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Bruno Monsaingeon has dedicated a great part of his life to directing movies about the greatest musicians of our times (Gould, Richter, Menuhin, Oïstrakh…), sharing with us his passionate vision of artists. His last movie, which has already won awards in several festivals, is an intimate portrait of the non-conformist pianist Piotr Anderszewski. Somewhere between documentary and fiction, this rail-road-movie's setting is a winter journey through Poland to Budapest, on a train in which the pianist has taken his grand piano with him… In this movie, Piotr Anderszewski gives us his most inner thoughts and doubts about music and this special train ride through the land of his childhood, revealing his true nature, generous but tormented. A brilliant film by Bruno Monsaingeon, utterly poetic and deeply emotional, inviting us to join the journey. Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski is widely regarded as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation. Since first coming to public attention at the 1990 Leeds Piano Competition, he has become a familiar figure on the international concert platform, recognised for the intensity and originality of his interpretations. His solo engagements in 2009 include recitals at Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Symphony Center, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Royal Festival Hall, London.There will be further recitals in Rome, Cologne, St Petersburg and Paris.
Region Code: NTSC 0
Picture Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats: PCM-STEREO
Subtitles: English, French, German, Polish
Disc Format: DVD9
Number of Discs: 1
Run Time: 83 mins
“…Anderszewski's personal reflections on the music that means the most to him prove to be absolutely fascinating, and one is drawn irresistibly to his restless way of looking at the world. There are some wonderful performances too - Szymanowski with his violinist sister Dorota, excerpts from a rehearsal of the Brahms D minor Piano Concerto with Gustavo Dudamel and the Philharmonia, as well as Bach, Chopin and Mozart, the composer with whom Anderszewski most closely identifies.”
Awards Issue 2009
“Suitably subtitled "Unquiet Traveller", this DVD is a dazzling portrait of a pianist rapidly acquiring cult status. Anderszewski… speaks movingly of his greatest loves, of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Szymanowski and, most of all, Mozart. There are superb examples of Bach (a razor-sharp Gigue from the First Partita), Mozart, Beethoven (the recording sessions for the First Concerto), Chopin, Schumann and Szymanowski, all played and described with a breathless and romantic wish to communicate at a bewildering number of different levels.”
11th December 2009
“Photogenic and big-souled, Anderszewski proves utterly beguiling...It's touchingly beautiful...and Anderszewski's playing is to die for.”