Arts Channel

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 21 September, 8:00pm

Gidon Kremer is, and has always been, one of the most headstrong and original artists in the music business and he was once hailed by Herbert von Karajan as the world’s best violinist. He celebrated his 60th birthday in 2007 and he has always kept himself young musically with his spontaneity and a readiness to take risks. In his artistic development over the past 25 years, Kremer often found himself functioning as a crossover figure as he discovered fresh routes through well-trodden paths in music. It was in this spirit, that his fine young ensemble Kremerata Baltica, which he founded by bringing together young musicians from the Baltic states, presents music by Mahler, Shostakovish, Sibelius, Sallinen, Piazzola, Rota and a cycle called “Sempre Primavera” compiled by himself.

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 22 September, 8:00pm

Lucrezia Borgia, infamous noblewoman of the Renaissance, has outlived three husbands and is now married to Don Alfonso, Duke of Ferrara. After the Borgia’s palace is defaced by vandals, Lucrezia demands the desecrator’s death to avenge the insult. When the noble young soldier Gennaro is arrested for the crime, Lucrezia’s thirst for vengeance and murder sets in motion a tragic chain of events that eventually destroys her enemies – and herself. “Lucrezia Borgia is a lyrical masterly example of Donizetti’s art that delights the ear endlessly…Sutherland made the low key arias breathtaking vehicles for the most ravishing singing one is likely to hear on any opera stage in the world.” The Financial Review
Featuring: Joan Sutherland, Margreta Elkins, Ron Stevens, The Australian Opera Chorus, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Director: George Ogilvie
Produced For Television In Association With The ABC, 1977 (Totally Restored And Remastered Version)

ARTS CHANNEL – Tuesday 23 September, 9:00pm

Rose Trollope was Anthony Trollope’s devoted wife. Kate Field was a pretty 22-year-old with whom Trollope became infatuated. The two women couldn’t have been more different, yet they neatly personify the public and private life of the great author. This drama-documentary tells the stories the two women at the heart of Trollope’s life, and considers the profound effect that Kate Field had on his writing.

ARTS CHANNEL – Friday 26 September, 9:00pm

An intimate portrait of the life and work of Australia’s greatest abstract painter Ian Fairweather. When Ian died alone in Queensland in 1974 Australia not only lost a great artist but one of our greatest eccentrics. The reclusive, tortured and driven man left behind a great legacy, a great body of work and paintings that command huge prices at auction and hang in galleries around the world.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 7 September, 8.00pm

We live in the “renaissance of the piano”, as the New York Times put it in summer. A new generation has made the piano popular again: pianists with a passion for virtuosity and a willingness to expand their repertoire. In addition to the usual classics they perform formerly scorned works or they discover neglected composers. LEGATO is a series dedicated to presenting some of this new movement’s most fascinating pianists – their individual approaches, their fresh ideas and their music. The Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen was born in 1963. He made his debut at 17 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonics and has, since then, performed with the major orchestras worldwide. Thanks to an insatiable musical appetite and a stupendous technique he has acquired a vast repertoire, ranging from Bach to Ligeti and devotes a great deal of attention to the recital repertoire.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 7 September, 8.00pm

We live in the “renaissance of the piano”, as the New York Times put it in summer. A new generation has made the piano popular again: pianists with a passion for virtuosity and a willingness to expand their repertoire. In addition to the usual classics they perform formerly scorned works or they discover neglected composers. LEGATO is a series dedicated to presenting some of this new movement’s most fascinating pianists – their individual approaches, their fresh ideas and their music. The Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen was born in 1963. He made his debut at 17 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonics and has, since then, performed with the major orchestras worldwide. Thanks to an insatiable musical appetite and a stupendous technique he has acquired a vast repertoire, ranging from Bach to Ligeti and devotes a great deal of attention to the recital repertoire.

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 7 September, 9.00pm

The Concert includes works by Jean-Philippe Rameau (Gavotte, Menuet), Frédéric Chopin (Ballade No.4), Kaija Saariaho (Prelude, Ballade), Isaac Albéniz (“Iberia” Book 2: Rodina, Triana), Ferruccio Busoni (Two Elegias from K 249 & K 252), Francois Couperin (“Pièces de Clavecin”: Les Barricades mistérieuses, Les Folies françaises, ou les Dominos) and J.S. Bach (Toccata K. 287: Prelude, Fantasia, Ciaccona).

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 8 September, 8.00pm

This new production from Francesca Zambello has a real feeling of Spain about it. The colours and textures of the set make you feel like you’re there. It’s stellar cast includes Anna Caterina Antonacci , Jonas Kaufmann and Ildebrando d’Arcangelo. The Royal Opera House Orchestra is conducted by Antonio Pappano. A BBC / Royal Opera House co-production in association with Opus Arte Music Georges Bizet Libretto by Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halevy after Prosper Merimee’s novel
Director Francesca Zambello
Designs Tanya McCallin
Lighting Paule Constable
Choreography Arthur Pita
The Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Director Renato Balsadonna
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Carmen Anna Caterina Antonacci
Don Jose Jonas Kaufmann
Escamillo Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
Micaela Norah Amsellem
Directed for BBC Television by Jonathan Haswell

ARTS CHANNEL – Sunday 31 August, 9.00pm

The world of Irish tenor Ronan Tynan is extensively explored in THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM. This is a wonderful journey through Tynan’s repertoire with backing provided by The London Community Gospel Choir and the RTE Concert Orchestra, a plethora of incredible sounds explode into life, making this a very special testament to his talents.

ARTS CHANNEL – Monday 1 September, 8.00pm

This production was the hit of early 2007. The new Laurent Pelly production of the comedy set in the Alps stars the glorious Natalie Dessay & the tenor Juan Diego Florez – the King of the High Ds – with cameo role by comedian Dawn French.
A BBC / Royal Opera House co-production in association with Opus Arte
Music Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges & Jean-Francois-Alfred Bayard
Director Laurent Pelly
Designs Chantel Thomas
Lighting Joel Adam
Choreographer Laura Scozzi
The Royal Opera Chorus
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor Bruno Campanella
Hortensius: Donald Maxwell
Marquise de Berkenfield: Felicity Palmer
Sulpice: Alessandro
Corbelli Marie: Natalie Dessay
Tonio: Juan Diego Florez
Duchess de Crakentorp: Dawn French
Sung in French