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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 63.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L0VJF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,975 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Also available on 9/7/2010 (released in conjunction with her new CD of Paganini Caprices)is a DVD of Julia Fischer performing Saint-San's Violin Concerto no. 3 as well as Grieg's Piano Concerto on the same concert. Filmed live on New Year's Day 2008, this concert marked the professional debut of Julia Fischer as a concert pianist. In his review of this concert Arno Widmann of the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper described the atmosphere in the concert hall: "The excitement of the audience was palpable. After all, everyone was aware that only two extremes were possible: either this would turn out to be the total disgrace of one of the greatest living violinists; or it would mark the triumphant birth of a new pianist. From the beginning of the Adagio of the Grieg piano concerto, everyone present knew they were witnessing the overwhelming triumph of Julia Fischer."

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Such great performance is really fantastic.
Julia Fischer's vital energy and crisp emotional yet precise interpretation on both violin and piano bring the composer's works to the highest artistic levels.
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The documentary is an interesting extra feature.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Rose on September 9, 2010
I absolutely agree with everything said by the first reviewer. Except, and I think they would also agree with me, one of the fascinating things about her less than perfect Grieg Concerto is to hear how Julia solves the problems that she has with this piece. If you ever wondered how an absolutely top-rated musician might give a virtuoso musical performance on another instrument in which they are not quite as much a virtuoso, this is where you find out.

The great Russian Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was also a very fine pianist, but like Julia, it really was his second instrument. He also gave concerts, though primarily in chamber works, such as accompanist to singers.

Here, Julia is attempting to take that second instrument and make music through a masterpiece of virtuosity, and one that she had longed to play for much of her life. The result is stupendously musical playing, drawn out with as much attention to every detail as we are accustomed to hearing in her violin playing. Her's is very much a controlled performance that stays within herself, yet captures surprising insights simply because she cannot always play quite as fast and fluently in some parts she might otherwise like.

In some performances where the performer is not at the very top of their game with a work, you can hear them struggle in passages beyond their abilities. Julia never struggles like this. Instead, she solves all the problems to which lesser performers succumb by finding a convincing approach that loses no time, misses almost no notes, and makes a complete statement in every bar and across the bars. She plays with extraordinary clarity, superb voicing, and connects every idea so that there is no doubt of her intent.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on September 8, 2010
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I would like to assume that if you are reading this (MHO) review on this highly unusual DVD of Julia Fischer, you already know who Julia Fischer is and no further introduction is necessary..

For the benefit of those (just in case) who do not know Julia Fischer, she is known as one of the very best virtuoso violinist of our time. She is so talented that during the recording of Vivaldi Four Seasons Concerto in 2002, Sir Neville Mariner handed over his baton to Julia Fischer, and said to her that,"You don't need me here", then let Ms. Fischer to become the youngest person ever to lead "The-St.-Martin-In-The-Fields".

So, let's get into this incredible DVD. It was recorded live on January 1st, 2008 in Frankfurt, DE as the New Year's concert.

Ms. Julia Fischer has not played Saint-Saëns famous Violin Concerto no. 3 for about ten years. Although Ms Fischer had not played it for such a long time, and this is according to herself (this comment is in this DVD), it is because she believed that she had really "over-played" it. However, when she performs this Concerto again, she gave us her new perspective with mayurity on the violin concerto, this alone is worth the price of admission on this DVD. It is absolutely Julia : Sensitive, articulate and lyrical. Simply gorgeous.

The twist is, on that night, after the intermission, she shocked and pleased the audience with her Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor. To be honest, it wasn't on par with world's "greatest" Grieg Piano Concerto performance, yet it was perfectly under control and she put out quite a few of the better known players to shame, However, that's not her point. She is a violinist that "thinks" in piano!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard P. Knapp on September 15, 2010
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Julia Fischer is celebrated as a brilliant violinist, mature way beyond her age, in command of a wide range of musical styles and a shining presence on concert stages around the globe. At the same time, she has developed a virtuoso command of the piano since her childhood. This DVD, recorded live on 1 January 2008, documents "a musical first": her performance of the Saint-Saëns Third Violin Concerto and, on the same occasion, her début as a concert pianist with Grieg's A minor concerto. The venue is Frankfurt's Alte Oper, and Fischer, is accompanied by the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie conducted by Matthias Pintscher. I had not heard this orchestra before, nor was I familiar with Pintscher, but I find their contribution very fine. Fischer's interpretation of the Saint-Saëns is perfect in every respect: technically stunning, sensitive without being sentimental and fully in tune with the French romantic idiom. Her performance of the Grieg - not a particularly "deep" piece, but full of atmosphere, color, irresistible lyricism and grandiose rhetoric - can stand with the best. She may not have the final ounce of steel-fingered strength as some of her fellow pianists, and she may not (yet) be able to play the piano blindfolded. But her technique is amazing, and so is her illumination of the old warhorse score which provides some fresh insights, especially in the second and final movements. In addition to this unique and memorable concert, the disk has a substantial bonus feature: an informal interview with Julia Fischer that shows her as an eminently likable young woman, unpretentious but highly articulate and devoted to her art. This is a disk to behold, worth every penny.
P.S. Why don't we get more bonus features like this (artist interviews, rehearsal clips etc.) on DVDs? The superior length of the DVD (vs. CD) makes it the perfect medium for extras. Is anyone at Arthaus, DG, EuroArts, idéaleaudience, Philips et al. out there listening and reading this?
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