Listening through the lens

Christopher Nupen
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Listening through the lens


By Christopher Nupen

Foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy


BAFTA-AWARD winning documentary-maker, Christopher Nupen has made more than 70 films on classical music and musicians. His pioneering portrait-films count among their subjects Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pré, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Nathan Milstein, Andrés Segovia, Yevgeny Kissin, Karim Said, and Daniil Trifonov, many of whom have become lifelong friends. His 1969 film The Trout is legend. His film We Want the Light has won some of the most prized awards in documentary making, including the Jewish Cultural Award for Film and Television. In his book, Christopher Nupen tells the story of his varied and often astonishing life and invites us to share his view of ‘Listening through the lens’

The book comes with a 13-minute DVD showcasing a selection of Christopher Nupen’s finest films.

“Christopher is a man of great professional expertise, great passion and wonderful humour. This book reflects these qualities in a most captivating way.” From the Foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy


Praise for Christopher Nupen’s films:


“Christopher Nupen pioneered a style of filming music and music making for television in which his excellence has rarely been equalled and never excelled. Of that genre he is the undoubted master. His films will endure forever as reference documents to the executant’s art in the 20th century and as constant sources of delight.”Sir Jeremy Isaacs, Chief Executive of Channel 4 and later, General Director, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

“Revisiting the tragic rapture of Remembering Jacqueline du Pré so captured my heart and emotions that it has proved one of the most magical events which has happened to me for years.” Laurie Lee, poet and author

“Nobody has succeeded better than Christopher Nupen in bringing the heart of music through the television screen”Manfred Gräter, Former Head of Music, WDR Cologne

“Nupen is the David Attenborough of the musical jungle. He feasts with the big beasts and is not afraid of snakes.”Norman Lebrecht


The book contains many photographs of the musicians Christopher Nupen worked with over the years with Allegro Films.

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780995757424
Format: Sheet Music
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 22/11/2019
ISMN: 9780995757424

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