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This DVD contains a Christopher Nupen film about the most charismatic performer in the entire history of Western classical music — also the most talked about, the most controversial, the most famous and the most successful classical soloist that the world of music has ever known.
The story is astonishing, exciting, wildly unusual and, at the end, deeply touching. It is one of the most extraordinary tales in the history of music and it is told with all the Nupen finesse and commitment that have won him DVD of theYear Award four times in the past six years.
Paganini made use of his astonishing gifts — and the gullibility of the world, to create the most elaborate and enduring legend of all instrumental soloists in
Western classical music but, as so often with legends, the excitement and the chatter obscured the true figure of both the man and the artist.
In the film on this DVD, Christopher Nupen looks at the legend and the strange man who created it with his dazzling combination of technical brilliance, supreme showmanship, Italian melody and unbridled manipulative skill — a man whose extraordinary personality unsettled even the most sophisticated and educated minds and provoked wildly contradictory opinions.
It presents Paganini’s music, shot and edited in the style developed by Christopher Nupen and his colleagues for their prize winning DVDs about Sibelius, Schubert and Tchaikovsky and combines it with extracts from Paganini's letters and quotations from both his admirers and his many detractors.
Commentary in English with subtitles in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese.
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Niccolò Paganini
Gidon Kremer (Violin)
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