Chopin at the Opera

Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2010
  • UPC: 807280151398
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: Deutsche, English, Français, Español, Italiano
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 97,327

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Jan Schmidt-Garre Director
Georg-Albrecht Eckle Screenwriter
Gaby Kull-Neujahr Editor
Ralph Netzer Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chopin at the Opera
1. Nohant - "An Oasis in the Desert"/Nohant - "Eine Oase in der Wüste" [3:08]
2. The Human Voice at the Opera/Die Menschliche Stimme in der Oper [5:11]
3. Bellini and Chopin's Melody-Forming/Bellini und die Chopinsche Melodiebildung [6:46]
4. "The Humanisation of the Piano"/"Die Menschwerdung des Klaviers" [7:37]
5. The Language and Sound of Music/Musiksprache und Sprachmusik [4:58]
6. Bel Canto and Chopin/Belcanto Bei Chopin [3:45]
7. Ornaments - Emotion and Passion/Ornamente - Affekt und Leidenschaft [3:59]
8. Liberty is Liberality/Freiheit ist Freigiebigkeit [6:26]
9. The Art of Singing/Die Kunst des Gesangs [3:36]
10. "Chopin Has Nothing to Say"/"Chopin Hat Nichts Zu Sagen" [7:15]
11. Without Words/Ohne Worte [4:09]
12. Credits/Abspann [:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Chopin at the Opera
   Start Program
   Select Title
   Subtitles
      English
      Deutsch
      Français
      Español
      Italiano
      Subtitles Off
   Bonus
      A Recital With Works and Arrangements For Voice and Solo Piano by Frédéric Chopin
   Resume Film
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