Face the Music | 2015 | 92 minutes
Stranger Says:There is a moment in this instructive documentary that struck me forcefully. It happens when the film’s subject, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, is sitting at a table and signing autographs on his new CD after a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He then explains that he has to do this because CDs don’t sell so well any more. Now, this is not the kind of thing you expect to hear from one of the top classical pianists of our age. It’s just not right for a man who has spent something like four years dedicated just to Beethoven’s piano concertos (the documentary’s principal concern) to mention that he not only has CDs but also CDs he wants to sell. That ain’t right. That ain't right. (CHARLES MUDEDE)
SIFF Says:Shedding new light on a classic composer and his relationship to modern orchestras, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes spends four years attempting to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written: Beethoven's five piano concertos.
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