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Not every moment is joyous; filmed shortly after the final dismantling of the Cultural Revolution, From Mao to Mozart offers a brief but harrowing portrait of Tan Shuzhen, a violinmaker imprisoned for over a year for the crime of crafting Western instruments. But after this remembrance of the past, the movie ends as it should, eyes and ears on the future, as adolescent cellist Wang Jian serenades the appreciative audience. A fascinating postscript, Musical Encounters, follows Stern's return to Beijing two decades later and catches up with Wang, now a successful recording artist, as well as others from the original film. Especially heartening is conductor Li Delun, wheeled onto the stage but still magisterial as he reteams with Stern to once again perform Mozart's Concerto in G; and through the music, two men raised a world apart who have met only twice in their lives are again made the best of friends. --Bruce Reid
He encourages the players he meets and especially the young musicians and finds them very responsive.
He truly is a delightful man and his abilities to express and transmit his passion for music is captivating.
A musician should have this DVD and I also recommend the other Isaac Stern DVD that is a bio of his life.
I watched this movie for a class I was taking in college and thought the movie was ok. It was more interesting than I was expecting. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michael
This is a good peak into China at the end of Mao's Cultural Revolution. China has come a long way since then, and still has far to go. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cheri Holland
This is an amazing story of Isaac Stern traveling in China, holding master classes for young musicians, and performing himself. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mums
To those who love classical music and are knowledgeable about its many different facets, it may seem ridiculously impossible that I never even heard of Isaac Stern until February,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lee Davis
Marvelous! Even the photo on the front cover of "From Mao to Mozart" has heart and soul. A picture is worth the 1000 plus words of this time in Isaac Stern's life.Published 12 months ago by OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE UNIVERSITY - OPSU
One of the most powerful recordings I have ever seen. I saw this on PBC years ago and finally bought the DVD. Read morePublished 12 months ago by serious consumer
I have watched this many many many times. I love this window into Isaac Stern's personality and his communication skills via a violin when he cannot speak Chinese. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of reviews are available. This is a must have for anyone interested in both Stern and the rising China. Read morePublished 17 months ago by George R. Collison
This VHS is a treasure, as was Mr. Stern. His love of music and teaching are obvious, and it was a pleasure to see how appreciated he was by the Chinese people.Published 18 months ago by Steven Havill
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