Alexis Weissenberg plays Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Chopin
Archives from the 1960s
Alexis Weissenberg's spectacular technique and individual style have made a lasting impression on the art of twentieth-century piano playing. Some of his recordings of the Russian repertoire especially have set a benchmark and are often cited as top recommendations in this field. On stage he has a commanding presence, although he never uses theatrical or other non-musical gestures to deliver his message.
Born in 1929 in Bulgaria, Alexis Weissenberg studied there and in Jerusalem before going on to study in New York. These recordings, made in the 1960s and sourced from various broadcast archives, span the repertoire from Bach through Brahms and Chopin to Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov and Scriabin. This famous film took two entire weeks to shoot and a special piano was designed and constructed to conform to the film director's vision.
The effort proved worthwhile and the film had a considerable impact on Weissenberg's career. When Herbert von Karajan saw it in 1965 he immediately invited Weissenberg to play regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, which consolidated the pianist's international career.
Movie director : Pierre-Martin Juban
Collection : The Classic Archive Collection: Great Performers from the Past
Playlists : The Greatest Performers of the 20th century, Chopin's Greatest Performers and Works, The Musical Life in Former USSR, The Piano Masters
Music genre : Recitals and chamber music
Duration : 50 min
Recording date : 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969
Production date : 2008
Production : © Idéale Audience / INA
Available version(s) : FR