Magic Moments of Music – Leonard Bernstein and Krystian Zimerman interpret Brahms


It was a unique coming together in Vienna in 1984 when enigmatic pianist Krystian Zimerman and charismatic maestro Leonard Bernstein stepped onto the stage and in front of the cameras to perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. The result was indeed a magic moment of music and a landmark in the career of Krystian Zimerman. In this episode Zimerman gives a rare interview, and for the first time in a TV documentary, speaks in detail about the background to the concert recording and why the collaboration with Leonard Bernstein radically changed the course of his artistic life. Eminent colleagues including Hélène Grimaud and Igor Levit as well as close confidants of Leonard Bernstein such as the conductor Marin Alsop and his former assistant Charlie Harmon also tell us what makes this concert a great moment for them.

Additional Info

  • No: A05050871
  • Artists: Krystian Zimerman, Hélène Grimaud, Igor Levit, Marin Alsop, Charlie Harmon …
  • Production year: 2023
  • Run time: 00:52:00
  • Director: A film by Dag Freyer
  • Producers: ZDF/arte, sounding images, C Major Entertainment, Unitel
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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