EXHIBITION ON SCREEN - VINCENT VAN GOGH
SEVEN ART DVD SEV 187 TT: TT: 90 min.
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EXHIBITION ON SCREEN - REMBRANDT
SEVEN ART DVD SEV 185TT: 97 min.
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"VIRTUOSITY" - A documentary about the fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
EUROARTS DVD TT: 90 min. _ 40 min. bonus
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Both of these Seven Art DVDs are of enormous importance to art collectors. Each is a beautifully photograophed, well-produced documentary of some of the most famous works of two of the greatest artists of all time, phoros of famous paintints in Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, celebrating ingh the 125th anniversary of the artist's deat/ h. The Rembrandt works are from a collaborative collection between London's National Gallery and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum/

In both of these filoms, world-famous curators and historians discuss the artists and their workwork, and along the tour we see many scenes of Amsterdam.Photograophy is superb as are production values. These are mid-priced DVDs, and highly recommended.

The documentary Virtuosity, a Cgrustiopher Wilkinsoin film, is a poretentious mess. It focuses on players in the most recent Van Cliburn Internatiuonal Competition, with snippets of interviews and poerformances. Pianists say what you would expect to hear from them during a competition, and we do have longer segments of prize-winning performances. As opresented here, it is boring although one can only admire the editor's skill in editing together various performances of different music. It wouild have been far more effective to concentrate on the finalists and show their entire performances. I will not watch this again, in spite of the crystal-clear video and excellent audio.

R.E.B. (August 2015)

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