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Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller [DVD] [2009]

Bruno Monsaingeon    Exempt   DVD
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  • Directors: Bruno Monsaingeon
  • Format: Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French, English, Hungarian, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Medici Arts
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027YUKA2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Bruno Monsaingeon's portrait of unconventional pianist Piotr Anderszewski as he travels by train from Poland to Budapest on a concert tour.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Musical Express 16 Aug 2009
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"Unquiet Traveler" is a unique documentary about the renowned Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski. The conceptual approach taken by director Bruno Monsaingeon is disarming in its simplicity--he accompanied the musician on a 2008 recital tour through Hungary, Poland, Germany, France and Lisbon, filming Anderszewski's impromptu performances at various stops, and recording the magnetic performer practicing on a Steinway in his private railway car while tossing off amusing and insightful observations on matters musical and otherwise. On Mozart's "Magic Flute": "I know of no musical work that's so sad and joyful, so cold, so dark and yet so luminous, so divine and so impertinent." On giving recitals: "When I'm confronted with the extreme loneliness of the recital, the heroism and the cruelty involved, I sometimes think that I'll never do recitals again." On the history of his native city: "The other thing I mourn is the destruction of Warsaw. I find it very hard to live with. A whole civilization, just murdered." The effect is utterly beguiling, and is far more revealing and compelling than the traditional "talking heads" interview format that Monsaingeon thankfully eschews. While Anderszewski has charisma to burn, Monsaingeon never lets his outsize personality overwhelm the music. Ample footage is devoted to the pianist in performance, although this is not a performance film, per se. The director also works in sequences of Anderszewski wandering through several Eastern European cities; rehearsing with the Brazilian conductor Gustavo Dudamel; and making a recording in a Berlin studio--all interspersed with wonderfully evocative shots of the train rolling through beautiful, snow-covered landscapes. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect documentary 3 Mar 2010
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There is little I can add to Dean Brierly's excellent, comprehensive review; I just wish to reiterate how good this film is, so that potential buyers have more than one opinion to go on. I have watched Christopher Nupen's films about Andres Segovia again and again and have always believed it would be hard to better them, but Bruno Monsaingeon manages it with this quite exquisite film about a truly exceptional musician. If you love music, do not hesitate - buy this DVD. It's worth the money just to watch Anderszewski performing the Giga from Bach's first keyboard Partita.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Musical Express 16 Aug 2009
By Dean R. Brierly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"Unquiet Traveler" is a unique documentary about the renowned Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski. The conceptual approach taken by director Bruno Monsaingeon is disarming in its simplicity--he accompanied the musician on a 2008 recital tour through Hungary, Poland, Germany, France and Lisbon, filming Anderszewski's impromptu performances at various stops, and recording the magnetic performer practicing on a Steinway in his private railway car while tossing off amusing and insightful observations on matters musical and otherwise. On Mozart's "Magic Flute": "I know of no musical work that's so sad and joyful, so cold, so dark and yet so luminous, so divine and so impertinent." On giving recitals: "When I'm confronted with the extreme loneliness of the recital, the heroism and the cruelty involved, I sometimes think that I'll never do recitals again." On the history of his native city: "The other thing I mourn is the destruction of Warsaw. I find it very hard to live with. A whole civilization, just murdered." The effect is utterly beguiling, and is far more revealing and compelling than the traditional "talking heads" interview format that Monsaingeon thankfully eschews. While Anderszewski has charisma to burn, Monsaingeon never lets his outsize personality overwhelm the music. Ample footage is devoted to the pianist in performance, although this is not a performance film, per se. The director also works in sequences of Anderszewski wandering through several Eastern European cities; rehearsing with the Brazilian conductor Gustavo Dudamel; and making a recording in a Berlin studio--all interspersed with wonderfully evocative shots of the train rolling through beautiful, snow-covered landscapes. These varied yet complementary elements add up to a striking visual essay on the creative process, one suffused with rare warmth and intimacy. Not least, "Unquiet Traveler" presents Anderszewski's humorous, analytical and self-critical assessments of his strengths and weaknesses as a musician and an individual. This is an absolute must-see for anyone interested in music, classical or otherwise.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful experience 6 Aug 2009
By S. Benedict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I can scarcely remember when I've had a better musical and visual experience with a film. Perhaps I started with an advantage: I love trains. The idea of Anderszewski with his Steinway grand, in a perfectly appointed railway car, tootling through Europe and eastern Europe, recitals along the way, practising and demonstrating at the piano on the train, chatting intelligently about music and composers, wonderfully photographed and edited by Monsaingeon--this was as close to filmic heaven as I expect to get. It is perfect in itself, but of course leaves one, as it should, wanting to hear more--everything--of Anderszewski, live or on disk. I can't wait.

After watching my NETFLIX disc (surprisingly available so soon after release), I immediately ordered copies to send to my 95-year old former piano teacher in California (who worships Perahia) and several other piano-loving friends. Monsaingeon's Glen Gould film was great, but I think he outdoes himself with "Unquiet Traveler."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best music documentaries I've ever seen 4 Jan 2010
By Luke - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a professional musician, and I have never been so inspired by a music documentary. Anderszewski is truly a genius for our times, a multi-lingual European who can not only play but expound on the European musical heritage like no one else. His insights into Chopin, Mozart and Brahms are surprising, sometimes radical, always revelatory. He understands the music from the inside out, and conveys this understanding in a riveting, engaging and irresistibly humorous way. His trenchant comments on life at the highest professional levels of music are equally insightful. I've watched this film again and again, and introduced my friends to it. It has the same effect on everyone, and it'll have the same effect on you. If you love music, buy this DVD!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Glimpse inside Anderszewski's Life 24 Aug 2009
By Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great documentary! I absolutely loved it. The way in which Bruno films is second to none, and he offers a rare glimpse into Anderszewski's life. I loved the train sequences and felt absolutely inspired by what Anderszewski says about Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms. His commentary about the composers is both charming and revealing. To be so exposed on camera as both a pianist and musicologist highlights his self-reflection and insight about himself as a musician. Incredible. I highly recommend it!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare look at an uncompromising artist at work and at play 13 Sep 2009
By Jura Litchfield - Published on Amazon.com
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Musicians are notoriously self-promoting and self-centered. It comes with the territory. Not so with the young musician featured in the documentary "The Unquiet Traveller". Here is a rare look at Piotr Anderszewski, a pianist passionate and relentless about his art. It is moving to see and hear the sheer joy Anderszewski exudes when playing his favorite music or when he is talking about why he is so drawn to it. His words are carefully chosen and he is equally eloquent in verbal and in musical expression. This portrait of a young man as pianist goes beyond the filming of facile technique and of shrewd marketing. The documentary goes to the heart of what it means to devote oneself to communicating transcendent beauty without the weight of ego. In several languages, the film reflects the many cultures in which Anderszewski feels at home. While it is not a biography and does not delve into Anderszewski's personal life, it does give us some tantalizing glimpses into a life devoted to high artistic ideals. Pehaps we can look forward to sequels in which more of his insights into the meaning of music and the role of the performer as inspired medium are revealed.
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