Russian dynamo Valery Gergiev — world-famous conductor and tireless promoter of his nation’s rich musical heritage — sits for his GREAT PERFORMANCES portrait. For a man conducting a performance nearly every day of the year, Gergiev remains the calm center of the frenzied world of musicians, singers, administrators, politicians, and managers swirling around him.
Conceived and directed by award-winning animator Suzie Templeton, this modern-day “Peter & the Wolf” uses stop-frame model animation, puppets, and digital photography to retell the classic story, and features the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s beloved score.
Taylor’s greatest hits, interspersed with personal anecdotes and never-before-seen home movies and photographs from Taylor’s personal archives
The historic concert in North Korea’s capital city Pyongyang with Music Director Lorin Maazel leading the orchestra in Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of “Lohengrin,” Dvorák’s “Symphony No. 9″ (”From the New World”), and Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli grew up in Lajatico, a rural village in Tuscany, where his family still farms nearby. On the slopes of this ancient hill town, a special theater was constructed for a one-night-only concert of his greatest popular hits along with new songs
In the summer of 2004, a spectacular gathering of musicians from across the guitar world performed together at Eric Clapton’s three-day Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. Great Performances presents highlights from the unprecedented event featuring a once-in-a-lifetime showcase of guitar luminaries performing rock anthems, blues classics, and bluegrass hits.
George Harrison’s closest friends gathered to perform a collection of his music for a live audience, a year after his death.
In 2001, Great Performances captured Josh Groban in peak performance, showcasing the spectacular voice that has the power of an operatic tenor.