13 Apr 2013
in Birnam & Dunkeld – Classical Music/Drama
Lunts’ pioneering format of musical drama means that we get to know both the man and his music. Steve Pavey BBC
Birnam Arts welcomes back Michael Lunts, the concert pianist who brought us his dramatic portrait of Schubert last year with A Wanderer Fantasy in a superb rendition of the composer’s magnificent music.
In a Winter in Majorca, Michael portrays in brilliant style the turbulent life of Chopin, interspersing it with his glorious music which typified the Romantic era of the great composers.
We meet Chopin in a deserted monk’s cell in a monastery in Valldemosa, Majorca, where he’s staying with his lover, Georges Sand, writing a letter to a friend and playing some of the piano music that he has recently composed.
Lunts cleverly recreates the feel of the deserted monk’s cell in which Chopin reflects on his life, his family, his solitude and his destiny.
…I was convinced that Lunts really was Chopin. Few performers combine their musical and dramatic abilities in such an interesting way. Having known almost nothing about Chopin beforehand, for me this was a brilliant and revealing evening. Steve Pavey, BBC