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These two pioneering films will both be shown in the second Christopher
Nupen season to be broadcast by the BBC on Friday evenings, starting on 15
January. The series will also include the two Sibelius films and his
Schubert film, all available on DVD and distributed by Select.
The Tchaikovsky films are unusual in that they do not use actors to
represent the composer but are made entirely of Tchaikovsky’s own words and
music plus the words of a few of his closest companions. The result gives an
exceptionally intimate picture of the inner landscape of Tchaikovsky’s work
and artistic preoccupations. They are essential viewing for Tchaikovsky
The first film, Tchaikovsky’s Women (70'15"), looks at the women both in
his private life and in his early music. Almost all of his best early work
was inspired by deep identification with the plight of his suffering young
heroines, an identification so complete that it spilled over repeatedly into
his personal life with dramatic consequences: on one occasion leading to
attempted suicide. This predeliction began, when Tchaikovsky was 24 years
with Katerina Kabanova in The Storm. It continued in full flood with
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Odette in Swan Lake and,
above all, Tatyana in Evgeny Onegin. All of these young women make
appearances in the film.
The second film, Fate (85'35"), looks at Tchaikovsky’s strange
relationship with Nadezhda von Meck, the most important attachment of in his
life, after his mother, while also following his increasing concern with the
idea of fate as a controlling influence in his own life and as a motivating
force in his later symphonies. What he did not know, despite all his concern
and forebodings, was that fate would overtake him, at the age of 53, more
tragically than even Tchaikovsky could have foreseen.
“Christopher Nupen: King of the music documentary” Gramophone Magazine
and winner of the Documentary DVD of the Year at Midem in Cannes 2005, 2006
“The master of the music doc.” Norman Lebrecht, The Evening Standard
“Tchaikovsky ...constant delight and variety.” Peter Waymark, The Times.