Great Composers: Puccini
BBC TV Great Composers Series
Narrated by Kennth Branagh
Music performed by Jose Cura, Julia Migenes, leontina Vaduva, The BBC Philharmonic (conductor Richard Buckley)
Some adult topics
The Great Composers series presents the lives and works of seven musical giants from the Baroque era to the twentieth century. It examines the backgrounds, influences and relationships that make these seven composers part of the history of western music. Each composer's life and work is presented through extensive performance sequences, and through interviews with some of today's greatest artists and most respected authorities.
Puccini (1858-1924) is today one of the most popular opera composers, but not necessarily the most respected. From humble origins in the town of Lucca in Tuscany, he rose from the Milan Conservatoire to compose some of the greatest Italian operas. The love of his home and its local lake, his serial infidelities, his unhappy marriage, his obsession with hunting and his final illness are told alongside the story of his music.
Contributors include Puccini's granddaughter Simonetta Puccini, opera producer and actor Simon Callow, experts Julian Budden, William Ashbrook, Leonardo Pinzauti, Alan Sievewright and conductor Sir Charles Mackerras. The program contains extracts from his operas, sung by Jose Cura, Leontina Vaduva and Julia Migenes, with conductor Richard Buckley and the BBC Philharmonic.
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