Picks for the Week of February 29
A lively historic 1981 concert. While James Brown's unique vocal delivery and pioneering blend of soul, R&B, and funk have made him one of the most influential artists in American music, it's the Godfather of Soul's flamboyant stage presence that testifies to his stature as the hardest-working man in show business.
THE PRAGUE BALLET GALA
The Prague Ballet Gala is an exclusive dance event with some of the leading ballet stars of our time, recorded at the beautiful Prague State Opera. Outstanding Dancers from Europe, North America and Asia present their favorite classical and modern pieces from choreographers like George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, José Limón and John Neumeier.
Agrippina is brilliant, early Handel. Composed when he was just twenty-four, it was his first big hit in the theater. It's full of his fresh, exuberantly inventive music and sets one of the finest librettos Handel worked with. Agrippina, was the choice and opening performance, duly recorded under the baton of Arnold Östman, a renowned specialist in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The London Baroque Players accompany Barbara Daniels, Janice Hall and David Kuebler in Michael Hampe's elegant and colorful production of the perfidious intrigues of the power-crazy Empress Agippina, and the criminal power struggles in classical Rome. (With English subtitles)
The German concert pianist Detlev Eisinger (born in Munich, in 1957) has gained an international reputation for his authoritative performances, marked by his impeccable technique and desire to follow the composer’s intentions as faithfully as possible. In this concert, recorded live from the Munich Klaviersommer, Eisinger plays three sonatas by Scarlatti and Robert Schumann’s Carnaval: Scènes Mignonnes Composées sur Quatre Notes.
LONDON MASTER CLASSES
Great exponents of the performing arts pass on their knowlege and their experience to future generations. Benjamin Zander shares his experience on the worldwide concert platform and opera pitches with 5 students from St. Cyprian's Church in London.
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