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  • The Art of Baroque Dance - Folies D'espagne from Page to Stage

    Various Artists

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 42 min

    The Art of Baroque Dance examines 17th century Baroque dance from the sophisticated era of King Louis XIV. It explores the creative process and offers valuable insights into researching, reconstructing, re-creating, and performing a Baroque dance.

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  • Diva Of Dance

    Maya Plisseskaya

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 51 min

    These filmed excerpts at the Bolshoi Theatre between 1945 and 1977 bear witness to the unique and eternal art of the prima ballerina assoluta Maya Plisetskaya: unique because of the height of her jumps, the incredible fluidity of her arms and the longevity of her career (she was born on 1925 and danced until she was seventy). Unique also because, like Maria Callas, another prima diva assoluta, she was able to reconcile the most amazing technique with the most dramatic expression; her dancing is intelligent.

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  • Live at Loreley

    Placido Domingo

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 45 min

    Placido Domingo performing on the spectacular stage near the famous Loreley rock! He is joined by the two sopranos Angel Blue, who has been described by Placido as ‘the next Leontyne Price’, and Micaëla Oeste, who was a member of the ‘Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist’ program with Washington National Opera, where she triumphed after stepping in mid-performance as Ophelie in Hamlet.

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  • A Mexican Dream

    Rolando Villazon

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 59 min

    The film opens with a ride across the Mexican metropolis, home to eighteen million, in one of the famous green Beetle taxis. This is where the tenor Rolando Villazón was born. With a gaze that is part Mr. Bean and part Latin lover, he has sung his way into the hearts of opera fans around the world. Before Villazón’s thoughts ever turned to the stage, he attended school like every other boy. Twenty years later, he is now returning to his alma mater, the German Alexander von Humboldt school in Mexico City. “Somehow it’s strange,” says Villazón, standing among the small boys in the school courtyard. “I was one of them, and now I realize that the child I was back then still exists today. And now I know that this child must always have been within me, because he is who I am now.”
    It is with a nearly childish delight that he cavorts about the stage today - for instance, in the legendary La Traviata production at the 2005 Salzburg Festival. He and Anna Netrebko rehearsed and played probably the most passionate and tragic couple in opera literature.
    The filmmakers Daniel Finkernagel and Alexander Lück accompanied the tenor for two years, making a documentary that does not follow a strict timeline, but moves between present and past when it suits the film’s thematic focus.
    The visit to Mexico arouses many memories, and Villazón talks about special moments in his past for the first time with the camera crew: his first dressing room, the small stage at the Theatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where Rolando sang in his first competition, his first bout of nervousness, the seminary where Rolando worked as a history teacher for five years and even considered becoming a priest himself.
    In addition to revisiting the past, the film shows everyday moments in the life of a tenor who is in demand around the world: acclaimed performances at the Liceo Barcelona, intense rehearsals with Anna Netrebko for the Salzburg Traviata, and his breakthrough performance in 2005 as a marvelously suffering Don Jose at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.
    A Mexican Dream tells the story of Rolando Villazón’s life, from his early years to his great successes. It is less a chronological biography than an exploration of the thoughts and feelings of one of the great singers of our time.

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  • The Russian Journey

    Glenn Gould

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 56 min

    The date is May 2nd, 1957. Stalin died only four years before and perestroika is still a long way off. However, the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who is just 24, arrives in Moscow for an exceptional tour: he is the first North American musician to play behind the iron curtain. This is the story that Glenn Gould in Russia tells by revealing documents from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that had remained classified for years. Witness accounts from musicians such as Ashkenazy and Rostropovitch, parts of the original recordings of Gould’s concerts in Moscow and Leningrad, as well as a recording that had never been released before of his lecture-recital in Leningrad make this an invaluable documentary revealing an aspect of Glenn Gould’s artistry that few people are aware of.

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  • The First 50 Years

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Year: 1996

    Runtime: 1 hr 1 min

    A documentary on the 50 years' history of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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  • Red Rock/From Day 1 Documentary

    Travis Porter

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 31 min

    The film was written and directed by Ryan Lightbourn, who's cult horror/comedy short film Roid Rage received a slew of awards and screenings at film festivals. Lightbourn describes Red Rock as a genre mash up with influences from films such as Bad Boys II, Kill Bill, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. With the internet abuzz and Red Rock set to grace film festivals across the globe, Travis Porter hope to see the film turn into their first full feature-length project.

