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Bloody Daughter, a documentary by Martha Argerich's Daughter, Stéphanie which follows her and her parents through concert tours and private life - includes concert footage [DVD]

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
Performer Composer

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.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish


Documentary about Martha Argerich plus a spectacular concert!
This is a 2 DVD set made up of a documentary about Martha Argerich (told from the perspective of daughter Stephanie Argerich), as well as a concert DVD filmed in Warsaw in 2010. Stephanie’s father, pianist Stephan Kovacevich, is also featured in the film which Stephanie shot over two decades – there is lots of footage here from home movies, as well as tender exploration of the relationships that her mother has had and, to a degree, the nature of the travelling life of a gifted musician like Martha. It is fascinating to see the interpersonal interactions, and how Martha lights up when she is in front of a keyboard.

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 Details

>Frédéric 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