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There is an excitement in live competition that is seldom heard in any other kind of performance. Every nerve is on fire; every competitor is giving the performance of his or her life. This documentary by Emmy(R) Award-winning director/producer Peter Rosen takes the viewer backstage at the world's most prestigious piano competition, revealing up close the personal lives of a few of the most extraordinary young pianists. "Real life" is set against a backdrop of intense recitals, piano quintets, and concerti with an orchestra led by renowned conductor James Conlon.
I believe this is the best of all the Van Cliburn competition DVDs. The music is gorgeous, the musicians are adorable and amazingly talented, and the closeups at the keyboard are... Read morePublished 21 months ago by H. Candelaria
Phenomenal back stage stories of the contestants with focus on the winners,
Olga Kern's performance of the Rach 3 is beyond comparison - truly magical - if you are not in... Read more
This video is a "Must" for concert music lovers. If you enjoyed the movie "The Competition", this movie is the real thing without the fictional plot and is way more dramatic. Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by John F. Horner
This is probably one of the best music video I ever owned. From the technical side, the video is well edited and compiled. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by C. Chan
This DVD was sent promptly, and in excellent condition. I bought it after I had viewed it and simply wanted to experience it over and over. Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by Barbara S. Sweeton
"The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge" is a exquisite view of the Eleventh Van Cliburn piano Competition. Read morePublished on May 28, 2010 by George Bush
This is an excellent DVD. The documentary is almost like a feature film, very captivating, the interviews very impromptu and quite interesting, full of delightful human interest. Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Keith M. Deutsher
Well, this one had some surprises at the very get-go and I must agree with the original 2002 reviewer that the absence of any DVD scene tracking capability whatsoever or even a... Read morePublished on April 27, 2007 by Anthony J. Lomenzo
A most interesting film.
Interesting in that all award winners here (and not just the gold medalists) are very good pianists. Read more