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Frederic Chopin by Michael Lunts

30th November 2009 ‘Winter in Majorca’ – A portrait of Frederic Chopin by Michael Lunts.

Michael performs a unique combination of drama and classical music in his dramatic portrayal of Chopin’s stay in a monastery on the island of Majorca with his lover, the writer George Sand.  The set recreates the monastic cell in which the lovers stayed, while light, sound and live music conjure up the atmosphere of this strange interlude in the composer’s life.

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Two shows exploring key moments in the life of Chopin

Since his first show Winter in Majorca premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse Michael Lunts’ special affinity with the life and music of Frederick Chopin has impressed critics and audiences alike. The Last Ballade follows the composer’s journey begun in “Winter in Majorca”, on to its dramatic climax ten years later.

Winter in Majorca

Winter in Majorca

A portrait of Frederick Chopin

Written and performed by Michael Lunts Directed by David Horlock

 

 

 

The story of Frederick Chopin and his dramatic stay in a monastery on the island of Majorca with his lover the writer George Sand. The music that came out of this adventure, preludes, polonaises and mazurkas, are amongst his best-loved works and are played live as part of the action. The set recreates the monastic cell in which the lovers stayed, while lights, sound and music conjure up the atmosphere of this strange interlude in the composer’s life.

 

Scenes from Winter in Majorca

“Michael Lunts is quite outstanding in the role of Chopin … his fine acting is equally matched by his skill as a pianist.” STAGE“Spellbinding study of Chopin.” INDEPENDENT

“A seamless interweaving of words and music … a performance of unmistakeable distinction.” GUARDIAN

 

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  1. Winter in Majorca – By Audrey Owens 1st December 2009 – 5:38am

    The seventh presentation at the Arts and Literary Society was Winter in Majorca, the story of three months in the life of Chopin and his lover, George Sand. Michael Lunts gave a dramatic portrayal of the dying musical genius as he fought against the consumption which was to kill him and his terrible fears created by the atmosphere of the mountain monastery in Valldemosa.

    During this performance he played much of the music composed by Chopin during this time especially the many Preludes, which he wrote and rewrote seeking perfection. Among other magical musical moments were the two Polonaises so very famous for Chopin’s portrayal of the war being fought in his native Poland. This was a very unusual entertainment and very gripping.

    The evening was sponsored by Essex Theatre

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