Pianomania

Pianomania

Pianomania takes the viewer along on a humorous journey into the secret world of sounds, and accompanies Stefan Knüpfer at his unusual job with world famous pianists like Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand, among others. To find the right instrument with the necessary qualities, compatible with the vision of the virtuoso, to tune it to perfection and finally to get it on the stage, needs nerves of steel, boundless passion, and the extraordinary competence in translating words into sounds.--©Official Site 3.3 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
Pianomania

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Certificate
Genre Documentary
Director Lilian Franck Robert Cibis
Cast Alfred Brendel, Aleksey Igudesman Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Studio Oval Filmemacher
Release Date August 2010
Running Time 93 mins
 

Pianomania takes the viewer along on a humorous journey into the secret world of sounds, and accompanies Stefan Knüpfer at his unusual job with world famous pianists like Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand, among others. To find the right instrument with the necessary qualities, compatible with the vision of the virtuoso, to tune it to perfection and finally to get it on the stage, needs nerves of steel, boundless passion, and the extraordinary competence in translating words into sounds.--©Official Site

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Reviews

The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Knüpfer is a thoroughly engaging personality, deeply committed to his craft. An excellent film.

19/08/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Delightfully esoteric.

20/08/2010

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

This Austrian offering is too intriguing and entertaining to be left to the specialists.

19/08/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

The directors tell us nothing about Knüpfer's background or career, but we learn a great deal about the nature of sound and the infinite subtleties of preparing for a musical performance.

22/08/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Cibis and Franck definitely know what they are doing; they should win every music-documentary prize available.

18/08/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

As a record of unseen (though not unheard) devotion to excellence this is stirring stuff.

20/08/2010

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The Times

Wendy Ide

It’s filmed with visual wit and, crucially, meticulous attention to the sound quality. And it’s for this reason that, although it’s a niche interest title, I would suggest watching it in a cinema equipped with a decent Dolby sound system rather waiting for it to arrive on television.

20/08/2010

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The Sunday Times

Peter Whittle

Towards the end, the film caves in to its inner musical anorak, and we are lost in seemingly interminable squabbles about arcane musical details. The goodwill built up is lost, and one is left pondering that, yes, one really has just spent 90-odd minutes watching someone tune pianos.

22/08/2010

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