Peter Lavetti's Largo and Presto (art film) and Presto (1-take version) can be seen on Vimeo and YouTube. Peter Lavetti plays his recompositions Largo and Presto from Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3

About Peter Lavetti, pianist

"Lavetti . . . a young pianist with an impressive list of credentials including study under Juilliard . . . demonstrated both his command and confidence."
The Review (Washington, DC)

"How did he manage to study in New York and not become just another plastic-wrapped, disposable pianist? He is marvelous."
Clive Lythgoe, pianist

"An outstanding creative talent. His performing abilities are considerable, and his overall command of the keyboard is fascinating."
Ozan Marsh, pianist, President, Pianists Foundation of America

"A pianist of great poetry and remarkable technique."
Anthony Newman, organist, harpsichordist and composer

About Largo and Presto

This lovely and hypnotic film, shot in 16mm black and white by Emmy award winning cinematographer Nels Anderson, won an Honorable Mention Award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and was an official entry at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (both in 1997).

A counterpoint between sound and image, music and cinematography.

It is also worth mentioning that the person who created the finished film - decided its post-production audio and visual sequences - is the very same person you see in the film playing the piano.

Also of note is the performance itself. Lavetti's interpretation of the Largo is unconventional, and his performance of the Presto is even more unconventional: It is his own recomposition of the Presto, unlike any other performance of this piece.

The Presto was also shown on Varig Airlines international route at the end of 1996, while people were hopping back and forth between 5 continents.

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