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A Trail on the Water (2006)

Alvise Vidolin  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alvise Vidolin
  • Format: Classical, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A documentary on the life of 20th century composer Luigi Nono, from the perspectives of his two closest artistic allies, Maurizio Pollini and Claudio Abbado

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but it could have been better... January 20, 2009
By Gaetano
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The back cover of the DVD states that: "A Trail on the Water is a film about the links between three leading musicians: the composer Luigi Nono, the pianist Maurizio Pollini and the conductor Claudio Abbado." This film is about the personal friendship and their fruitful musical partnership, much after Nono terminated his association with the Darmstadt School in the late 1950s. Hence, the perspectives of prominent musicians in the formative years of the composer such as Boulez, Stockhausen and Maderna are not to be found, let alone their names being mentioned. To complement Pollini and Abbado, the director has opted to paint a portrait of Nono through the evocative scenery of his hometown Venice; its vibrant streets and the sounds and colors of the water was the source of inspiration for Nono. Brief interviews with his wife, Nuria Schoenberg Nono provide some additional personal perspectives, portraying him as a gently romantic man of uncompromising compositional and intellectual integrity. Nono first met Nuria at the premiere of the Schoenberg's opera, Moses und Aron in Europe. After Nuria left for America, she received countless postcards of Venice landmarks with charming captions in broken German such as, "This one knows you already". She also reminisce her husband not communicating with the family for weeks during the periods of compositional outbursts and slumps.

Because the movie focuses on the partnership between Nono, Pollini and Abbado, certain works feature strongly than others, particularly `sofferte onde serene' for piano and magnetic tape (1976) and excerpts from `Prometeo' (1984), particularly the movement, Holderin - works premiered by either Pollini and/or Abbado.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who was Luigi Nono? February 21, 2007
Luigi Nono emerged from the post-war avant-garde; he met Boulez and Stockhausen at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, he studied with Bruno Maderna and as the others was enamored over the purity, the paradigm in the fragments of music within Anton Webern. The search for a new musical language was very important given the annihilation of culture during WW2. His early music was deeply engaged in this construction within serial procedures, allowing time to elaborate complex chartings, pitch tables and structural maps for his work. Nono was also a Marxist, and brought that conceptual baggage interestingly enough to this music and the subjects he chose to represent. Read more ›
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I agree with the other reviewer that this documentary filmed in 2002 could have been much better if the musical excerpts could be elaborated.
I have nothing to add to the very learned and detailed reviews by the two earlier reviewers, but would like to add that there appears to be another documentary available now on Youtube that is in Italian (without subtitles) that could supplement this film - the Italian title of that documentary escapes me, but the contents of that focused on the pianist Maurizio Pollini, and quite an extended portion of that documentary covers the close collaboration and friendship between Pollini and Nono.
Wish that documentary could be published with subtitles, too.
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