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DVD Set: Frederic Chopin: A Life to Remember
DVD: Frederic Chopin: A Life to Remember


 
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Stunning new 2-disc DVD showcases the music, life and times of the greatest Romantic composer in a magnificently entertaining, educational, and absorbing presentation

Frederic Chopin - A Life to Remember

Produced, presented and performed by Alan Kogosowski, the internationally renowned concert pianist and Chopin authority

A four-and-a-half hour visual and aural celebration

This lavish four-and-a-half hour production features Alan Kogosowski in concert at London's Gibson Hall, performing over 30 of Chopin's most loved Etudes, Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Waltzes, Polonaises and Ballades with engaging introductions about each work - what to listen for musically and technically as well as the context of the piece in Chopin's life, combined with beautiful and historically authentic images which add another dimension to this unique 'Chopin Experience'

Music for Everyone

A magnificent production for lovers of music in general and Chopin in particular, and for those just learning to appreciate the genius composer and pianist

Simple-to-use menu

'A Life to Remember' is ingeniously edited and structured to allow the viewer to select an individual segment within the 2-disc six-part production

Special Features

   * Chopin's Biography
     
   * Comprehensive list of Chopin's works
     
   * Photo gallery of Alan's rise from child prodigy to concert performer around the world
     
   * Alan's much-lauded performance of Chopin on the Ed Sullivan TV Show as a 14 year-old
     


FREDERIC CHOPIN - A LIFE TO REMEMBER presents Chopin's works in a sequence which reveals the story of his life and at the same time elucidates the development of his art:

Episode 1: A Slavic Soul - begins with Chopin's national origins and youth, expressed in his Mazurkas.

Episode 2: Master of the Piano - deals with the revolutionary and political developments of the time, events which accompanied the major transitions in the composer's life, as seen through the Etudes.

Episode 3: Spirit of a Poet - illustrates the poetic characteristics of Chopin's music, prominent in his Nocturnes, Berceuse and Scherzo No. 2.

Episode 4: Grace and Charm - demonstrates the brilliance of life in Paris and introduces the women who played a major role in the composer's life, and this is demonstrated by the Waltzes.

Episode 5: Dream Visions - explains the darker undercurrents in Chopin's life, his illness, exile and disappointments, which find their expression in the Preludes and the Ballade No. 1.

Episode 6: A Hero's Heart - explores the heroic spirit which permeates Chopin's work, transcending the ordinary and leaving a lasting body of work which is relevant and inspirational today, symbolized by the 'Heroic' Polonaise and the Fantasy in F minor.


Pianist, composer and Chopin specialist Alan Kogosowski was the featured performer and narrator of a six-part series, Frederic Chopin A Life to Remember, on CUNY-TV in New York in 2003, highlighted by The New York Times on successive weeks as 'outstanding'. The entire series is now available to purchase on a double DVD set of 4-hour duration.

The production, two years in the making, gives the viewer a virtuoso performance combined with finely chosen imagery, meticulously crafted and visually choreographed to illustrate the themes and places which inspired the composer's music, together with brief colourful introductions by Kogosowski. Filmed in London's Gibson Hall by camera and sound men from the BBC, the series glows with a sense of splendor.

Frederic Chopin A Life to Remember was made in association with the Frederic Chopin Society in Warsaw and contains much evocative imagery from Poland, combined with concert footage and spoken introductions filmed live in London.

Kogosowski's performances of Chopin have been recognized since his first world tour at age 13, when he performed the Polonaise in A flat on the Ed Sullivan Show, an episode recently rebroadcast on PBS. Dubbed "a master of Chopin's music" by the Chicago Sun-Times, his CD Kogosowski Plays Chopin was chosen by the Polish Government as a symbol of Polish culture for the millennium, and has sold in the thousands. In London, Kogosowski caused a sensation with his recreation of Chopin's final performance, which took place in the Lord Mayor's banqueting hall, the Guildhall, 150 years before. This event was filmed for television.

Kogosowski has followed up his internationally recognized interpretations of Chopin's music with a completed version of the composer's unfinished Third Piano Concerto. This work was premiered by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Neeme Jarvi, who commissioned the orchestration from Kogosowski.

Like Frederic Chopin, Alan Kogosowski has performed on many occasions for Polish causes, in Europe and America. In 1999 he was awarded the Order of Merit from the Vatican in recognition of his many all-Chopin concerts in London on behalf of Poland. Many of Kogosowski's Chopin concerts in London have been supported and attended by members of the royal family, including H.M. the Queen Mother, Princess Diana, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Kent and the Duke of Kent, president of the Anglo-Polish Association.
Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 1 played by Alan Kogosowski
Features
  • by Alan Kogosowiski
  • 2 DVD Set
  • Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
  • English
  • Color


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