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Piano Grand: A Smithsonian Celebration [Import]
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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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!
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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I first saw this presentation on PBS TV. Unfortunatly, I did not see it all but was determined to "See It All". The opening by Billy Joel alone is worth the DVD. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by Wayne S. Crooker
Short review because I have nothing but the best things to say about this package. If you are a true piano jazz fan like myself, this is a must own dvd. Buy it.. Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by R. Heitner
Very good video, but should have given some more time for Diana Krall......she really shined that night.....Published on Nov. 27 2001 by David Carlin
This is the best concert that I have never seen before.This contain many great star,and they all have a great performance. Read morePublished on May 1 2001 by Lam Ming
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