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The Cello & I: Music of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin / Erling Blondal Bengtsson, cello [DVD]

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A world class performer, the Danish cellist Erling Blondal Bengtsson has become a role-model for a whole family of young cellists in Europe and beyond. During the course of a career spanning five decades, he has been on the faculties of the leading conservatories of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Cologne. A student at age 16 at the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he was a pupil of Gregor Piatigorsky. One year later he came Piatigorsky's instructing assistant and the following year became a faculty member at Curtis. In 1990, after years of active concertizing and recording, he returned to the United States as a full Professor at the School of Music of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor until 2006. He is now concentrating on touring and conducting master classes. In this remarkable documentary, Bengtsson not only performs classic (and modern) works for the cello, but also tells us about his life and career, with remarks from colleagues, former students, family and friends.

This DVD celebrates Danish cellist Erling Blöndal Bengtsson's 70 years on the concert stage with televised performances between 1956 and 2006 and includes concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Boccherini, Schumann, Sibelius, Nordal, Chopin and Shostakovich. Bengtsson talks about his life and career and his colleagues, former students, family and friends pay tribute to this remarkable man and his musical life.


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