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Marc-André Hamelin: No Limits - The World of the Piano (2007)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • ASIN: B000WXR4WM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Marc-Andre Hamelin performs works by Haydn, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, as well as his own composition in this program directed by Jan Schmidt-Garre. Also included is a portrait of the artist and interview.

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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic November 15, 2007
We are living in an age of phenomenal pianism, one in which pianists in general tend to have almost superhuman technical abilities and in which many of them are exploring hitherto unknown corners of the piano literature, to the amazement and delight of concert-goers. Among them, perhaps primus inter pares, is Marc-André Hamelin who has recorded four dozen CDs and has appeared all over the world in acclaimed concerts. Jan Schmidt-Garre, the producer of this DVD, has begun a series he calls 'Legato: The World of the Piano', of which this is the second volume. The first was devoted to Boris Berezovsky Legato: The World of the Piano, Vol. 1. I rated that issue quite highly. But this one is even better for two reasons: Hamelin plays an exquisite 90-minute recital as well as talking intelligently, movingly, fascinatingly for 100 minutes with Schmidt-Garre, a skillful interviewer who knows pianism in and out.

In the interview sections Hamelin talks about what goes into preparing a work for performance. He is shown, three months before the concert we see on this DVD, sight-reading the Haydn Sonata No. 31 in E Major -- this is not one of the works included in his recent 2CD set of Haydn Sonatas, but is included on the recital on this DVD -- and talking about various passages in the work as he encounters them. He winningly comments that the presto Finale 'should be longer because it's so much fun.' He also is shown talking with Schmidt-Garre about the Debussy Préludes, Book II, giving his reasons for choices he made in his interpretations, illustrating at the piano.

The conversation with Schmidt-Garre is in two parts. One is called 'Portrait', and lasts about thirty minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding disc in every way July 8, 2012
This disc contains an informative documentary which charts Hamelin's preparations for the following concert over several months, weeks, days then hours beforehand. In this he explains his approach to memorising pieces and to developing his eventual interpretation on the night. This is an illuminating documentary that is really useful to watch before the final concert.

The concert itself covers a range of styles from Haydn to Gershwin. The Haydn is given a nice crisp interpretation but it is in the Chopin 3rd Sonata that Hamelin's world class status really becomes evident. This is a toweringly effective performance which exists in a world far beyond any technical considerations. The 1st movement is both strong but intensely lyrical. The middle two movements show us just how far Chopin had travelled away from the Classical period of Beethoven into an abstract landscape. The last movement brings the work to a powerful conclusion. This is a far superior performance than his admired CD version in my opinion and adds all the frission and atmosphere of a live occasion to the undoubted technical perfections of the earlier disc.

The Debussy Preludes Book 2 inhabits the same rarefied world of music making which would rank with any of the finest performances on record - and there are many, and the concert ends with Hamelin's own left-hand etude 7 followed by two short Gershwin encores. These latter conclude the concert with laughter from the audience as personal communication from Hamelin is added to the considerable musical communications already enjoyed. There is a short bonus item in the form of Hamelin's own Ring-Tone Waltz.

The camera work throughout is sharp and detailed and of very good tonal quality. The sound is of equal excellence and is presented in DTS 5.1, DD 5.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional pianism and perceptive talk March 11, 2010
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This is one of the most successfully made piano DVD's I've purchased over the last 10 years. The talk is intelligent, lengthy, well paced and edited. The playing is always at the top international level. I can't say that the Haydn or Chopin opens up any new vistas but the conception and execution are convincing, the phrasings always shaped with plasticity, the control of nuance unerring. With the second book of preludes of Debussy Hamelin attains an astounding artistic level; his playing and the music really become one. The Debussy is the real reason to buy this DVD and find out what a human being can accomplish at this instrument. The last prelude, fireworks, is also a visual treat; you can see how Hamelin's soft hands configure themselves to achieve maximum power and velocity when he needs it. A lesson for all pianists -- Geoffrey Dorfman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamelin is a genius January 17, 2012
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This DVD should be a part of any serious pianist's collection. Educational, colorful and inspiring. Hamelin is certainly among the very greatest pianists of our age, and possibly the best technician out there.
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