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VHS formats featuring or including women classical pianists
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particularly access to the many recitals recorded and produced
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Martha Argerich (1941-)

    Martha Argerich
    VAI, VHS: cat# 69425
    VAI, DVD: cat# 4210
    Video Artists International. Recorded in 1976 in the studios of the CBC Montreal network. Pieces performed are the Schumann Piano Concerto, Liszt’s Funérailles and Ravel’s Jeux d’eau. A rare video appearance of this remarkable artist.
The Van Cliburn Competitions Annie Fischer (1914-1995)
    The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century
    NTSC 29199-3
    NVC Arts 1999 (A Warner Music Group Company). Also available in DVD.
    Annie Fischer performs Chopin's Waltz No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 64, filmed in Budapest in 1976. 18 historic pianists are included on this video.
Dame Myra Hess (1890-1965)
    The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century
    NTSC 29199-3
    NVC Arts 1999 (A Warner Music Group Company). Also available in DVD.
    Hess performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K 453, with the Royal Air Force Orchestra in London in 1942; and Beethoven's Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata), filmed in London in 1947. 18 historic pianists are included on this video.
Valentina Igoshina Eileen Joyce (1908-1991)
    performed and appeared as herself in the following movies (all filmed in England):
    Battle for Music, 1943, a story about the war-time concerts and tours of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Girl in a Million, 1945, Joyce appears in live performance in a concert in the movie performing Franck's Variations Symphonique.
    Wherever She Goes, 1951, a biography of her life in Australia, Joyce appears in concert at the beginning and the end performing the Grieg piano concerto, and plays the soundtrack.
    Trent's Last Case, 1952, Joyce appears in live performance in a concert in the movie performing the slow movement of Mozart's c minor concerto, K491.

    performed the soundtrack in the following movies:
    The Seventh Veil,1945, story of a young concert pianist, Joyce performed the soundtrack and her hands are the close-up shots in the movie.
    Brief Encounter, 1945, soundtrack includes Joyce performing the Rachmaninoff second piano concerto.
    Men of Two Worlds, 1945, Joyce performed the soundtrack of original compositions by Arthur Bliss.
    Quartet, 1947, one story is about a pianist and Joyce performed the soundtrack.
Olga Kern (1975-) Katia and Marielle Labeque (1950-)(1952-)
    Piano GRAND: a Smithsonian celebration
    CMV, VHS: cat# CV 50230
    Columbia Music Video, 2000. This is a live, all-star musical concert celebrating the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano. The Labeque sisters perform excerpts from Ravel's Mother Goose Suite as well as "America" from Bernstein's West Side Story, in thier inimitable, energetic style.
Wanda Landowska (1877-1959)
    Wanda Landowska – Uncommon Visionary
    VAI, VHS: cat# 69223
    Video Artists International. "A fascinating documentary about the life and art of the woman who single-handedly revived interested in the harpsichord. As a bonus, following the documentary, Landowska is seen in brief solo performances of Bach: Concerto in D major, 3rd mvt. (excerpt), Italian Concerto, 1st mvt., Concerto in D major (after Vivaldi), 2nd mvt.; and Bransle Simple by the early 17th-century French composer Antoine Francisque."
Ruth Laredo (1937-)
    The Music of Rachmaninoff
    This video features one of Laredo's very popular "Concerts with Commentary," sponsored by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Barbara Lister-Sink (1947- )
    Freeing the Caged Bird
    A teaching video featuring her techniques for reducing injury and improving performance.
Pamela Ross
    Pamela Ross in "CARRENO"
    A "one-piano play" and one-woman show about the life of the great pianist, Teresa Carreno. Ross wrote, dramatizes and performs at the piano a dynamic portrayal of this much misunderstood woman. Not only is the playing first rate, but the insights into Carreno's life are thought-provoking.
    The Virtuoso Pianist
    A piano recital featuring the music of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Ravel with anecdotes between pieces. Began showing on A&E television in 1997.
Clara Schumann
    Song of Love
    Released in 1947 this film stars Katharine Hepburn as Clara.
    Besides including several reviews, the webpage for this film (http://www.geneva.edu/~dksmith/clara/clarafilms.html) presents an exhaustive list of other films/videos of Clara including:
    Spring Symphony:1983 film starring Nastassja Kinski, this English version is dubbed over the original German film entitled Fruehlingssinfonie.
    Clara Schumann at the Piano: a recital/drama performed by Beverly Serra-Brooks; and
    Virtuosa: a one-person play written by Diane Seymour and performed by Dianna Nixon.
June de Toth
    Mozart Recital
    PBS-TV Video JDT3001
    This recital includes the Phantasie in D minor K 397; Sonata in F major K 280; Adagio Sonata in C major K545; Phantasie in C minor K 475; and Sonata in A major K 331.
Nelita True
    Nelita True at Eastman
    SH Productions Company of Kansas City. A set of four videos featuring her performances, lectures, and teaching:
    Vol. 1 -- "Developing Musical Fingers - Portrait of a Pianist"
    Vol. 2 -- "Becoming a True Music Maker - The Studio Lesson
    Vol. 3 -- "Reading with a Dash of Rote - Technique Through Listening"
    Vol. 4 -- "Principles of Style for the Young Pianist"
Rosalyn Tureck (1914- )
    Rosalyn Tureck Plays Bach - Goldberg Variations
    VAI, VHS: cat# 69220
    Video Artists International. "The legendary Bach interpreter Rosalyn Tureck in her most technically dazzling and emotionally powerful interpretation of Bach's monumental work. This performance, on piano, was taped live at the great hall of the Philharmonic in St. Peterburg during Tureck's historic tour of Russia. A stunning achievement by one of the keyboard giants of the century. 1995. approx. 95 minutes."
    Rosalyn Tureck: High Priestess Of Bach
    VAI, VHS: cat# 69225
    Video Artists International. "Tureck’s historic first television appearances, 1961-62, feature performances on the harpsichord and piano, as well as Tureck’s insightful commentary on Bach and his music. Works include Gigue in B-flat Major from Partita No. 1; Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Major from Well-Tempered Clavier; the Italian Concerto; Prelude and Fugue in A minor; and selections from the Goldberg Variations. 60 minutes."

Last updated April 29, 2003

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