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Britpop stalwarts Blur captured live in performance in the summer of 2012. The gig, held in Hyde Park on August the 12th, was a companion concert to the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The songs performed by the band include 'Coffee and TV', 'Country House', 'Parklife' and 'No Distance Left to Run'.
The Harem World Tour Live From Las Vegas
Recorded in March 2004 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas during Sarah Brightman’s Harem World Tour, this live performance demonstrates the musical seductress’s penchant for fusing musical genres- musical theater, classical, rock and world music- and plays like a collection of greatest hits performed live.
Malher's Symphony No. 2 - conducted by Pierre Boulez
Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"
In Berlin, Pierre Boulez conducts Symphony No. 2 by Mahler: a lesson to celebrate his eightieth birthday at the initiative of Daniel Barenboim, the musical director of the Staatskapelle in Berlin. The French conductor had already worked on Mahler for several years, since in 1996 he recorded all of the symphonies over a period of ten years (for Deutsche Grammophon). On March 26, 2005, in the concert hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez, with the soprano Diana Damrau, the mezzo Petra Lang and the Staatskapelle of Berlin performed a memorable version of Symphony No. 2.
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – directed by Robert Wilson
The celebrated Puccini opera comes to the stage once more in this moving production directed by Robert Wilson. Mounted at the Amsterdam Muziektheater and conducted by Edo de Waart, this version of the famous Japanese tragedy features Cheryl Barker, Martin Thompson, and Catherine Keen in the impressive cast.
Earth, Wind and Fire
Live in Japan
Filmed during their tour in support of the Heritage album in 1990 at the Tokyo Dome, Live In Japan captures Earth, Wind & Fire at their magnificent best. The 12-piece band led by vocalist Maurice White and Philip Bailey deliver hits including "System of Survival", "September", "Fantasy", "Shining Star", "After The Love Has Gone", "Let's Groove", and many more.
Inside Out features Bon Jovi’s best performances from several epic sold out concerts at the mega venues of Madison Square Garden and Meadowlands Stadium, as well as the O2 in London. All three are iconic venues, provide a groundswell of excitement as Bon Jovi performs in front of the Band’s rabid hometown and London fans. Woven throughout the hand selected “Dream Set” will be some split screen performance footage captured during multiple performances at each venue, providing theatre audiences a rare opportunity to see varying enactments of the same best- selling songs.
Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
Matthew Hart Choreographs The Royal Ballet
Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev's musical fairy tale, has been delighting children since 1936. Nearly 60 years later, in 1995, the young choreographer Matthew Hart created a witty choreographed version for the Royal Ballet School with designs by Ian Spurling. Described as 'an utterly delightful ballet and a perfect showcase for the younger students,' by the Royal Ballet's Director, Monica Mason, it was staged again and recorded in 2011.
Tchaikovsky's The sleeping beauty
The sleeping beauty conducted by Ermanno Florio
Tchaikovsky and Petipa’s timeless ballet - acknowledged to be the most pure and demanding piece in the classic romantic repertoire – brings out Petipa’s rich dance vocabulary with the sparkling virtuosity a superb performance needs. Recorded at Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam with The Dutch National Ballet in 2004. Choreographer Sir Peter
Wright’s sensitive staging closely reflects Marius Petipa's original work. Philip Prowse’s ravishing Baroque sets and costumes add the glamour and grandeur essential to a ballet intended for the court of the Russian Tsar.
Georges Bizet’s Carmen
conducted by Philippe Jordan and interpreted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, Sussex, on 17th August 2002, David McVicar’s exhilarating production, with Sofie von Otter in the title role, restores the Opera Comique to Bizet’s masterpiece. Philippe Jordan, in his Glyndebourne debut, conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Glyndebourne Chorus and a cast which includes Marcus Haddock, Laurent Naouri and Lisa Milne.
The Smoke Out Festival Presents DMX
In 2003, hardcore rapper DMX took to the stage of the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California, as one of the 40 artists performing at the sixth annual Smoke Out Festival DMX - The Smoke Out Festival video. Fittingly appearing in the same year as the worst wildfires in California history, DMX blazed through an 8-song set that would be his final musical appearance before turning full-time to acting DMX - The Smoke Out Festival film. This concert film provides a front-row seat for DMX's blistering performance--which set the crowd on fire with electrifying live renditions of gangsta hits like "Who We Be," "Ya'll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind," " X Gonna Give it to Ya," and "Kaido"--for the perfect send-off to a true hip-hop legend DMX
The High Kings
In Dublin Live
Live in Dublin filmed in 2008 offers a chance to witness the warm Irish balladry of the High Kings. The members of the four-piece group infuse their music with some subtle melodies culled from the country's longstanding folk tradition, providing a deeply moving experience as they perform songs such as "The Parting Glass" and "The Wild Rover."
