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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…
Johann Sebastian Bach - The Cantor of St. Thomas
"Too operatic and too long!" - one opinion of Bach's music, on his appointment to his last, longest and most famous post as Cantor of Leipzig's Thomasschule. Brian Cox portrays Bach (1685-1750) in a film based on the records of…
Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould
Peter Raymont's documentary humanizes the legend of pianist Glenn Gould, weaving together an unprecedented array of unseen footage, private home recordings and diaries, as well as compelling interviews with Gould's most intimate friends and lovers.
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…
Composed - Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Many of us are terrified of public speaking, let alone performing! COMPOSED explores the many ways we experience and face performance anxiety, through the experiences of professional musicians. Faced with the judgment of peers, the audience, and themselves, these musicians…
Music as a Mirror of History
In the worlds of painting and literature, it's easy to see where history and art intersect. But what about music? What is the intersection--if any--between the masterworks of Western concert music and the historical times that surrounded them? The unique…
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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…
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…
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…
Talent Has Hunger - Teaching Passion
Talent Has Hunger is an inspiring film about the power of music to consume, enhance, and propel lives. Filmed over 7 years, this film is a window into the mysterious world of the artist, the passion that can grip and…
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,…
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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Elgar's Enigma: Biography of a Concerto - A Story of Music, War & Heartbreak
Near the end of his life, the renowned English composer Elgar composed some of the greatest music of his career. This film examines the idea that Elgar's deeply emotional Cello Concerto in Em was provoked by memories of his first…
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,…
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…
Speak the Music
Robert Mann has been a vital force in the world of music for more than seventy years. As founder and first violinist of the Julliard String Quartet, and as a soloist, composer, teacher, and conductor, Mann has brought a refreshing…
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,…
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…
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.
Virtuoso: The Olga Samaroff Story
Stifled by anti-American sentiments towards Americans as musicians and Old World prejudices towards women, Lucy Hickenlooper would later reinvent herself as Olga Samaroff and become one of America's first and perhaps most famous international female concert artist and teacher of…