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Pianists-Defining Chopin

Academic journal article Notes

Pianists-Defining Chopin

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Pianists-Defining Chopin. DVD. Antoni Wit / Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Directed by Tomasz Magierski. Featuring Sean Kennard, Rachel Kudo, Esther Park, Mei-Ting Sun. [New York]: Smoking Mirror Productions, 2006. $240.00.

Tomasz Magierski's excellent documentary about the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw perfectly captures the joys and sorrows of musical competitions. Focusing on the American contingent of four young pianists, Magierski shows how the competition challenges, thrills, and disappoints them during the thirty-day event.

Interwoven with conservations with Sean Kennard, Rachel Kudo, Esther Park, and Mei-Ting Sun are their rehearsals, performances, and travels about Warsaw, as well as interviews with pianists/teachers Edward Aldwell, Agustin Arievas, Seymour Bernstein, Enrique Graf, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Emilio del Rosario, Ruth Slenczynska, and Susan Starr. Magierski contrasts the innocence of the competitors with the wisdom of their mentors. Bernstein complains that pianists should not be judges at such events because of the possibility of personal agendas. The comments of these veterans balance the unformed personalities of the young pianists, among whom Sun stands out for being more articulate, and slightly arrogant. …

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