Live At The Tower Theatre
Simon And Garfunkel are the most successful duo in recording history and following their split in 1971 both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel have carried on to have hugely successful solo careers and enjoyed occasional reunions. This concert was filmed at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater in 1980 and captures Paul Simon in fine form with a superb backing band featuring most of Stuff. The setlist ranges across his career up to that point and includes both Simon and Garfunkel and solo hits.
Believe was filmed during two sold-out performances at the majestic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and stars vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe and Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated musical director, David Downes.
Filmed live on Halloween night 2009 at Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, Live Voodoo sees the reunion of the classic Jane's Addiction line-up of Perry Farrell (vocals), Stephen Perkins (drums), Eric Avery (bass) and Dave Navarro (guitar). This spectacular show captures the band on top form with Perry Farrell at his most mesmerizing and the rest of the band clearly enjoying the occasion. The tracklisting is predominantly drawn from their first two albums, which both featured this line-up, and the band are joined on stage by twin girl dancers, whilst the show climaxes with a joyous all singing and dancing stage invasion.
FCA! 35 Tour - An Evening With Peter Frampton
In 2011, Grammy Award winning guitarist Peter Frampton embarked on a world tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of his multi-platinum selling live album “Frampton Comes Alive!”. Peter Frampton has chosen what he feels are the best performances of each track for this concert film. He remains one of rock’s most iconic guitarists and these live performances catch him at his very best.
New Blood Live in London
Filmed at Hammersmith Apollo in March 2011, “New Blood – Live In London” captures Peter Gabriel performing live with the 46 piece New Blood Orchestra. The repertoire mixes cover versions from his “Scratch My Back” album with classic tracks from across his solo career in brand new orchestral arrangements. Gabriel is a renowned live performer and his onstage charisma and instantly recognizable voice combine brilliantly with the orchestral sound palette to breathe a new sense of wonder into familiar songs. As you would expect the concert is also a visual feast, with graphics, animation and imagery blending to enhance and illustrate the music. This is truly a live experience not to be missed.
Toni Bargallo direct's Verdi
Daniela Dessì, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Fabio Armiliato, Juan Pons and Roberto Scandiuzzi lead the cast in the renowned period production filmed in 2003 against the historic paper trompe-l'oeil sets painted between 1936-45 by Josep Mestres Cabanes, the last representative of the old Catalan school of scenography.
Love Is Here Live
Love Is Here Live is a live video by British pop band Starsailor, recorded on 1 November 2001 at the London Forum and released on DVD and VHS on 9 September 2002. It features the whole concert plus promotional videos and short documentaries on life on the road. The group whose claim to fame was the highly overplayed club anthem "four to the floor", is back in full form, determined to contaminate London’s youth with their infectious grooves.
Live From Loreley
Live performance by prog-rockers Marillion, recorded in the summer of 1987, when they were basking in the success of 'Kayleigh', their biggest hit to date. Original vocalist Fish leads the band through renditions of their greatest successes, as well as old favourites such as 'Script For a Jester's Tear'.
Donizetti’s l’Elisir d’Amore
conducted by Maurizio Benini
Acclaimed Italian conductor Maurizio Benini makes his Glyndebourne debut in Donizetti’s intoxicating and deeply touching opera, whose fast-moving comic story unfolds the romantic rivalry between penniless farmhand and bumptious soldier, both vying for the love of Adina. Will the bogus Dr Dulcamara’s potion – the elixir of love – help farmhand Nemorino win her heart? Peter Auty takes the role of Nemorino with Ekaterina Siurina as Adina.
Conducted by Sergiu Celibidache
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.
Oscar Wilde’s Salomé
Directed by David McVicar
David McVicar’s powerful 2008 production of Oscar Wilde’s bible-based drama takes the controversially disturbing film Salò as its visual reference, setting it in a debauched palace in Nazi Germany. Strauss’s ravishing and voluptuous score adds to the sexual alchemy conjured by an international cast led by Nadja Michael in the title role.
Alice's adventures in Wonderland
Christopher Wheeldon Choreographs the Royal Ballet
Lewis Carroll’s ever-popular story provides the basis for Christopher Wheeldon’s spectacular new work, starring Royal Ballet Principal Lauren Cuthbertson. Captivating designs by Bob Crowley, an engaging and passionate score by Joby Talbot, and Wheeldon’s breathtaking choreography combine to produce in the words of The Times “spectacular family entertainment brought to life with enormous theatrical verve."
Pieces of 8\Grand Illusion Live
Styx are one of the most successful AOR bands of all time with worldwide album sales in the millions. On May 25, 2006 they took the stage in Cleveland for a new venture accompanied by the 115 piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra and a 60 member chorus. With a setlist that combined Styx classics, new songs and cover versions this was a truly unique event.
Majikat - Earth Tour
Cat Stevens' Majikat, Earth Tour was recorded during his last legendary North American tour in 1976. It was an ambitious production involving live magicians, synchronized film projection and large innovative stage set. This was the ultimate tour of Cat Stevens before he quit the music business and became Yusaf Islam; he didn't perform on stage again for nearly thirty years. Among the 21 tracks included are "The Doves," "The Wind," "Moonshadow," "The Hurt," "Two Fine People," "Father and Son," "Ruins," and "The Peace Train".
