In Portrait (Some memories of a quiet magician)
Nathan Milstein: Master of Invention
Beethoven: 'Kreutzer' Sonata
Personal introductions by Christopher Nupen
Picture format: NTSC 16:9 and 4:3
Sound format: LPCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (All Regions)
Subtitles: German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian
Running time: 225 minutes
No. of DVDs: 2
"Perhaps the most nearly perfect violinist of his time." Harold C. Schonberg, The New York Times
"The last of the giants of the violin." Le Monde de la Musique, Paris
Nathan Milstein: Master of Invention -
Awarded the Diapason d'Or of the year, Paris 1993
"Christopher Nupen: king of the music documentary." Gramophone
Christopher Nupen -
Winner of the documentary DVD of the Year Award in Cannes in 2005 and 2006
A Christopher Nupen film belonging to a long line of memorable portraits of the great performers. His Jacqueline du Pré portrait has sold over 22,000 copies in two years and his Segovia portrait over 12,000 in one.
This DVD, which contains, among other things, the only portrait film ever made with Nathan Milstein, is the product of a close friendship between a dedicated film-maker and one of the finest violinists of the twentieth century. It was shot in the autumn of the longest career in the history of solo violin playing; 73 years lay between Milstein's first appearance with Glazunov conducting and his last recital in the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm in 1986.That legendary recital provides most of the music for this DVD. Milstein's partner was the French pianist Georges Pludermacher, with whom he had worked for more than 20 years.
Nathan Milstein was an astonishing 82 years old at the time, but still playing as the grandest of Grand Masters and, as probably no other violinist has ever played at 82. This DVD will be of interest to virtually every violinist alive and to most students of the violin.
"Christopher Nupen pioneered a style of filming musicians and music-making in which his excellence has rarely been equalled and never excelled. Of that genre he is the undoubted master." Sir Jeremy Isaacs