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Greenlit: Chopin – The Women Behind The Music, BBC4

Chopin – The Women Behind The Music (1×60′) –  Frederick Chopin is known for his technically demanding and expressive piano compositions, but he was also passionate about the female voice.  Chopin – The Women Behind The Music follows maverick young pianist James Rhodes on a journey to Warsaw, Paris and London to discover the women whose voices had such a powerful influence on the composer.

Exploring Chopin’s life, James encounters the singers who enchanted the composer with their voices – Konstancja, a young soprano and the object of his teenage affections; Delfina, the sexually notorious Polish Parisian émigré countess; fellow composer and opera singer Pauline Viardot, and the Swedish opera star Jenny Lind, who so affected Chopin in the final years of his life.

James performs a selection of Chopin’s piano music, while rising young opera star Natalya Romaniw sings some of the arias that inspired the composer. There are also musical contributions and comments from the great Chopin practitioners Emmanuel Ax and Garrick Ohlsson, biographer Adam Zamoyski and Chopin expert Jeremy Siepmann.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: Prospect Wales/Cymru

TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011

Source: BBC Press Office


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