Zuzana Ruzickova Zuzana: Music Is Life - A Story of Love, Tyranny and Triumph LP & DVD
Vinyl LP Plus Bonus DVD!
"Zuzana: Music is Life" is the dark and triumphant documentary about Zuzana
Ruzickova (1927-2017), telling us the remarkable story how she became a
world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach under the Communist regime
in Czechoslovakia after surviving three concentration camps during her teenage
Zuzana's life story is exceptional not just because she returned to
Czechoslovakia after the war to fulfill her childhood dream of a career in
music; but also in how she navigated political and religious persecution while
becoming an international concert and competition sensation.
As she reveals her life of hope and fear, the little-known story of
Czechoslovakia emerges, from the promise of 1930s democracy to the Nazi
invasion, followed by the grinding brutality of forty years of Soviet
As she shares her story, Zuzana transcends the personal aspects in a deeply
affecting look at the redemptive power of art during the Czech Republic's
turbulent 20th century. Zuzana Ruzickova is the only person to record the entire keyboard works of Bach, which he composed exclusively for harpsichord.
Beautiful 12" size LP gatefold packaging containing the documentary DVD, an
eight-page booklet and a vinyl LP.
Documentary with original film music by Robert Neufeld.
DVD bonus features: additional interviews with Mahan Esfahni, Zuzana Ruzickova
and with Robert Neufeld on the making of the film music.
The 12" LP contains a personal selection of digitally remastered J. S. Bach
pieces by Zuzana Ruzickova (re-release of excerpts from the 20-CD Erato boxset).
• 12" 33 1/3 rpm LP
• Playing time: Side A - 17:24, Side B - 21:16
• Gatefold jacket
• Includes 8-page booklet
• Picture: 16:9 - NTSC
• Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 (DVD)
• Languages: English, Czech
• Subtitles: English, German, Czech, Japanese
• Region code: 0 (worldwide)
• Running time: 110 mins
• Production Year (documentary): 2017
• Bonus features: Interviews and performances with Mahan Esfahani, Robert
Neufeld, Vaclav Luks, Viktor Kalabis and Daedalus Quartet
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
1. Capriccio in B-Flat Major BWV 992 ('On the Departure of the Beloved Brother')
- Recorded 5/8/1973, Prague
2. Fantasia in C-minor BWV 906 - Recorded 10/18-10/20/1965, Studio Hoche, Paris
1. Toccata in G-minor BWV 915 - Recorded 5/8/1973, Prague
2. Toccata in F-sharp minor BWV 910 - Recorded 5/8/1973, Prague
DVD - documentary:
Zuzana: Music Is Life - A story of love, tyranny and triumph