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  • Actors: Vassily Primakov
  • Directors: David Starobin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bridge Records, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00366HHTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This new DVD marks the film debut of piano virtuoso, Vassily Primakov, performing the three Intermezzos, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms, the four Ballades by Fryderyk Chopin, and the Sonata No. 4 by Alexandr Scriabin. Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class significance, the New York Times trumpeting his "fiery intensity" and his "bold, expressive phrasing and dramatic commitment that brought the audience to its feet." In 2009, National Public Radio named Primakov's Chopin Mazurka disc to its "Best CD of the Year" list, and American Record Guide raved: "In every piece his touch is perfect. This is a great Chopin pianist." Gramophone wrote that "Primakov's empathy with Chopin's spirit could hardly be more complete." The program was filmed in Denmark, in 2009 in HD video, David Starobin, director (68 minutes). The region free DVD includes audio in stereo as well as 5.1 surround sound in DTS and Dolby formats. Special features: Vassily Primakov photo gallery; biographical information; Primakov discography; and a Digital .Mp4 file, for easy copying to iPod or personal video devices.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 6, 2012
This disc features the young Russian pianist, Vassily Primakov, at the age of 30. Primakov has had some major successes in competitions and has had particularly favourable reviews for his CDs of the Chopin concertos and a selection of Mazurkas. This disc of Brahms, Chopin and Scriabin makes an interesting collection and provides alternative and convincing views of most of the program.

The writer of the copious sleeve notes makes the suggestion that the free compositional style of Chopin's Ballades can be extended into the Brahms Opus 117 set which are likened to a set of 3 lullabies. They are also linked to Brahms's much earlier set of Ballades Op.10. The Scriabin sonata is a naturally free composition anyway, typical of the thinking of that composer.

As a result the Brahms receives a more rhythmically free interpretation than is often the case with a considerable lassitude in terms of rhythmic pace. This interpretation could never be accused of being in strict tempo for instance. I personally liked it very much while being aware of the deviation from the more normally rigorous approaches to tempo in other performances.

This same approach informs the four Chopin Ballades which are also given a more tonally rounded interpretation than is often the case. There is no hint of the dramatically incisive outbursts that are frequently heard from other pianists. Instead the climatic moments, of which there are a great number, are more in the way of tonal expansions. The touch could almost be described as gentle and this, coupled with the reduced percussive `attacca' impacts produces somewhat more of a darker and thicker textural range than is often the case.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ariel on March 19, 2011
Vassily Primakov is an excellent pianist, he plays with a great dynamic range and he is very expressive and musical, besides a very clean technique he clearly feels the music he plays. I do not know why it took me so long to finally acquire this dvd, now I am very happy to add this recital to my collection. The film is very well done with excellent image quality, the camera work is great and the sound is spectacular (DTS 5.1), and the video is widescreen and it was filmed in Denmark in 2009 with no audience, the piano used was a Hamburg Steinway with an impressive tone quality, it was that impressive that I had to mention it.
This video is totally recommended for anyone who enjoys great piano playing and is a great chance to get to know this very talented young pianist, now I will try to get his audio cds also, no doubt.
Besides this dvd I would also like to recommend the dvd with Valentina Igoshina playing Chopin and the dvd with Ingrid Fliter playing Haydn Beethoven and Chopin that are absolutely remarkable, really not to be missed alongside this dvd with Vassily Primakov playing Brahms Chopin and Scriabin.
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