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Penderecki: Paths Through The Labyrinth [Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Johnny Greenwood] [Blu-ray] [2014]


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  • Actors: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Johnny Greenwood, Andrzej Wajda
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Korean
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00I9O7XCC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,233 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On the occasion of Penderecki's 80th birthday in 2013, this film portrays the artist with a comprehensive 'work in progress' documentary: despite his growing age, Penderecki is still an unflinching and active composer and conductor. For one year, the author Anna Schmidt has been studying this world-famous artist, speaking also with high-carat companions: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen, Johnny Greenwood ("Radiohead") and Andrzej Wajda. The film follows Penderecki from Kraków to Munich, from Vienna to Leipzig, and on various occasions to his country estate in Luslawice. And throughout, the composer reflects on the meteoric beginning to his career, unexpected turning points in his life and ingenious ideas. Thoughts, dialogues, extracts from his music and film scores, encounters and the natural world all condense to create a fascinating, multi-layered portrait including also very rare archive material.

And even people who never heard of him, know Penderecki's compositions from films like Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining", Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" or Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn".

Bonus: Interviews with Lorin Maazel and Jonny Greenwood from "Radiohead"

Picture: 16:9, HD
Sound (DVD): PCM Stereo
Sound (BD): PCM Stereo

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I have followed Penderecki ever since his Threnody burst upon a startled world and have many of his works on DVD and CD. I was hoping for more from this release and was more than a little disappointed. Not a single one of his works, many of which are quite short, was offered, all we got were snips, many of which were very old, mixed up in an overly philosophical risotto of Polish, German (subtitled in English) and home counties English (inexcusably not subtitled) by pop musician Jonny Greenwood who mutters into his hand and is very hard to hear. Penderecki rabbits on about his labyrinth on his vast Polish estate but none of this was a worthwhile substitute for a decent feed of his music. This is a disc for specialists and I predict those who like me want to hear his music will feel short-changed. This program would have been a very good extra to a recording of say The Devils of Loudon but on its own is a basic Mac for a prime steak price!!
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Paths Through the Labyrinth introduces the personality behind Penderecki's compositions. 9 April 2014
By Matthew Wilcox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
What an interesting personality! Krzysztof Penderecki has had a profound influence on musicians and on his audiences since 1960 (when he composed Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima). As a young composer, Penderecki infamously submitted three separate compositions in a national contest under three aliases and three different types of handwriting… and won the top three prizes. His fame has caused him to be sought out by personalities no less than Stanley Kubrick (for whom he “lent” music for the film The Shining) and composer/Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. But in this documentary, beautifully directed by Anna Schmidt, Penderecki is revealed to be humble, approachable, and sincere.

Fans of Penderecki’s music who only know about him through his recordings will discover many things that may help them understand his process of composition. For example, he uses colored pencils when he writes notation. Penderecki doesn’t like to be alone; he likes to surround himself with people he cares about. And he has a penchant for trees. Penderecki helped design the layout of the trees and gardens on his expansive estate, and he goes out regularly to purchase more trees, many of which he plants himself.

While there are no complete performances of his works, snippets of Polymorphia, Threnody…, and Symphony No. 3 (among others) can be heard throughout the film. The 1080i Hi-Def picture on Blu-ray is sharp and clear; the audio is 2.0 PCM stereo, which will suffice for a documentary feature. Bonuses are limited to short interviews with Jonny Greenwood (in German) and Lorin Maazel (in German with subtitles, surprisingly), as well as a selection of trailers from the C major label. I would love to see more composer documentaries presented like this. Highly recommended.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting but frustrating 28 Mar. 2014
By John Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I have followed Penderecki ever since his Threnody burst upon a startled world and have many of his works on DVD and CD. I was hoping for more from this first Penderecki Blu-ray release and was more than a little disappointed. Not a single one of his works, many of which are quite short, is offered, all we get are snips, many of which were very old, mixed up in an overly philosophical risotto of Polish, German (subtitled in English) and home counties English (inexcusably not subtitled) by pop musician Jonny Greenwood who mutters into his hand and is very hard to hear. Penderecki rabbits on about his labyrinth on his vast Polish estate but none of this is a worthwhile substitute for a decent feed of his music. This is a disc for specialists and I predict those who like me want to hear his music will feel short-changed. This program would have been a very good extra to a recording of say The Devils of Loudon but on its own is a basic Mac substituting for a prime steak at top dollar price. Interesting but very poor value.
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