Documentary

Tchaikovsky, Fate (Part II)

A film by Christopher Nupen

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Cast

Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester

Vladimir Ashkenazy — Conductor

Pinchas Zukerman — Violinist

Jacqueline du Pré — Cellist

Daniel Barenboim — Pianist

Program notes

The second 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 who appeals to 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.

In the second film, Fate, the focus shifts to Tchaikovsky's concern with his own fate in Manfred and the last three symphonies and his extraordinary relationship with Nadezhda von Meck as told in his revealing correspondence with her.

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.

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