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Bach in Auschwitz
The Auschwitz Orchestra had over 40 members, all Jewish women, all escaping death in the gas chambers because of their musical ability. All were deeply traumatised, and five decades later recall their experiences. The leader of the orchestra was Alma…
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The film shows a recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the famous Balanchine choreography, which made the ballet such a popular staple with companies all over the world. Danced by three star-dancers in the main roles and a company…
Alexander Ekman: A Swan Lake
"I wanted to do something big and wild and different. Something with water!" said choreographer Alexander Ekman and filled the Main Stage at the Oslo Opera House with 5,000 litres of water. In A Swan Lake, his new full-length work…
Speaking In Strings - Italian Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg 
This documentary profiles the controversial world-renown violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg. An enormously funny, fearless and irreverent individual, Nadja has played on every major stage and with every major orchestra in the world. Her unorthodox, passionate delivery, her swagger and unconventional attire…
Caravaggio
Caravaggio, born Michelangelo Merisi, has entered history due to his paintings of dramatic intensity. Caravaggio used to venture the threshold beyond the pale throughout his life. He was seen for admiration of his work and harsh opposition towards his extraordinary…
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
The choreographer Alonzo King, acclaimed as "one of the few, true Ballet Masters of our times" by world-famous William Forsythe, works with his company The Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco. Before founding LINES Ballet in 1982 King has…
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Con Moto - The Alexander String Quartet
This film follows the Alexander String Quartet performing throughout Poland. It reveals the tradition of chamber music and the collective voice that emerges through the unique personalities of these four world-class musicians.
High Fidelity - The Guarneri String Quartet
From the filmmaking team that brought us the Academy Award-winning From Mao To Mozart: Isaac Stern in China comes this spirited and humorous documentary about the world-famous Guarneri String Quartet. Filled with the music of Haydn, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven,…
Ludwig van Beethoven (Ludwig van Beethoven)
A documentary on the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the best-known German composers of all time. Original documents, letters and drawings are combined with highlights of Beethoven's musical oeuvre played by world-renowned orchestras. With its featured concert excerpts,…
Rossini's Ghost
This is a story of Gioachino Rossini (Joseph DiMambro), Italian composer noted for his operas, particularly his comic operas, of which "The Barber of Seville," and "Cinderella" are among the best known. Of his later, larger-scale dramatic operas, the most…
Chopin Saved My Life
BBC
A moving film exploring the incredible transformative power of Chopin's Ballade Number 1, a piece of music that has cast a spell on millions of people around the world. Less than ten minutes long and extremely difficult to play, it…
Borodin Quartet
A unique master class and concert of the worldwide famous Borodin Quartet playing Beethoven and Shostakovich for the first time ever. This playlist includes a concert of the Borodin Quartet and the master class of Quartet leader, maestro Berlinsky. Clip…
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Heinrich Schütz - Father of the German Music
Heinrich Schutz was presumably the first internationally renowned German composer. In the 40 years he spent as court ,,Kapellmeister" in Dresden, he left a strong impression on musical life in Europe. His works in their clear beauty still seem up-to-date,…
Handel's Last Chance
Set in 1742, and featuring music from Handel's "The Messiah," "The Royal Fireworks Music" and "Water Music," this historical drama introduces us to James (Tod Fennell), a Dublin street kid, who is enrolled by his desperate mother (Seana McKenna) in…
Chick Corea & Charles Dutoit
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Chick Corea Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea (born June 12, 1941)[1] is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist, keyboardist, drummer, and composer. He is known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion. He participated…
Judge Not...
Tikhon Khrennikov, the one and only head of the Composer Union of the USSR, was forced to accept this position by the orders of Stalin in 1948. He continued until 1991 when the USSR collapsed. Khrennikov protected Soviet musicians from…
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The "Dance Theatre of Harlem's" birthplace was in a disused garage in Harlem, a black district of New York. Arthur Mitchell, the founder who still acts as its artistic director, set up the ballet school with the aim of giving…
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The Juilliard String Quartet: Keeping Beethoven Contemporary
An encounter with the members of the famous string quartet, this film provides a glimpse into a singular moment in the Julliard Quartet's remarkable history. Founded in 1946 by Juilliard School president William Schuman and violinist Robert Mann to pursue…
Gary Burton (Jazz) & Konstantin Lifschitz
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Gary Burton At six years old, Burton taught himself to play marimba and vibraphone and formally studied piano when in high school. Burton has cited jazz pianist Bill Evans as a main inspiration for his approach toward the vibraphone. Burton…
Liszt's Rhapsody
This is a story of Franz Liszt, prolific 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, author, nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary. He gained renown in Europe during the early nineteenth century for his prodigious virtuosic skill…