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Nathan Milstein "In Portrait" / Beethoven "Kreutzer" Sonata; Bach "Chaconne" / Zukerman, Pludermacher et al. [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chacone for Violin in G minor
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This DVD, which contains, among other things, the only portrait film ever made with Nathan Milstein, is the product of a close friendship between a dedicated film-maker and one of the finest violinists of the twentieth century. It was shot in the autumn of the longest career in the history of solo violin playing; 73 years lay between Milstein's first appearance with Glazunov conducting and his last recital in the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm in 1986.That legendary recital provides most of the music for this DVD. Milstein's partner was the French pianist Georges Pludermacher, with whom he had worked for more than 20 years. Nathan Milstein was an astonishing 82 years old at the time, but still playing as the grandest of Grand Masters and, as probably no other violinist has ever played at 82. This DVD will be of interest to all students and admirers of the violin!

Running time: 225 minutes.

"This film is a kind of master-class, not merely in demonstrating technical skill, but because it goes further, exploring what made Milstein the man and musician he was. Milstein knew Auer, Glazunov, Piatigorsky, Rachmaninov and Heifetz. Russian music circles in those days were close and intimate. Horowitz invited him for tea one day at his home near what is now Chernobyl. Milstein stayed three years and they became lifelong friends. What’s fascinating is that his anecdotes are first person. His account of playing for a crowd of Soviet workers brims with sharp observation. Later there’s a priceless shot in which Milstein receives an award with Sammy Davis Jnr. Throughout the film are excerpts from music Milstein played or loved. There’s even a list so you can play them in full on your own... It’s interesting not just because it preserves Milstein’s technique for posterity, but because it also shows what it means to be a true musician." -MusicWeb International

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 225 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: German, Spanish, French, Italian
Country of Origin: USA


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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
  • Performer: Nathan Milstein (Violin)
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802-1803

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chacone for Violin in G minor
  • Performer: Nathan Milstein (Violin)
  • Period Time: Baroque