ARTUR SCHNABEL: NO PLACE OF EXILE / TV Feature
A legend among pianists of the twentieth century, Artur Schnabel (1882–1951) is best known as the first performer to record the complete Beethoven’s sonatas. The exiled Austro-German musician and composer was a giant of his time, but today he is nearly forgotten. Pianist and Schnabel devotee Markus Pawlik (in collaboration with baritone Dietrich Henschel and the Szymanowski String Quartet) prepares to bring Artur Schnabel’s greatest compositions back in a major commemorative concert. Along the way, the film visits the places, landscapes, and history that shaped and inspired Schnabel’s life and music. Lyrically realized by filmmaker Matthew Mishory, Artur Schnabel: No Place of Exile rediscovers an essential 20th century artist displaced by the catastrophe of the two World Wars and the Holocaust and inspired by the possibilities of modernism. Filmed on location in Berlin, Vienna, San Francisco, Italy, and Switzerland.
Written + Directed by Matthew Mishory.
A Light on Shadow motion picture in co-production with 3B-Produktion in association with Iconoclastic Features & Monolithic Films.
Television premiere: 4th February 2018, 11:05pm, on Arte.