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Because You Watched Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe 24 Available Shows

  • Hearing the Silence

    Claudio Abbado

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 60 min

    An original portrait sketched under the sign of the German poet Holderin - the actor Bruno Ganz recites on of his poems at the beginning of the film. Claudio Abbado is sparing in his words although he is generous in his emotions. That is what makes this documentary special: Abbado talks about his illness (he was operated on for cancer in 2001) and the revolution this illness caused in his life, he shares a little of his private life and talks about his work as a conductor.

    We also see him at the age of 35, in 1965, in an interview he gave in Vienna just after directing the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Bruckner’s First Symphony. We also find out that he and his companion Zubin Meha sang in the choirs of Musikverein under the direction of Bruno Walter, Herbert von Karajan, Hermann Scherchen and Joseph Krips solely for the purpose of attending the rehearsals of these legendary conductors.

    Many interviews of orchestra musicians, namely those from Berlin who talk about his departure in 2002, provide us with a clearer picture of his personality. As for the testimonial of is friend Bruno Ganz, it gives us a very personal insight into this exceptional being.

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  • Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing

    Benny Goodman

    Year: 1992

    Runtime: 1 hr 2 min

    This biography of musical legend Benny Goodman contains testimonials from various contemporaries and scholars, and offers several clips of the man in performance. Nearly two-dozen songs can be heard including "California, Here I Come," "A Fine Romance," "Why Don't You Do Right," "I've Got a Heart Full of Music," and "Bugle Cal Rag."

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Richard Strauss

    various Artists

    Year: 1998

    Runtime: 30 min

    Recorded live at the Semperoper, Dresden, 22 September 1998
    A completely new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the modern period – thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question

    Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester…) in a timely visual style

    The well-known music journalist Habakuk Traber shows how the great tone painter and unrivalled master in the art of instrumentation produced a fascinating synthesis of symphony and programme music

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  • Je Veux Du Bonheur

    Christophe Maé

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

    The live performance of Christophe Maé recorded at the Paris Theater.

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  • All That Jazz: From New Orleans To New York

    Various Artists

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 49 min

    An anthology of Jazz profiling the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Ma Rainey, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Django Rheinhardt and countless other artists from popular swing era of the 1930s and '40s.

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  • Gilad and All That Jazz

    Gilad Atzmon

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 59 min

    “Gilad and All That Jazz” is an exquiside music documentary following a flourishing year in the life of one of modern music's greatest saxophonists and one of Europe's most controversial public speakers.

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  • Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue

    Miles Davis

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 27 min

    When he released "Bitches Brew" in 1970, Miles Davis opened up a new angle to jazz which stirred up emotions like no other record before. Some critics accused Davis of selling out, while the public bought it like crazy. It is one of the most examined albums of all time, even garnering a box set of the sessions. To date, "Bitches Brew" is one of the top selling jazz albums of all time. "Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue" examines the next step in the creative process...performing these songs live. The 1970 Isle of Wight featured an array of performers from The Who to Jethro Tull to Joni Mitchell. With improvisation playing a big role in the performance, the band (Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz and Dave Holland) had to be "on", yet ready to change on the fly. Directed by award-winning producer Murray Lerner, "Miles Electric" sits down with several of the performers who played with Miles, interspersed with his 1970 Isle of Wight performance, as well as artists such as Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell, who describe the impact Miles Davis had towards music.

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  • Let's Get Lost

    Chet Baker

    Year: 1988

    Runtime: 1 hr 60 min

    "Let's Get Lost" is an American documentary film about the turbulent life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker written and directed by Bruce Weber. The title is derived from a song by Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser from the 1943 film Happy Go Lucky which Baker recorded for Pacific Records. A group of Baker fans, ranging from ex-associates to ex-wives and children, talk about the man. Weber’s film traces the man’s career from the 1950s, playing with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and Russ Freeman, to the 1980s, when his heroin addiction and domestic indifference kept him in Europe.

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  • Night Sessions - Live in Concert

    Chris Botti and Friends

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 1 hr 27 min

    Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions - Live In Concert features the jazz trumpeter's star-studded performance at the historic El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in December 2001. This video features guest vocal appearances from Sting and Shawn Colvin.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Claude Debussy

    various Artists

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 28 min

    Debussy’s La Mer is a masterpiece of suggestion and subtlety in its rich depiction of the ocean. Several authors have claimed that La Mer sounds like nothing before it. As a specialist in French Impressionism, the British pianist and writer Paul Roberts - also known from the BBC television series Play It Again - introduces Debussy’s work with great passion to the viewers.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Antonin Dvorák - Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

    various Artists

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 27 min

    Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Antonin Dvorak movie was released Jul 31, 2007 by the Naxos studio. Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic. Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Antonin Dvorak video Dvorak expert Michael Beckerman provides an outstanding documentary introduction to one of the most colorful masterpieces of the Romantic repertory.

    Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in this 2002 performance of Dvorak's Symphony No.9, "From the New World." It was recorded live at Palermo's Teatro Massimo. Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Antonin Dvorak film.

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  • Sacred Stage - Mariinsky

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr

    Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas, Sacred Stage tells the astonishing story of the Mariinsky’s survival, illustrated with stunning performances from the opera and ballet, as well as candid interviews with luminaries, scholars and performers.

