DVD: Dave Brubeck

Brubeck Moscow.jpgDave Brubeck, Brubeck Returns to Moscow (Koch Vision). This 2005 film about Brubeck’s 1997 visit to Russia for a performance of his mass To Hope is a beautifully crafted documentary. It incorporates Brubeck’s quartet with a symphony orchestra and chorus performing the mass and a rousing “Blue Rondo ala Turk.” We see Brubeck’s informal encounters with the Russians, including a spirited impromptu duet with a young violinist, and conductor Russell Gloyd amusingly overcoming the language difference to rehearse the dozens of musicians. There is also footage of Brubeck on a previous Moscow occasion, at the Reagan-Gorbachev summit of 1988, before the wall came down.

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