- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, Korean
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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A documentary film by Bruno Monsaingeon devoted to the 20th century's greatest violinists, The Art of Violin really cannot be faulted. The same, incidentally, can also be said of the similar volumes which cover the piano and singing, so there's never been a better time to collect a personal audio-visual archive of some wonderful historical performers. The added dimension provided by the painstakingly collected film material (here featuring no fewer than 20 outstanding soloists) is of course of exceptional value when observing violin technique, and the diversity of approaches presented here in loving detail is in itself a subject for endless comparison. The material mixes archive performance footage, much of which one might never have dreamed existed, with interviews and documentary commentary. However, rather than turn the project into a museum piece, Monsaingeon includes contributions from contemporary figures such as Perlman and, shrewdly, Hilary Hahn--not that there'd be any doubt of the huge relevance of the material to any contemporary player or lover of the repertoire. An absolute must. --Roger Thomas --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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".
There is a wealth of rare footage which alone is worth buying this superb DVD for. It doesn't matter that the sound quality (inevitably) doesn't match current technology...the sheer magic of watching footage of violin legends is enough.
I only wish there was a sequel to this outstanding film following the emergence of the new school of fiddle playing post Perlman.
In summary, I found this film to be the most absorbing documentary I have ever seen about music making, let alone violin playing and it will therefore appeal to anyone with a discerning view of the art of performing.
Outstanding and highly recommended.
I watched this jewel a couple of times, once even with my eyes closed. Just hearing the music made me appreciate this production even more. I am not a musician but I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. Highly recommended for all ages either as an introduction to the violin or as a work of reference.
If I had to name a drawback I would say that Perlman and Hahn's comments, although charming, remain a bit wanting in originality. By comparison, Gitlis has a more spirited and individual approach and even compares a tall violinist to a string of spaghetti(!) Such a comment always elicits a big smile on my face and helps to inject a little comic relief into a subject that inherintly suffers from snobism. In a way, Perlman and Hahn furnish the contrast by wich such a comment stands out even more. All in all an accomplished documentary that certainly would age well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are two films on this DVD, which quite simply is marvellous. Breathtaking playing, interesting opinions and comments from several top players, plus very informative... Read morePublished on 29 April 2015 by J. Mills
The Art Of Violin [DVD] 
This is a wonderful compilation of fascinating archive film of some of the "Greats" from the history of violin-playing. Read more
This was an immensely enjoyable film to watch,coupling as it did, marvellous recordings of great artists with interesting and, at times, very amusing interviews.Published on 7 Sept. 2009 by Claudia David