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The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne

Rosina Lhevinne, Van Cliburn, John Williams
Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4762  
Composer:  Various
Performer:  Rosina Lhévinne
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne: A Portrait of the Legendary Pianist explores the nature of art, creativity and the human potential through the extraordinary life and accomplishments of the legendary Russian pianist and master teacher Rosina Lhevinne (1880-1976).

In this film we will learn how her career blossomed after age 65, as she taught such now world-famous pupils as John Browning, Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter, James Levine, Hiroko Nakamura, Kun Woo Paik, Daniel Pollack, Jeffrey Siegel, and John Williams. They recount how Lhevinne profoundly influenced them with her 19th century pianistic tradition, inspired them with her humanity, and encouraged them to develop their individuality.

Rosina Lhevinne's
Read more remarkable solo performing career began at age 75 and climaxed at age 82 when she made her spectacular debut with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, playing Chopin's Piano Concerto in E minor.

This extraordinarily beautiful performance, as well as her previously unreleased chamber music recordings, is heard throughout the film.

The Lhevinne story is told in her own words through informal conversations, recording sessions, archival film and teaching footage. Adding a special dimension are her students' performances and many insightful interviews with her colleagues: pianist Arthur Rubinstein, musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky, violinist Robert Mann, and her daughter Marianna Lhevinne Graham.

Mme. Lhevinne's passion for life and music infuses the documentary, educating and inspiring the viewer. The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne: A Portrait of the Legendary Pianist stands as a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and its ability to endure, transform, nurture and flourish.

R E V I E W S:

"This film is an inspiration to all. Starting her solo piano career at the age of 75, Mme. Lhevinne did so by overcoming the challenges of major depression and advancing age. As we watch her we see IT CAN BE DONE!" - Lissy Jarvik, MD, PhD, Prof. Emer. Dept. of Psychiatry, School of Medicine UCLA.

"The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne says it all about creativity and the triumph of the human spirit. Rosina Lhevinne inspired creativity and innovation in generations of students who passed her sparks on to the next generation." - Moshe F. Rubinstein, Prof., UCLA & Director, UCLA Creativity & Innovation Program

"She could do so much for a student and get so much out of a student through Inspiration..."- Van Cliburn

"The feeling that everything is exciting, every passage can become better, every piece can be more spontaneous next time, not less." - Misha Dichter

Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 56 minutes
Color: Color
Format: NTSC, 4.3 Full Screen, Dolby 2.0
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Works on This Recording

Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Rosina Lhévinne (Piano)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Captivating and riveting January 18, 2016 By Anthony G. (SANTA FE, NM) See All My Reviews "From start to finish, one can't take one's eyes from this DVD. I viewed twice in one night and just viewed it again last week. We have Rosina Lhevinne screenings at my house among my musically inclined friends." Report Abuse
 Madame Lhevinne - The Best of the Best February 24, 2015 By David H. (Berkeley, CA) See All My Reviews "Madame Lhevinne was my piano teacher's teacher at Julliard, and watching this documentary brought back the memories of all the wonderful lessons I had with my own teacher, Lillian Bauer Cox. This documentary captures the spirit of an amazing teacher who loved her students and loved teaching, loved music, and understood that the piano (as is all music) was only a means for making those learning it better human beings. Her focus was on getting each student simply to be the best pianist that that person was capable of being. If you have any interest in watching one of this last century's greatest piano teacher in action, you will likely be thoroughly thrilled with this documentary. And her quote at the end of the film is profound, and not to be missed." Report Abuse
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