Tchaikovsky's Women

A film by Christopher Nupen

The first part of the two Christopher Nupen films about the music and the artistic intentions of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, one of the greats and a composer with an immediate appeal for many millions of people.

The prime focus of both films is Tchaikovsky's lifelong preoccupation with the idea of fate as a controlling influence in our lives.

The women in the first film are both the women in his personal life (his mother, Alexandra, his governess Fanny Durbach and the Belgian singer Désirée Artôt) and the vulnerable young heroines in his early music (Katerina Kabanova in The Storm, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Francesca in Francesca da Rimini, Odette in Swan Lake and Tatyana in Evgeny Onegin).

There are no actors in these films, the story is told entirely through Tchaikovsky's music, Tchaikovsky's words and those of some of his closest acquaintances.

Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky composer


Nadine Baylis set designer, costumes
Graham Lustig choreography
David Findlay lighting


Cynthia Harvey (Katerina, Juliet, Odette)
Clarry Bartha (Donna Anna)
Helen Field (Tatyana)
Mark Silver (Prince Siegfried)


Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor

Movie director : Christopher Nupen
Playlist : The Irrestible Playlist
Musical period : Romantic music

Duration : 01 h 10 min
Production date : 1988
Production : © Allegro Films, London



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