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Maria Joao Pires - Discovering Sound

Director: Roel van Dalen
Documentary about pianist Maria Joao Pires and her intriguing cultural centre, which attracts young talents and renowned musicians from far and wide.
Hidden in the depths of the Portuguese country, pianist Maria Joao Pires's house and intriguing cultural centre is located, which attracts young talents and renowned musicians from far and wide. Pires deliberately established the place far beyond the reach of the official music business, to be able to propagate her passion for art, music and life according to her personal views. So, she gives classes according to her personal artistic principles, assisted by other teachers. To the piano sounds of composers like Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms and one or two modern composers, Discovering Sound draws a portrait of both the centre and the pianist herself. The virtuoso piano player elucidates her distinct ideas, teaches, organises an in-house concert and bakes bread. `When you're very successful, you become isolated. Here in Belgais, I'm at home.'


Executive producer
Set geluid
Production company
TV company
NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Distributor NL
Radio Nederland Wereldomroep
Title: Maria Joao Pires - Discovering Sound
Year: 2004
Duration : 1 hour, 13 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2004

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