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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (PCM Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 106.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Michelangeli performs works by Chopin in this rare 1962 RAI recording.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2006
Format: DVD
There are those who say that Michelangeli's playing is too cool, too perfect, too mechanical. If that were the case one would probably notice it particularly in an all-Chopin recital, since Chopin's music is the essence of romanticism, emotionalism. Well, I'm here to tell you that for all his perfectionism this recital puts that canard to rest. Yes, these live performances are note-perfect (about the only thing amiss I ever noticed was the occasional awkward voicing of a chord) but they are also so full of feeling, however nuanced, that one can do nothing better than be swept along by them. For instance, I had always held up Rubinstein's recordings of the great Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22, as beyond compare. However, this performance by Michelangeli is at least the equal of those. Indeed, during the Andante I forgot to breathe. When the Grande Polonaise started I was caught up in the elegance of the dance rhythms and was picturing in my mind's eye an aristocratic or military ball, something I'd never quite done before with this piece. Michelangeli takes seriously the indication 'spianato' ('smooth') for the Andante and when the almost martial snap of the Polonaise begins one is both surprised and delighted. This is a magnificent performance.

For many people the main attraction here will be the first item on the program, the B Flat Minor Sonata, Op. 35. It, too, is magnificent. The Funeral March is played without false sadness, but rather as an inexorable procession to the graveyard; its middle section, with that gorgeous right-hand melody floating above the accompaniment, provides a brief respite. And, of course, it is followed by the unisono Presto that has so often been described as 'the sound of the wind sweeping over a graveyard.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amy on January 7, 2008
Format: DVD
There is something utterly timeless about this DVD. The setting itself, is so simple which was at Michelangeli's own request that bares white walls and could as easily be the inside of a space capsule. Long shots are out so we never get to see if there is an auditorium behind the camera. Watching you just assume there's another white wall. If there is an auditorium there is certainly no public in it. So just a confined, open space with a piano which is also timeless since there's no maker's name on it, only a mysterious emblem, a sturdy old fashioned microphone and Michelangeli. Here again our sense of reality is challenged for he is playing in full evening dress though no one is there to see him. His actual control over the instrument is so superhuman. He himself seems incredibly remote, his face is always expressionless. What makes him so interesting and amazing is he's one of the few pianists that when he plays the fingers are the ONLY contact with the instrument and that ONLY this contact creates the sound and the performance. No other body movement is allowed which does not directly assist the fingers. Of course his arms move when dispatching chains of octaves or when leaping up and down the keyboard at the climax of the second Scherzo, but the fingers always lead the way. Michelangeli also challenges our sense of reality by virtually playing the almost two hour concert in one stretch. There are, it is true, a couple of breaks in the picture between items, but more often the cameras remain trained on him as he finishes a piece, slowly withdraws his hands, collects his thoughts, occasionally reaches for a handkerchief hidden inside the piano, wipes the piano, and then gets on with the next piece. The pieces performed on this DVD are:

1) Piano Sonata in B flat minor Op.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Antonia Brentano on April 19, 2006
Format: DVD
On this DVD you see and hear the best of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli : great musicianship, great technique, absolute wonderful performance.
For piano students it's great to be able to study such a fantastic technique (using the slow-forward button on your remote), fortunately the days of video are over!
It seems that this whole performance was taped in one or two takes, which makes the level of performance even more incredible.
Please do not hesitate, buy this DVD now.
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