Maurizio Pollini: De Main de Maitre
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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat No: 0735212
Format: DVD - NTSC
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th October 2015
Maurizio Pollini has rarely talked about himself and his art, and never before has he done so on film. Here, in this extended interview with award-winning musician-filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon, the legendary pianist recalls his career milestones beginning with the 1960 Warsaw Chopin Competition triumph.
Containing archival footage, performance excerpts and intimate glimpses of the artist at work, this revealing profile explores Pollini’s musical convictions, his adventurous repertoire and strong artistic associations (Abbado, Nono, Boulez etc), and his deep political commitment.
There are many excellent reasons for making a film portrait of Maurizio Pollini: the greatness of the pianist, his affable nature and intelligence, the rich complexity of the topics addressed, not to mention the desire he himself expressed to submit to the exercise for the very first time - he felt it was time to allow himself to be filmed.
Mainly based on an extended interview, the film includes archive footage and work sessions filmed with the artist and also with Artur Rubinstein and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
The French musician-filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon (Profile on IMDb) is well known for his documentaries about the pianists Glenn Gould (Glenn Gould – Hereafter) und Swjatoslaw Richter (Richter – The Enigma) who were infamous for their reclusiveness.
Picture format: 16:9 / NTSC
Subtitles: English, German, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
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