The Cliburn - Playing on the Edge
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This is a fascinating study, into a world rarely seen, the world behind what it's like to be a world-class piano competitor, where the least player among the 32 competitors could take the stage tomorrow with a symphony orchestra and play a well-executed concerto.
The viewer's anxiety starts to rise with that of the on-screen subjects, as the viewer picks his own favorite, and thus the viewer is transported briefly into that world of play-and-wait. As I followed my favorite, Olga Kern, I fell in love with her musical passion, which followed in stride with her technical mastery. As the camera captured the passion in her face when she played Rachmaninoff in the finals competition---a Russian playing a Russian---I was moved to tears and have been every time I see it.
The producers did an incredible job with this video and it is well worth seeing for any lover of music and of passionate expression.
Side two contains complete performances of the first Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, and the third Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto, by the two Gold Medalists. Side two alone is worth the price.
Strangely, the disc does not offer chapter selections.
In the documentary, I especially liked the interaction between the good people of Fort Worth who open their homes to these (dare I say it) eccentric musicians. Worlds apart, they seem to have a common interest through the music and this competion which is of course world reknowned.
I also learned something of the structure of these events, never having competed in one myself (other than state band contest stuff). I especially liked the rehearsal sessions (for the competitors who made it that far) with the orchestra and Maestro Conlon - his patience and thoughtfulness deserved some kind of medal as well.
The Rachmaninoff 3rd on Side B was enjoyable to hear and watch, but for those unfamliar with Kerns 'theatrics' may be a bit much. The Tchaikovsky was also good, performed by Gold Co-medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch, but I just don't find it as interesting as the Rachmaninoff.
I suppose I agree with those who complained about the indexing issues on the documentary and on the liner notes, but I haven't really missed the deficiency of either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on December 26, 2013 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 Loyd Eskildson
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