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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.
A balmy summer night, musical highlights and the picturesque scenery of Munich’s Feldherrnhalle – The Odeonsplatz Concert grants experiences of classical music on its highest level in a unique atmosphere. The Munchner Philharmoniker open their open-air concert with Bach’s Air from Suite No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s ballet-suite Swan Lake. Chief Conductor Valery Gergiev conducts this piece with “dance-like elegance and a slightly melancholic levity, tackling the frontiers of the feasible in the rapid movements” (Suddeutsche Zeitung). The programme goes on with Richard Strauss’s Suite from Rosenkavalier, “euphonious, fresh, sensual, with plenty of power exactly when it is needed” (TZ), and with Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.
Composer: J.S. Bach, P. Tchaikovsky, R. Strauss, M. Ravel. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: Munchner Philharmoniker.
In 2017, the Art Gallery of New South Wales provided cameras unprecedented access to competitors, their work and the hidden internal processes by which the Archibald Prize was judged and exhibited.
This series follows the highs and lows of a clutch of artists, ranging from three former Archibald Prize winners, to four former finalists, and a newcomer; all vying to have their portraits hung in the prestigious exhibition.
Their complete journeys, from the artists’ first approach to their sitters, through to their final portraits, are captured across the world, including Australia, Afghanistan, Hollywood, London, and Paris.
While making a TV documentary about a year in the life of the rock musician Mike Peters of The Alarm, his wife Jules makes a terrifying discovery - a lump in her breast. An urgent visit to the doctor confirms that a mammogram is needed, and she expects the worst. The couple decide to keep making the documentary and the resulting film turns out to be very different to what was originally planned - a powerful and honest story of a woman with breast cancer, and her personal journey through diagnosis, surgery and treatment.
The story of iconic Welsh rock musician Mike Peters (of The Alarm), his rise to fame, battle with cancer, and inspiring climb back as he enlists some of the world’s top musicians to help save the lives of cancer patients around the globe. Ultimately though, the life he saves may be his own. Filmed over the course of eight years, the film documents Mike’s journeys to the summits of the world’s tallest mountains and to the depths of his regular chemotherapy treatments and features one of a kind performances from legendary rock musicians.
For his first series of concerts as Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Italian maestro Daniele Gatti conducts the iconic Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” by Gustav Mahler, in a spirited performance. Gatti and the RCO are joined by German soprano Annette Dasch and Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill. “Gatti’s magic” (Trouw) makes clear that “a new era has definitely begun by now. Gatti is a conductor who really makes you think about what an interpretation should be like in the year 2016” (NRC).
Composer: Gustav Mahler. Conductor: Daniele Gatti. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir. Artists: Annette Dasch (soprano), Karen Cargill (mezzosoprano).
Lisa Batiashvili, Gautier Capucon, Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden present a sophisticated programme about love and death from the perspective of three 19th century composers: The stages of life can be viewed as preludes to the melody of death, as Liszt proposed in Les Preludes. It is only at the very end that the inadequacies of life are resolved – the tragedy behind the love of Romeo and Juliet in Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture. In the jaws of death, Eros enjoys his strongest impulse, one that transcends time. What results is the desire for the epic and heroic, which in Brahms’ final orchestral work, the Double Concerto, achieves a certain consummation. The Double Concerto forms part of Thielemann’s extensive Brahms cycle, containing symphonies and solo concertos performed to frenetic acclaim in Dresden and Tokyo.
Composer: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Liszt. Conductor: Christian Thielemann. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Artists: Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Gautier Capucon (cello).
Now in its eleventh season, The Book Club gathers together booklovers for literary debate and discussion. Hosted by Jennifer Byrne, with regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, each episode is a robust and passionate discussion covering one new release book, and one favourite brought by a panelist.
Loved by musicians and critics alike, Later With Jools Holland has completed 50 series, over 360 episodes and over 25 years in production 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 this series include Liam Gallagher, The National, Robert Plant, Beck, Kelela, and Wolf Alice.
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.