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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.
Starting in September 2017, the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev will present the most spectacular and ambitious cycle of Bruckner’s Symphonies. All the performances will take place in the Monastery of St Florian in Linz, a venue inextricably linked to the composer and his final resting place.
The 2017 BBC Proms opens with a dance and a shout. Celebrate John Adams’s 70th birthday with his masterpiece “Harmonium”. Award-winning pianist Igor Levit is the soloist in Beethoven’s ground-breaking Third Piano Concerto. John Adams’s Harmonium is an intricate tapestry of sound, with bright vocal threads and driving brass and percussion rhythms. This year’s First Night opens with the world premiere of “St John’s Dance” by rising British composer Tom Coult.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason made history this year when he became the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician competition in 2016. Skeku has 6 musically gifted siblings and the film explores their extraordinary talents and issues of diversity in classical music.
We follow Sheku and his six brothers and sisters, examining the sacrifices that parents Stuart and Kadie make in order to support their children in pursuing their musical dreams. Told through the prism of family life we get an understanding of what it is that drives this family to be the best musicians they can be. At the heart of the story is 17 year old Sheku and we see him coming to terms with his Young Musician win and the pressures and opportunities that brings. His life is changing dramatically as he now has to learn to deal with the challenges of becoming a world-renowned cellist.
He will get advice from those who have trod this path already, including international violinist, Nicola Benedetti, and renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, discovering what it takes to be a famous international solo musician.
The documentary culminates with Sheku’s biggest performance to date, playing at the world famous Royal Festival Hall in London, with Britain’s first all-black and ethnic minority orchestra, Chineke! As the preparations for this ground-breaking concert begin, the film explores what it means to be a young, black, classical musician in today’s society.
The incredible true story of Alice Coopers encounter with Dali in New York in 1973. Over the course of a few days, Alice Cooper was invited to one of the most surreal dinner parties ever by Dali before being asked to pose in a photo-shoot for one of the worlds first holograms while wearing a tiara made up of $2million worth of gems while brandishing a shish-kebab statuette of the Venus De Milo. Starring David Suchet, Noel Feilding and Sheila Hancock.
An esoteric fairy-tale, a mystical-dreamlike tale, and a symbolic-Masonic course: No matter which perspective you consider it from, The Magic Flute will always be one of Mozart’s undisputed masterpieces. Amidst exotic, fanciful settings and cruel trials to conquer knowledge, amidst musical enchantment and threatening hostile forces, is the final victory of good over evil and love over hate.
Lois Greenfield, Anne Geddes, Michael Kenna, Gilles Bensimon, Frans Lanting, Steve McCurry, Jean-Marie Perier and others... discover the universe of the best photographers and the artistic approach of these great artists who have the power to inspire us.
Each episode draws the portrait of an artist who has a major influence in art photography, working on portrait, landscape, fashion, or wildlife. We get to meet them in their daily lives and behind the scenes at work.
In an intimate setting, they open up about their life and the most important moments that lead their career and brought them into this job. The photographers also reveal the story behind their most famous pictures as well as the encounters and the adventures around.
A great opportunity to revisit their work as they explain to us how they manage to capture the essence of a person or the beauty of a landscape, to immortalize a unique moment by using technique and intuition and finally what truly makes an image iconic!
Following a successful first series, The Great Pottery Throw Down returns with 10 brand new home potters - each hoping to become the champion in clay. Over the course of 24 mammoth challenges, these passionate and creative potters are pushed to the limit as they are tasked with making everything from a set of jugs to a toilet.
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.
This third series is marked by a landmark event, which forces the four siblings to consider what they want with their lives, and whether they want to do good for the world and for their community. Signe has big visions and plans to expand her farm with a neighbouring farmer. Emil has moved into Gronnegaard where he takes care of Melody (the daughter of Thomas and Isa). Gro challenges the Art Centre’s conventional thinking and discovers new sides of herself. Frederik is a success abroad and is hardly ever home, until he has to dive into a complicated investigation filled with emotions.
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