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When East Meets West
Amazing Africa
The Last Reef
David Bowie: Starman
Is your Brain Male or Female
Dream and Machine
Cannabis: The Evil Weed
The Great Math Mystery
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
The Clash of Titans
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
Nature Miniature Miracles
Curing Cancer
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll
Journey to Space
The Search for a Second Earth
Back in Time
Shine a Light 2of2
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
Last Man Standing
Bugs a Rainforest Adventure
New Blood
Tiny Giants
Goya: Crazy Like A Genius
The Indian Ocean Coastal Waters
Stopping Armageddon
The Lives of the Stars
What is the Right Diet for You 1of3
Playing with Nuclear Fire
The Day Pictures Were Born
Giants
Blackfish
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Maidentrip
Is Everything We Know about the Universe Wrong
Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier

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The Joy of Mozart
The Joy of Mozart 2015

Tom Service plunges into the life and times of Mozart to try and rediscover the greatness and humanity of the living man in his moment. Mozart's prodigious output and untimely death have helped place him on a pedestal that can often blind us to the unique brilliance of his work in the context of his life and times. Service visits the key cities and rooms in which Mozart lived and worked, plays some of Mozart's original instruments and scores, and gradually uncovers the brilliance and originality of his work." There is the prodigious childhood when Mozart was feted as an infant phenomenon around Europe's most glittering courts, and his golden decade in Vienna in which masterpiece followed masterpiece - operas, symphonies, piano concertos, string quartets - as if this short, high-voiced man-child must have been taking dictation from some divine source, until his death at the age of just 35 in 1791. Even more than the music, Mozart's tragic demise sets the seal on his myth. The trajectory of Mozart's life sets the template for the romantic paradigm whose throes we are still in today, which requires our creative heroes to die young to prove that they were too good for this madding world, whether it be Wolfgang Amadeus or Jimi Hendrix. Service travels from London to Vienna and Salzberg, unpicking the living, breathing genius that was Mozart. With Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicola Benedetti, Paul Morley and others.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   

In Search of Beethoven I
In Search of Beethoven I 2009

'In Search of Beethoven': takes a comprehensive look at the composer's life through historical research and Beethoven's biography and letters, but with the emphasis always on the performance -- and interpretation -- of Beethoven's music. From his early piano concertos through the "Moonlight Sonata," "Für Elise," and the immortal notes of the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, Beethoven's music remains as beloved, popular, and relevant as any work of art has ever been. "In Search of Beethoven" brings together the world's leading performers and experts on Beethoven to reveal new insights into this celebrated composer.

Category:Art  Duration:1:10:00   Series: In Search of Beethoven

 
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