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Probably 5 stars,
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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!