Movie: The Cliburn – Playing on the Edge

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A documentary of the 2001 Cliburn piano competition. It’s a refreshing change of pace to take a look at some real people doing extraordinary things. The music, though, is almost overwhelming. Contestants invariably select the most intense pieces, and the documentary of course shows the most intense segments – it makes for almost exhausting viewing. The two winning performances are included on Side B, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy these. Olga Kern is magnificent and human. We’re really looking forward to seeing her again in Vail on the 24th.

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