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Claudio Arrau: The Emperor
Claudio Arrau The Emperor
Actor: Claudio Arrau
Director: Peter Rosen
Genres: Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
UR     2001     1hr 25min

During a career which spanned more than eighty years, Claudio Arrau performed this masterpiece with virtually all of the world's great orchestras. This program begins with a moving documentary which traces the life of this...  more »


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Actor: Claudio Arrau
Director: Peter Rosen
Genres: Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Classical, Documentary, Biography
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/30/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Great pianist, poor presentation
(2 out of 5 stars)

"While it is a pleasure to have another Arrau performance of Beethoven's 5th piano concerto, the presentation is disappointing. First of all there are about 40 minutes introduction, with a montage of interviews, rehearsals and so on, with a devastating commentary. Afterwards you get a hum-drum performance with a rather mediocre orchestra, tiny sound and not much of a concept. But what is really annoying about this disc? Well, there's a gap between sound and image, a gap of less than a second, to be sure, but enough for a distraction from the presentation. Finally I chose to switch off my tv and preferred to listen only."
Sublimity on Disc
Lawrence Russ | United States | 05/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What you have on this disc is a transcendant musician playing a transcendant piece of music by a transcendant composer. Arrau's depth and superb technique were peculiarly suited to Beethoven's work, and Arrau had no equal in the second half of the 20th century when it came to playing Beethoven's greatest works for piano (please, don't tell me about Brendel's brilliant but cold ruminations -- this music requires spiritual as well as intellectual depth). In this recorded performance, Arrau, who never played without intense concentration and commitment, transmits the added inspiration of playing before his fellow countrymen for the first time after a decades-long absence from his native Chile."
A facinating DVD. Highly recommended.
Anton Karidian | Toronto | 04/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just saw this DVD recently and my copy was fine. I didn't notice the sound being out of synch with the picture. Maybe the early batches were faulty. I find the picture and sound quality very acceptable. In addition to the performance a full length documentary is generously included (i.e. snippets of him giving a master class to young students) on Arrau's career and his return to Chile for the performance his trademark piece. The videography is dyamic. There are various shots and angles of the Arrau as well as the orchestra and conductor.
Not a slick Deutsche Grammophon style production, but certainly more honest and interesting."
Out of Synch!
SuperKike | Tucson | 04/01/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)

"For pianists hoping to watch Arrau's hands in this concerto, be warned, because the sound is out of synch with the video by about a second, rendering this DVD useless in my opinion."