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Piano Grand

Billy Joel , Diana Krall    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Tracks: 1. Billy Joel - Baby Grand 2. Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth Slowick, conductor - Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st Movement, "Allegro Molto Moderato" 3. Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 4. Diana Krall and her trio with the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra - Let's Fall in Love 5. Cyrus Chestnut - Baroque Impressions 6. Robert Levin and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth Slowick, conductor - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat, Op.73 "Emperor" 3rd Movement, "Rondo Allegro" 7. Elaine Elias and her trio - The Time Is Now 8. Katia & Marielle Labeque - Mother Goose Suite 9. Toshiko Akiyoshi - It Was A Very Good Year 10. Student Ensemble - Country Gardens 11. Billy Joel - Piano Man 12. Katia & Marielle Labeque - "America" from West Side Story 13. Marcus Roberts - Medley: "The Entertainer" - Scott Joplin, "The Crave" - Jellyroll Morton, "Ain't Misbehavin'" - Fats Waller 14. Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9 No. 2 15. Dave Brubeck - Thank you (Dziekuje) 16. Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire 17. Hyung-ki Joo - Fantasy (Film Noir) 18. Finale: Heart and Soul

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4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but with moments of brilliance... April 16 2002
Almost any pianist or piano enthusiast will find something to like from this DVD, although I doubt any will like all the selections. This is as it should be...a fair tribute to the piano must include music from many genres.
For me, the highlight of the DVD is Cyrus Chestnut's performance of 'Baroque Impressions', an original jazz improvisational piece built from a Bach theme. His performance was spellbinding...I watched that segment over and over again. Also excellent were the performances by Marcus Roberts and the Labeque sisters.
Billy Joel does a creditable job as MC, and his over-the-top rendition of 'Baby Grand' that opens the DVD is also great.
The producers did a good thing by trying to include some living legends performing live: Jerry Lee Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Dave Brubeck. Unfortunately, as these artists are well past their prime, watching their performances was a little saddening...knowing what greatness they've produced in earlier times. Of this group, Brubeck does well in picking a piece that is reflective in nature. I expected to see Ray Charles here, but curiously a performance by him was not included.
Cyrus Chestnut's performance alone justifies the price of this DVD. All in all, a great way to spend an evening!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mainly for piano maniacs, and everybody else Aug. 12 2001
Somehow, this DVD has a very eclectic selection of music styles (you get Baroque, Romantic and Impressionist classical music together with Rag, Boogie, Rock & roll and Jazz) in a mixture that I would have normally considered misfortunate, but in this case, being the piano the subject around which everything happens, it seems OK. I am a piano fan (I love how the instrument sounds and feels when you touch it and play it and I appreciate how it accomplishes as a one man orchestra) so you might think that my opinion ought not to be objective, but everybody I shared this DVD with (from 25 to 70) loved it. You get performances by some great pianists, some goodies (otherwise, how would you qualify Diana Krall) and other mature but yet vital respectable legends. Billy Joel (who also plays) acts as a very appropriate host. In the hole, watching and listening to this DVD results in a pleasant experience that you may even find instructive (in between every performance you have comments by Billy Joel and the interpreters, about the history of the piano, the music itself and how they feel about music). Maybe this DVD is not necessarily a must, but you wont regret if you acquire it and I am sure you will enjoy it (I certainly do) if you like the styles of music it contains.
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This DVD is one of my all time favorites. As a piano lover myself, this is a real nice treat. You can see many excellent artists perform various genres of piano music ranging from classical to jazz, contemporary, and pop. As a reviewer mentioned, I really like to see the French pianist play the popular classical numbers. Of course, to watch such famous artists as Billy Joel, Dina Krall, Marcus Roberts and Labeque Sisters is true pleasure. You would also be interested in this DVD if you noticed Hyung-Ki(Richard) Joo, a Korean American artist, was the pianist who had performed Billy Joel's first classical album "Fantasies & Delusions, Op. 1-10".
I like the PCM audio track, which is always more natural than DD5.1. In between performances, there are some "Snoopy" cartoons about music, which is enjoyable too. If you like music especially piano music, you don't have to hesitate getting this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dec 6 2001
I bought this dvd mainly because I'm so intrigued by the French piano school at the Conservatoire de Superieur in Paris. The pianists from the Paris Conservatoire that were featured included Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Labeque Sisters. I am just in total awe of Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Being a professional concert musician myself, I have one of the greatest respect for him in the world. He is not a "snobbish" classical musician and his playing style appeals to many different types of audiences. His performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor (1st movement only) just made me feel like I was floating on a cloud, daydreaming on a beautiful spring day in Norway. All you Thibaudet fans MUST see this dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a find! Dec 6 2000
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I happend across this DVD in my local library and it is by far the best-produced concert video I have seen. The production quality is extremely high. The picture is crisp, the sound is clear and balanced. Billy Joel is an engaging host who introduces the listener to a vast array of well-known performers with backgrounds in classical, jazz, and pop music. While there is such a wide range of musical genres, there are no dissapointments in this show. Performances are all of a high caliber. You won't be disappointed with this choice, I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who loves classical or jazz music, and mostly... the piano.
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