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A Surprise in Texas / The 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition [DVD]

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Stravinsky, Igor : Petrushka, movements (3) transcribed for piano, 4 hands by Victor Babin
>Liszt, Franz : Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254
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Notes & Reviews:

Twenty-nine of the world's best young pianists converged in Fort Worth, Texas in May 2009 for a once in a lifetime chance at gold in the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Contest. Emmywinning director Peter Rosen follows these distinctive personalities during a rigorous three-week competition - through intense rehearsals, introspective moments, preconcert rituals, and endearing celebrations. Hailing from 14 countries, competitors were welcomed with Texas-sized hospitality by their host families and immersed in a city best characterized by "Cowboys and Culture." With the performances of Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, and Rachmaninov and other piano masterpieces setting the impassioned tone, the result is an intricate inside view into the world's most prestigious piano competition and a heartwarming story that proves to be a momentous Surprise in Texas.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 140 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French



Reviews

Amazing Piano Documentary
If you enjoy piano music you will love this DVD. It showcases the events of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. You see the dedication, hard work and intense moments that make this competition a world-wide phenomenon. I have to admit,I was slightly disappointed that the anchor had trouble pronouncing well-known composers names correctly and I would have enjoyed more piano music and less "reality TV" moments. Overall, this is a compelling, moving DVD that anyone who plays piano will appreciate or those who simply enjoy piano music will delight in.
Submitted on 06/24/11 by RollTideGirl 
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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244 :: Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 in C hsarp minor
  • Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1885

>Stravinsky, Igor : Petrushka, movements (3) transcribed for piano, 4 hands by Victor Babin
  • Performer: Haochen Zhang (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Liszt, Franz : Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254
  • Performer: Yeol-Eum Son (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1863