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  • Directors: János Darvas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DIPL6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 23, 2011
Format: DVD
András Schiff has been lauded for decades for his playing of Bach. His performances tend to draw lavish praise (and occasional disapproval: I remember not liking his 'Goldberg Variations' set the first time I heard it and then grew to love it immoderately over time). This DVD of his performance of the six French Suites is a logical follow-up to his earlier DVD of the English Suites Bach: English Suites. He plays the suites in numerical order in what looks to be a smallish space in a Protestant church in Leipzig during the Bachfest in the summer of 2010. He had, of course, earlier recorded (audio only) the French Suites to general acclaim Bach: The Six French Suites and these present performances do not vary markedly from those. As you likely know, his playing of Bach is marked by smoothness (no Gouldian staccato here) and utter clarity of the polyphonic strands. There is no Romantic stretching or dramatic shaping of phrases, no major variation of dynamic, but tone is varied beautifully and completely at the service of the music. Audio for this DVD is nigh perfect. He is playing a Hamburg Steinway that was customized by Angelo Fabbrini. Schiff and Maurizio Pollini have recenetly been dedicated to Fabbrini's pianos and one can hear why; the sound of this piano is simply gorgeous and clearly it responds sensitively to Schiff's touch. The concert ends with Schiff playing Bach's Overture in the French Style in B Minor, BWV 831 and finally the Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger L. Sayer on April 16, 2011
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This Blu-Ray of the French Suites is a nice companion to the DVD of the English Suites. But unlike his English Suites he plays the 6 French Suites one by one without a break. A remarkable effort. This performance is pure genius and beyond my power to criticize any part of it. If you are a Bach devotee you will not be disappointed with it. It's one of my favorites and I have listened to it(and watched it) many times.

One technical glitch. You can select a band to listen to but when it's finished the disc wont let you return to the main menu. So if I wanted to listen to suite 3 then suite 6 you would have to eject it, reload, then select suite 6. Maybe this is a fault with my LG player. I don't know, but I thought I'd mention it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harmony on June 19, 2011
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It is a privilege to listen to this unique musician and pianist.Schiff has a very deep understanding and knowledge of Bach compositions.His playing shows an extraordinary approach joining both intellect and feeling.He knows how to get any sound he wants from the piano.The utmost zenith of Bach interpretation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 29, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Andras Schiff is not a naturally demonstrative player. Rather, he is a thoughtful musician who can be relied upon to deliver deeply considered views of the music he is playing - as if playing to himself. This does not necessarily make for riveting viewing but it certainly makes for a satisfyingly musical experience as demonstrated here.

For this reason I was not bothered by the choice of piano rather than an earlier keyboard instrument such as Bach might have envisioned. Nothing is attempted that is out of style in that respect and this belongs to that select group of recordings where doubts concerning the use of a piano are rendered irrelevant in the face of the relevancy of the interpretation that we are offered.

The concert is very long and comes with a substantial encore bonus, the popular and well-known Italian Concerto. It is unlikely that a 'better' performance or recording will be issued soon so this is something of a 'must buy' if the music attracts you. However, I am glad to be watching it in the comfort of my own home - those church pews look awfully hard and uncomfortable!

Good surround sound in DTS 5.1 as well as stereo and sympathetic camera work complete a very desirable package. I would expect this to give considerable satisfaction to future purchasers with the exception of those diametrically opposed to the use of a piano. There is thus every reason to suggest that this disc is worth the full 5 star rating.
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