The Astoria London Live
Fans of the band's early, more pop-driven sound may find much to love in RADIOHEAD: LIVE AT THE ASTORIA, a visual record of a packed concert held shortly before the release of THE BENDS. Taking the stage at the London's Astoria venue on May 27, 1994, Radiohead performs 17 live songs, many being heard then for the first time. Highlights include dynamic renditions of "Bones," "Creep," "Fake Plastic Trees," and "My Iron Lung."
Own the Night World Tour
In 2012, Lady Antebellum embarked on their first ever headlining world tour. They had already sold millions of records, had No.1 hits and triumphed at the Grammy Awards but this would be the first time they had taken their own show out to their fans across the globe. Spectacular staging combined with great performances ensured that the tour was a stunning success. This concert was filmed in June 2012 at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas at the end of the North American leg of the tour. Intercut with the full live performances are documentary excerpts depicting their life on the road, their friendship and their musical creativity. This first ever Lady Antebellum video release captures the trio at their very best and will delight their legions of fans.
Mumford and Sons
Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Recorded live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg to a sold-out audience. Mumford and Sons produce a slice of music that is both wonderful and intrinsically dashing. Featuring favorites like "Little Lion Man", "The Cave" "White Blank Page" and "Sigh No More".
Mozart’s the Magic Flute
The Magic Flute directed by William Kentridge
The Magic Flute is one of Mozart’s most charming and engaging operas. This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Genia Kühmeier, Saimir Pirgu, Alex Esposito et Albina Shagimuratova play the lead roles in this production filmed March 20th and April 3rd 2011.
Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour
Australian pop superdiva Kylie Minogue's continued her phenomenal success with the "Showgirl" tour in 2005, a lavish production featuring all Minogue hit songs and all the dazzling dancing from the tour.
Tosca directed by Nuria Espert
Daniela Dessì takes the title role in Nuria Espert’s new production of Puccini's fiery Roman melodrama of lust, betrayal and revenge. Filmed in High Definition during January 2004 at the Teatro Real and mixed in sumptuous 5.1 Surround Sound, this intense and atmospheric production rates among the finest stage performances ever captured.
Corinne Bailey Ray
Live in London 2006
Filmed in London in 2006, this show features the entirety of Rae’s debut album.
Guilty -Live From Wembley
Late 2003 the boys embarked on another mammoth arena tour of the UK, taking in Sheffield, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London's Wembley Arena. The Guilty Tour is Blue's most spectacular live show to date featuring all of the boys biggest hits and a few surprises along the way. Filmed at Wembley Arena in front of 12,000 fans, Antony, Duncan, Simon, Lee and their live band take you through such show-stopping highlights as "One Love", "All Rise" and "Too Close". The set list also features songs from their double platinum third No 1 album, "Guilty" including the hits "Breathe Easy", "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and title track "Guilty" not to mention a memorable Michael Jackson medley that has to be seen to be believed.
Live At The Bowl ’68
On 5 July 1968, The Doors took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for a concert that has since passed into legend. The Doors were performing on the back of their 3rd album release 'Waiting For The Sun' and the US No.1 single 'Hello, I Love You'. They had been honing their live performances over the previous 2 years and were on absolute peak form. Now for the first time the original film footage from the Hollywood Bowl has been digitally scanned and restored to present the show better and more complete than it's ever been seen before, with 2 previously cut tracks returned to the running order and with sound newly remixed and mastered from the original multitrack tapes by The Doors' engineer and co-producer Bruce Botnick. This is now the definitive edition of this famous performance.
The hungarian Rhapsody Live in Budapest
The digitally restored and remixed 1986 film "Hungarian Rhapsody - Queen Live in Budapest", rock legends Queen at their best on the band's "Magic" tour, the very last they would play with Freddie Mercury. It includes favorite hits like 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', 'I Want To Break Free' and 'We Are The Champions'. This concert has been remastered in high definition and sound quality.
Live in Texas '75
Filmed in Houston, Texas, right at the start of a massive tour of the U.S. to promote The Who By Numbers, their seventh album in their 10th year of existence. Live in Texas '75 has been pridefully restored to its rightful visual and sonic superiority by longtime Who collaborator Jon Astley. The extensive Tommy section, the savage recreations of early hits such as “My Generation”, the celebrated cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues”, “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” make this a Who fan’s delight.
Body Language Live
In November 2003, money couldn't buy you a ticket for the one-off spectacular that Kylie Minogue devised to launch her new album "Body Language". The amazing show, which took months of preparation, was strictly a one-off performance that showcased songs from her new album plus some old fan favorites. Filmed at the legendary London's Hammersmith Apollo, in front of an audience of 4000 fans, the show surpassed all expectations and lived up to the grand scale that Kylie is known for! The show was filmed by a team of 13 cameras and 54 crew.
