In this episode, James plays the magnificent and fiendishly difficult Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, written for the organ by JS Bach and transcribed for the piano 200 years later by virtuoso Ferrucio Busoni.
Sometimes a song really does change a nation. Filmed live at WOMADelaide 2011, Archie Roach is joined by long-time friends Shane Howard and Neil Murray to perform three iconic Australian songs.
A short biographical film on composer Richard Wagner.
This is the personal story of achievement by the remarkable Adrian Anantawan, a brilliant young Canadian solo violinist, born without a right hand.
Milos Karadaglic is a classical guitarist who has established himself as one of today's most gifted young guitar virtuosos. This film follows Milos around Montenegro where he was born and grew up, and in London where he now lives. It is a portrait of the young musician and his journey, exploring his life and memories, along with his exquisite performances.
James plays his favourite pieces from three composers with whom he identifies due to their obsessive, depressive and insular qualities. They were all extraordinary pianists and each composition sets a different challenge for James.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone has been given the task of finding 50 teenagers from across East Sussex, to sing on the main stage of one of the world's most prestigious opera houses, Glyndebourne in the UK.
In this episode, the up-close performances and interviews continue as the Black Cab visits New York, where performers include John Legend, The Roots, Sharon van Etten and Suzanne Vega.
One of the world's most talented counter-tenors, Philippe Jaroussky, at 35 years of age, is at the peak of his powers and in massive demand internationally for both concert performances and baroque opera.
Leading Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam examines key pieces from the repertoire of piano music over the last five hundred years.
After rehearsing in a studio for two months, the Knight Crew company moves onto the main stage at Glyndebourne for the first time. Rehearsals continue with John Fulljames, director, blocking out scenes on set, and Nicholas Collon conducting in the pit.
Piotr Anderszewski is one of the world's leading pianists. This program follows him on a European tour, during which he travels in a private train with his grand piano, and gives us some biographical elements of his life.
The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. Its fairy tale surface however, conceals a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination. This acclaimed production by artist William Kentridge bursts onto the stage of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
The Reef is a fusion of powerful live music featuring Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) artistic director and lead violinist Richard Tognetti with members of the ACO and ACO2, Mark Atkins (didgeridoo) and Steve Pigram. The musical performance is accompanied by breathtaking ocean footage projected onto the big screen created by renowned surf cinematographer Jon Frank and film director Mick Sowry, and features the skills of Australian professional finless surfer Derek Hynd. Delving into the links between surfing, the ocean, landscape, community and music, The Reef was created during an artist residency at Gnaraloo - the beginning of the Ningaloo Reef - in northern Western Australia during May 2012.
Peter Sculthorpe is one of the world's greatest living composers. On the occasion of his 83rd birthday, the internationally acclaimed Goldner Quartet presented a concert that charted his extraordinary life.
This documentary follows Matthew Bourne as he attempts to re-interpret Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty from first workshops to final rehearsals with set and costumes.
Soundtrack To My Life, is an insightful, thought-provoking music series looking at a number of musicians' lives, work and influences. Presented by Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance - U.S Series) each episode focuses on a musician or group as they open up about the tracks that shaped their career and the lyrics that changed their lives.
Its elimination week, with the eight guitarists having to show off what they have learned over the last few weeks, with a one off performance at historical music venue KOKO. Mentors and music legends Tony Visconti, Milos and Nitin Sawhney return to assess their development and to choose just five guitarists from the eight to continue in the competition. The stakes couldn't be higher, with all the players desperate to continue on the talent show that celebrates talent. But the mentors don't pull any punches, describing one performance as a train wreck, while another guitarist impresses so much they are inspired to give them a standing ovation. In the tense final part, all eight guitarists are brought back onto the stage to hear their fate, leading to elation from the chosen five, whilst the other three have to pack up their guitar cases and head home. In a final twist, Tony Visconti reveals the experience awaiting the winners in the next episode.
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