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Bell Telephone Hour documentary about Robert, Gaby and Jean Casadesus; great pianists from the first half of the 20th Century. Also contains bonus material.

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  • Actors: Robert Casadesus, Gaby Casadesus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Artists International
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0001US7IQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BLee on December 12, 2004
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In case you already have Bell Telephone Great Pianists, you have to consider if you want this one as well. It consists of substantially the same things, namely, exactly the same performance of the same movement in Beethoven, Chopin and Bach etc.

What you have here and not in Bell Telephone are: (i) a session of Robert teaching his student, a concert pianist from US-- and the clip lasted for a couple of minutes or so which is quite interesting; (ii) Robert and his wife playing four hands for a few minutes which is perfectly charming; (iii) the Casadesus home in Paris where Robert composed, and their country house where the family practiced together; (iv) the family playing a movement of a concerto composed by Robert for three pianos & an orchestra; (v) Robert at backstage right before and after he goes on stage; (vi) a number of pieces played by Jean the son...

This DVD is narrated by Jean and is more or less presented from Jean's point of view. It provides some insights into this renowned musical family whom even Rubinstein felt threatened and as could be seen from these clips not at all without justifications. One star taken off for it's repetition with Bell Telepohone.
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