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PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 155 MINS
SOUND: DOLBY SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
This 2-DVD set includes a 50-minute recital of Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in July 2000, and an illuminating 70-minute documentary that chronicles his childhood and early influences, and in which he speaks about his views and ideas.
“A wonderfully warm and detailed picture of the great pianist...a superlative production throughout...Brendel in Portrait is an exemplary DVD”
“The main element in this double-disc tribute is the 70-minute portrait, 'Man and Mask', directed for television by Mark Kidel. This takes the great pianist to many of the haunts of his early life, as well as showing him relaxing at home in Hampstead. His first recital came in Graz in 1948, and received glowing notices, when he concentrated on works with fugues, including the Brahms Handel Variations and a sonata of his own which boasted a doublefugue at the end. In Vienna he recalls making his first recording for Vox, a coupling of Balakirev's Islamey, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Stravinsky's Petrushka suite. Later, on the day after his début at Queen Elizabeth Hall, he had offers of recording contracts from three major companies. All this is amplified by clips from archive performances and a separate half-hour conversation with Sir Simon Rattle in rehearsal for Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 4, offering fascinating revelations from both pianist and conductor. On the second disc comes a recital recorded at The Maltings, Snape, crowning this revealing issue with masterly performances of three of Brendel's favourite works.”
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