    Set against the backdrop of the magical White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, SACRED STAGE features the best in Russian symphonic music, ballet and opera at Russia’s premier theatre - the Mariinsky, also known as the Kirov.
    SACRED STAGE explores what the theater has meant to Russian and Soviet culture and how it has somehow maintained its artistic excellence through war, revolution and the collapse of Communism... It also looks at the life and work of Maestro Valery Gergiev, artistic and theater director at the Mariinsky, and captures the excitement of his world - a world populated with artists, socialites, financiers, politicians and celebrities.

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  • The Whole Gritty City

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 28 min

    The Whole Gritty City is a unique, fascinating window into the little-known world of New Orleans school marching bands. The documentary is a dramatic, music-filled story of children struggling to reach adulthood in one of America's most impoverished and violent cities. The film follows kids in three bands as the directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture.

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  • My Father and the Man in Black

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 28 min

    Following his father's suicide, Jonathan Holiff discovers hundreds of letters and audio diaries, including secretly recorded phone calls with Johnny Cash during his crazed pill-fueled 1960s, triumphs at Folsom and San Quentin, marriage to June Carter, and his conversion in the early 1970s to born-again Christian. These artifacts tell the story about how Holiff Sr. and Cash collaborated to create a superstar, while each struggled with personal demons. A fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the complex relationship between the notorious singer and his long-suffering manager--it is also a catharsis for its maker and engrossing journalism to boot.

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  • The Miles Davis Story

    Miles Davis

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 2 hr 4 min

    Trumpeter-bandleader Miles Davis (1926-91) was a catalyst for the major innovations in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, and jazz-fusion, and his wispy and emotional trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. He was also one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century. This engrossing British documentary shows the complex layers of this magnificent and mercurial artist. Through rare footage and interviews, we learn of Davis's middle-class upbringing and his early days with bop legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The documentary bluntly deals with Davis's narcotic nadir and his rise from the depths to become a bona fide jazz icon in the mid-'50s to late '60s. But the most penetrating and poignant portraits of Davis come from musicians who played with and were influenced by him, including Shirley Horn, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Jarrett.

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  • The Day She Came to Dingle

    Amy Winehouse

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 59 min

    Recorded in December 2006 in a tiny church located in the south west corner of Ireland, the town of Dingle played host to Amy whilst she recorded the show for Irish TV music series Other Voices. Amy delivered an electrifying 20 minute live performance to a crowd of 85 in the tiny St James's Church, with acoustic performances of songs from her 'Back To Black' Album. In the revealing interview Amy spoke of her musical influences such as Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles and the Shangri-Las and how she came to love jazz music.

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  • Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 7 in B minor "Unfinished"

    Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 28 min

    Experience and enjoy in a completely new way the great works of classical music, from the Baroque to the modern period, thanks to a series of 20 audio-visual concert guides, Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music
    Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, commonly known as the "Unfinished", was started in 1822 but left with only two movements complete even though Schubert would live for another six years. Since Schubert's death at the age of 31, the Unfinished Symphony has been a bit of a mystery, but research has shed new light on the composer's original intentions, as German author and musicologist Habakuk Traber knows.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Johann-Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

    Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 29 min

    Experience and enjoy, in a completely new way, the great works of classical music, from the Baroque to the modern period, thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, "Masterpieces of Classical Music".
    The six Brandenburg Concertos by Johann-Sebastian Bach rank among the undisputed favorites of all baroque fans. They have become a firm fixture in music education and an integral part of our international musical heritage. So what’s their secret? The internationally acclaimed pianist and Bach expert Robert Levin (tbc) provides an answer

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  • The New York Big Band Concert

    Harry Connick, Jr.

    Year: 1992

    Runtime: 1 hr

    The New York Big Band Concert features Harry Connick, Jr. bringing the sound of the Big Easy to the Big Apple! This special set features 13 performances from his record-breaking 15-night engagement at New York City's Paramount Theatre in 1992.

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  • Only You: In Concert

    Harry Connick, Jr.

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 2 hr 26 min

    This concert by Harry Connick, Jr. with his Big Band and Orchestra was filmed in Quebec City in 2004.

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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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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Felix Mendelssohn - Concerto for Violine in E minor op

    various Artists

    Year: 1997

    Runtime: 26 min

    A completely new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the modern period – thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question.

    Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester…) in a timely visual style.

    Recorded live at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, May 1997. This film includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of Frank Michael Erben with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Kurt Masur.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major

    Various Artists

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 27 min

    This classical concert finds the legendary violinist Gil Shaham joining forces with The Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Claudio Abbado, in an interpretation of Johannes Brahms's 1878 Violin Concerto Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music: Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto review. The event in question was filmed live at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, on May 1, 2002 Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music: Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto film.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Hector Berlioz

    various Artists

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 29 min

    Experience and enjoy, in a completely new way, the great works of classical music, from the Baroque to the modern period, thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, "Masterpieces of Classical Music".
    Berlioz’ Fantastic Symphony is widely regarded as one of the most important and representative pieces of the early Romantic period. Leonard Bernstein once called it “the first musical expedition into psychedelia” because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature. The German musicologist Wulf Konold describes the idea behind and the realization of this fascinating work.

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