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  • Baroque Dance Unmasked

    Various Artists

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 48 min

    Baroque Dance Unmasked, Workshop to Performance, directed by Catherine Turocy, the renowned Artistic Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company provides a rare look at the artistic process of re-creating dance from a rich historic era. The film includes information about music, fencing, mask work, notation, costumes and the inner life of dance performers working in this dance style, and contains rare footage of Catherine discussing her unique approach to recovering period dance. It also includes music commentary by conductor/harpsichordist James Richman; historical fencing by Master teachers Ramon Martinez and Michael Hewer; mask work with Arne Zaslove; Feuillet notation with Italian early dance specialist Deda Cristina Colonna, as well as comments from performer/teacher perspectives covering choreography, castanets and costumes. The video also features brilliant performance excerpts which reveal the most important theatrical dance styles of the 18th century: the danse heroique, the demi-caractère, and the comic/grotesque style. The performance excerpts are from the dance-drama: “With Sword Drawn He Dances”. The dancers are in period costume and perform with an original instrument ensemble. This dance-drama was written and directed by Catherine Turocy and filmed by the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts as part of the program: National Initiative to Preserve America’s Dance.

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  • Everything is Forever

    Nenad Bach

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

    Nenad Bach was a rock star in Croatia, in 1984 he made the decision to expatriate in order to follow his dream of finding a U.S. market for his music. Everything is Forever, delves deep into the soul of an artist, who has some unfinished business.

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  • Caballé - beyond the music

    Various Artists

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

    A documentary feature film about one of the most important voices in history. This film accompanies Montserrat Caballé on a trip through the most significant cities, historical performances and audio recordings of her life, including testimonies of those who, through a professional or personal relationship, can help us understanding Montserrat, the person and Caballé, the diva.
    This film is a complex and passionate portrait of a woman who can only be described as a myth. Yet our objective is to get the truth which lies beyond the myth of this extraordinary performer – her sensitivity and vitality underscore her uncontested place as one of the greatest communicators of the Twentieth Century. The film unveils the human side of her personality as well as pay homage to her stunnung career.
    Her ability to reach millions of devoted fans is not so much a result of her superb technical abilities and apparently limitless endurance, but mainly due to her ability to express her most sincere and deepest feelings.
    While a composer may have created a masterwork, it is up to the interpreter to communicate the composer’s emotions to the public, to share their fears and moments of joy together. It is only from a deep understanding of the human condition that one can move so many millions of people for as long as Montserrat Caballé has done.

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  • Ballet's Greatest Hits

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 38 min

    Presented by Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest dance education initiative, and subject of the award-winning ballet documentary “First Position,” “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” presents a one-of-a-kind glimpse of ballet from today and yesterday. The film is hosted by “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe, and stars leading figures from the world of ballet. Dancers such as Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Marcelo Gomes, Veronika Part and Hee Seo from American Ballet Theatre, Taras Domitro and Maria Kochetkova of San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet favorites Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht, Matthew Golding of Dutch National Ballet, Alejandro Virelles of Boston Ballet and Greta Hodgkinson of National Ballet of Canada perform iconic roles from the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, Flames of Paris and Don Quixote. Audiences will gain special insight from backstage interviews with the performers and ballet luminaries such as Alexei Ratmansky, Angel Corella, Benjamin Millepied, Edward Villella, Jose Manuel Carreño, Mathieu and Denys Ganio, Matthew Bourne, Susan Jaffe and many others. See them dance, hear them talk and feel their passion in a unique dialogue between ballet’s history and its present.

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  • Verdi: Don Carlo

    Antonio Pappano

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 3 hr 55 min

    Giuseppe Verdi's late opera Don Carlo delivers all the big topics while the ultra-simple décor in Peter Stein's production provides a spartan counterpoint to the dramatic action. With star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.

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  • Band In Seattle: Season 3 Episode 8

    Brent Amaker & The Rodeo

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 22 min

    If you took the stage presence and theatrics of Devo and David Bowie, the spaghetti western themes of Ennio Morricone, and a voice deeper than Johnny Cash, then you’ve got Brent Amaker and the Rodeo. They’re an actual Tarantino movie in music form. Stetsons and all, this troupe of cowboys are in a league all their own. You’d be hard up to find a band around here that puts on more of a show than Brent Amaker and the Rodeo.

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  • Volume One (Day One)

    Grassroots to Bluegrass

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 12 min

    Grassroots to Bluegrass is a history of bluegrass as told by those women and men who play the music with their hearts. This moment is also history in the making – a gathering of some of the music makers who pre-date bluegrass, as well as first and second generation 'grasser's.

