"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 years.
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 occupation.
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
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