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This documentary pays tribute to Chopin’s art to his highly original writing and show how much of a contribution it made to 20th century music and modern-day piano music.
To this end we are combining two approaches: a narrative approach with a biographical account, which focuses on the composer’s most creative periods. And an analytical approach with first-hand accounts by some of the greatest performers of his works. Among them: Garrick Ohlsson, Bella Davidovich, Evgeny Kissin, Piotr Anderszewski and Yuja Wang.
The first approach captures Chopin’s genius in his time by evoking his life, his work, his existential concerns and his musical influences.
The second approach, which forms the mainstay of this documentary, conveys the passion artists have for performing Chopin and their understanding of his music today, which appears to be so easy and is yet so difficult to play.
Filmed archives of prestigious pianists, some of whom are no longer with us, complete this portrait of Chopin’s art.
Bonus: full concert programme including both Chopin Concertos with Garrick Ohlsson and the Warsaw Philharmonic under the baton of Antoni Wit.
Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sounds formats DVD Documentary: PCM Stereo
Sounds formats DVD Concert: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0
Original Language: English
Subtitle Languages: English, Français, Deutsch, Polski, Japanese
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: DVD 1: 53 min (documentary, DVD2: 82 min (performance)
“A perceptive look at Chopin, 'anchored' by Garrick Ohlsson but including footage of the young Krystian Zimmerman and an old Arthur Rubinstein.”
“the first disc is a valuable reminder of Chopin's character and uniqueness; worth it alone for the clips of several extraordinary performances.”
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