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The Golden Age of the Piano

A Documentary on the Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century

Produced, directed and edited by Peter Rosen
Written and narrated by David Dubal
Philips 075092-9 115m NTSC Multiregion DVD
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Watching a pianist such as the legendary Paderewski in full flight is one of the most wonderful memories in all music and this splendid DVD is replete with such moments.

David Dubal is a knowledgeable and cultured presenter and he traverses the history of the piano legends with almost enviable facility and clarity. Footage is also of outstandingly high quality throughout especially in the older relays.

I was bowled over by Cliburn in the Tchaikovsky First and was also open mouthed at Glenn Gould's incredible Bach playing. But to single out one pianist for special praise would be indeed very unfair as each of them has a special place in the canon of the great.

The bonus recording of the Beethoven Fourth is Arrau and Muti in splendid harmony and it is a wonderful document of sorts. This is definitely an unmissable DVD for all serious lovers of the piano repertoire.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech