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In Search of Chopin

In Search of Chopin

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Director: Phil Grabsky,

Cast: Phil Grabsky


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Seventh Art
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Interview with Marc Destrubé, concert master Orchestra of the 18th Century; Excerpts from On Stage with... Fryderyk Chopin; -Mazurka in C sharp minor, op. 30 no. 4; -Nocurne in C minor, op. 48, no. 1; Excerpt from 'Piano Notes with Ronald Brautigam' - Chopin Ballade no. 1 Op 23

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Phil Grabsky Director

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Disc #1 -- In Search of Chopin
1. Chapter 1 [5:30]
2. Chapter 2 [6:27]
3. Chapter 3 [8:52]
4. Chapter 4 [9:34]
5. Chapter 5 [9:53]
6. Chapter 6 [10:32]
7. Chapter 7 [11:58]
8. Chapter 8 [10:32]
9. Chapter 9 [10:40]
10. Chapter 10 [11:25]
11. Chapter 11 [11:02]
12. Chapter 12 [7:58]
13. Chapter 13 [:02]

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In Search of Chopin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
In Search of Chopin is a captivating exploration of the Composer’s life, artistic development and profound contribution to music. The production, written, filmed and directed by British documentarian Phil Grabsky, is enhanced by the silken, low key narration of Juliet Stevenson. Chopin’s letters are brought to life by Royal Shakespeare Company actor, David Dawson. Lovely interior and exterior shots of Warsaw, Vienna and Paris as well as atmospheric archival material are abundant at every turn. The musical examples are well chosen. A number of pianists and scholars are represented. The contributions of Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam, Lars Vogt, Kevin Kenner, Nelson Goerner, Jeremy Siepman and Hershey Felder are particularly stimulating. The commentary and musical analyses are consistently observant, even poetic. There are many revealing close ups of hands and keyboards, less so of medium shots or facial expressions. Much emphasis is placed upon Chopin’s fervent Polish identity which finds its most direct expression in the many Mazurkas and Polonaises he composed. The seminal influences of Bach, Mozart and opera are noted as is the composer’s highly personal approach to orchestration. This last controversial topic is persuasively addressed in an interview with Marc Destrube, concertmaster of the Orchestra of the 18th Century. The videography is lustrous, meticulously composed, organized and edited. The sound pickup is topnotch. In Search of Chopin is nearly 2 hours in duration but you hardly realize it. In fact, one comes away craving more. This is a valuable document and deserves the widest dissemination.