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  • Format: Classical, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • Release Date: Sept. 28 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X859HA

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DouglasVancouverBC on Nov. 25 2010
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I ordered this video because of my interest in Nobuyuki Tsujii, the astounding, magical, unique pianist from Japan who has been blind-since-birth and who won 1st Prize at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2008. I first learned of Nobu while visiting a friend in Tokyo who had taped the NHK documentary about his life. For whatever reason, that documentary is not available for purchase, either in Japanese or English. But this documentary is! And the reason I chose the adjectives I did for the title of this review was because of the insights into artists' / musicians' minds, both performers/competitors and adjudicators/jury-members. Hearing Pressler and other judges comment on the genius of Haochen Zhang, who tied Tsujii for 1st Place, and of Silver Medalist, Yeol eum Son of South Korea, and the four remaining finalists, Evgeni Bozhanov of Bulgaria, Mariangela Vacatello of Italy, and Di Wu of China, revealed the great cost of being a member of the jury as well as the privilege. And seeing the genuine humility and mutual compassion the performers had for each other was the icing on the cake. Do yourself a favour and buy this DVD and savour and enjoy its no-calorie sweetness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fleetfingers on Dec 22 2010
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As on previous occasions,this video offers a delightful backroom look at the finals of the Van Cliburn Competition, but this year, with the added bonus of a competitor who is blind and who ends up as a first prize winner. To see him rehearsing, and then performing major solo, chamber and concerto repertoire (including Rach 2, and one of the Chopin) was breathtaking indeed. But it also touched the heart in a special way. My only disappointment is the brevity of the artistic samplings. I wanted more. But then, that's the sign of a good production. I've been playing it over and over, and never seem to tire of it.
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By May Wong on Aug. 15 2014
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An informative look at what goes into competing for the Van Cliburn prize and a look at the competitors.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A Miracle in Texas Sept. 9 2010
By CentralCoaster - Published on Amazon.com
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I viewed this documentary for the first time on PBS, initially following the television broadcast nonchalantly while working on my computer. By the end of the film, I was in tears and on my feet.

Peter Rosen has given us a gripping and sensitive portrayal of the contestants, the jury, the musicians and other people involved in the 13th Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Rosen has been criticized for focusing too much on one competitor in particular, the young Japanese Nobuyuki Tsujii. Personally, I am thankful that Rosen did
that. I became increasing drawn to the film as I started to take note of Tsujii. At the time of my first viewing, I was unaware of his blindness nor the outcome of the competition, so the gentle build-up of admiration for this seemingly ungainly young man worked perfectly on me. I was entranced by the piano performances and touched by the footage of Nobuyuki's interaction with his Fort Worth host family, the Takacs Quartet, the Fort Worth
Symphony Orchestra, and conductor James Conlon. One scene that I can't get out of my head is that of Tsujii's mother standing alone backstage, her hands clutching at her heart and her face turned heavenward, while on stage Nobuyuki performs Rachmaninoff Concerto No 2 in the final round of the competition.

In a world beset with troubles and uncertainties, it is a privilege to witness a miracle that blossoms from a perfect storm of extraordinary talent, indomitable human spirits, and unconditional love. Bravo to Peter Rosen!

Footnote: The music ("Whisper of the River")that plays on the soundtrack as the final film credits roll is composed by Nobuyuki Tsujii -- a fitting end note.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just what this world needs a great deal more of.... Oct. 1 2011
By Richard C. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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We are told that "we entertain angels unaware"... well, in Nobuyuki, we are entertained by a young pianist from Japan who exudes all those qualities that make us feel good about life. I think Nobu's persona and playing would cause any serious viewer to wonder if God was not doing one of those rare, special 'things' in His world through this very lovable young and blind man!

I have been following this wonderful competition for many years and have the other DVD's and tapes. The quality and level of pianistic virtuosity displayed in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition surpasses all previous ones in my humble opinion. Ran Dant and all 6 finalists were stunning and spectacular and you just wanted all of them to win the Gold. Mariangelina Vocatello was my favorite, next to Nobu, but then watching and hearing Yeol Eum Som conquer the formidable Prokofiev 2nd is unbelievable also. If you really love and appreciate piano played at its absolute finest, this dvd is for you. Yes, I too would have liked more piano time but the human interest stories here were too good to neglect and anyway, you can go to Cliburn.tv webcast of ALL the performances that still can be seen and heard at that website.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Pasavo - Published on Amazon.com
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I have followed the Van Cliburn competition over the years and found this to be the best yet. I have watched it numerous times and it seems fresh everytime I view it. The format provides insight into the competitors, the conductor and the judges in a most interesting way. I liked it so much I had a copy of the DVD sent to another composer friend of mine here in L.A.
He just wrote to me telling me of his great joy in watching this competition and agreed that it was the best Van Cliburn competition he had seen. As usual the pianists were brilliant and the Rach 2nd and the Prokoviev 3rd were performed by many (as they are in most piano competitions)but Nobu added something very special to this competition. I would highly recommend it!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tsujii puts VanCliburn on center stage Oct. 8 2010
By Armando J Delgado - Published on Amazon.com
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Great documentary! The star of the piece and the competition is definitely Nobuyuki Tsujii. The music is beautiful and while you don't get to hear all the pieces in their entirety, which may be on purpose on part of The Cliburn Assoc.; they want you to buy the videos and cds which I strongly recommend, it's meant to show the hard work dedication and discipline that these young talented musicians must endure to get to this level. Bravos to them all for keeping this beautiful music alive and bravo to the documentary for bringing us their inspiring stories. I actually knew very little about The Van Cliburn Competition before this documentary and will certainly be following it in 4 years to see if there are more surprises.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you enjoy piano..... Oct. 6 2010
By RollTideGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you enjoy piano music you will love this DVD. It showcases the events of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. You see the dedication, hard work and intense moments that make this competition a world-wide phenomenon. I have to admit,I was slightly disappointed that the anchor had trouble pronouncing well-known composers names correctly and I would have enjoyed more piano music and less "reality TV" moments. Overall, this is a compelling, moving DVD that anyone who plays piano will appreciate or those who simply enjoy piano music will delight in.

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