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.
Gidon Kremer and the English Chamber Orchestra perform Antonio Vivaldi's, The Four Seasons, Opus 8.
Elvis Presley was regarded as an icon of the 20th century, and often referred to as simply "the King of Pop". An enormous body of hit singles, commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, blues, and gospel music, he is the best-selling music artists in the history of recorded music. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate, just 42 years of age. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century.
A filmed production of the musical Miss Saigon for its 25th anniversary, performed live at London's Prince Edward Theatre, in London's West End. Including the two-hour 20-minute production and a bonus 35-minute 25th anniversary gala, which included stars of the original cast, Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.
Jimi Hendrix earned three UK top 10 hits with Hey Joe, Purple Haze, and The Wind Cries Mary. He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached No.1 in the US; it was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only No.1 album. The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, before his death barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27. Jimi Hendrix was arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.
Gustavo Dudamel puts an intimate flourish on Verdi's Requiem, the Los Angeles Times writes about Dudamel's performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. "A page was turned and a new chapter begun in the maturation of a music director." Dudamel is joined by a cast of high-class singers: Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, who regularly performs at La Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper, London's Royal Opera or the Salzburg Festival, the upcoming star tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who regularly guests at La Scala, Covent Garden, and the MET, Michelle DeYoung, who performs with leading orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Julianna Di Giacomo, who regularly guests at the MET, the LA Opera and other international opera houses.
One of the last and greatest of George Frideric Handel's orchestral works, his Royal Fireworks Music, was commissioned for a London celebration of the Peace Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, which ended the War of the Austrian Succession. Performed by the Münchener Bach-Orchester. Conducted by Karl Richter. Original title: Feuerwerksmusik, Concerto Grosso No.26 D-Dur.
Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter, dancer and simply the King of Pop. His contributions to music, dance, and publicised personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Jackson made his professional debut in 1964 as a member of the Jackson 5, soon becoming a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller are credited with breaking racism in the US and transforming the medium into an art form. Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. Jackson was the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. Aspects of Jackson's personal life generated controversy and while preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray.
The mysterious, unwavering chant of the English horn, punctuated by notes from the bassoon and the clarinet follows its chromatic descent over 20 bars as if plunging into an unknown world - a world where Iolanta has lived in seclusion since her birth. She is unwittingly blind, since no one has the right to reveal the fact to her. This simple tale of collective denial at the court of Provence, as narrated by the Danish writer Henrik Hertz in his play King Rene's Daughter, was discovered by Tchaikovsky in 1883. However, moved beyond words by the presence of the young actress Elena Konstantinova Leshkovskaya in the title role, it would be another five years before the composer decided to transform it into an opera. The composer found inspiration for his opera in Danish playwright Henrik Hertz's work recounting the romantic story of Iolanta, the blind daughter of King Rene.
The Nukkan Ya Ruby Concert is both a moving visual and musical feast that brings together prominent artists to show case and to recognise the Life and music of Ruby Hunter - Nukkan Ya Ruby.
A vibrant film from China exploring the extraordinary world of the country's up-and-coming pop stars. China's aspiring musicians are global citizens, inspired by US hip-hop, British punk, and the slick routines of Korean pop. But as Marcel Theroux reveals, they face the special challenges of working under increasing censorship and a deeply authoritarian government.
Explore the extraordinary talents of six musically gifted siblings and the issue of diversity in classical music as we follow Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician competition.
Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Camerata Academica Salzburg perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K219.
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