Through the Eyes of Yuja (DVD) | C Major Entertainment 745408

Through the Eyes of Yuja (DVD)

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Label: C Major Entertainment

Cat No: 745408

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Documentary

Release Date: 14th September 2018

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Artists

Yuja Wang (piano)
Gustavo Dudamel
Gauthier Capucon
Leonidas Kavakos
Camerata Salzburg

Conductor

Lionel Bringuier

Works

Gershwin, George

Rhapsody in Blue

Ravel, Maurice

Piano Concerto in G major

Artists

Yuja Wang (piano)
Gustavo Dudamel
Gauthier Capucon
Leonidas Kavakos
Camerata Salzburg

Conductor

Lionel Bringuier

About

This film is a journey with the famous pianist Yuja Wang. With more than 120 performances a year, she lives a nomadic lifestyle. The exploration of Yuja’s wanderings is a travelogue of exciting venues, glitzy cities and encounters with extraordinary artists, such as Gustavo Dudamel, Gauthier Capuçon and Leonidas Kavakos and personalities of other professional horizons but there is also a downside: fatigue, jet lag, pressure, doubts, hostilities, disorientation, and loneliness. With a bittersweet reference to the transience of life, the film reveals the invisible that complements the visible and shows us this artist in a very personal way.

‘Pianists have to be alone all the time, and it’s hard, it’s lonely. Being a musician is almost like a very isolated life, and the only time you actually get to communicate is on stage with music. It’s not a bad thing. I think being solitary, it really allows us to think about life and to think about why people write this music. [...] It makes you start to wonder about things that are beneath the surface’ – Yuja Wang.

BONUS: Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue; Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major (with Camerata Salzburg, cond. Lionel Bringuier)

Movie by Anaïs & Olivier Spiro

Sound format: PCM Stereo (documentary), PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 (concert)
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Subtitles: English (original language), German, French, Korean, Japanese
Booklet: English, German, French
Total running time: 89 mins (documentary: 47 mins + concert: 42 mins)

Reviews

The documentary follows [Yuja Wang] from country to country, from venue to venue, from anonymous hotel room to anonymous hotel room – a bleak and endless trek between one airport and another with a bag of music and a cellphone for company. ... Yuja comes alive, it seems, only when she is on stage playing the piano, as is vividly demonstrated by the documentary and the complete performances of Rhapsody in Blue and the Ravel G major Concerto which form the ‘bonus’ section of the disc. ... Her many fans will relish this honest, imaginatively photographed and well-crafted road movie.  Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone November 2018

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