The beautiful places that inspired our great composers
Why did Respighi love Rome’s fountains so much? What spurred Handel to write his famous Water Music? And what is the story behind Shostakovich’s agonised Lening...展开rad Symphony?
British actor Simon Callow explores the beautiful places where the romantic composers lived and worked.
Visiting towns and regions steeped with history, the screen star mixes travel, music and philosophy while profiling romantic and baroque composers such as Chopin, Elgar, Liszt and Rachmaninov.
Walking in their footsteps, sitting by their favourite fountains and visiting their former homes, Simon discovers the energy and beauty of the places where they lived out their often tumultuous lives, revealing the emotions, motivations and personalities behind some of the most enduring pieces of classical music.
Accompanied by the seasoned travellers of The Australian Chamber Orchestra who perform in each episode, Simon’s journey takes him to France, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Germany and Serbia.