From the Berlin Philharmonic archives. Daniel Barenboim (piano) and the Berlin Philharmonic play Mozart's Piano Concerto No.26.
From the Berlin Philharmonic archives. Daniel Barenboim (piano) and the Berlin Philharmonic play Mozart's Piano Concerto No.25.
From the Berlin Philharmonic archives. Daniel Barenboim (piano) and the Berlin Philharmonic play Mozart's Piano Concerto No.24.
A medley of overtures and choruses from Verdi operas: eLuisa Miller, I Lombardi, Macbeth, Don Carlo, Nabucco, Les Vepres siciliennes, Otello and Aida. Conductor by Daniele Gatti, recorded at the Palais des Congres in Paris.
Michael Hutchence founding member, lead singer and lyricist of rock band INXS from 1977 until his death on November 22nd 1997. Hutchence was the archetypal rock showman. He exuded an overtly sexual, macho cool with his flowing locks, and lithe and exuberant stage movements. His private life was often reported in the Australian and international press, with a string of love affairs with prominent actresses, models and singers. Hutchence's relationship with UK television presenter Paula Yates began while she was married to musician and Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof. During July of the same year, Hutchence and Yates had a daughter. On the morning of 22 November 1997, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room in Sydney. His death was reported by the New South Wales Coroner to be the result of suicide.
Haydn's Symphony No.87 in A Major, part of the Paris Symphonies series, is conducted here by Sir Roger Norrington and performed by the Camerata Salzburg. The piece was recorded at the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
Haydn's Symphony No.86 in D Major, part of the Paris Symphonies series, is conducted here by Sir Roger Norrington and performed by the Camerata Salzburg. The piece was recorded at the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
Buddy Holly was a central figure of late 1950s rock 'n' roll. With hits, That'll be the Day, Everyday and Peggy Sue. Holly made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in January 1958 and soon after, toured Australia and the UK. In early 1959, he assembled a new band and embarked on a tour of the midwestern US. After a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, he chartered an airplane to travel to his next show, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Soon after take-off, the plane crashed, killing him, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, in a tragedy later referred to by Don McLean as The Day the Music Died".
The virtuosic performance of Vienna Bach Consort conducted by its genius maestro Ruben Dubrovsky at Vienna's St Stephan's Cathedral carries its audience along to original sound impressions of Vivaldi's time. The magnificent setting of St Stephan's Cathedral and the artistic peak of orchestra and conductor is enhanced by the appearance of the adorable Vivica Genaux. The US-mezzo-soprano is famous for her extraordinary interpretation of baroque repertoire. Vienna Bach Consort featuring mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, conducted by Ruben Dubrovsky,
Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter whose stunning voice easily following in the footsteps of Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday. Her debut album, Frank (was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black (2006), led to five 50th Annual Grammy Awards, and a record of most Grammys won by a female artist in one night. In short, a music legend who died at the young age of 27, from alcohol intoxication on July 23, 2011. Her album Back to Black posthumously became one the UK's best-selling albums of the 21st century.
Gala Concert from the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on occasion of the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi in 2013. Conducted by Lu Jia.
Janis Joplin was one of the most successful and widely known female rock stars of her era. After releasing three albums, she died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. Her fourth album, Pearl, was released in January 1971, just over three months after her death. It reached No.1 on the Billboard charts. The big-voiced, bluesy singer dominated the stage, forged her own path and paved the way for the female singers who followed.
Australian music came of age in the summer of '87 when 140,000 fans in six cities witnessed stunning performances from a potent and imaginative line-up. Director Richard Lowenstein and a 50-strong film crew captured the on-stage and behind-the-scenes action in an acclaimed feature film that's been brilliantly restored. A rare time capsule of our music history, this film is both the soundtrack to the lives for those who were there and a unique way for a new generation to discover the best of Australian music from the '80s.
Johnny Cash was known by his deep, calm, bass-baritone voice. His lyrics often contained themes of sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption. He is one of the best-selling music artists. Known by his signature songs I Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue along with duet with future wife, June Carter, called Jackson. Although a country music icon, his music genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk music, and gospel music. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, notably Hurt by Nine Inch Nails. Cash died on September 12, 2003, in Nashville, of complications from diabetes aged 71 just 4 months after the death of his wife. It was suggested that his health worsened due to a broken heart over June's death and was buried next to her in Hendersonville.
This delightful Frederick Ashton double bill opens with his setting of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, using the music's dark turbulence and brilliance to inspire some of his most thrilling choreography performed by the Royal Ballet. Witty, impassioned and sublime this ballet was the pinnacle of Ashton's romantic style. The second half of the program features Ashton's delicate, deceptively comic rendering of Louis Merante and Andre Messager's The Two Pigeons - a work rarely performed and a real treat for ballet fans everywhere.
Whitney Houston was one of the best-selling music artists, with 200 million records sold worldwide, and the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 songs. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for How Will I Know", Whitney Houston influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps. I Will Always Love You received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became the best-selling singles by a woman in music history. With a history of drug addiction and tumultuous relationships, Houston was to tragically die in her room at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2012, The official coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.
Antonin Dvorak stands alongside Smetana as a founder of the new Czech music. His nine symphonies, presented here for the first time as a filmed cycle, show Dvorak to be a thoroughly individual and original composer whose symphonic concepts and wealth of musical expression are often surprising, representing a distinctly different engagement with the formal legacy of the nineteenth century from one symphony to the next.
Based on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's diaries and letters, director Ralf Pleger discovers an entirely new side and sketches an entirely different profile of the man whose mind and talent brought us Swan Lake. The film focuses on what it meant for Tchaikovsky, a homosexual man, to have to live his life in a homophobic environment - considerations that are all the more relevant and topical in light of recent developments in Putin's Russia.
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