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Pianomania follows Stefan Knüpfer, a piano tuner from Steinway and his famous clients Lang Lang, Brendel, Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as they search for the perfect pitch. Truly an unusual and entertaining peek behind the curtain at the world's great concert halls. Written by
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There have been great documentaries about Steinway. And great concerto registrations of many a keyboard giants. And this should have been a documentary about a great piano tuner. Stefan Knüpfer is a great piano tuner. Steinway is the grandfather of grand pianos. Lang and Brendel and Aimard are great musicians.For any music lover this should have been a shoo-in, njet? Alas, no. Tuners, instruments and players move in the mysterious (concert) halls of sounds. If they're good you can hear it. But the addition of images (and edit the whole in a coherent manner) is entirely up to the documentary maker.
It says something when the most exciting parts of this documentary are the transport and setting up of those grand behemoths, and seeing Knüpfer at work. But the endless talks and takes about sound and its interpretation are only interesting for the first or second time. And as Knöpfer himself is a rather self-effacing guy, you're not drawn into his world as with people like Glen Gould or Leonard Bernstein (the "making" of the Goldberg Variations, or the "making of Westside Story).
A good documentary maker should have seen this coming, otherwise "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."
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