pierre-Olivier Bardet Producer
Clive Sugars Producer
Stephen Wright Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Art of Violin
1. Introduction/Introducción [2:07]
2. Opening Sequence/Séquence Initiale Secuencia Inicial [2:04]
6. Paganini [2:33]
7. Szigeti [1:59]
9. Elman [5:12]
10. Heifetz [2:49]
13. Milstein [3:10]
16. Francescatti [1:08]
18. Child Prodigies/Enfants Prodiges Prodigios Infantiles [2:48]
22. Ysaye [1:57]
24. Enescu [1:24]
25. Kreisler [2:39]
26. Neveu [2:02]
28. Thibaud [2:15]
30. Stern [2:02]
32. Stradivarius & Guarnerius [4:18]
34. Szerying [1:33]
36. Playing Styles/Styles De Lecture Estilos De Interpretación [1:28]
38. Oistrakh [1:39]
42. Menuhin [1:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Art of Violin
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   Chapters
      The Devil's Instrument
      Transcending the Violin
   Subtitles
      English
      Korean
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