Music & Dance


New! Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands (American Masters) 113 min.

Explore the life, career, art and legacy of the African American contralto and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson. Anchored by key performances in her career, Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands shows how her quiet genius and breathtaking voice set the stage for Black performers in classical music, and a louder voice for civil rights.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes 112 min.

Discover the life and music of jazz luminary Ron Carter, the most recorded bassist in history. Featuring original concert footage and candid interviews with jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Jon Batiste, Finding the Right Notes is a vibrant portrait of one of America's great musical trailblazers.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

Joana Mallwitz Conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky 55 min.

Joana Mallwitz already occupies an exceptional position as one of the young shooting stars of conductors. At 27, she was Europe's youngest general music director; in 2019 the magazine Opernwelt chose her as "Conductor of the Year"; her debut in 2020 at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart's Così fan tutte was acclaimed; and as of the 2023/24 season she will become chief conductor of the Konzerthausor...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Rivalry in Music: Schönberg vs. Stravinsky 53 min.

At the beginning of the 20th century there were two celebrated liberators of music who were the complete opposite of each other: the stylishly nonchalant Igor Stravinsky who revolutionized the musical field from the rhythm-section on the one hand – and on the other the smart and world-weary Arnold Schönberg with his visionary 12-tone-music. What started as a respectful meeting of two composers soo...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Crazy Days - Or Making an Opera in Pandemic Times 67 min.

Autumn 2020. An international cast arrives in Amsterdam for the rehearsals of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro by Dutch National Opera. Hundreds of people have been working on it for three years and the performances are sold out. The young up-and-coming vocalists, the orchestra, the costume and set designers — everyone is ready. Not even a pandemic could stop this opera train. But the measures are stri...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Electronic Vibrations 52 min.

Whether techno or hip-hop – electronic music is nowadays the driving force of pop culture. We have almost forgotten that its origins lie in the WDR’s electronic studio, which made Cologne into one of the centres of the avant-garde during the post-war years. This program is the story of how a room full of strange devices would become a cabinet of curiosities, the vibrations of which sent the whole...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

The Sound Weavers: Ludovico Einaudi, Hauschka, Joep Beving, Hania Rani 54 min.

This documentary traces the successful phenomenon of this neo-classical music form and investigates its origins. What makes the form so popular? Is the music ingenious or simply comforting? Are they Mozarts 2.0 or rather maestros for the masses? Do they build a bridge to the musical past, allowing our ears to walk comfortably in "familiar territory"? This program portrays some of the most succ...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Swan Lakes 72 min.

Eric Gauthier asked star choreographers to create their very own version of Tchaikovsky‘s popular ballet Swan Lake for the dance company of the Theaterhaus Stuttgart. The result is three short performances that are as diverse as their choreographers.  Hofesh Shechter's Swan Cake brings a bright, but by no means light-hearted note to the program. The former music student has composed a soundtrac...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Discovering Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet 76 min.

In this series, George Marriner Maull, Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra, presents viewers with an in-depth look into Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beloved "Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy." The series explores the piece in three distinct sections and utilizes an on-screen ‘Listening Guide’ paired with musical excerpts. Maestro Maull’s enthusiastic approach examines the music through rhy...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021

Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy: Part 1 21 min.

In this opening program, Maestro Maull welcomes us to Tchaikovsky's masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet" with the introduction section of the piece. He illuminates the different themes that are used to represent the characters of Friar Lawrence, Romeo, Juliet, and the Montagues and Capulets.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2021