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Donald Macleod outlines Koechlin's musical obsession with Hollywood starlet Lilian Harvey, explores the Seven Stars Symphony and discusses his relationship with his favourite pupil.

In the 1930s, the sixtysomething Koechlin became besotted with the Hollywood starlet Lilian Harvey, composing over 100 pieces for her. Donald Macleod outlines a musical obsession, and explores Koechlin's unique "Seven Stars" Symphony - a symphony with each movement depicting a different actor of the silver screen. He also looks at Koechlin's relationship with his favourite pupil Catherine Urner - a meeting of musical minds that would blossom into love...and end in tragedy.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Charles Koechlin

    L Andalouse Dans Barcelone, Op.134

    Conductor: James Judd.
    • RCA.
  • Charles Koechlin

    Sur Les Flots Lointains Op.130

    Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • MARCO POLO.
  • Charles Koechlin

    The Seven Stars Symphony, Op.132

    Conductor: James Judd.
    • RCA.
  • Charles Koechlin

    Sept Chansons Pour Gladys, Op.151

    Singer: Claudette Leblanc.
    • HYPERION.
  • Charles Koechlin

    Le Meditation De Purun-Bhagat, Op.159

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • RCA.
  • Charles Koechlin

    L Album De Lilian [excerpts]

    Singer: Kathrin Graf.
    • ACCORD.

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