This film will be of interest to anyone who likes Bach or the harpsichord - it shows Scott Ross playing quite a bit and teaching two brilliant pupils, one of whom is the now well-known Nicolau de Figueiredo. You see him here very young back in 1989, and he seems an ideal pupil, as does a second, Alessandro de Marchi, who presents a piece by Rameau ... Ross's comments are interesting for the insights they give into his mind, which come through his whole manner and body language almost as much as specific musical points. One of the most revealing aspects is the difference in sound when he demonstrates; somehow it is different, as if the sound world has shifted onto a different axis. There is a different order of vibrancy and life in the music. It has a lot to do with rubato, I think, and with how long the fingers remain on the keys, creating a blur and bigger sound, as he says at one point. He is quite keen to avoid the kind of dry sound in Bach that would be like a sewing machine (his analogy), and it's true that his own sound is full of 'juice'. I imagine it's a bit like the effect of the sustaining pedal on the piano. At all events Ross comes across as a unique figure, his mystery very much intact, really, but at least you get to see the mystery even if you cannot see through it. He was such an amazing harpsichordist that to see him like this is of inestimable value.