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.
- KQED Life: Sun, Oct 4, 2015 -- 11:00pm
- KQED Life: Mon, Oct 5, 2015 -- 5:00am
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.
The Living Art Form (W.T.) (#106H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Richard Danielpour : "A Hero's Journey" (from Piano Concerto #4) Soloist: Xiayin Wang; Samuel Jones: Concerto for Violoncello Soloist: Julian Schwarz; Joseph Schwantner: The Poet's Hour - Soliloquy for Violin Soloist: Yevgeny Kutik.
This program will focus on the soloist's role, the instruments, and the composer's juxtaposition of soloist with orchestra. Outstanding young soloists and leading American composers will be featured in performance and in interviews.
Music's Emotional Impact (#107H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; David Stock: Blast!
This program will draw viewers into Tchaikovsky's dramatic personal life, his brief marriage, and his intense correspondence with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, whom he never met and to whom he dedicated his Fourth Symphony. The dramatic brass fanfares that for Tchaikovsky symbolized Fate find a modern echo in David Stock's Blast!
Mahler: Love, Sorrow and Transcendence (#108H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Gustav Mahler: Rueckert Lieder (Songs from Latter Days) Soloist: Nancy Maultsby; Gustav Mahler: "Totenfeier" ("Funerary Rites" - 1st Mvt. from Symphony No. 2); Augusta Read Thomas: Of Paradise and Light; Bernard Rands: Adieu.
Mahler's turbulent loves are expressed through his music. His settings of poems by Friedrich Rueckert explore themes of love, nature, and otherworldliness. Mahler was haunted throughout his life by the premonition of his own death. The first movement of his 2nd Symphony draws stark contrasts between the composer's premonition of doom, and his vision of life. Modern parallels can be found in "Adieu" by Bernard Rands and "Of Paradise and Light" by his wife, composer Augusta Read Thomas. Both comment on the unique dynamics of creative/personal partnerships.