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Alfred Brendel in Portrait / Simon Rattle
Alfred Brendel in Portrait / Simon Rattle
Actors: Alfred Brendel, Simon Rattle
Director: Mark Kidel
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2009     2hr 35min

Includes complete performances of: — Haydn Piano Sonata in E flat major, Hob. XVI/49 — Mozart Piano Sonata in C minor K. 457 — Schubert Impromptu No. 3 in G flat, D. 899 — Filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, UK, Ju...  more »

     
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Actors: Alfred Brendel, Simon Rattle
Director: Mark Kidel
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Classical, Documentary
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English, French, German

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Movie Reviews

Brendel as (pretty) endearing human
James M. Clark | Middletown, CT, USA | 06/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am not a big fan of Brensel's playing, which is true, but seems rude to mention. He is a very, very fine and dedicated pianist. Viewing these performances (and his very, very, fine DVD of the Liszt Annéea de Pelerinage) gave me more appreciation for the sharp angles that he prefers in interpretation. The concert DVD here is very well done, beyond any reasonable reproach and includes interpretations that bear repeated listening. I think it is obvious that anyone interested in the classical repertory can learn a great deal by listening, and listening with great concentration, to Brendel But the main reason I am happy to have bought this collection is the documentary about the pianist, in which he provides almost all the story of his life and opinions in well-filmed interviews on location in concert halls, in Germany and Austria, and at his home in England. Unlike, say, Horowits or Rubinstein (who was, I think, much more thoughtful than his public image allowed) or the contemporary star Lang Lang, Brendel is not a media sensation but simply an Eastern European intellectual classical pianist. He is not particularly aware of the media business in the public relations sense, and he has only disdain for the creation of a mythos based on eccentricity or glorification. He emerges as a very intelligent, very dedicated musician who found his natural element in the music of 18th and 19th century German culture, and whose only claim to celebrity is his dedicated, intelligent, subtle work of a lifetime spent in the service of this tradition. As a thoughtful and creative person, he has written essays and poetry (his essays on music are published and very, very much worthwhile reading for classical music fans, only a couple get technical about the music at all, and those are worth unravelling for the dedicated amateur), but Brensel's main means of expression is the piano. Seeing the man behind these interpretations may allow you to understand and admire those interpretations even more. I know that this terrific film had that effect on me."