Chopin at the Opera [DVD] [Eng/Fre/Ger/Ita/Spa] [2010]

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Overview

Special Features

  • A recital with Christiane Libor (soprano), Katerina Hebelkova (contraito), Dávid Adorján (violoncello) and Roland Pöntinen (piano), performing works and arrangements by Frédéric Chopin

Synopsis

Chopin at the Opera
Although he had enormous talent that could easily have propelled him to pen a libretto, and by all accounts worshipped the operatic medium, Frédéric Chopin (1810-49) never worked within that form. The composer was certainly surrounded by it, however, as an ardent fan of bel canto singer Giuditta Pasta, a close friend of Vincenzo Bellini, and a lover of arranger Pauline Viardot . This unusual documentary finds a trio of singers, an actress and a classical pianist gathering at the castle of Chopin's paramour, George Sand, in Nohat, France, to discuss Chopin's experiences with opera and feelings toward it. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


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