- Actors: Nobuyuki Tsujii, Yeol Eum Son, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Haochen Zhang, James Conlon
- Directors: Peter Rosen
- Producers: Peter Rosen
- Format: Classical, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, German
- Region: All RegionsAll Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Euroarts
- Release Date: Sept. 28 2010
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B003X859HA
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Surprise in Texas: 13th Intl Van Cliburn [Import]
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In May 2009, twenty-nine of the world's best young pianists converged in Fort Worth, Texas for a once in a lifetime chance at gold in the thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Emmy-winning director Peter Rosen follows these distinctive personalities during a rigorous three-week competition through intense rehearsals, introspective moments, pre-concert rituals, and endearing celebrations.
With the performances of Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff and other piano masterpieces setting the impassioned tone, the result is an intricate inside view into the inner workings of the world's most prestigious piano competition and a
heartwarming story that proves to be a momentous surprise in Texas.
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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.
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.
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!!!
portions of the works. There anticipation when winners are selected by the judges, and how supportive the artists are of each
other. Truly the cream of the crop.
I would enjoy having a DVD of the latest competition.