DVD: Steinway

Thumbnail image for Note By Note.jpgBen Niles, Note By Note: The Making Of Steinway L1037 (docuramafilms). This gem of the documentarian’s art follows a 9-foot concert grand for a year, from its beginning as lumber to its arrival at the Steinway showroom in New York. Director Ben Niles and his crew equal the love, knowledge and skill that went into making the instrument. They incorporate conversation and playing by Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Marcus Roberts, Harry Connick, Jr. and Bill Charlap. Classical pianists Hélène Grimaud, Lang Lang and Pierre-Laurent Aimard also appear. The film transmits to the viewer the emotion and pride of the Steinway craftsmen. Charlap narrates with understated authority.

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