This documentary may not be to everyone's liking, but the chances are that as you're reading this, it will be to yours. An absolute must have for any serious violinist especially, but for people interested in music at any level too, this DVD shows some of the best talents of the modern day eulogising and analysing some of the great violinists from the twentieth centuries - performers with personalities that shone through their playing, rather than being stifled by it.
The enthusiasm of some of the narrators - especially Hilary Hahn and Isaac Perlman - is infectious, and their comments are insightful, logical and understandable. Having such clear commentary from contemporary violinists around footage of the greatest talents playing the greatest works, then you can see why this disc, and this documentary, becomes essential viewing.
The clarity of the content of this disc and the enthusiasm with which the narrators speak always motivates me to practice, and helps focus my practice too. The value of being very analytical with every aspect of playing is shown, with every factor involved with playing the violin being a parameter to be improved and altered to really change the music and bring it to life, rather than just practicing until the notes are clean and phrases developed. Such details would also be useful to other performers, and as I said earlier, should be of interest to anyone interested in music at any level.
Great music, legendary talents, famous performers, insightful and enthusiastic analysis on one fantastic, inspirational and educational disc. If it's not clear from the plethora of positive adjectives in the last sentence, my advice is "Get this disc".