Notes & Reviews:
This documentary by Martha Argerich's daughter Stephanie was filmed in several countries, showing important musical and private stages of Martha and Stephen Kovacevitch, Stephanie's father. It follows Martha and Stephen through their everyday lives, in rehearsals and performances. As a bonus it includes Martha's 2010 Warsaw performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 and encore performances of Mazurka Op. 24. No 2 and Schumann's Traumeswirren Op. 12, No. 7.Notes & Reviews:
Run Time: 148 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
One of the most interesting sections of the documentary involves Martha talking about the works of various composers and trying to put into words what they mean to her – but the words fail her from an emotional standpoint, and as she says, you just have to listen. Particularly poignant is the portion of the film where Stephanie is trying to get her father to add his name to her birth certificate and he does not understand why this is so important to her and why this is worth all of the effort. Stephanie’s sister Lyda is also present in the film, and their recollections of their mother are also captivating.
The concert, though, is delightful. It features Chopin Piano Concert No. 1, as well as Mazurka Op. 24, No. 7, and Schumann’s Traumeswirren Op. 12, No. 7. This is virtuoso stuff, start to finish, and Martha brings to life all of the emotional content (both thoughtful, strident, and playful) that is there at the core of the music. The combination of these two DVDs makes this set a winner for me. Enjoyable, and very much recommended.
Submitted on 01/01/14 by KlingonOpera
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Works DetailsFrédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
- Performer: Martha Argerich
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Concerto
- Written: 1830
- Studio/Live: Live