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As Steinway & Sons' Chief Technician and Master Tuner in Vienna, Stefan Knupfe is dedicated to the unusual task of pairing world-class instruments with world-famous pianists. Juggling the demands of the pianist, the piano, and the piece to find the perfect match requires boundless enthusiasm, but also endless patience and nerves of steel. No detail is too small or too inconsequential for Knupfe, not even the tiniest speck of dust on a piano string.
Pianomania is a humorous and surprisingly suspenseful peek into the heated clash of wills between a genius craftsman and the renowned pianists who rely on his talent - including Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand - as they search together for that elusive perfect tone.
This is a really interesting documentary - have given several as gifts.Published 1 month ago by Ethyl
What an interesting documentary. I'd recommend to all pianists. It's amazing that something so dry can be so much fun!Published 4 months ago by Big Reader
You truly can appreciate the talent and dedication that this professional has in maintaining the instrument. Judge your tuner by this mans standards!Published 5 months ago by Radha Raman Das
Interesting but does not dig very deep. Enjoyable but shallow on details. It reminded me of watching a some random home movie clips with little context.Published 6 months ago by Garry Lowney
Friend recommended it, and it's good to be sure, but more a serious documentary about the requirements of recording artists than the sendup involving my least favorite pianists... Read morePublished 16 months ago by /
I use this video in several languages, during the piano technique courses I give for people all over the world. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ben Verbon
The dvd is in another language. says does not work in this region. Do you have any in English. Can I get an exchange or refund?Published 20 months ago by cathy davis
Voicing and tuning a piano already require nearly infinite patience. And making things work for the "specialized" masters at the piano requires yet another level of patience. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kevin Cheung
Both fun and educational--great entertainment for musicians, piano tuners and audiophiles alike.
One really appreciates the challenges of tuning grand pianos for performing... Read more