A film written and directed by BRUNO MONSAINGEON
'Drawing on archival performance footage and interviews, The Art of Violin evokes the vast panorama of the world of the violin in the 20th century and its most outstanding performers. ....it is hard to express the explosions of joy occasioned by the discovery of long sought-out but undreamed-of archives, such as some silent - and later resynchronised - film footage, or the few brief moments of Chausson's Poème played by Ginette Neveu, the silent yet moving (in every sense of the word) images of Kreisler and Ysaÿe, the awe of a young Menuhin, the superb single camera shot of David Oistrakh performing the cadenza from Shostakovich's First Concerto.'
Contributions from IVRY GITLIS, IDA HAENDEL, HILARY HAHN, LAURENT KORCIA, YEHUDI MENUHIN, ITZHAK PERLMAN, MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH
Produced by PIERRE-OLIVIER BARDET & STEPHEN WRIGHT
|Theatrical Release Date
||January 1, 2010
||U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda
||Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Hilary Hahn
|No of Discs
A documentary film by Bruno Monsaingeon devoted to the 20th century's greatest violinists,
The Art of Violin really cannot be faulted. The same, incidentally, can also be said of the similar volumes that cover the piano and singing, so there's never been a better time to collect a personal audio-visual archive of some wonderful historical performers. The added dimension provided by the painstakingly collected film material (here featuring no fewer than 20 outstanding soloists) is of exceptional value when observing violin technique, and the diversity of approaches presented here in loving detail is in itself a subject for endless comparison. The material mixes archive performance footage, much of which one might never have dreamed existed, with interviews and documentary commentary. However, rather than turn the project into a museum piece, Monsaingeon includes contributions from contemporary figures such as Itzhak Perlman and Hilary Hahn. An absolute must.
--Roger Thomas, Amazon.co.uk
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