Tchaikovsky, Fate (Part II)

A film by Christopher Nupen

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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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Production date: 1989
Duration: 1 h 25 min
Production: © Allegro Films