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In 2016, internationally renowned artist William Kentridge presented “Triumphs and Laments”, his colossal tribute to the history of Rome. A 550 meters long frieze on the Tiber banks, portraying the glories and the tragedies of the Eternal City, from the birth of the Eternal City to Pasolini’s murder, from Bernini to Dolce Vita and the refugee crisis.
The most majestic artwork to take place in Rome since the painting of the Sistine Chapel disappeared within a few short months. This film, shot with exclusive access over two years, is its only memory.
Behzod Abduraimov’s has quickly established himself as one of the leading pianists of this generation. Here he performs masterpieces from the piano repertoire, with works by Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Prokofiev. Among the highlights of the concert, Prokofiev‘s Sonata for Piano No. 6 in A Major, which was praised by Sviatoslav Richter, the first performer after the composer himself, for its “remarkable stylistic clarity and the structural perfection”.
REPERTOIRE: Chopin: Ballade No.1 Op.23; Schubert: Moments musicaux D. 780 (Op.94), 2. Andantino (Ab major), 3. Allegro moderato (F minor); Beethoven: Piano Sonata pour piano No.23, Op.57 "Appassionata"; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.6, Op.82; Bach: Piano concerto in D minor BWV 596, Largo.
Italian Conductor Andrea Colombini is arguably the biggest Puccini fan in the world. He has dedicated his whole life to preserving the legacy of the world famous opera composer in the place of his birth, the beautiful and historic walled city of Lucca, in Tuscany. Now, in homage to the Maestro, Andrea is staging his own production of La Boheme in Lucca’s charming Teatro del Giglio and we follow him casting, rehearsing and preparing for this incredible undertaking. Along the way Andrea takes time out to find out more about Puccini’s life, loves and just what it was that made him the ‘rock star’ of his day. In addition, a rare interview with the composer’s granddaughter, Simonetta, gives us a unique insight into how Giacomo Puccini wrote about his own life experiences. In this delightful hour, the beauty of Lucca combines with the memorable and emotive music of Puccini to create a sensual feast for both the ears and eyes, as well as a viewing treat that will enchant anyone who loves a great love story!
A pupil of Doctor Bartolo, Rosina leads an uneventful life until, introduced by Figaro, a barber in Seville, to the young count Almaviva. This young man is called on to redouble his ingenuity, with Figaro's tricks, to thwart the vigilance of Bartolo, who does not intend to allow this alliance.
PERFORMERS: Lionel Lhote, Jodie Devos, Gustavo de Gennaro, Enrico Marabelli, Laurent Kubla, Alexise Yerna & Opera Royal de Wallonie Orchestra & Choirs.
There's one man Darcey Bussell never got to dance with, and always wishes she had: the legendary Hollywood dancer Fred Astaire, who died 30 years ago this year.
In this documentary, Darcey goes in search of Fred and discovers a very different story from the one she expected. Fred was born into an immigrant family in Omaha, Nebraska, in the middle of America. His name was Austerlitz, not Astaire. And, most surprising of all, Fred was never meant to be the dancer in the family. His mother only got him dancing to partner his sister Adele. For 30 years Adele, not Fred, was the star of their brother-sister song-and-dance act.
When Adele left the act to get married, Fred was finally able to shine in his own right, only to find his ambitions for a solo career thwarted when he came to Hollywood. 'What's all this about my being teamed with Ginger Rogers?' He wrote to his agent. 'I will not, repeat will not have it'.
In a journey that takes her from Nebraska to New York and from London to Los Angeles, Darcey marvels at Fred's discipline as a dancer. To outshine his sister Adele, Fred worked twice as hard as she did, always seeking out inventive new dance techniques to lift the act to another level. As a teenager, Fred discovered tap dance in the heart of black Harlem, introducing African-American steps into his routine. And Fred's success with Ginger Rogers was so great that ever since the golden age of the 1930s, Hollywood has tried to repeat the magical Astaire-Rogers formula - as Darcey learns from the choreographer of La La Land.
By the end of her quest, Darcey understands why there were three women who really made Fred Astaire. Not Ginger Rogers as everyone expects, but his mother, who first got him dancing, his sister, who gave him the competition to make him excel, and his wife Phyllis, whom Fred married as he made his way to Hollywood. That marriage gave Fred the love and security he needed when he broke away from his family to become a Hollywood star.
In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Scott followed Philip across three continents – from his annual ride on the Coney Island “Cyclone” to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia.
Allowed unprecedented access to Glass’ working process, family, spiritual teachers and long-time collaborators, Hicks worked with a skeleton crew and shot the lion’s share of the film himself, giving us a singular revelation into the life of this surprising and complex man.
15 years on, London based musician Soumik Datta returns to his homeland in search of a music that can make him feel again. Far from the world he knows, pushed beyond the extreme, Soumik’s journey leads him deep into the heart of rural India where he is brought face to face with rituals, superstitions and intoxicating music. But will these rustic communities accept an outsider? Will they share the secrets hidden in their songs, with a complete stranger?
This series follows celebrities as they delve into the archives of the British Library unlocking masterpieces to explore their personal roots, passions and heroes. Each person discovers six items from the British Library’s vast and unique collections, from well-loved items such as Leonardo Da Vinci drawings, Jane Austen’s writing desk and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony sketchbook, to the Library’s lesser-known treasures including photographs, sound recordings and banknotes. The distinguished guests include jazz singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum, actor and writer Meera Syal, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, children's author Julia Donaldson, professor and television presenter Lord Robert Winston and trumpeter Alison Balsom.
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.
From the producers of the hugely successful 'Great British Bake Off’ comes a search for the most passionate and creative amateur pottery talent. The series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every walk of life, as they attempt to prove their pottery prowess. Ten passionate potters compete against one another as they showcase the skills and craftsmanship required to create beautiful objects out of lumps of clay.
To be a Hollywood great is to fly too close to the sun, to embody the dreams of millions while placing your fate in their hearts. Stars Of The Silver Screen celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. Contributions from contemporary commentators and current Hollywood glitterati will bring each icon’s legacy up to date as we relive their most magical motion picture moments and explore the personalities behind the names.
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