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Frank Peter Zimmerman & Enrico Pace: J.S. Bach - Sonatas for Violin and Piano/Bach and Me (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: J.S. Bach, Pace, Zimmermann
  • Directors: Mirow;Binding
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: Dutch, English, French
  • Subtitles: German, English, French
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: EUROARTS
  • Release Date: May 26 2009
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0020LSX42
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Bach - Sonatas For Violin And Piano Bwv 1014-1019

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At last, a complete recording DVD made possible for these wonderful sonatas delivered on violin and piano. The sound of the Stradivarius made in almost the same years these sonatas where composed by J.S. Bach is serving very well the integrity of the master pieces. Can't say more, Mr Zimmermann has erased his name to let the Cantor sing !!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa3298150) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38b9924) out of 5 stars Get this! June 11 2009
By Bernie - Published on
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This is a superb DVD!
For a violinist, Frank Peter Zimmermann represents the highest level of musicianship. The Documentary is not just about Bach, in fact it has lots of other footage, including his son and his own performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Danish Radio Symphony (this is excellent).
He plays like Kogan, not surprisingly and his technique is as flawless as any violinist I have seen or heard.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38b9b4c) out of 5 stars A violinist's violinist candidly presents himself Sept. 7 2009
By Violin MD - Published on
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This is an AMAZING DVD release of the German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. It is a DVD counterpart to the Sony CD of the same program that Zimmermann recorded with pianist Pace. Zimmermann is a 'violinist's violinist' who performs with great elan and musical humility such that his total musicality is refreshingly rewarding yet non-obtrusive. His interpretations of all the major concerti on disc have consistently shown a steadfast dedication to singing and musical integrity rather than an opportunism for showcasing brilliant technical virtuosity. Rather, all of Zimmermann's considerable technical ability is devoted to the expressive realization of the works such that the composer's voice is always heard first without the common imposition of the performer's 'persona' onto the music. Zimmermann is therefore a rarer breed of violinist whose great expressivity can be overlooked due to his more reticent showmanship.

This DVD is an absolute treasure for any admirer of Frank Peter Zimmermann who may have not had the special opportunity to attend a live performance. For such a soft-spoken artist who rarely rides on the publicity "wagon", the documentary offers a surprisingly close look at Zimmermann's concert-going life as well as an intimate look from within his home as he listens and coaches his young son Serge Zimmermann, violinist. Frank Peter's Beethoven string trio and Sibelius concerto rehearsals and performances are also presented in excerpts while Zimmermann speaks candidly concerning these performances. As well, he discusses his personal approach and experiences to performing the Bach sonatas for violin and keyboard at an illuminating level.

These readings of Bach's sonatas for violin and keyboard are likewise most enjoyable to listen to for their musical sensitivity coupled with a real sense of intellect that is so characteristic of Bach's compositions. The mind is an equally present force driving this music in addition to the heart. Zimmermann does not fuss with any concerns of period-performance authenticity (most thankfully) and instead plays Bach with a freely expressive yet well-prepared style that is fully mindful and acknowledging of the time period and instruments existing when Bach wrote these works. Again, the music is central to all other issues in Zimmermann's recording which puts Bach first and the performer and other considerations second. Perhaps Zimmermann's self-effacement is what has kept his profile as a fine violinist less visible than other violinists who are promoted with so much publicity and self-flamboyance such as Vengerov, Kennedy, and Mutter?

The pianist Enrico Pace is likewise a beautifully-matched full collaborator with Zimmermann. Pace allows the musical line to begin, breathe, grow, and finish while sustaining a beautiful, non-interrupted line throughout the movements. And he moves seemingly effortlessly in unison with Zimmermann while they share counterpoint, dialogue, and tuttis. There is real propulsion to these performances with a fleetness to both bow and keys that is infused with a true sense of being alive rather performing in a vacuum or on auto-pilot. Pace also shines during his solo movement of the sixth sonata.

You will most definitely enjoy watching this fine DVD. The sound quality of the recording is beautifully balanced and engineered providing a very realistic sound picture. The picture quality is excellent also with a satisfying balance of multiple angles of the two artists.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Son of Surya - Published on
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This DVD features two top musicians who are technically skilled but most of all very musical, intelligent and honest.
They don't care about personality and status and are both very reluctant in making recordings and appearing in public. They both possess the highest craftmanship, though. I have known Enrico Pace for a long time, since his 1st place in the Liszt tournament in The Netherlands. Since then he has grown tremendously in a musical way, from young and eager "showoff" to the calm and intelligent musician he is now. Frank Peter Zimmerman certainly is one of the best violinists in the world today. But when they come together they produce magic. It takes a certain type of character to play these pieces and stay true to Bach, without going on an ego trip. These two men have done excellent, they put the music first and you can notice they are grateful and humbled that they are allowed to perform this heavenly music.
The DVD is of excellent quality, both picture-wise and sound-wise, and it is recorded in a fine acoustic atmosphere that adds solemnity to the performance. There were very moving and emotional parts, for me for example the Adagio from the F minor sonata BWV 1018.
The documentary "Bach and me" was also highly enjoyable, giving a peek into the private life of F.P. Zimmerman and how he balances it with his career, even his son is shown playing the violin, also a great talent.
All in all, you will certainly not regret buying this DVD if you like Bach. The love for music is tangible by these sublime and honest musicians.
HASH(0xa2f7b0fc) out of 5 stars Sublime playing, bad video editing March 8 2014
By Roger - Published on
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Zimmerman is one of the best playing some of the greatest music for the violin. The performances are beyond outstanding. However, I found the video editing extremely annoying. Several camera perspectives are used. Rarely are we allowed to focus on one view for more than five seconds. Sometimes the editing flashes from view to view in as little as one second. For a violinist primarily interested in watching Zimmerman play, during some of the more interesting and challenging violin sections we are looking Pace's face or the backs of the audience heads. The jumping cameras were so distracting that I found myself closing my eyes and just listening. Nevertheless, the performances are a must for any Bach collection. Buy the CD, by all means.
HASH(0xa2f7b330) out of 5 stars Two great musicians and the greatest composer Feb. 16 2013
By Joseph A. Bongiorno - Published on
This is sensational music-playing -- and composing. I take away one star because in the faster movements ("toe-tapping Bach") the violin gets buried in the piano accompaniment, played on a Steinway grand (eight-foot?) with the lid fully open. It would have been better for proper balance to have the lid partally open, as it usually is for accompanying, or closed.

I suggest starting with the accompanying one-hour documentary, "Bach and me." In it Zimmermann discusses, among other things, some of the more important movements and then plays them, in full.