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Follow the story of singer Marian Anderson, whose talent broke down barriers around the world. Narrated by Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Voice of Freedom explores questions about talent, race, fame, democracy and the American soul.
Copyright Date: 2021
This series with cabaret performer and actor Mark Nadler explains the origins of the Weimar Republic and how it encouraged artistic freedom, considering how that freedom ended with the rise of the Nazi party. It also includes a production of Nadler's Off-Broadway cabaret performance I'm a Stranger Here Myself.
Copyright Date: 2020
This video features a production of Mark Nadler's Off-Broadway cabaret performance I'm a Stranger Here Myself. Nadler performs in front of a projected montage of imagery that includes historical photos from the 1920s and 30s as well as gently evocative film clips from the Iowa-born performer's early years in New York. The production evokes the works of Weimar cabaret starts Kurt Weil, Lotte Lenya,...
This video features a richly illustrated archive conversation in which cabaret performer and actor Mark Nadler delves into the mysteries of the Weimer era and its heroes and heroines, including Kurt Weil, Lotte Lenya, Frederich Hollaender, Bertolt Brecht, and Marlene Dietrich, all of whom escaped Hitler's Germany for the United States. Nadler discusses the origins of the Weimar Republic and how it...
The great cities and towns of Europe and the UK, form the backdrops for the stories of the world’s greatest classical composers. This unique TV series showcases the most compressive list of Classical composers ever seen on TV. We travel to some of the most stunning global destinations, steeped in rich history and engaging stories and of course the much-loved music that was birthed there. Where we...
Copyright Date: 2020
Edvard Grieg, who, like Chopin, wasn’t afraid to express a new sense of national identity in his art. Grieg’s music breathes the air of Norway, illustrating the northern nation’s landscape, climate, and folklore.
Warsaw and Paris were the cities at the heart of Frédéric Chopin’s world: he was one of the first great piano virtuosos, and his piano music helped usher in a new romantic spirit across all the arts. Though he appreciated the sophisticated life of the French capital, the music, fierce and passionate, that grew out his love of his native land shook his audiences to the core.
George Frideric Handel, travelled much more widely after his birth in Halle in the Southern part of Saxony. As a young firebrand, he went to Italy where he created a sensation before settling in London for the last 40 years of his life. There a series of superb concertos, operas, and oratorios poured out of him: Messiah is simply one of dozens of immortal vocal masterpieces he produced there.
Johann Sebastian Bach worked in many of the German states, until he finally made his home in the ancient Saxon city of Leipzig. There he created some of the greatest music ever written, like the St Matthew Passion.
Ludwig van Beethoven spent most of his life in Vienna, though he was born in Bonn, then a small provincial town. Early deafness robbed him of a performing career, but his world-shattering achievements as a composer changed music forever.
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