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RCO Opening Night is the festive opening of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s new season in the company of loyal audience members and new friends. The fourth RCO Opening Night in the history of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is led by Thomas Hengelbrock. Pianist Evgeny Kissin, without a doubt one of the biggest piano players of our time – some say a living legend – is returning to the Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time since 1994. He is playing the solo in Liszt’s First Piano Concerto. This concert, suffused with the spirit of Romanticism, opens with Berlioz’s concert overture Le Carnaval Romain with its beautiful English horn solo. Mendelssohn’s passionate ‘Italian’ symphony is flanked by works from beloved Italian operas, with several more musical surprises to follow.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Felix Mendelssohn.
Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock.
Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
These medieval songs around the wheel of fortune have been staged and danced many a time to Carl Orff´s gripping music. The latest attempt is by Claude Brumachon for the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve and was filmed at the Festival de Danse in Cannes. In this version men who seem to have escaped Dante's "Inferno" are submitted to the fickleness of fate as the wheel of fortune turns joy into bitterness and hope into grief.
MANTRA: SOUNDS INTO SILENCE explores the new music and social phenomenon of chanting. The film shares the stories of people who are finding healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras together with others just like them. It’s a film about spirituality not religion, it’s about people reconnecting with their true selves and with others.
As our characters’ stories about their connection to the music unfold, we meet the musicians who have inspired them and brought them together. Through these encounters, we will discover how Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Lama Gyurme, Jai Uttal, MC Yogi and others came to this music themselves and to the practice of “Kirtan”, and how, over the years, it transformed their lives.
The British pop rock band was filmed at two concerts in Sao Paulo, Brazil during their "A Head Full of Dreams" tour. Featuring numerous visual elements including a unique laser show, confetti cannons and pyrotechnic effects, Coldplay has performed in front of more than 5 million spectators in stadiums and arenas across five continents.
The critically acclaimed concert series provides an intimate music experience with ground-breaking and inspiring artists. The 11th season features Panic! At The Disco at the Mayan Theatre (Los Angeles), Young The Giant at the El Rey (Los Angeles), Sturgill Simpson at the Broad Street Ballroom in New York City’s financial district (New York) as well as The Lumineers at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn (New York).
John Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 42 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation. Filmed at the landmark Chicago Theatre, just 250 miles away from his upbringing in Indiana, this stunning cinematic concert film captures John with his full band, along with special guest Carlene Carter, performing his most cherished songs. Small Town, Minutes to Memories, Pop Singer, Longest Days, The Full Catastrophe, Rain on the Scarecrow, Paper in Fire, Authority Song, Pink Houses and Cherry Bomb are some of the gems found on this spectacular concert film.
Loved by musicians and critics alike, Later With Jools Holland is the longest running music television programme on the BBC and shows no signs of stopping. Here, stadium fillers, current chart toppers, veterans and left-field artists from all music genres perform together in the same studio. Guests for Series 53 include the Mod-father Paul Weller, chart-topper Jess Glynne, rock band Muse, pop icon Neneh Cherry and reggae legend Toots Hibbert among many others.
This genre-defining series explores the global history of art as the driving force for civilisation. Specialist filming techniques capture the majestic scale of the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, and pick out the exquisite detail of Michelangelo’s Basilica of St Peter. Until now, these illuminating creations have been remote. Now you can immerse yourself in their awe-inspiring craftsmanship, as great masterpieces are brought closer and made clearer than ever before. An epic blockbuster, Civilisations shows how art defines the human experience. It’s a story of passion and struggle, introducing a new generation to classic works created across the continents.
Hosted by Harvard University professor Elisa New, each half-hour episode highlights the work of one distinguished poet (including Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Carl Sandburg, W.H. Auden, Gwendolyn Brooks and others) with a reading by an individual well-known for accomplishments outside the humanities (actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Grammy-Award winner Herbie Hancock, former vice president Joe Biden, rapper/poet Nas plus many others).
The fast-moving, beautifully shot series offers viewers a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and interpreting a single American poem. Scholar Elisa New opens a conversation about poetry and encourages viewers at home to extend the discussion past the episode’s end.
Blurring the boundaries between entertainment and high culture, this series takes the viewer into a fine selection of world’s most renowned museums. Artists from all genres present their iconic masterpieces with a very personal touch, contextualized by art historian and popular professor of culture Matt Lodder.
Featuring museums include Museo del Prado (Joyce DiDonato), Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vivienne Westwood), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Julie Mehretu), Musee d’Orsay (Sasha Waltz), Uffizi Gallery (Wolfgang Joop), Rijksmuseum (Erwin Olaf), Alte Nationalgalerie (Katharina Grosse) and Munch Museum (Karl Ove Knausgard).
