This mini-series delivers "masterpieces for the masses," helping viewers enjoy, explore and experience the celebrated classical music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Mahler. The educational and entertaining eight-part series features the world-class talents of the All-Star Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of top players who gather annually for a one-week performance "summit." Each episode pairs the All-Star Orchestra's performance of a popular symphonic score with a new work by a contemporary American composer, including Philip Glass. These inspiring, all-ages concerts, filmed in New York's historic The Grand at Manhattan Center, are supplemented with illuminating interviews with the conductor, musicians, composers and special guests.
The New World and Its Music (#103H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Philip Glass: Harmonium Mountain.
This program will be an exploration of the creative process, tracing the genesis of Beethoven's iconic symphony and the development of a new work by a modern master. Interactive features will show how short rhythmic and melodic motives evolve into vast symphonic organisms. Interviews will include leading Beethoven scholars and the All-Star musicians.
Politics and Art (#104H) Duration: 56:47 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5.
Music has sometimes reflected, and at other times challenged repressive ideologies. Shostakovich abandoned the premiere of his challenging 4th symphony for fear of reprisals from the Stalinist government. His triumphant 5th Symphony was next, and the authorities were pleased. To this day the 5th is Shostakovich's most popular symphony. What is its message? What does "political music" mean today?
Relationships In Music (#105H) Duration: 56:47 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture; Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish".
Robert Schumann's wife Clara was herself a gifted pianist and composer. She became a lifelong friend and source of inspiration for Schumann's protege Johannes Brahms. This program will explore the turbulent musical and emotional relationships between these three, and the masterpieces that they produced.