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Piano Grand! A Smithsonian Celebration
Piano Grand A Smithsonian Celebration
Actors: Billy Joel, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Diana Krall
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2000     1hr 56min


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Actors: Billy Joel, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Diana Krall
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Concerts, Pop, Rock & Roll, Joel, Billy, Classical
Studio: Sony
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/03/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2000
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Wayne S. Crooker | Danforth, Me United States | 02/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this presentation on PBS TV. Unfortunatly, I did not see it all but was determined to "See It All". The opening by Billy Joel alone is worth the DVD. His greatest recording ever of "Piano Man" If you think you have heard it before, forget it. This performence will bring tears to your eyes beleive me.The rest of the program will give you a cross-section of great Pianists like nothing else you have seen. From the Classics to "Dianne Krall" This is an absolute "Must Have DVD" for the piano enthusiast. Period."
The best of the best
R. Heitner | Elk Grove, CA | 06/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Short review because I have nothing but the best things to say about this package. If you are a true piano jazz fan like myself, this is a must own dvd. Buy it.. you WILL NOT be disappointed!"
Piano Passion
John C. Anderson | 04/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nothing better illustrates the versatility of the grand piano than this Smithsonian tribute to the greatest musical instrument ever invented.
Performers from Jerry Lee Lewis to Toshiko Akiyoshi to the Labeque sisters demonstrate why the piano when played with feeling launches the soul into orbit.
From Lewis' key banging, for example, comes an almost primal rhythm that sets the feet tapping; Akiyoshi's improvisional interpretation of "When I Was 17'' illustrates the many ways one tune can be played; and the Labeque sisters' double piano version of Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite'' shows the piano's unique ability to make softly played, relatively uncomplicated pieces sublime.
The Smithsonian wisely chose Beethoven as the center piece of the tribute. As Robert Levine, a piano historian and concert pianist, explains, Beethoven's raging talent forced piano makers to enlarge the instrument to its modern size -- the smaller version he learned on wasn't capable of expressing the magnificent music racing in his head.
Despite the eclectic line-up, the performers all have one thing in common: a passion for the piano. And it shows on this video, e.g., the Labeque sisters virtually go into a trance as they play the Ravel piece.
Watching these pianists become enraptured by the ethereal sounds they elicit simply by caressing its keys equals the joy of hearing their inspired playing.