Experience Grigory Sokolov – „probably the best live pianist of our days“ (Berliner Morgenpost) – in a filmed concert praised to the skies by critics.
The completely sold out concert took place on 5 June 2013 in the Philaharmonie Berlin, which is known for its exquisite acoustics.
Acclaimed French film-maker Bruno Monsaingeon (Profile on IMDb) is well known for his documentaries about iconic pianists Glenn Gould (Glenn Gould – Hereafter), Sviatoslav Richter (Richter – The Enigma) and Mauricio Pollini (De main de maître ).
In the director’s notes to this new Sokolov film, Monsaingeon writes:
“Sokolov himself believes that the concert represents the focal point of musical life and that everything else is artificial. As a result, he is not only reluctant to be recorded but also to be filmed.
In spite of this, we were able to overcome his reservations on this point of principle (…). The idea of filming a public recital was accepted a first time in 2002 (Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris) and the second time at the Berlin Philharmonie on 5 June 2013.
The filming was made live with 7 cameras, with no retakes and with nothing to detract from his total concentration, which is directed solely at the music.”