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  • Histoire D’&

    Julien Dore

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 39 min

    Julien Doré’s music documentary "Histoire D '&" introduces us to his intimate observation of the world and the art .

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  • Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Ravel - Bolero

    Maurice Ravel

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 25 min

    The “Bolero”, originally composed as a ballet, is Maurice Ravel's most successful work at all. The world famous melody of the “Bolero” has been featured in popular music, motion pictures and even video games. Pianist and writer Paul Roberts vividly explains the music and its structure and also lets the audience know why Ravel was a stringent critic of his own work.

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  • A Dance Drama

    Nureyev

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 47 min

    Nureyev is a unique dance drama created especially for television exploring the life of the great Russian dancer, Rudolph Nureyev, who defected to the West at the height of the Cold War in 1961. Integrating original choreography created for the screen and dramatic monologues, the film presents a multi-faceted dramatic portrait of one of the seminal performing arts figures of our time. There are the images of the young boy, born in poverty in Russia's Ural region; the late but promising start at the Kirov ballet school; the highly publicized defection to the west at a Paris airport in 1961; the celebrated partnership with the Royal Ballet's Margot Fonteyn; and finally succumbing to death brought on by the HIV virus at the age of 54 in 1993. Along the way, he changed the way the male dancer was presented on stage, transforming him from a prop to an equal performing partner, though with a fury, energy and sexuality never before seen.

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  • Band in Seattle: Episode 306

    Posse

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 23 min

    Posse is so unbelievably cool. With dreamy soundscapes and stark, deadpan vocals, Posse makes perfect rainy day music. They write the kind of songs that would honestly fit well over some self-effacing John Cusack monologue. Their sound is signature Seattle, but not pretentious in the slightest. With lyrics so layered and melodies so subtle, Posse’s songs take up a lot of real estate in your brain and refuse to leave.

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  • Lohengrin

    Richard Wagner

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 3 hr 35 min

    Lohengrin is a Romantic opera in three acts composed and written by Richard Wagner, first performed in 1850. The opera has inspired other works of art. King Ludwig II of Bavaria named his fairy-tale castle "New Swan Castle", or "Neuschwanstein", after the Swan Knight. It was King Ludwig's patronage that later gave Wagner the means and opportunity to compose, build a theatre for, and stage his epic cycle The Ring of the Nibelung.
    The most popular and recognizable part of the opera is the Bridal Chorus, better known as "Here Comes the Bride", often played as a processional at weddings in the West.

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  • Band in Seattle: Episode 307

    The Crying Shame

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 22 min

    With witty lyrics and a gritty gothic folk vibe, this six-piece feels so comfortable on stage that they turn every room into a living room. Each person is a particular ingredient, and they somehow make up this delicious sauce, but one where you can’t identify any particular flavors. You just know it’s good. No matter if you like country, rock, or folk music, their songs are super accessible.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

    Various Artists

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 26 min

    The Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler is arguably the best known Mahler symphony. The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work are huge. Herbert von Karajan said once that when you hear Mahler's Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.” The English lecturer and musician Jeremy Barham introduces the work at the piano and reflects on the secrets of the composition.

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  • Hans Van Manen Festival

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

    The Hans van Manen Festival was staged by The Dutch National Ballet to celebrate the work of choreographer Hans van Manen for his 75th birthday. International guest artists from companies such as the Kirov Ballet, and Nederlands Dans Theater, joined Dutch National Ballet to perform some of van Manen's most celebrated ballets.
    This gala event includes stunning performances from internationally renowned ballerinas Uliana Lopatkina, Lucia Lacarra and the brightest stars of Dutch dance including Larissa Lezhnina and Igone de Jongh of Dutch National Ballet and the young talent of Nederlands Dans Theater. Recorded at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, with behind the scenes footage and interviews.

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  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 44 min

    In this wonderfully traditional, Russian Nutcracker, performed by the Mariinsky Ballet, Tchaikovsky's glorious score is conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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  • Guitar Yarn: David Elecciri Episode 5

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 15 min

    David Elecciri, Guitarist for legendary reggae band, Steel Pulse, Yarns on the gift that he was born with, how he gives this gift back and how he passes it on. He also tells us about the 1939 Dobro passed on from his grand father, his father's Ovation and the Nautilus inlay guitar made for him by Eric Galletta.

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