In Search of Chopin

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Phil Grabsky brings us the music and life story of Fryderyk Chopin, considered one of the greatest composers of all time.

In Search of Chopin is a superb account of a driven artist, providing an understanding of the creative impulse and how it is captured and expressed’ – National Business Review

Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this astonishing man? He was terrified of public performance; he fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return; took up with the most notorious transvestite in France and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written?  How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?

For four years, Phil Grabsky has travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin.

a directorial coup – inventively filmed and coolly perceptive’ – New Zealand Herald

By talking to acclaimed musical historians such as Jeremy Siepmann and bringing to the screen performances by such esteemed musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam, Kevin Kenner and Lars Vogt he hopes to answer those questions.

Renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson provides narration. David Dawson brings life to the letters of Chopin himself.

a masterpiece’ – Sydney Morning Herald

DVD Special Features: Extra performances and an interview with Concert Master Marc Destrubé.

I just finished watching the entire Chopin film, and found it really wonderful, especially the words spoken by Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt about their feelings when actually playing Chopin’s music, which were extremely moving to me, words my father would certainly have both appreciated and thoroughly agreed with.  Congratulations on this wonderful film! – Eva Rubinstein (daughter of Arthur Rubinstein)

 

 

Wolfgang Mozart – Don Giovanni (1787)
Don Giovanni · Martin Bárta
Zerlina · Alžběta Poláĉková,
Orchestra of the National Theatre Opera, Prague
Conductor · Zbyněk Müller
Director · Ladislav Štros

Opus 2 – Variations in B-flat major on Là ci darem la mano
from Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1827-28)
Pianist – Nelson Goerner & the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
conducted by Frans Brüggen

Adalbert Dankowski – Symphony in E-flat major (1788)
From the CD “Polish Symphonies of the Eighteenth Century”
Warsaw Chamber Opera Orchestra

Polonaise in G minor (1817)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 1 – Rondo in C minor (1825)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Wolfgang Mozart – Sonata in A minor (1778)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Polonaise in G-sharp minor (1822)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 72 no.1 – Nocturne in E minor (1827)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 2 – Variations in B-flat major on Là ci darem la mano
from Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1827-28)
Pianist – Nelson Goerner & the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
conducted by Frans Brüggen

Opus 14 – Rondo à la Krakowiak in F major (1828)
Pianist – Nelson Goerner & the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
conducted by Frans Brüggen

Ludwig van Beethoven – The Grosse Fuge (1825)
The Endellion String Quartet

Opus 21 – Piano Concerto in F minor (1829-30)
Pianist – Janusz Olejniczak & the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
conducted by Frans Brüggen

Nocturne no.20 in C-sharp minor (1830)
Pianist – Lars Vogt
Courtesy of The Berliner Philharmoniker

Opus 11 – Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor (1830)
Pianist – Kevin Kenner & the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
conducted by Frans Brüggen

Opus 22 – Andante spianato and grande polonaise
brillante in E-flat major (1830-34)
Pianist – Nelson Goerner & the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
conducted by Frans Brüggen

Opus 20 – Scherzo no.1 in B minor (1831-32)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 9 no.2 – Nocturne in E-flat major (1830-32)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Franz Liszt – Rákóczy March
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 70 no.1 – Waltz in G-flat major (1832-33)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 7 no.2 – Mazurka in A minor (1830-32)
Pianist – Kevin Kenner

Opus 53 – Polonaise in A-flat major (1842)
‘Daniel Barenboim – The Warsaw Recital’
Courtesy of Accentus Music

Opus 30 no.4 – Mazurka in C-sharp minor (1836-37)
Pianist – Janusz Olejniczak

Opus 23 – Ballade no.1 in G minor (1831-35)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 23 – Ballade no.1 in G minor (1831-35)
Pianist – Leif Ove Andsnes
Filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh

Opus 27 no.2 – Nocturne in D-flat major (1835-36)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 28 no.15 – Prelude in D-flat major (1838-39)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 33 no.3 – Mazurka in C major (1838)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 33 no.4 – Mazurka in B minor (1838)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 35 – Piano Sonata no.2 in B-flat minor (1837-39)
Pianist – Lars Vogt

Opus 47 – Ballade no.3 in A-flat major (1840-41)
Pianist – Leif Ove Andsnes
Filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh

Opus 52 – Ballade no.4 in F minor (1842-43)
Pianist – Leif Ove Andsnes
Filmed at Wigmore Hall, London

Opus 48 no.1 – Nocturne in C minor (1841)
Pianist – Leif Ove Andsnes
Filmed at Wigmore Hall, London

Opus 70 no.2 – Waltz in F minor (1842)
Pianist – Leif Ove Andsnes
Filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh

Opus 57 – Berceuse in D-flat major (1843-44)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 62 no.1 – Nocturne in B major (1846)
Pianist – Leif Ove Andsnes
Filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh

Opus 64 no.2 – Waltz in C-sharp minor (1847)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus Post. 67 no.2 – Mazurka in G minor (1846)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Opus 68 no.4 – Mazurka in F minor (1849)
Pianist – Ronald Brautigam

Wolfgang Mozart – Requiem (1791)
The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
conducted by Frans Brüggen

Opus 25 no.12 – Étude in C minor (1836)
Pianist – Tatiana Shebanova
From the CD “The Real Chopin”
edited by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Warsaw