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Andre Previn - The Kindness of Strangers
"André Previn at 80! It scarcely seems credible. This is the man who won 4 Oscars almost 50 years ago, and still maintains a full conducting, playing and composing schedule, each disci...
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Benjamin Britten - Death in Venice
Death in Venice was to be Britten's last full-length opera, first performed at Snape Concert Hall on June 16, 1973. Britten was already ill, suffering from a botched heart operation, and ...
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Benjamin Britten - Instruments of the Orchestra
Late in 1945, Basil Wright and the Crown Film Unit commissioned from Benjamin Britten the soundtrack for a film they were planning to be called ‘Instruments of the Orchestra’, which was...
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Benjamin Britten - Benjamin Britten and His Festival
A behind-the-scenes look at the Aldeburgh Festival and the opening by The Queen of the new concert hall at Snape. "A superb film (which) may well achieve the status of a classic, repeated a...
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Benjamin Britten - A Time There Was
There are always dates that resonate forever in our lives – “I remember exactly what I was doing when….”; or even “I was there……” The death of Ke...
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Benjamin Britten - Burning Fiery Furnace
In January 1956, on a visit to Tokyo, Britten saw a Nô-drama for the first time. In fact, he saw two different performances of the same play – Sumidagaw...
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Berlioz - I, Berlioz
Berlioz died in 1869, broken by the failure to get his masterpiece, on which he had laboured for thirty years, performed.  It was not staged complete until twenty-one years after his death. ...
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Brahms - Brahms and the Singing Girls
I had long admired Warren Mitchell as an actor. In spite of being crippled to some extent by his most famous creation, Alf Garnett in 'Til Death Us Do Part, brilliant though he was, one ...
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Chopin Recital - Valentina Igoshina - The Strange Case of Delfina Potocka
The soundtrack of Tony Palmer's film was described by the Professor of Film at Kansas University as "the most trenchant statement concerning the appropriation of art by the authoritarian state" a...
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Chopin Recital - Valentina Igoshina - The Strange Case of Delfina Potocka
In 1945, the new Polish government asked for the heart of Chopin, previously buried in Paris. A woman called Paulina Czernika approached the Polish government claiming to have some love letters fr...
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Gorecki - Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs
The Symphony actually dates from 1976 when Górecki was (as he tells us in the film) a 'non-person' in the political sense, when his music was banned in his native Katowice in Poland.  H...
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Handel - God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
This film was originally shown in 1985 on British television, (Channel Four) to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Handel’s birth.  Written by John Osborne, it  strips away what ...
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Handel - God Rot Tunbridge Wells - The Life Of Georg Frederic Handel
Taken from the soundtrack of the film God Rot Tunbridge Wells, this unforgettable collection of Handel’s ‘hits’ was rightly praised at the time for making Handel sound,...
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Hindemith - A Pilgrim's Progress
The film was first shown on Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show. The critics were divided. Stephen Johnson, writing in The Listener, admitted that while the various thematic strands undo...
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Holst - In The Bleak Midwinter
The first ever film about this extraordinary man - who taught himself Sanskrit, lived in a street of brothels in Algiers, cycled into the Sahara Desert, allied himself during the First World War ...
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Ivry Gitlis - Ivry Gitlis And The Great Tradition
He is a legend even among other violinists and has been at the top of his profession for over sixty years. Probably the last of a great tradition, he is both our link to the past and our guide fo...
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John Adams - Hail Bop! A Portrait of John Adams
He is the most performed composer of his generation.  His operas Nixon in China and The Death of the Klinghoffer have been international hits, although not without a touc...
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Margot Fonteyn - Tony Palmer's Margot Fonteyn
This is the story of how the most famous dancer that England has ever produced was deceived and betrayed by those closest to her; of how a little girl called Peggy Hookham, brought up in Shanghai...
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Maria Callas - 30th Anniversary
There are so many astonishing facts about Maria Callas... First, she was born not in Greece but in Manhattan and went to school there.  Second, considering her colossal influence and i...
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Menuhin, Yehudi - A Family Portrait
Menuhin, a name that was legendary for over 60 years, and remains so today. A good man and a great violinist, whose childhood was blessed with happiness and success unparalleled even among child ...
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