October 12, 2007

The Pianist on Radio 4

On Saturday 20th October, 2.30-3.30pm, Radio 4 will be broadcasting a recording of The Pianist, a production at this year's Manchester International Festival. Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, also adapted into the 2002 film of the same name, the performance combined extracts of Szpilman's memoirs, narrated by Peter Guiness, with the music of Chopin (and several of Szpilman's own pieces) performed by Mikhail Rudy. The result was a truly incredible performance (there's a better review of it, with a small contribution by me, here) and although it won't quite be the same on the radio- the shadowy attic space in which the performance took place gave wonderful acoustics and a unique and unforgettable atmosphere- I'd still highly recommend tuning in next Saturday. There's more info about the production here.

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