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Valentina Igoshina - ... plays Chopin (recital) (DVD)

Genre: Classical
Release Date: 8th February 2010

Label: Tony Palmer Films
Catalogue Number: TPDVD161
Price: $10.49
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Valentina Igoshina - ... plays Chopin (recital)
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It was a matter of national and socialist pride when, in November 1945, the new Communist Government of Poland asked for, and received, the heart of Chopin previously buried in Paris.
Against this background, a woman called Paulina Czernika approached the Polish Ministry of Culture claiming to have some love letters from the composer to her great-grandmother, the Countess Delfina Potocka. At first curious, but eventually alarmed, the Ministry began a witch-hunt against Madame Czernika. For while it was true that there was an historical figure called Delfina Potocka – she was the only woman to whom Chopin dedicated any music – these letters were said to be pornographic, anti-Semitic and thoroughly damaging to the image of the composer as a Polish hero which the Communist government wished to promote.  Czernika ‘committed suicide’ on 17th October 1949, one hundred years to the day after the death of Chopin. Or was she murdered, and if so, why? Were the letters in fact forgeries? And what was the truth about Delfina Potocka?
Described by the Professor of Film at Kansas University as “the most trenchant statement concerning the appropriation of art by the authoritarian state” and as “one of the seminal documents in composer biographies”, Tony Palmer’s dramatised film tells the story of Czernika Potocka and the letters, probing a veritable mystery in a series of parallel scenes from 1945 and 1845.
New light is shed on Chopin himself, not least in the interpretation of the music brought to life miraculously by the beautiful young Russian pianist, Valentina Igoshina.  Here she explains what the music means to her and plays much of the music contained in the film in a specially recorded recital. As one critic wrote when the film was first released: “after this you will never be able to hear the music of Chopin in the same way again”


Waltz No.1 in E flat major

Op.18 Waltz No.6 in D flat major

Op.62 No.2 Nocturne No.13 in C minor

Op.48 No.1 Prelude No.7 in A major

Op.28 No.7 Prelude No.15 in D flat major

Op.28 Etude in G flat major

Op.10 No.5 Scherzo No.1 in B minor

Op.20 Sonata Op.35 in B flat minor, 3rd. mve.

Polonaise in A flat major, Op.53 Etude No.3 in E major

Op.10 Impromptu No.4 in C sharp minor, Op.66


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