Pleasantville, NY : Video Artists International, c1997.
Video — 1 videocassette (ca. 63 min.) : sd., color with b&w sequences, 1/2 in.
Additional selections from
1953. Concerto for harpsichord no.
3 in D major, BWV
1054. 3rd movement (excerpt, solo harpsichord) / J.S. Bach (2:22)
Branle simple / Antoine Francisque (:51)
Concerto in D major. 2nd mvmt. / Antonio Vivaldi ; transcribed for solo harpsichord by J.S. Bach (BWV 972) (:58)
Italian concerto : BWV
971. 1st mvmt. (abridged) / J.S. Bach (1:56).
Documentary of the life and times of harpsichordist Wanda Landowsky and how she revived the harpsichord after a century of oblivion. Segments from her only filmed appearance (a 1953 television interview) display the virtuosity of her music-making as well as her public persona, a savvy mix of humility and self-awareness. In the documentary, Landowska reflects on her life as a woman and a musician, and discusses her love of music, of her audiences, and of life itself. The documentary resonates with Landowska's music - vintage recordings of Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin, and others. We see and hear Landowska giving aggresive, dazzling performances of the music she adored, demonstrating why no one ever listened to a harpsichord in quite the same way after hearing her play.