The music of Chopin and the story of his turbulent affair with George Sand as told through their intimate letters and diaries.
Combining words and music, ‘Nocturne - The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin’ is the one of Lucy’s three musical portraits with narration by celebrated actors, Dame Harriet Walter and Samuel West.
Lucy’s life-long passion for the music of Schumann inspired the original concept of the words and music evening, Beloved Clara, released on CD by AVS to critical acclaim. Two further evenings, ‘Liszt - An Odyssey of Love’ and Nocturne - The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin’ was premiered in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall (the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth) and has toured the UK and abroad, making its US debut in Los Angeles and subsequently broadcast on NPR across the USA.
Acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest pianists, Lucy Parham applies her sensitivity and imagination not only to concertos and recitals, but also to portraits in words and music of such composers as Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy.
Performance **** Recording *****
Julian Haylock - BBC Music magazine - April 2014