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First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

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New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa looks back at her life in song through 40 years of performances from the archives, including rugby anthem World in Union on Top of the Pops. 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 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

Marking the centenary of his birth, this film re-examines the life of controversial conductor Georg Solti using archive footage and interviews with classical music's biggest names. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Charles Hazlewood celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn with three performances from the BBC Proms of some of his best loved music. Show more

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Executive Producer:
Peter Maniura

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Film following leading opera director Graham Vick through six months of intensive rehearsals for two radically different productions of operas by Giuseppe Verdi. Show more

Chamber Music at the BBC

Episode 1: Yehudi Menuhin at the BBC

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Performances by the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, including his appearance with Stephane Grappelli on Parkinson and his performance of Cesar Franck's Sonata in A for Violin and Piano. Show more

Chamber Music at the BBC

Episode 2: Paul Tortelier at the BBC

Duration: 1 hour

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

Performances by French cellist Paul Tortelier, including Elgar's Cello Concerto and extracts from his TV appearances in the 60s and 70s which made him a household name. Show more

Chamber Music at the BBC

Episode 3: Julian Bream at the BBC

Duration: 1 hour

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

Performances by British classical guitarist Julian Bream, including Malcolm Arnold's Guitar Concerto, duets with John Williams, hot jazz, classical transcriptions and lute music. Show more

The Birth of British Music

Episode 2: Handel - The Conquering Hero

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Charles Hazlewood explores the lives and music of great composers. Here he looks at Handel, who has had a profound influence on our cultural heritage. Show more

The Birth of British Music

Episode 1: Purcell - The Londoner

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Charles Hazlewood explores the lives of great composers. Seminal figure Henry Purcell is celebrated, from his tavern songs to sacred music and stage works. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Tom Service presents 40 years of great BBC archive featuring the French composer, conductor and musical icon Pierre Boulez, who died on 5th January 2016 at the age of 90. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Service
Executive Producer:
Mark Cooper

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

From Blue Peter in the 80s to jiving on Strictly Come Dancing, a celebration and a history of the ballet dancer who grew up in public and conquered television on the way. Show more

Contributors

Performer:
Darcey Bussell
Executive Producer:
Mark Cooper

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Simon Russell Beale visits Italy, Britain, Germany and Austria to see how the sound of Christmas has evolved in response to changing ideas about the Nativity. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 2

Episode 1: Brahms and Bruckner

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Russell Beale travels to Germany and Austria to explore the work of Brahms and Bruckner. He discovers how Bruckner approached music as a devout Catholic. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 2

Episode 4: Searching Out the Sacred

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Russell Beale returns to the UK to explore how three different approaches to Christian music have captured the spiritual imagination of the nation. Show more

Sacred Music

Series 1

Episode 1: The Gothic Revolution

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. He begins at Notre Dame in Paris, where he finds the key to the development of polyphony. Show more