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Set the Piano Stool on Fire [DVD]

Alfred Brendel , Kit Armstrong , Mark Kidel    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alfred Brendel, Kit Armstrong
  • Directors: Mark Kidel
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Y1SW1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,081 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

About the relationship between pianist Alfred Brendel and the young composer and pianist Kit Armstrong. The film is an intimate chronicle of their relationship during 2008-9 and includes the only footage of Brendel performing during his farewell tour.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding documentary! 25 July 2011
This is an outstanding documentary, benefiting from unique access to one of the 20th century's greatest pianists and his prodigy pupil, the brilliant pianist and composer Kit Armstrong. This captivating film tells the story of their developing relationship over two years and provides and intimate and often moving account of the interaction between an elderly pianist who is retiring from public performance and a young student who is starting his own career. Apart from gaining extraordinary insights into Alfred Brendel's character, teaching and thoughts about music and interpretation, the film contains some exceptional music, not least the only footage of Brendel performing at one of his last recitals. This is a film which will delight connoisseurs of classical music , amateur and professional keyboard players as well as more general audience. It can be watched purely as the chronicle of an old pro handing over the baton to a rising star. The film looks and sounds great - and is often very funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Probably 5 stars 2 May 2012
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This is an absorbing documentary that examines the relationship between the then retiring Alfred Brendel (in 2008/2009) and his young prodigy Kit Armstrong. The cameras are there during Armstrongs lessons in London and the two have a touching relationship. Kit Armstrong is more than just a brilliant musician, he is also a mathematician and has created his own computer games. A very vtalented individual. But depsite this it is Brendel who makes the bigger impression.

The finest musical moment in this short (76 mins) documentary is Brendel playing Liszt at his last ever UK recital. Absolutely exquisite playing from one of the greatest pianists. We are lucky the cameras were there to capture this on sound and film.

There is plenty of great playing in this film, admittedly not much in the way of complete pieces. For me I need to watch this again, and will do soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Title Great Film 15 Feb 2014
I bought this cheap in an independent CD/DVD sales outlet and did not regret it. I like Brendel and the idea of him as teacher/mentor appealed to me, perhaps more than it first appealed to him. The outdoor scenes in this film look odd, as if they were filmed on a low budget for television-that is because filters were used in the editing but they look okay, and they are only set up shots when all is said anyway. The core of the film, between Brendel and his pupil is sensitively portrayed, with a sense of humour to lighten any sense 'a gift being trained/supported' or some such heavy idea and that lightness between pupil and mentor is the real gift the film has for us all, the encouragement to learn and be open.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bitter-sweet little tragedy 21 Nov 2011
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This is a rather scary review to write, since I've gotten the whole thing wrong, judging from a lot of influential people, not least some of whom are featured in this documentary. The film portrays Alfred Brendel's teaching relationship with the young pianist-composer Kit Armstrong. But where many people see a beautiful portrayal of an astonishing new talent promoted by one of the perhaps twenty finest pianists of the last hundred years, I see a bitter-sweet tragedy unfolding. For some, it could be the tragedy of Brendel retracting from the public ear, which also is a major component of this film; for me, it's Brendel's input in trying to convey in Kit the 'meaning of life' and 'the nature of humans and humanity' as foundations for understanding music.

Kit, on camera and in front of the recording microphone, clearly shows dire symptoms of autism; a condition which may have propelled him through extraordinary paths in becoming a polyglot, a mathematical bright-head and a technically astonishing young pianist. Some laughs are sounded as other aspects of human (adult) life is briefly discussed, but in the case of Kit it seems, from this film, that these will remain laughs of embarrassment.

Brendel says they have tried to 'set the piano stool on fire', in making Kit grasping the necessity of conviction, of delivering something to an audience. This has, at the end of the film, failed. I predict this will never come about. What puzzles me, then, is why Brendel took Kit on in the first place. If I'm not entirely wrong in my assumptions, it's most puzzling why Brendel didn't choose to break his tutorship, as any responsible mentor would.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set The Piano Stool On Fire 24 Oct 2012
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I saw this video on Australian television and was memorised! I just had to buy it so I could watch it over and over again!

A wonderful and truly inspiring story of a remarkable and unique boy and his elderly, generous and gifted mentor. But it was more than that, for as a creative but fairly average piano player myself, I felt as if the piano was being revealed to me for the first time. To absorb the lesson sessions in this form can't help but improve one's musical appreciation. My ears opened!

And to see the world through the eyes of the fresh, open and absolutely honest mind of this mathematical and musical genius was an honour indeed.
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