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Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne - Portrait of the Legendary Pianist

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In this film we will learn how her career blossomed after age 65, as she taught such now world-famous pupils as John Browning, Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter, James Levine, Hiroko Nakamura, Kun Woo Paik, Daniel Pollack, Jeffrey Siegel, and John Williams. They recount how Lhevinne profoundly influenced them with her 19th century pianistic tradition, inspired them with her humanity, and encouraged them to develop their individuality.

Rosina Lhevinne's remarkable solo performing career began at age 75 and climaxed at age 82 when she made her spectacular debut with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, playing Chopin's Piano Concerto in E minor.

This extraordinarily beautiful performance, as well as her previously unreleased chamber music recordings, is heard throughout the film.

The Lhevinne story is told in her own words through informal conversations, recording sessions, archival film and teaching footage. Adding a special dimension are her students' performances and many insightful interviews with her colleagues: pianist Arthur Rubinstein, musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky, violinist Robert Mann, and her daughter Marianna Lhevinne Graham.

Mme. Lhevinne's passion for life and music infuses the documentary, educating and inspiring the viewer. The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne: A Portrait of the Legendary Pianist stands as a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and its ability to endure, transform, nurture and flourish.


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  • Actors: John Browning, Van Cliburn
  • Directors: Salome Ramras Arkatov
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kultur
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005O9MH30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There are so many wonderful moments of insight into the Russian school which Rosina teaches with style and command. Some of the greats like Van Cliburn can be seen working with her and realizing the magic of their own discovery that she brings to teaching. What a wonderful gift for pianists to savor and learn from. She was a great teacher and humanitarian, whose gift lives on in this video.
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A truly wonderful portrait! I've had copy of Josef Lhevinne's book on technique and never fully understood some of what he said until I saw the excerpts of Rosina playing in this documentary and then it made perfect sense. It has changed my playing completely. I never thought a scale could be beautiful until I heard her playing.

It's wonderful to hear the stories told by all these famous former pupils of hers.
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I will always cherish this DVD and will show it to my grandson when he is older and can understand the tremendous talent of Rosina Lhevinne. She is/was remarkable as a pianist herself and as a teacher to many great pianists. What an inspiration to all of us aspiring pianists! She used her God-given talents as a gift to the world.
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My teacher was a student of Rosina and Josef Lhevinne at Julliard in the 1930's. She told me interesting stories about the Lhevinnes and their superb teaching methods and technique. Clearly this video, which focuses mainly on Rosina's later life as a widow and great teacher/pianist, is a great tribute to her legacy as one of the world's foremost teachers.

I'm glad this video was made and hopefully it will help others appreciate that great teachers amplify musicianship many fold through their dedication and love for their students.
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The amazing and beautiful Madamme Lhevinne is an inspiration to me, in that one is never too old to be awesome!!!
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