LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO - HAMELIN, Marc-Andre: No Limits

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Keyboard Sonata No. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI:31
Chopin, Fryderyk - Composer
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Debussy, Claude - Composer
Preludes, Book 2
Etude No. 7 (after Tchaikovsky)
Gershwin, George - Composer
Oh, Kay!
Show Girl

Venue: Philharmonie, Essen
Date of Concert: 29-06-2007
Festival: Ruhr Piano Festival
Playing Time: 01:28:58
Television Director: Schmidt-Garre, Jan
Catalogue Number: EuroArts5578
UPC: 880242557889

We live in a "renaissance of the piano", as the New York Times so surprisingly put it in summer 2005. A new generation is reviving the piano's popularity as pianists with a passion for virtuosity and a willingness to expand their repertoire take to the concert stages. In addition to the standard classics, they perform formerly disparaged works or discover neglected composers. LEGATO is a series dedicated to presenting some of this new movement's most fascinating pianists - their development, their ideas and, of course, their music. Each episode in this series presents an artist and explores an aspect of the world of piano music. Viewers meet the artists and get to know their styles, their methods of working and their personal idiosyncrasies. The sum of these portraits provides viewers with an overall picture of the art of piano playing today. Montréal native Marc-André Hamelin is a perfect representative of this new group of pianists. Internationally renowned for his musical virtuosity and refined pianism, he operates on a level of virtuosity that "is simply way beyond mental reach," as The Times once wrote about one of his concerts. This video portrays Marc-André Hamelin in concert and interview. He presented works by Joseph Haydn, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, and George Gershwin along with his own compositions at the Philharmonie Essen in June 2007. In addition to this live recording and the half-hour documentary is an hour-long interview with the artist, giving the viewer a glimpse of one of the best pianists of the new generation.

Bonus features:

- No limits - A portrait of Marc-Andre Hamelin.
- Marc-Andre Hamelin in conversation with Jan Schmidt-Garre

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