Shot in 1984, the live footage is largely taken from a performance in Oakland, and is interspersed with live action footage that neatly features actor Milo O'Shea, who played Professor Duran Duran in the 1968 film BARBARELLA. ARENA is a vital snapshot of the heavy excesses of the 1980s and is a fascinating insight into the lofty ambitions that many groups aspired to. A very unique way to revisit hits like; Rio, Hungry Like The Wolf, The Wild Boys, The Reflex and Girls On Film.
Touring the Angel - Live in Milan
Depeche Mode performs live in what is considered by many fans to be the group's finest tour. This concert was filmed in Milan in 2006 when the band was at its best. TOURING THE ANGEL presents an amazing set including Behind the Wheel", "Policy of Truth", “Personal Jesus”, “Enjoy the Silence” and many more.
Verdi’s Otello – directed by Willy Decker
The first of Verdi’s two late Shakespearian operas stands as one of the great masterpieces of grand opera. José Cura, ranked among the world’s leading interpreters of Verdi’s music, takes the title role in Willy Decker’s profound and intense production, recorded live at the Liceu, Barcelona in 2006.
Cinderella directed by Rudolf Nureyev
Rudolf Nureyev’s colourful, “movie-star” version of Prokofiev’s Cinderella retains the classic Perrault story but sets it in America during the difficult years of the Great Depression in the 1930s and 1940s. Agnès Letestu stars as Cinderella who, living with her alcoholic father, tyrannical stepmother and two spiteful stepsisters, dreams of escape and stardom in Hollywood. After a promising screen-test during which The Film Star, suavely portrayed by José Martinez, falls head over heels in love with her, she is fearful that her new-found happiness is too good to be true and will vanish with her youth. Fortunately, her magical protector (in the form of The Producer) and her lover move heaven and earth for a ‘happily ever after’ ending. This is Paris Opera Ballet at its very best.
Guingal conducts Offenbach
Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman
Offenbach’s final opera in three acts Giancarlo Del Monaco's passionate and intelligent production of Jacques Offenbach's magnum opus creates a climactic kaleidoscope of deep and convincing emotions. A highly credible incarnation of the pitiable Kleinzach he sings about, Aquiles Machado is the poet who loses his romantic idealism,his reflection and finally his soul to a 'trio of charming enchantresses'. Conductor Alain Guingal inspires the superbly dramatic cast, including María Bayo, Milagros Poblador, Valentina Kutzarova and Katharine Goeldner. Excellent ensemble cast and a powerful dramatic flow with strong, intelligent stage direction by Giancarlo Del Monaco
Kent Nagano conducts Wagner
A new production from Festspielhaus Baden-Baden With powerful conviction, Nikolaus Lehnhoff interprets Wagner’s Lohengrin as the dramatic struggle of masculine and feminine, revenge and compassion. Powerfully acted, almost like a Strindberg play, and musically of the highest order, this Lohengrin from the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden will be a benchmark production for decades. With his extraordinarily transparent interpretation of the title role, Klaus Florian Vogt leads an inspired cast to visionary realms that are rarely touched. The monumental sets by Stephan Braunfels and Kent Nagano’s sublimely well balanced musical interpretation complete a deeply moving total-theatre experience. This production has monumental set design by architect Stephan Braunfels who has won recognition for his designs of buildings in Berlin and Munich.
Pet Shop Boys
A life in Pop
After twenty years in the pop business, this is a celebration of the lives, work, and achievements of the Pet Shop Boys. Following Neil's education and upbringing in Newcastle, and Chris's in Blackpool, the two head separately to London where they meet and begin writing, ending up with their classic "West End Girls". Over two decades and coutnless albums, they go from strength to strength, revealing their work methods and abetted by comments from musicians Robbie Williams, Jake Shears ("Scissor Sisters"), Brandon Flowers ("The Killers"), amongst others.
Live at the Albert
Filmed in 2001 Live At The Albert is primarily a showcase for Robbie Williams' multimillion selling Swing When You're Winning, an astonishing album of vintage classics from the '50s swing era. Williams sings stunning renditions of standards like "My Way," "Mack the Knife," "It Was a Very Good Year," and more.
Performing this week - Live At Ronnie Scotts
Jeff Beck is a true rock legend. From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career his unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of his peers and the adoration of legions of fans. In 2007 Jeff Beck performed a series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s club in London. They became the must have ticket of the year with a packed audience every night of the famous and the fans.
Meeting People is Easy
Meeting People Is Easy is a rockumentary following British alternative rock band Radiohead on their exhaustive world tour following the success of their 1997 album OK Computer. The film was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Long Form Music Video" category in 2000.
Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi's La Traviata
Verdi's La Traviata
Verdi’s best-loved work, is performed here by a star cast in a revival of Richard Eyre’s highly acclaimed 1994 production. Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts La traviata for the first time at Covent Garden. American soprano Renée Fleming returns to Covent Garden to sing Violetta for the first time with The Royal Opera. La traviata was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice in March 1853.
David McVicar conducts Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
In David McVicar’s spellbinding production of Le nozze di Figaro the break-down of the relationship between Finley’s suave, dashingly self-absorbed Count and Röschmann’s passionately dignified Countess lies at the heart of the opera. The struggle to rekindle their love contrasts tragic-comically with the sexy ease between a feisty Figaro (Erwin Schrott) and a sassy Susanna (Miah Persson) is starkly absent, and the tenacious spark that remains between Marcellina (Graciela Araya) and Bartolo (Jonathan Veira). Antonio Pappano conducts (and accompanies the recitatives) with invigorating wit and emotional depth, allowing the ensemble to capture the moments of dramatic tension to perfection and engaging fully with the rhythm of an already classic production.
Andris Nelsons conducts Puccini
Puccini's La Bohème
John Copley’s enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini’s masterpiece.
The 25th Anniversary Concert
Elvis Presley was larger than life, and the Elvis experience is an amazing phenomenon that has continued to astonish a quarter century after his death in 1977. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his death, Elvis: The 25th Anniversary Concert Event was staged at the Pyramid Coliseum in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Through the magic of modern technology, Elvis is reunited with his original TCB band, back-up singers and musical director for a unique concert special. The program features footage of Elvis from previous concerts, along with his supporting musicians and singers live on stage together in Memphis. This one-of-a-kind concert event has stirred audiences around the world and ignited a passion for the King in a whole new generation of music lovers. Featured songs include "CC Rider", "Are You Lonesome Tonight", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "My Way", and "Can't Help Falling in Love".
Symphony - Live in Vienna
In January 2008, Sarah Brightman recorded and filmed Symphony — Live in Vienna within the walls of Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s) Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Renowned for its inspiring Gothic architecture, the cathedral was the perfect setting for the magical world of Symphony, led by the beautiful voice of Sarah Brightman. The concert includes repertoire from Brightman's album Symphony and some of her most popular songs ("Phantom of the Opera," "Time to Say Goodbye"). The audience consisted of a small group of invited guests and members of Sarah Brightman's official website to whom free tickets were made available.
Rattle conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker
Rattle and Barenboim play Brahms
An exceptional trio for Brahms: Rattle, Barenboim and the Berliner Philharmoniker. A magic setting: the Herod Atticus Odeon in Athens. An exceptional line-up: Simon Rattle conducting, Daniel Barenboim on piano and the Berliner Philharmoniker. An irresistible programme: Brahms’ First Piano Concerto and First Piano Quartet in an orchestral arrangement by Schoenberg. This special opening evening of the Athens Festival in 2004 was part of a series of European concerts that the Berliner Philharmoniker gave once every year in a European city. Perfectly mastered, as one might expect given the quality of the protagonists, the Brahms concerto was remarkable in finesse and sensitivity, particularly in the Adagio. As for the orchestral version of the First Quartet with Piano, it made it possible for all the sections of the orchestra to shine, especially the woodwinds. A real delight.
Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
The birth of the Romantic Symphony or the Eroica
The Symphony No. 3 in B flat Major Op. 55, the famous Eroica is premiered in Vienna on April 7, 1805 under the direction of the composer. A major turning point in the work of Beethoven and in the history of music, the dedication of the work already, in itself, is a legend. Beethoven initially dedicated the symphony to Bonaparte, but when the latter had himself crowned emperor thus flouting the composer’s revolutionary ideal, he struck out Bonaparte’s name and replaced it with the following words, “An heroic symphony composed to celebrate the memory of a great man”. This would be completely fortuitous if the “heroic” term chosen did not impose a fundamental innovation, that of spirituality in a musical work, a work which also broke with the classical symphony already because of a length which had never been attained before (approximately fifty minutes). Completely misunderstood at the time (“Boring, interminable and disjointed”, according to one critic), it was to be appreciated only with posterity. This was also a revolution: from then on works were written for posterity and not for immediate recognition.
One Night Only
1997 was an amazing year for the Bee Gees, with inductions into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, plus Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Brit, American, and World Music Awards, topped off by a “One Night Only” concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, their only live concert in 1997, and first US concert in nearly 10 years. The brothers Gibb perform their greatest hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s including many songs written for and made hits by other artists, including Islands In The Stream, Guilty, Heartbreaker, Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away) (a special duet with their late brother Andy Gibb) and Immortality featuring a guest appearance by multiple Grammy award winner Celine Dion.