Monumental, delirious, transgressive – Mass by Leonard Bernstein is doubtlessly one of the most abundant scores in musical history. On the occasion of the composer’s 100th birthday, Bernstein expert Wayne Marshall, the Orchestre de Paris, its Chorus and Children’s Chorus and the Ensemble Aedes take on this “extravagant, exuberant and endlessly inventive creation” (The New York Times).
From tranquil rivieras in Liguria, to hidden country retreats near Caprarola, the ancient town of Anagni to the flower gardens of Trieste, visit an Italy you never knew existed. Watch the sunset over the golden limestone towns of Sicily, and discover lost Renaissance frescos hidden away in beautiful cathedrals on the vacation of a lifetime.
I AM tells the stories of people who put their reason for being in art. The story of the creative process takes the traits of social and identity affirmation, following the motivations and urgency that lead the artist to express themselves.
I AM tells about fragments of life, sacrifices, disappointments, emotions, conflicts and resolutions, focusing the narration on the works and character of the protagonist, on his story and on the context in which he moves. I AM is the story of an artist.
Off Camera delves into the lives of some of Hollywood’s hottest talent, as photographer/director Sam Jones hosts interviews with a myriad of some the world’s most recognised artists. Stepping away from the spotlight, each celebrity opens up about some of those deeper questions that leave us wondering. This series Sam is in conversation with: Rachel Bloom, Aaron Paul, Ricky Carmichael, Eiljah Wood, David Oyelowo, Kenneth Lonergan, Sam Richardson, Gillian Jacobs, Jerrod Carmichael, Maggie Siff, Hank Azaria, Courteney Cox, Jenny Slate, Freida Pinto, Matt Walsh and Ron Howard.
Oscar and two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline stars in Noel Coward's classic play as Garry Essendine, a self-indulgent actor who receives a visit from a young admirer, initiating a parade of intruders and interruptions, including his ex-wife, his manager and an aspiring playwright. Also starring Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Cobie Smulders.
A unique opportunity to get to the heart of a truly iconic and brilliant band. Part concert and part documentary, Decades follows New Order’s preparations as they re-stage their acclaimed collaboration So It Goes with the artist Liam Gillick.
New Order rarely look backwards, yet for this project they had to reflect on and deconstruct their history - From Joy Division's first television performance through to the present day incarnation of New Order.
Features performances of Joy Division’s Shadowplay, Atmosphere, Disorder and Decades and New Order’s Blue Monday, The Perfect Kiss, Subculture, Your Silent Face, Fine Time and Bizarre Love Triangle.
Dance sensation Tiler Peck, one of the principle dancers of the New York City Ballet company, curates a three-day dance series entitled ‘Ballet Now’ which seeks to push boundaries and integrate unexpected elements into performances which will not only delight ballet’s devout followers, but also create new fans.
Produced by Emmy-winning Elisabeth Moss and directed by Steven Cantor (Dancer) this feature-length film captures the creative process behind the scenes at the famed Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – bringing dancers, choreographers and styles from all over the world together for three magical nights of performances.
On 14 November 1987, a promising conductor made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony: Simon Rattle. In retrospect Rattle says “I felt that I was finding my voice on that day”. Mahler’s multifaceted work is now again on the programme when Sir Simon appears for the last time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The wheel comes full circle.
REPERTOIRE: Mahler, Symphony No. 6 in A minor.
This delightful music and dance special was filmed in the historical interior of the 12th century St Patrick’s Cathedral, in the heart of Dublin. Based around an original traditional Irish stage show that has successfully played to sold out international audiences, Celtic Gold features a 14 strong traditional dance troupe, along with two male and two female singers. Interspersed with some very sophisticated contemporary style Irish dance routines are many well-known Irish song favourites like Wild Rover, Siuil a Run, Raggle Taggle Gypsy and the classic, She Moved Through The Fair. Celtic Gold is both a charming and entertaining journey through authentic Irish song and dance.
Over three hundred years ago, the first scholar entered The Academy Of France in Rome. Since then, a commission selects scholarship holders from all over the world annually. The French government assures their accommodation within Villa Medici and solid support in the realization of their projects. This film shows the path of some scholarship holders during their residence at Villa Medici.
With their crisp harmonies and superlative ear for songs that entertained while expressing a message, Peter, Paul and Mary represented the restless but ambitious spirit of the 1960s cultural revolution when music emerged as a unifying force amidst social change.
