The Art of

Great masters of classical music

The Art of

The award winning Art of series features the greatest musicians of the XXth century in rehearsal and performances.Thanks to an outstanding array of rare archival footage, today’s audiences can now see and hear the unique sound and style of each of these legendary artists. A range of contemporary musicians (Itzhak Perlman, Hilary Hahn, Daniel Barenboim or Evgeny Kissin) interviewed by the director, Bruno Monsaingeon, provide insight on each different style of performance and playing.

The art of conducting gathers a wide range of rare or unknown archival material dedicated to Evgeny Mravinsky, Erich Kleiber, Wilhelm Mengelberg, Charles Munch, Sergiu Celibidache, as well as rare and new film material featuring Wilhelm Furtwängler. They are presentend by a great musician who knew, and worked with, every single one of these conductors personally - Yehudi Menuhin.

From Ignace Jan Paderewski in 1936 to Claudio Arrau in 1970, the Art of piano illustrates a broad mixture of interpretive styles, as also displayed by Horowitz, Rubinstein, Cortot, Gilels, Richter, Michelangeli and others. Revealing commentaries on all eighteen artists are given by present-day figures such as Piotr Anderszewski, Daniel Barenboim, Schuyler Chapin, Sir Colin Davis, Gary Graffman, Evgeny Kissin, Zoltan Kocsis, Stephen Kovacevich, Paul Myers, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, György Sandor and Tamás Vásáry.

The art of violin series covers a vast panorama of the world’s most celebrated 20th century violinists: Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Fritz Kreisler, David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Zino Francescatti, Leonid Kogan, Arthur Grumiaux, Ginette Neveu, Eugène Ysaye.