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Join Michael Bolton for an unforgettable concert at London's famous Royal Albert Hall as he delivers hit after hit in his trademark soulful style in front of a packed audience. With his inimitable voice, charismatic stage presence and superb songwriting Michael Bolton holds the audience in the aplm of his hand as he performs classics such as "How Am I supposed to Live Without You", "Time, Love and Tenderness", "Can I Touch You There" and "How Can We Be Lovers" alongside his unique interpretations of "Fly Me to the Moon", "Summertime", "That's Life", and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" plus his own rendition of "Murder My Heart", the hit he penned with Lady Gaga. Simply a wonderful night.
Live At Montreux
Few bands are more closely associated with Montreux than Deep Purple and there was simply no other contender when it came to choosing the act to headline the closing night of the 40th Montreux Festival in 2006. The band duly delivered one of their finest live performances; sprinkling songs from their latest album “Rapture of the Deep” through a set chock full of their classic tracks. There was even a brand new song “Too Much Fun” written especially for the occasion and, of course, a show-stopping performance of “Smoke on the Water”.
Live In New Orleans
Young, soft-voiced jazz/pop singer and pianist Norah Jones' 2003 Live In New Orleans features an intimate concert performance recorded in New Orleans in August 2002. The concert contains more than one hour of live material. Norah does a beautiful live version of The Band's Basement Tapes song "Bessie Smith" on Live in New Orleans.
Coldplay Live 2003
LIVE concert taken from their 2003 A Rush Of Blood To The Head World Tour. Recorded live at the Horden Pavillion in 2003 in support of their sophomore album release, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, the concert gives a glimpse of Coldplay during the early days of their meteoric rise to rock stardom.
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
As symbols of freedom and acts of independence, Beethoven’s symphonies are the expression of a fantastic belief in the dignity of man, who in return, recognizes himself in each of them. That is how Abbado conducts his pieces, with a majesty that places the sublime before the gratification of the emotions. And thanks to the incredible sounds that the conductor obtains from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, beauty becomes a human victory. The Symphonic Big Bang of the Ninth Symphony with the Fifth Symphony, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 is the most famous and most popular piece. Its unusual length, the adjunction of soloists and of choruses, the choice of the Ode to Joy by Schiller and its exceptional success, all of this concurs to its fame. The Ninth Symphony was premiered on May 7, 1824 in Vienna, and was dedicated to “His Majesty the King of Prussia Frederic Wilhelm III”. A grandiose apotheosis, it sublimates all of Beethoven’s work by being the most universal piece and the most immediately understood piece ever written.
Haitink, Emmanuel Ax and Christine Schafer
Works by Mozart, Chopin and Schumann
Mozart, Chopin, Schumann: in Krakow, Bernard Haitink sets the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on fire. The Europakonzert has been a tradition for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1991: the musicians commemorate the anniversary of the creation of the orchestra on May 1st, 1882 with a concert in a different European city each time. In 1999 it was the turn of the Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink to direct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. We see them in the splendid baroque church of Notre-Dame in Kracow, Poland. Poland was an obvious choice on the occasion of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of Frédéric Chopin. After Christine Schafer whose crystalline voice beautifully interpreted Mozart, the American pianist Emanuel Ax paid tribute to the Polish composer by performing an inspired Second Concerto. Then, in a particularly impassioned performance, Bernard Haitink led the musicians into an electric Spring Symphony.
Live At Montreux
In July 2007 the famous Miles Davis Hall at Montreux was witness to a gathering of the Wu-Tang Clan. With the exception of the sadly deceased Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the whole Clan was present: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa. Also joining the party were some of their extended family members: Cappadonna, Streetlife and DJ Mathematics. This rare gathering of the full clan took Montreux by storm and got the whole audience on their feet and jumping with a set featuring all their best known hits and classics plus a number of solo tracks, including a clutch of Ol’ Dirty Bastard hits. Includes the hits: “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing To F’Wit”, “It’s Yourz”, “Triumph”, “Gravel Pit”, “Uzi”, “Protect Ya Neck”, “C.R.E.A.M.”, “Method Man” and more. Captures a rare occasion when the whole Wu-Tang Clan are on stage together.
Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd are the ultimate Southern Rock band. Their signature three guitar attack coupled to superb songwriting and massive on stage charisma has rightfully earned them a reputation as one of the greatest live bands of all time. The original band infamously had their career cut short by a disastrous plane crash in 1977 which took the lives of three members plus two of their road crew and seriously injured several others. In 1987 the surviving members reformed the band with Johnny Van Zant taking the place of his brother Ronnie. This concert from 1996 captures the band on top form at Rockpalast’s Loreley Festival on 23 June 1996. As a real treat for Lynyrd Skynyrd fans we have three tracks from the Hamburg Musikhalle on 5 December 1974 featuring the original line-up of the band performing their three best known songs.
Live At Montreux
Korn came out of California in the early nineties and went on to become one of the most globally successful metal acts of their generation. They continue to play live to vast crowds and have record sales in the millions. This concert from Montreux in 2004 is their only performance at the festival to date. It was to be one of the last shows to feature the band’s original line-up with guitarist Brian Welch leaving the group a few months later. The normally reserved Montreux crowd is transformed by Korn into seething, rocking mass with the largest (& probably the first!) mosh pit ever seen in the famous Stravinski Auditorium.
