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Andras Schiff Plays Chopin - 24 Preludes Op.28 [1999] [DVD]


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  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Digital Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec. 2005
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BND08A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The celebrated Hungarian pianist, András Schiff, plays the Chopin Preludes on an 1860 Pleyel Grand Piano, filmed in the beautiful, meticulously-restored Concert Hall of the Ancien Conservatoire in Paris, where Chopin himself frequently gave concerts. Chopin played Bach most days and more often than not he played the preludes and the fugues from the 'Well-Tempered Klavier'. Chopin's own cycle of preludes are an homage to Bach and, like the '48', the 24 Preludes are in each of the 24 keys. Otherwise they have little in common. They are not actually preludes to anything each one is followed only by another prelude. The 24 Preludes were partly written in Majorca in the monastery of Valldemosa in the winter of 1838 and 1839, where Chopin went with writer George Sand and her children in an attempt to mend his deteriorating health. Chopin's moods during his stay in Majorca fluctuated wildly from great happiness to profound depression and these moods are reflected in the condensed poetic miniatures of the Preludes, which constantly change colour, chameleon-like, from the simple and joyful to the bleak, tormented and desperate. Bonus documentary: Schiff on Chopin. 60 mins

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Each prelude investigates a new musical structure, rhythm or textural device and Andras Schiff rises to each occasion magnificently. Playing a bells-and-velvet 1860 Pleyel piano, he maintains absolute composure and impossibly relaxed wrists and fingers whatever pianistic terrors are thrown at him. Engrossing and compelling. --Classic FM

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2011
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Here is treasure indeed with the unbeatable and priceless combination of a spellbinding set of Chopin's 24 Preludes and a biographical documentary by Andras Schiff that is impossible to stop once it starts.

Schiff plays the preludes on an 1860 Pleyel grand piano of Chopin's period in the beautifully restored concert hall of the Ancien Conservatoire in Paris, a venue in which Chopin himself performed. This set of peformances is done without an audience but nevertheless communicates his love and devotion to Chopin's work wonderfully. At the time of listening it seems impossible to imagine any other way of performing the music.

This level of utter and selfless commitment is continued throughout the 50 minute documentary which one can only describe as gripping. It is one of the very few elite documentaries to be found as bonus features on discs that would give enormous pleasure on repeat viewings. The biography is illustrated throughout by Schiff with extracts from no less than 19 works played on a variety of pianos. There is film of countries and venues visited by Chopin during his short life coupled with copious paintings and artefacts. Schiff himself speaks gently and knowledgably on camera as if to an interested friend although one suspects that he might be on his own with the photographer.

The imaging comes from 1999 and is good for its time and perfectly well able to communicate all of this and give sustained enjoyment. The sound is in perfectly serviceable stereo comparable to CD sound of the time and faithfully captures the distinctive timbres of the Pleyel piano used for the recital.

This, as stated at the start, is treasure indeed and regardless of the lack of Blu-ray definition and surround sound options, I would suggest that its virtues far out-weigh its deficiencies. In summary, a totally fulfilling experience to be savoured and enjoyed time and time again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By colly. on 6 Sept. 2011
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At the risk of reapeating my self, I thought that I had already reviewed this disc. On receiving this disc I played it immediately. Since the initial playing I have played it many times. Being a lifelong admirer of Chopin also Andras Schiff, I find this disc very satisfying and uplifting. Also the price was also excellent and I can not recommend this disc enough, I am tempted to buy another copy to take to my caravan.
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Ordered out of curiosity as Schiff not normally associated with Chopin.Old Pleyel piano also an attraction.I was not disappointed; a thoughtful and an intensely musical performance. Surprisingly modern sounding piano.
Schiff's discourse on Chopin very moving.It is included as an extra feature.
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By Donald Laming on 16 April 2013
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This recordng recreates, as near as one can now get, what Chopin had in mind in writing; an 1860 piano in a Paris salon where Chopin himself performed, played by a master of the genre. It is accompanied by a most informative documentery on Chopin's life.
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This is an excellent dvd with a most interesting biography of a wonderful composer's life and a marvellous exponent of some of his greatest piano music, in the pianist Andras Schiff. Great!
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