Featuring Josh Groban, Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell, Great Performances partners with the New York Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert for a concert of memorable movie themes with music from Amarcord, La Dolce Vita, Cinema Paradiso, Il Postino, and more.
When he was 24, Bryan Adams co-wrote “It’s Only Love” with Jim Vallance as a duet with Tina Turner on his album Reckless (1984). The duet was nominated for a Grammy Award and in 1986 won an MTV award for Best Stage Performance. Here is an excerpt from his concert, performing the song with his […]
Mark Morris’s signature work L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato comes to television for the first time, hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov. The performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain. Merriment and Milton are hardly synonymous, but the poet who penned Paradise Lost also inspired George Frideric Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso […]
Bryan Adams in Concert includes the Canadian singer-songwriter performing “God Only Knows,” which he recorded for Tracks of My Tears (2014), his album of covers. The Beach Boys released “God Only Knows” on their album Pet Sounds (1966). Watch the full concert on PBS stations in March (check local listings).
The music of 13 Italian films spanning the 1960s to 1980s is performed by the New York Philharmonic in La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema. Five films are by Federico Fellini, one is a shock-value exploitation film (Mondo cane), and several won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film. To refresh your memory […]
Bryan Adams’ Journey into Photography In the nineties Bryan Adams became curious about making photographic self-portraits for his album covers, and so chose to pick up the camera himself. That serendipitous decision was the beginning of a successful photographic career, parallel to Adams’ impressive achievements as a singer, songwriter and producer. Bryan Adams Exposed (Steidl, […]
“Se” by Andrea and Ennio Morricone, from the film Cinema Paradiso (1998), is performed by singers Josh Groban and Renée Fleming, violinist Joshua Bell, with conductor Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema airs on Great Performances Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9 p.m. (Check local listings.)
Aleksandrs Antonenko sings Don José’s aria from Act II of Bizet’s Carmen. Don José sings to Carmen, “The flower that you had thrown me, I kept with me in prison. Withered and dry, the flower still kept its sweet smell.” Great Performances at the Met: Carmen (2015) airs Sunday, February 22 at noon on PBS […]
The internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter shares an evening of his rock classics in Bryan Adams in Concert, coming to Great Performances in March on PBS. Among the hit songs in the special are “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” “Summer of ‘69,” and “All for Love.” With his distinctive vocals, Canadian born singer-songwriter Bryan Adams has […]
Anita Rachvelishvili sings Carmen’s “Habanera” from Act I of Bizet’s Carmen, in a Richard Eyre production conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado at the Metropolitan Opera. “Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame…” starts off the aria. The melody is so famous and familiar that even Sesame Street once made a stop-motion animation film, Operatic Orange, featuring […]