Bach's Mass in B minor at Notre-Dame de Paris
A monumental piece of music performed at Notre-Dame de Paris, a monument of art history. The Mass in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach transcends categories: neither religious nor profane, it is full of fervor, contemplation and emotion; neither Lutheran nor Catholic, it is both, therefore transcending the very principle of ecumenism. Performing this piece in the cathedral with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, which he has conducted since 1998, was a dream of the conductor John Nelson. Stage director Olivier Simonnet provided a very talented scenography for the performance: the cathedral not only provides a setting for a concert, it is also an artistic element in the performance. The cast is composed of major international soloists such as Ruth Ziesak, Joyce DiDonato, Daniel Taylor, Paul Agnew and Dietrich Henschel.
Mahler's 9th Symphony at the Saint Cecilia Academy
In April 2004 at the Saint Cecilia Academy in Rome, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra conducted by the very Italian musical prodigy Claudio Abbado daintily begin to play Mahler’s last piece of work, the Ninth Symphony. In this absolute masterpiece, Abbado, one with his orchestra, delivers a very moving interpretation. After the last notes have vanished as in a dream, time seems to stand still and reality is held at bay: A long moment goes by before applause comes to trouble this moment of grace. A testimony to the place Mahler occupies in this conductor’s heart, this concert will simply take your breath away.
The Rolling Stones
Ladies and Gentleman
This concert film was taken from two Rolling Stones concerts during their 1972 North American Exile On Main Street tour. Filmed over two nights in Texas the Stones do what they do best: Guitar fuelled R&B with pop flair and youthful rebelliousness thrown in for good measure. The renditions of Gimme Shelter, Brown Sugar, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Can't Always Get What You Want surpass anything recorded to date. Whilst the contributions from Bobby Keyes, Jim Price, and Nicky Hopkins make it clear the Stones were brilliant collaborators.
Demon Days Live
Exciting live performances that combine innovative technology and cutting edge artistry are nothing new for a band that constantly pushes the envelope like the Gorillaz. Gorillaz, the world's biggest two-dimensional band, performed LIVE at the Manchester Opera House November 1st through 5th, 2005. These very special shows blended live performance with 3-D animation and saw the band performing their "Demon Days" album in its entirety with a rotating cast of special guests who changed nightly. Guest musicians included De La Soul, Shaun Ryder from Happy Mondays, and UK hip hop artist Roots Manuva. Gorillaz co-creator/producer Damon Albarn was also on hand to help bring the "Demon Days" album to life. It's a milestone in the band's career and a memento of a unique and unforgettable event.
Live in Montreal
In November 1981, with “Under Pressure” topping the charts in the UK, Queen arrived in Montreal following dates in Japan and their record-breaking tour of Latin America. It was to be the only concert by Queen that was ever shot on film. Always a great live band, with arguably the greatest frontman of all time in Freddie Mercury, they excelled themselves with the cameras rolling. The picture has been digitally restored from the original film and the sound has been newly mixed and mastered for DTS Surround Sound and PCM Stereo from the original multi-track tapes.
Freak N Roll
Shot live at the famous Fillmore in San Francisco in August 2005, this is The Black Crowes caught at their very best. After taking a break to pursue solo ventures in 2002 their 2005 tour became one of the hottest tickets of the US summer. With a set featuring all their greatest hits and some stunning acoustic versions in the middle of a two and a half hour show performed by one of the greatest live bands of all time, this is a concert simply not to be missed. Features all their best known tracks including Jealous Again, Sting Me, She Talks To Angels, Seeing Things, Hard To Handle, Remedy and many more.
Loose in LA
The Pretenders have been consistently making classic albums and hit singles in a career that now spans 25 years. Lead by the charismatic Chrissie Hynde, possessor of one of the most recognisable voices in rock music, they have topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and in many other territories around the world. Loose In L.A. was recorded at the Wilton Theatre, Los Angeles on the US Tour for their latest album Loose Screw. The concert combines a number of tracks from the Loose Screw album with favourite album tracks and a greatest hits selection including: Talk Of The Town, Back On The Chain Gang, Don’t Get Me Wrong, Kid, I’ll Stand By You and their international No.1 hit Brass In Pocket.
Live in Montreux
Run DMC were one of the true pioneers of rap music. Formed in the early eighties they had a string of hit singles and multi-platinum albums through the decade which helped to define the sound of contemporary rap music. They also pioneered the crossover with rock and pop typified by their worldwide hit “Walk This Way”, which they recorded with Aerosmith. This concert at Montreux in 2001 was one of the last they performed before the tragic death of Jam Master Jay in 2002. Features Run (Joey Simmons), DMC (Darryl McDaniels) and Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) performing all their classic hits including: “It’s Like That”, “Walk This Way”, “It’s Tricky”, “King Of Rock” and more.
