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#2117664 - 07/14/13 07:31 PM Famous Pianists performing live in the movies
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Here's a pretty hysterical one with Richter impersonating Liszt:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fF0Ar7iqn0

Any others?I'm talking about the pianist actually appearing in the movie...not just recording the piano part.


Edited by pianoloverus (07/15/13 11:27 AM)

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#2117724 - 07/14/13 08:53 PM Re: Famous Pianists performing in the movies [Re: pianoloverus]
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Oscar Levant - American in Paris - 1951

http://youtu.be/wePBkW6WMM8

http://youtu.be/aRcjzser5LA
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#2117735 - 07/14/13 09:10 PM Re: Famous Pianists performing in the movies [Re: pianoloverus]
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Jose Iturbi - As Thousands Cheer - 1943

Iturbi appeared in numerous films in the 1940s - usually playing himself !!

http://youtu.be/bcwPblNPMug
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#2117860 - 07/15/13 03:37 AM Re: Famous Pianists performing in the movies [Re: pianoloverus]
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The mid 1950's movie Rhapsody were Elizabeth Taylor falls in love with a violinist but has to settle on the pianist. All the piano parts employ Claudio Arrau
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#2117882 - 07/15/13 05:13 AM Re: Famous Pianists performing in the movies [Re: pianoloverus]
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Totally agree with carey on Oscar Levant playing the Gershwin Concerto in F ... he has to be the most versatile
pianist I've ever come across (better than Liszt?).

By chance I had the DVD of The American in Paris on my
turntable ... the playing of the Concerto shows up Gershwin exploiting the grand piano percussive quality to it's limit ... and they say that Mozart was once guilty of "too many notes" ... Lavant is quite breathless in
clattering away up and down the keyboard.

But more impressive (for me) in the American in Paris
finale,is the energetic dancing of Gene Kelly (to his own choreography) capturing in dancing with Leslie Caron, the
soulful music of Gershwin.

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#2117887 - 07/15/13 05:55 AM Re: Famous Pianists performing in the movies [Re: pianoloverus]
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Janusz Olejniczak in La Note Bleue. Overall the film is a frenetic, grotesque disaster but he did ok as Chopin.

Janusz Olejniczak
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#2117889 - 07/15/13 05:57 AM Re: Famous Pianists performing in the movies [Re: pianoloverus]
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The movie Carnegie Hall, which has a very thin plot, but is full of musicians from the 1940s, including Arthur Rubinstein, playing de Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj6_5qWZCDY

It's been awhile since I've seen it, but the most striking thing I remember when I first saw it, was the all-male orchestra scenes - no female players anywhere!

Sam

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#2117895 - 07/15/13 06:24 AM Re: Famous Pianists performing in the movies [Re: -Frycek]
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Originally Posted By: -Frycek
Janusz Olejniczak in La Note Bleue. Overall the film is a frenetic, grotesque disaster but he did ok as Chopin.

Janusz Olejniczak


I've never heard of this guy, but his playing in that clip was top notch.

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#2117913 - 07/15/13 07:22 AM Re: Famous Pianists performing in the movies [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Originally Posted By: -Frycek
Janusz Olejniczak in La Note Bleue. Overall the film is a frenetic, grotesque disaster but he did ok as Chopin.

Janusz Olejniczak


I've never heard of this guy, but his playing in that clip was top notch.


He was the actual pianist in The Pianist, and performs regularly at the Chopin festivals at Nohant. (I wonder if he does it in costume.)
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