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Master artist Graeme Stevenson travels around Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States on his Harley Davidson filming artists in their studios and showing their techniques. The series is educational, entertaining, humorous and enables viewers to learn from some of the best artists in the world.
Fake or Fortune returns for an eighth series as Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce investigate more thrilling cases of art world mystery, intrigue and deception.
Pushing more deeply than ever before with surprising twists and turns, this series offers an unparalleled run of international rollercoaster stories. From art history to some of the latest forensic testing, this is the only series where artistic and detective skills go hand in hand.
Great storytelling, exhaustive research, state-of-the-art forensics, real-human drama and jaw-dropping revelations presented by Philip Mould also known in the art world as ‘The Master Sleuth’ and eminent journalist Fiona Bruce.
To mark the 350th anniversary of his death, this enlightening series unravels two mysteries about the great painter. Firstly, how did an incendiary talent like Rembrandt, in his youth the darling of the Dutch art world and high society, end up in a pauper’s grave? How could an artist who once would have been considered rich from the income he received from his art students come to such an ignominious end?
Then there is the question of his afterlife. Today, Rembrandt is considered one of the most famous artists in European history. In 2015, two of his portraits sold for €160 million. Why was his work so often misunderstood in his own lifetime and why is his work so highly prized today? What have we found in his pictures in the last 350 years that many of Rembrandt’s contemporaries simply could not see?
Shot over five years leading to its 250th anniversary, The Private Life of the Royal Academy is an intimate portrait of one of Britain’s most enduring cultural institutions. With unique access, the documentary illuminates the inner workings of the Royal Academy of Arts and reveals how it embraces the challenge of balancing tradition and innovation.
Salome, the masterpiece of Richard Strauss, who conducted the very first opera in the history of the Salzburg Festival, finally returns to Salzburg after 25 years. To witness Franz Welser-Most, a Strauss conductor in a league of his own, at the helm of the Wiener Philharmoniker "makes you think you are hearing the piece in its most perfect incarnation yet." (Financial Times).
Composer: Richard Strauss.
Conductor: Franz Welser-Most.
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker.
Performers: Asmik Grigorian, John Daszak, Gabor Bretz, Anna Maria Chiuri, Julian Pregardien.
Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band are an English rock band formed by South African musician Manfred Mann in 1971. The band‘s hits include covers of Bruce Springsteen‘s “For You”, “Blinded by the Light” and “Spirit in the Night”. The Earth Band combines the stylistic approach of progressive rock with Mann‘s jazz-influenced Moog synthesizer playing and keen ear for melody. Beside producing their own material, a staple of the band‘s music and live performances from the beginning has been also relying on covers of songs by other modern pop/rock artists, notably Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, in their progressive rock style.
The closing concert of the 2018 edition is also an opening concert: a new orchestra for the Grange au Lac. Coming from the largest international phalanx, its members gather in Evian for the first time.
Three chamber concerts, where the soloists of the orchestra explore rare pages of Russian music and three days of rehearsal to tackle, under the baton of the great Esa-Pekka Salonen create an exciting program that will celebrate Europe in peace – the bruises of war and the ideals of the Enlightenment.
In the city of Santa Clara, three elderly musicians, who were once at the heart of Cuba's rich musical scene, drift between present and memory to relate their undying passion for music. Zaida sings her tired heart out, Bringuez struggles to play the saxophone again, and Candido uses old photographs to convey his tireless love for life. This beautiful documentary offers an intimate and compassionate perspective on Cuban culture and life in old age.
The Wild West meets the soulful sound of Italy. Fearless New York gangsters meet cowboys from the dusty prairie. Godfather meets Taxi Driver. The magic of cinema meets the rich sound of a first-class symphony orchestra.
This concert presents a unique selection of movie classics - from Sergio Leone’s iconic Spaghetti Westerns to modern mafia masterpieces by Francis Ford Coppola and the cult movies of Tarantino.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Sarah Hicks and joined by a fistful of strong guest artists for this premiere performance of the authentic soundtracks by composer legends Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Sonny Bono and Bernard Herrmann.
A tempestuous courtroom tussle between a glamorous soap star and a pugnacious publisher – you could not make it up!
This story revolves around the Joan Collins trial where she went head-to-head with Random House in the mid-nineties. The author and actor was paid a large advance for her novel, which the publishers claimed was unpublishable, leading to one of the most extraordinary – and glamorous – trials of the decade.
Starring: Victoria Hamilton (The Crown), David Walliams (Grandpa's Great Escape), Mark Heap, Haydn Gwynne, Leo Wringer.
Suburban Steps To Rockland revolves around the story of the Ealing Club, a venue recently defined by the prestigious Mojo Magazine as 'The Cradle of British Rock' thanks to its role in creating a new musical movement whose participants continue to influence the sound of contemporary music.
Bernard Haitink reflects on his career and his life. This film turns out to become a very moving portrait of a man who simply cannot enjoy his success. Dutch radio and TV personality Hans Haffmans spends two days having intimate conversations with Bernard, including studying the Mengelberg score of Das Lied von der Erde. Being asked, why he is still going strong at 89, he simply answers: “Maybe I can do it better next time...maybe”.
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