Wyclef Jean's All Star Jam
Live at Carnegie Hall
Multi-platinum award winning superstar Wyclef Jean welcomes an all star gathering to New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall for the first annual Clef’s Kids concert in aid of the Wyclef Jean Foundation for inner city youth musical education.Backed by a dazzlingly talented array of teenaged Clef’s Kids musicians, the show is fronted by Wyclef Jean and features guest appearances from a stellar line up of guests including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Destiny’s Child, Macy Gray, Marc Anthony, Charlotte Church, Third World and Mary J Blige.Wyclef Jean was born in Haiti and brought up in New York. He first found fame as a member of The Fugees before embarking on an eclectic solo career which has maintained his profile at the highest level. Wyclef has worked tirelessly for a number of charities and in 1998 founded the Wyclef Jean Foundation with the specific aim of bringing musical education to deprived youngsters. This concert is ample proof of the fantastic work the Foundation has done.
Live in Paris
Recorded live at the Paris Olympia to a sell-out audience, the captivating voice of Diana Krall delivers a sensual collection of romantic ballads and bossa novas. Diana is accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique Europeen & Paris Jazz Big Band, as well as her own recording jazz band members flown in especially from LA. In addition to this she also welcomes legendary conductor Claus Ogerman. This concert performance features tracks from her latest album The Look of Love and the full set from her sensational world tour. The Grammy award winner takes us through a variety of well-known standards all performed in the totally individual, yet classic style that is Diana Krall.
Live in Houston
This concert by Velvet Revolver was filmed in Houston, Texas in 2005 during the tour in support of their bestselling and Grammy Award winning debut album “Contraband”. The full length live tracks are intercut with snippets of interview with the various band members talking about how Velvet Revolver came into being. The set list naturally focuses on that debut release but is complimented by two tracks from the Guns ‘n’ Roses catalog and two tracks from Stone Temple Pilots’ debut album highlighting the history of the band members. Velvet Revolver are an outstanding live band and are on great form in front of a typically enthusiastic Texan crowd.
Live From Texas
ZZ Top, the “little ol’ band from Texas”, have enjoyed enormous success on a global scale since their breakthrough in the early seventies and then their groundbreaking albums in the mid-eighties. Now for the first time one of ZZ Top’s legendary live performances has been filmed. The track listing spans their career from early tracks such as “Waitin’ For The Bus”, “Just Got Paid” and the classic “La Grange”, through their eighties blockbusters including “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Legs” (complete with furry guitars!) and up to more recent hits like “Pin Cushion”. Filmed in their home state of Texas in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience, this concert captures ZZ Top at their very best.
Going Back - Live At The Roseland Ballroom NYC
Phil Collins takes his superb album “Going Back” into the live arena. Filmed in June 2010 in the intimate surroundings of New York’s famous Roseland Ballroom, this is a real chance to get up close and personal as Phil Collins faithfully recreates the soul and Motown classics that he loved as a teenager. His band includes three of Motown’s original backing band The Funk Brothers: Bob Babbitt on bass and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette, as well as two stalwarts of Genesis’ live shows: Chester Thompson on drums and Darryl Stuermer on guitars. The result is an uplifting performance that moves at its own pace, rarely veering into inferior cover or pure nostalgia territory.
Live At House Of Blues
Tupac Shakur is one of the most dominant figures in the history of hip hop. His recording career lasted only five years from 1991 to his murder in a drive-by shooting in 1996 but established a body of work of an exceptionally high standard which achieved massive commercial success. This video captures the sheer raw excitement of Tupac live in concert. The whole of the concert at the House Of Blues is included, Tupac’s set, then Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound and then Tupac and Snoop together for the two track finale. Definitely not for the faint of heart, the show contains Tupac delivering his strongly held opinions direct to the audience and Snoop holding forth on sex and drugs with his usual gathering of suitably dressed women.
Hymns For Peace - Live at Montreaux
On 15 July 2004, Santana took to the stage in Montreux accompanied by a stunning line-up of guests to perform a concert of songs about peace and understanding that they dubbed “Hymns For Peace”. Joining the regular Santana line-up in the band were Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane and Idrissa Diop with further guest appearances through the night from Angelique Kidjo, Barbara Morrison, Patti Austin, Sylver Sharp, Steve Winwood and Nile Rodgers.The artists performed well known tracks by Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon and others.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube
Up in Smoke Tour
For hundreds of thousands of concert fans the tour is over. For millions of hip hop fans the experience is about to begin and it all starts right inside here, it’s the dawn of a new era in music for a new century. Step in. You’re about to go “Up In Smoke” and experience more than a concert. “Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Ice Cube and the travelling hip hop carnival make for the slickest, largest scale, most professional rap tour to date” – NY Times. This is it, your front row seat to the greatest hip hop experience ever captured on film. The ultimate back stage pass for your total pleasure. Concert TV, Your Live Music Destination!