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Editorial Reviews

The 'Easter Suite' has remained one of the least known compositions
by Oscar Peterson, even though virtually all sources mention it
as one of his major works. It was commissioned by the South Bank
Show, London Weekend Television's flagship arts programme, and
broadcast nation-wide on Good Friday, April 24th, 1984. Its eight
movements follow the events related in the gospel story.
This recording of the world premiere performance also features an
interview with Peterson, explaining how he went about composing
the suite, his initial scepticism about interpreting such a topic in the
medium of jazz and his relation to spiritual music. He also describes
in detail the various motifs of the work.
If the passion and resurrection seem surprising as topics for a longer
jazz work, Oscar Peterson with his 'Easter Suite' appears in a long
line of other jazz greats, who at least in their later works created
religiously inspired works. Includes a special feature of commentary by Oscar Peterson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Oscar Peterson, David Drew, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
  • Directors: --
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006O8K4KS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean R. Brierly on March 4, 2012
Oscar Peterson is justly celebrated as one of jazz's greatest pianists, but he's less well known for his compositional achievements. Happily, we now have this DVD of the premiere recording of one of his signature works, the Easter Suite. The nine-movement composition was commissioned by the BBC's South Bank Show and broadcast throughout Britain on Good Friday in 1984. Accompanied by his longtime drummer Martin Drew and the great Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Peterson delivers his interpretation of the Easter story through the basic language of jazz, embellished with blues, classical and gospel elements. Although the music is inspired by the passion and resurrection of Jesus, one can set aside the spiritual connotations and focus solely on the music itself, which is straight-ahead, swinging, soulful Oscar Peterson jazz. Filmed in the intimate confines of a BBC television studio, it's like having a front-row seat at one of the pianist's gigs. Icing on the cake is a fascinating interview with South Bank Show host Melvyn Bragg, in which Peterson breaks down his approach to writing the suite as well as his musical interaction with Drew and Pedersen. It's a fascinating discussion, and a perfect complement to an enthralling and inspiring performance.
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By J E CAMPAILLA on January 5, 2013
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Not Oscar as we usually expect him, but brilliant, and we can now watch and listen over and over again.
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By Howard Janapol on August 19, 2014
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Beautiful piece of music by a great pianist.
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