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Francesco Libetta - Live at La Roque D'Antheron International Piano Festival 2002


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  • Actors: Francesco Libetta, Strauss, Chopin, Godowsky, Debussy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Artists Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LRZ0TS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VAI DVD 4375 Music of R. Strauss, Chopin/Godowsky, Debussy, Hummel, Liszt,Ligeti, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Delibes Recorded 200289 min., Color, Stereo.

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I fully agree with the other two Amazonians who were stunned.....as I can't see anything better to say !
Djeff from France
I have no doubt that purchasers will be mightily impressed and will want to investigate this series further. it seems reasonable to award a 5 star rating therefore.
I. Giles
First of all I would like to say that there are a lot of really superb classical piano performances available on DVD, I have truly enjoyed so many of them so much.
Ariel

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ariel on March 1, 2007
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It is really an honor to be the first person to review this amazing release. I just love watching classical piano performances on DVD. For the last year I have been collecting lots of classical piano DVDs that I mostly selected based on the reviews I found in this site, so I am really grateful to all the people that made those reviews, I guess it is time to write my first review and I could not have chosen a better release to begin with.
First of all I would like to say that there are a lot of really superb classical piano performances available on DVD, I have truly enjoyed so many of them so much.
About this particular programme I have to say that Francesco Libetta is an astounding master of the piano, watching him play is absolutely magnificent, a totally unsurpassable and magistral experience that will blow you away, I mean literally, believe me, his technic is awesome and absolutely a treat to watch, every movement he makes through the whole keyboard and every note he plays just could not be more brilliantly done, and his musicality and expressiveness are unbelievable, the music selection for this particular recital is also fantastic, lots of composers, lots of wonderful pieces masterly performed.
About the technical aspects of the film, well it is a film by the renown Bruno Monsaingeon, and it could not had been filmed better. The hall at La Roque d'Antheron International Piano Festival was specifically prepared to capture this recital on DVD, lots of cameras strategically placed and remotely controlled, and the result is just the best camera work I have seen to date in the filming of piano perfomances, amazing camera views, all exquisitely done.
So if you love the piano and feel passion for it and enjoy watching performances of the highest level do not miss this magnificent, spellbinding, breathtaking and electrifying recital remarkably captured on film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 29, 2012
This recital by Francesco Libetta includes Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel, 3 studies by Godowsky, Liszt's Totentanz and various other works of tremendous technical demand including Ligeti's Devil's Staircase which I found to be an engrossing new discovery.

All this playing is of the utmost technical and musical security where the over-riding impression is of the great clarity achieved through meticulous attention to detail. The piano arrangement of the Till Eulenspiegel, for example, illuminated many details that had passed me by in the many fine orchestral versions that I have heard /owned by conductors of note for example. This has since enabled me to more fully appreciate the normal orchestral version and notice details which had so far remained hidden from my ears - so thanks for that Francesco Libetta! The 3 Chopin etudes studies which are in effect variations on the originals, are renowned for their various technical difficulties but Libetta almost makes them seem easy. The 22nd study for left hand is a particularly impressive example of what can be done with an already difficult study to make it even harder while retaining musical interest.

Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse follows and this is idiomatically played as is Hummel's Rondo which typically exults in flurries of scale and arpeggio-like passages. Beethoven had a great regard for Hummel's compositional skill. Liszt's Totentanz and Ligeti's Devil's Staircase make an appropriate coupling to follow and both are impressively despatched with aplomb. The Ligetti was new to me and I have now enjoyed this several times and each time been mightily impressed by its imagination.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Court on April 21, 2011
This is the real thing. You are watching the whole package you would expect from a super-pianist:Mind boggling,super human technique combined with exquisite touch and sound control wich
allows the art to be expressed without ugly blemishes even in the
most difficult passages.And it's all live.No editings nor tricks.
How many pianists can acomplish this in a live performance?.I used to credit Marc-Andre Hamelin as the Superman of all pianists,but after watching this video...it's a close call.
We must conceed that this is a fireworks based recital ( just start with the Alkan piece ),so the next DVD to watch is "Libetta
in Leece",where Beethoven's Op.31,No.3 opens the recital.This wonderful musical complement suggests whe are dealing with the complete musician.Both videos are not to be missed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Djeff from France on May 26, 2012
I fully agree with the other two Amazonians who were stunned.....as I can't see anything better to say !

Last year I found the French version of that DVD, Zone 0 with a different box,but the inside is the same...For those interested,the Collection is called "Les Pianos de la Nuit", and, yes , EVERYONE in the Team made a fantastic job !

I got "Libetta in Leece" DVD too, and whenever I look at one of the two DVD's, I wonder if I'm dreaming or if that's REAL ......

IT'S A GREAT PITY the whole Collection of DVD's filmed at the La Roque d'Antheron French Festival in 2002,2003 and 2004 was discontinued !

Now,there's just a Compilation CD for every Festival, but it's FAR from being the same thing....

As a conclusion, RUN and buy a copy,before the Spring has completely dried out !

Greetings from France,

John.
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