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Sacred Music

Series 1

Episode 2: Palestrina and the Popes

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Russell Beale explores Western sacred music. He uncovers links between the papal intrigues of Renaissance Rome and the work of composer Palestrina. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 11 months

Simon Russell Beale tells the story behind Allegri's Miserere, one of the most popular pieces of sacred music ever written. Features a full performance by the Sixteen. Show more

Concerto at the BBC Proms

Episode 2: Mozart Clarinet

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Another chance to hear a live performance from the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, with English soloist Julian Bliss. Show more

Symphony

Episode 3: New Nations and New Worlds

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Russell Beale discovers how nationalist voices such as Tchaikovsky and Dvorak brought the symphony to wider audiences in the late 19th century. Show more

Symphony

Episode 4: Revolution and Rebirth

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Simon Russell Beale investigates the symphonic world of the Soviet Union composer Shostakovich, and how Ives and Copland were creating a new American sound. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Katie Derham introduces a retelling of the Nativity through the music of John Rutter. Conducted by Rutter himself at Dorchester Abbey, with readings by Simon Russell Beale. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa explores the physical and artistic demands of being an international soprano, and explains the qualities that separate the great from the merely good. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Tom Service presents a tribute to British composer Sir John Tavener, whose music reflects the life of a man who saw music as a form of prayer. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 2

Episode 2: Faure and Poulenc

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Simon Russell Beale travels through France to explore the story behind Faure's Requiem and discovers how it laid the foundations for a distinctively French style. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 3 months

A dazzling music tribute to the Man with the Golden Flute, Sir James Galway. Features archive performances across 40 years of television including The Chieftains, Cleo Laine and Sir James himself. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Mark Cooper

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 4 months

Performances by celebrated pianists including Benno Moiseiwitsch, Solomon, Myra Hess, Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida and Stephen Hough. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Mark Cooper

Duration: 53 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 2 months

Nicola Benedetti introduces performances by celebrated violinists including Nathan Milstein, Mischa Elman, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman and Nigel Kennedy. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Mark Cooper

BBC Proms

2019

Rachmaninov and Shostakovich

Duration: 1 hour, 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by John Storgårds, performs Rachmaninov's The Isle of the Dead, Shostakovich’s Symphony No 11 and the world premiere of Outi Tarkiainen’s Midnight Sun Variations. Show more

BBC Proms

2019

Schumann, Schoenberg and Mozart

Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Suzy Klein introduces the BBC Philharmonic and Omer Meir Wellber in a performance of works by Ben-Haim, Schumann, Schoenberg and, with Yeol Eum Son, Mozart's Piano Concerto No 15 in B flat, K450. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Suzy Klein
Musician:
Yeol Eum Son
Producer:
Cat Dixon

BBC Proms

2019

Happy Birthday Henry Wood!

Duration: 1 hour, 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A 150th anniversary tribute to Sir Henry Wood, founder-conductor of the Proms, featuring many of the works he both premiered and arranged across nearly 50 years of the festival. Show more

Contributors

BBC Proms

2018

English Elegy

Duration: 2 hours

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Petroc Trelawny presents a Prom featuring Hubert Parry's Symphony No 5, Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending and Pastoral Symphony, and Gustav Holst's Ode to Death. Show more

BBC Proms

2018

Schumann and Boulanger

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Schumann and Mendelssohn share the night's bill with Lili Boulanger and Morfydd Owen. With performances from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and pianist Bertrand Chamayou. Show more

BBC Proms

2013

Last Night of the Proms - Part 2

Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, the grand finale to the 2013 Proms, with soloists Nigel Kennedy and Joyce DiDonato and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Marin Alsop. Show more

BBC Proms

2013

Last Night of the Proms - Part 1

Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Live from the Royal Albert Hall Katie Derham introduces the final concert of the 2013 Proms season. Conductor Marin Alsop takes charge of her first Last Night. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Katie Derham
Executive Producer:
Helen Mansfield