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Handel: Italian Style

 

Discover how Handel’s experience in Italy with fellow composers Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Corelli influenced his career. Host Scott Yoo traces Handel’s footsteps to understand how he embraced the country’s artistic and cultural traditions.

 

 

 

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Vivaldi: Something Completely Different

 

Explore northern Italy with Maestro Scott Yoo and discover how Vivaldi’s classical masterwork “The Four Seasons” merged religious melodies, opera and virtuosic violin playing to create a new era of music.

 

 

 

Secret of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

 

Ian Hislop and John Eliot Gardiner reveal the story behind Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Described as the ‘greatest ‘great’ piece ever written,’ its opening notes are among the most recognisable in history. But no one really knows what Beethoven was trying to express with this piece. The traditional wisdom is that he is railing against fate and his deafness. But John Eliot believes the music expresses Beethoven’s belief in the French Revolution. This is turbulent music from a turbulent man living in a turbulent age. John Eliot and Ian Hislop bring to life the exciting and dangerous times that shaped Beethoven personally and creatively.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

 

The fertile mid-century decades of Italian cinema delighted international movie audiences with an eclectic mix of movie classics from groundbreaking directors including Frederico Fellini, Franco Zeffirelli, Sergio Leone and others. And a major component of Italian cinema’s enduring popularity continues to be a lush selection of sweeping film scores by composers like Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone. Featuring Josh Groban, Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell, GREAT PERFORMANCES partners with the New York Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert for a romantic concert of audience favorites with music from AmarcordOnce Upon a Time in the WestCinema ParadisoLife Is BeautifulIl Postino and more.

 

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
50 Years of Mostly Mozart

 

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals.

 

The program showcases the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra conducted by Louis Langrée in signature performances of the eponymous composer’s first and last symphonies: Symphonies No. 1 and No. 41 (“Jupiter”). In between, esteemed Mozartean Richard Goode joins the orchestra as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major.

 

Classical Rewind 2

Classical Rewind 2

 

Join actor/conductor David Ogden Stiers for a visual and aural feast of works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Copland, Dvorak, Bizet and many others.

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

 

Discover the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly modern violin virtuoso. Through vintage performances, master classes and Heifetz’ previously unseen home movies, this documentary portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do. New interviews include other great violinists influenced by Heifetz, including Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis and Ida Haendel, former students Ayke Agus and Sherry Kloss, and biographers John Anthony Maltese and Arthur Vered. They reveal how Heifetz was a mysterious, idiosyncratic, solitary figure who embodied the paradox of artistic genius: a dedication to his craft at all costs.

 

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