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Speak The Music: Robert Mann & The Mysteries Of Chamber Music (2013/First Run DVD)

Picture: C Sound: B- Extras: D Documentary: B+

Allan Miller's new documentary Speak The Music: Robert Mann & The Mysteries Of Chamber Music (2013) is an interview with violinist Robert Mann, a founding member of violinist of the Julliard String Quartet, how he became violinist and his influence in bring back classical music with a modern passion. Along with other world class string performers and composers they talk and show on what brings a music piece alive, this program includes footage with aspiring young Julliard string performers, showing how Robert Mann teaches, influences and instructs the future of string players and music.

Mann is the first violinist of Julliard and has been performing for over 52 years. He has performed in front of Presidents, concerts and considered one of the finest violinist of our times. Along with other musicians they strive to bring back old music as if they were written yesterday, and treat new music as if they were classical pieces. He and other Julliard teachers, come together to talk on what nuances make a piece into a master piece.

While I know music, this film is about one man's passion for string music. I respect it and the musicians who practice and perform. With modern technology, you can feed the score into any computer and have it played perfectly, but only a human can still make a piece sound alive, give it a personal touch. It is the like the difference between listening to a CD and going to a live performance, and this is what Mr. Mann tries to show and teach others.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 is a mixed bag of old (often analog video) footage and new footage, but the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 mix is much better, but there are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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