For his first opera production, Dario Fo, the theatre director known for his brilliant wit, chose to stage Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia sung in Italian for the Netherlands Opera. First mounted in 1987, it was a huge success and a live recording of its revival in May 1992, the 200th anniversary of Rossini's birth, has been made. Fo has said that Rossini is the musician of eating and love. He composes music rich in herbs and aromas, in which you find olives, tomatoes, fish, grapes, roses and rosemary, sheets and tablecloths, dry wine and the laughter of girls. His Barber is a joyful carnival. During the overture he fills the stage with carnival revelers and immediately the commedia dell' arte origins of opera buffa are restored. Visual theatrics abound, never at the expense of the music, but highlighting it, engaging the eye as well as the ear. Fo addresses the heart more than the intellect and Rossini's comedy comes up dazzling and vital.
Lee Hazlewood's album “Cowboy in Sweden” presented as a series of dreams. The movie alternates between absurdist skits and songs, given totally incongruous visual settings.
A man sings about his baldhead.
Rock musical retelling of the legend of the Trojan Horse.
Performing live at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on December 17, 1992, their performance was recorded for the MTV Unplugged television series.
In the 1960s and 1970s, German television showcased some of the top musical acts from around the world on the program "MusikLaden" (Beat Club). Featured are one of those acts -- the rock group America -- in a full-length concert recorded in 1975. The band plays some of its most popular hits here, including "Horse with No Name," "Ventura Highway," "I Need You," "Lonely People," "Don't Cross the River," "Tin Man" and "Rainbow Song."
Composer Mathias Ruegg collaborates with director Ernst Grandits on a commissioned short film to ccommemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Mozart.
Composer Judith Weir collaborates with director Margaret Williams on a commissioned short film to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Mozart.
Original music by David Van Tieghan punctuates the breathtaking movement of the dancers as they draw us into the dialogue that can only be described as La La La Human Sex. Bernar Hebert has directed this beautifully crafted document.
Punk rockers Menace exploded like a heat-seeking missile out of the London scene in the summer of '77. Tons of recordings and many tours ensued while the band split and reformed time and again. But they're still going strong, regularly playing to a devoted fan base around the world. This vdieo features a full show from the 1998 "Holidays in the Sun" punk festival and includes selected tracks from gigs the band has played in Europe and the USA.
Opera royalty Luciano Pavarotti brings dignity and power to the title role in this 1982 production. During a squall at sea, Idomeneo -- the king of Crete -- swears to Neptune that if the monarch survives, he'll sacrifice the first person he encounters onshore. Tragically, that person ends up being his son, Idamante (Frederica Von Stade). Maestro James Levine masterfully conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. A musical production that was designed for the "Live From the Met" series, this program was produced by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.
Huey Lewis and the News was the can-do band of the 1980s, racking up a string of feel-good tunes for the masses. This 1984 performance from the German music show "Rockpalast" features some of the band's greatest hits, including "Heart of Rock 'n' Roll," "If This Is It," "Workin' For a Livin,'" "Bad Is Bad" and "Do You Believe in Love?" Lewis also rocks out on an extended harmonica solo, proving his talent extends far beyond his powerful pipes.
Singer John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes and guitarist Pat Thrall were all veterans of hugely successful bands when they pooled their talents to form Asia, the seminal rock 'n' roll supergroup from the 1980s and '90s. This memorable live concert was recorded in Moscow's Red Square in 1990, capturing the band at their best. Highlights include hits such as "Only Time Will Tell," "Sole Survivor" and "Heat of the Moment."
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