Archival footage traces the trio's phenomenal career, alongside rare performances of songs including Blowin’ In The Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin, Lemon Tree, Leaving On A Jet Plane and If I Had A Hammer.
Includes interviews with Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers and legendary record producer Phil Ramone.
Goodnight London is a love letter and a note of warning to a city that is undergoing rapid change through gentrification and redevelopment. How has rapid gentrification affected communities and creatives in London?
In 2018, the city exists in a transient state, swallowed by cranes, building sites and half eaten streets. Ambitious plans for transport and new developments have closed youth centres, music venues and art studios whilst also removing vast amounts of affordable housing from the city. What does the future hold? Framed by director Oliver Guy-Watkins' personal story of the city, this film features 40 interviews with musicians, writers, activists and artists including Frank Turner, Kojey Radical, Rhoda Dakar, The Pearl Harts, gal-dem editor Liv Little, Jamz Supernova and anarchist Ian Bone.
British rock legends Status Quo commemorate an emotional moment in the band's history in a live performance captured at London's O2 Arena in December 2016.
A turbulent time in the band's career, Richie Malone and John 'Rhino' Edwards stand in for Rick Parfitt, who had been forced to pull out of the tour due to ill health, shortly before his death at the end of the year.
The band perform their hits Caroline, Down Down, In The Army Now, Whatever You Want and Rockin' All Over The World.
Sir Andrew Davis, the much-loved former Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a veteran steersman of the Last Night, returns to direct the greatest annual party in classical music. The popular nautical theme of traditional favourites by Henry Wood and Thomas Arne is extended in Stanford’s Songs of the Sea, featuring star Canadian baritone Gerald Finley. There’s a dash of Broadway in the touching Soliloquy from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and a more mischievous streak in Milhaud’s delightful suite Scaramouche. Roxanna Panufnik’s new commission rounds off a series of over 40 world, UK or London premieres this season, continuing the forward-looking vision of Proms founder Henry Wood.
The Royal Opera House presents the world premiere of George Benjamin and British playwright Martin Crimp's new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence, with the composer himself at the podium! The production brings together soprano Barbara Hannigan, stage director Katie Mitchell, and designer Vicki Mortimer, reprising the creative team of their wildly successful 2012 Written on Skin that was hailed as “truly a 21st-century masterpiece” (The Times).
Suede’s arrival and success in British music in the 1990s was a true phenomenon. Fated as the best new band in Britain before they had even released a single, their debut album was the biggest selling for a generation and they heralded a new wave of acclaimed British music that became known as Britpop.
This feature-length documentary was made with full access to the band and their unexpurgated, incredible archive to tell their story in unprecedented detail. Pulling no punches, the film intelligently and honestly uncovers the highs and lows of their career; their roots and identity, their notable international success, the infamous power struggle, their impact, excesses and - ultimately – their recent, brilliant, acclaimed rebirth.
Frontman Brett Anderson and the band are joined by a strong cast that includes their early manager Ricky Gervais and former members including ex-Smith Mike Joyce in this genuinely unique, stylish, sharp and gripping film.
One of the most talked about exhibitions of the year, dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cezanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself. This film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cezanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.
"Stradivari on eight cylinders" was the headline for the rich cornucopia of sound that Anne-Sophie Mutter poured out on her concert tour with the Sibelius Violin Concerto. "Her Stradivari lets her sing the arches of melody with warm vibrato and lends real fire to her double-stopping; she stages great leaps as soaring stairways to heaven or headlong descents to hell and fills the slow movement with yielding warmth", reports the Suddeutsche Zeitung with admiration.
Mutter’s violin concerto is wonderfully complemented by Shostakovich’s 10th, in which Nelsons truly triumphs: "Shostakovich’s Tenth is a trial of musical strength: elegiac and rhythmic with equal conviction, it requires full force in the tutti even as it gives the individual a voice in the form of frequent solos. World-class, these exponents from Amsterdam". Such was the verdict of the Südwest Presse.
There are cinematic milestones that have left a market impression on the landscapes in which they were filmed. John Ford’s take on his idealized vision of Ireland, ‘The Quiet Man’, is one such film.
The plot revolves around Sean Thronton (John Wayne) who after killing a man in a boxing fight in America, returns to claim his ancestral home in Ireland and falls in love with a fiery redhead Mary Kate Danagher (Maureen O’Hara). The themes of the film mirrored Ford’s own family’s experience of loss of land and forced emigration. When it was released ‘The Quiet Man’ became a monster hit all across the world and has resonated with international audiences ever since.
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