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Following Fryderyk Chopin

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Following Fryderyk Chopin

Australia's SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra follows in the great Polish composer's footsteps: from Warsaw to Kraków, Prague to Vienna and Paris, 200 years after Chopin’s birth.

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Elena Kats-Chernin’s Wild Swans Suite

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Elena Kats-Chernin’s Wild Swans Suite

SBS Youth Orchestra gives the concert première of the “Wild Swans Suite” by Uzbek-born Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.  It features footage of Uzbekistan’s astonishing Silk Road architecture from Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.

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A Russian Resurrection

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A Russian Resurrection

A musical journey through wintry landscapes to three places in Russia: remote and mysterious Valaam, sacred Zagorsk and a resurrected cathedral in Moscow. All of them now central to the revival of Faith within the former Soviet Union.

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Three Tales of Two Cities

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Three Tales of Two Cities

Austria has made a disproportionate contribution to the pantheon of classical composers.  With the help of three musical locals - two of them Australian expatriates - the SBS radio & Television Youth Orchestra explores the musical heritage of Vienna and Salzburg.

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Hungarian Rhapsodies

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Hungarian Rhapsodies

The SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra plays music of and about Hungary, exploring its connections with Romany culture.  Features young Australian violinist Claudia Zorbas who, at age 11, was the youngest student ever to be accepted into Budapest’s renowned Franz Liszt Academy.

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Inside Overture 1812

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Inside Overture 1812

Explores the events and places behind Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, with music performed by the SBS Youth Orchestra.  

The composer always thought the music too loud and showy to be of any merit, but audiences have begged to differ ever since its premiere...

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A Czech Winter’s Journey

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A Czech Winter’s Journey

Following the Moldau River into the heart of Bohemia, the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra take us on a journey through Czech culture and landscape.  Features music by Smetana & Dvorak.

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From Mozart to Morrison

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From Mozart to Morrison

Recorded live at the Sydney Town Hall, James Morrison and the SBS Youth Orchestra pay tribute to the 250th birthday of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [on 27 January 2006].   Jazz virtuoso James Morrison adapts some well-known Mozart repertoire, as well as some common garden implements to perform the Mozart 4th Horn Concerto.

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Tchaikovsky in Italy

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Tchaikovsky in Italy

Through Tchaikovsky's sometimes intimate correspondence with patroness Nadezhda von Meck, this programme takes us on a musical journey of Italy through the eyes and ears of this great but deeply troubled composer. For Tchaikovsky, Italy was both a source of inspiration and a refuge from a tumultuous existence in his native Russia.

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Peter Sculthorpe’s “Sydney Singing”

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Peter Sculthorpe’s “Sydney Singing”

"The magical photography by Adam Sebire of Sydney’s visual icons is matched by thematic, orchestral, and solo sounds which do not attempt to paint the visuals in sound...  Sebire’s inspired filming of Sydney, both present and historical, provides a visual singing of Sydney.  Especially magical were the scenes of 18th and 19th century paintings superimposed on the Opera House and Circular Quay locations." 

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Le Violoncelle

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Le Violoncelle

35mm film with Dolby SR audio, 4'00".

We track in and then around what appears to be Man Ray’s classic surrealist image featuring his muse Kiki. Beautiful shapes and silhouettes - including an ancient Greek gymnopédiste - dance serenely in the background. For just a moment before metamorphosis, our violoncelle comes to life to sing us a poem set to Satie’s haunting Gymnopédie No.1. “ Le Violoncelle” is a single-shot micro-voyage into the creative milieux of Man Ray, Erik Satie & Kiki de Montparnasse, and from the beginnings of photographic manipulation to the present era of digital duplicity.

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Themes, Variations & Fusions: The Music of Spain

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Themes, Variations & Fusions: The Music of Spain

From fandangos to habañeras, from Falla's "Love, the Magician" to Sarasate's "Gyspy Airs", Spanish Music has always had deep multicultural roots. Despite attempts to stereotype it or to pin it down - by composers both Spanish and foreign - ultimately it's the diversity of past and present influences that make it so unique and recognisable. A journey through Spain, her history and music with the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra.

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Harmonies of the Hemispheres

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Harmonies of the Hemispheres

When 650 young performers from a dozen countries combine for a renowned international festival, the only common language is that of music. The Japan International Youth Musicale, held every three years in Shizuoka, Japan, is gaining a reputation for bringing the most varied and exciting talent from all parts of the world.

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Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms

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Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms

Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms were written in the middle of the '60s. Blending his trademark street rhythms with a setting of Hebrew psalms from the Old Testament, Bernstein's decidedly ecumenical "Chichester Psalms" are performed here by the combined choirs of Sydney Grammar and Ascham Schools, Sydney, with the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra and treble Antony Freeman. Christopher Shepard conducts and also takes us on a short tour of Bernstein's secular and religious influences.

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The Russian Enigma

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The Russian Enigma

Filmed in and around Moscow and St Petersburg, this documentary sees the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra's first venture into the land of so many renowned musicians. For conductor, Matthew Krel, it is also a return to his native land after 22 years. The program includes interviews with Russian musicians, teachers, academics, critics and students.

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