Listening through the lens by Christopher Nupen (with sampler DVD)


The official autobiography from BAFTA award-winning film maker, Christopher Nupen, director of The Trout – one of the most watched classical music films.

Foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy


The autobiography of Christopher Nupen with a Foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy. BAFTA Award-winning documentary maker, Christopher Nupen, has made over 70 films on classical music and musicians. His pioneering portrait films count among their subjects Jacqueline du Pré, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Nathan Milstein, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Andrés Segovia, Evgeny Kissin, Karim Said and Daniil Trifonov, many of whom have become lifelong friends. In his book, Christopher Nupen reveals the story of his varied and often astonishing life, and invites us to share his perspective ‘listening through the lens’.

The book includes rare photographs of the musicians Christopher Nupen worked with over the years with Allegro Films and a 13 minute sampler DVD showcasing a selection of his finest films.

‘Elegantly written with a good selection of photographs and a filmography….’ 
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone

‘Nupen’s deep affinity for classical music and his genuine friendship and love for the subjects of his films burns ever bright throughout this extraordinary book….’ 
Andrew Eales,

Nupen turns out to be as captivating a writer as he is a film-maker. The openness and honesty that mark out his professional work can be sensed throughout this extraordinarily candid memoir.’ 
Julian Haylock, The Strad

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

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 for ever as reference documents to the executant’s art in the 20th century and as constant sources of delight.’
Jeremy Isaacs, former chief executive of Channel 4, general director, Royal Opera House

‘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

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