90s Britpop band Blur ended their sell-out summer 2009 reunion tour with two colossal gigs at London's Hyde Park. Demand for tickets was so great that switchboards were jammed. When the last remaining 10,000 tickets for the July 3 show sold out in two minutes, the promoters decided to add a second date on July 2. Over 100,000 ecstatic fans were there for this emotional concert.
As one of the top UK bands of the 1990s, Blur were a pioneering force behind the Britpop movement and are widely hailed as one of the most influential bands of the era. Get the inside story on the band during the documentary Blur: No Distance Left To Run.
American composer Elliott Carter talks about his long artistic life in New York City.
A short biographical film on composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Follows young pianist James Rhodes on a journey to Warsaw, Paris and London to discover the women whose voices had such a powerful influence on the composer Chopin.
Three years in the making, this documentary follows the progression of the Muslim punk scene: from its imaginary inception in a novel written by a white-convert named Michael Muhammad Knight to a full-blown, real-life scene of Muslim punk bands and their fans.
A memorial service to honour Dame Joan Sutherland featuring recorded highlights of Dame Joan's career and the Opera Australia chorus performs.
An intimate account, using film and Sibeliuss music and words, of a great artists struggle with his medium, with the world and with himself.
Set against the stunning scenery of Margam Park, Swansea, Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins performs a selection of popular songs as well as Welsh traditional tunes to an audience of thousands. Her guests include tenor Juan Diego Florez and singer Paul Potts.
In Search of the Messiah reveals a miracle of engineering and exposes an extraordinary world of politics, deception, crime and passion, spanning over 350 years of history. The title of the documentary is inspired by the most perfectly preserved Stradivari violin in existence: The Messiah, which is displayed in a glass case at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum. Stradivari's instruments are so valuable that they are well beyond the capability of even the most famous musicians to own.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal.
In Conversation With Virginia Trioli features revealing in-depth interviews with major icons of the arts. This week is the turn of iconic singer and songwriter, Marianne Faithfull.
Award-winning filmmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - aka The Ballet Boyz - join The Royal Ballet as they embark on a historic tour to Cuba. It's the first time a major international ballet company has visited Cuba since the revolution and coincides with its 50th anniversary.
French filmmaker Eric Darmon profiles composer Steve Reich, and examines the process and development of Reich's unique rhythmic style, and even captures the composer on the morning he learns of his having won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the piece Double Sextet.
Philanthropist James Fleck's own passion takes flight, with a little help from some of Canada's most prominent artists, including cellist Shauna Rolston, Shakespearean actor Albert Schultz, and prima ballerina Karen Kain. Under their expert guidance, Fleck gets to experience the tremendous sense of exultation that comes from playing Bach or mastering the waltz.
The journey from the mundane to the sublime is exquisitely captured in this intimate portrait of celebrated pianist Anton Kuerti.
Kyle Riabko is a young musician from Canada who won the lead role in the Tony- award-winning Broadway musical, Spring Awakening. Follow Kyle through the rehearsal process and the four months after his first show.
Part two of this program continues to recount composer, Glenn Gould's life and work.
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