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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 18:06 UK time, Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Hello again, 
More music television treats, including a second week of Tony Palmer documentaries as his Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs on Gorecki follows Leonard Cohen film Bird On A Wire.

Those looking forward to Sunday night's celebration of the film Cabaret with Alan Cumming should also check out Joel Grey's guest post on this blog last Friday.


Thursday 25 November - BBC Four
2200 - 2255: The Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs - Gorecki
A timely showing of the landmark and multi-award winning film by Tony Palmer celebrating the Polish composer Gorecki, who died recently. Palmer's film 'The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs' with soprano Dawn Upshaw and the London Sinfonietta conducted by David Zinman, captured imaginations with its overwhelming power and harrowingly simple lyrics.


Friday 26 November - BBC Four
1930 - 2030: Opera Italia - part II
The second episode focuses on Verdi, whose operas are central to Pappano's conducting repertoire and the backbone of the international opera scene. It shows how Verdi's music was influenced by composers such as Bellini and particularly Donizetti, whose gothic masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor is explored with the help of soprano Diana Damrau.

2030 - 2100: The Highland Sessions
Six-part series celebrating the historical and contemporary links between Scottish and Irish Gaelic song by bringing together top exponents of both traditions to sing and play together with no audience except themselves, using a house band of their peers. This edition features Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Seosaimhin ni Beagley, Eamonn O'Donnachadh, Niall Vallely, Capercaillie's Karen Matheson and Donnie Murdo MacLeod.

2100 - 2150: The Man Who Recorded America - Jac Holzman's Elektra Records
In the 1960s, a small indie label would conquer American music. With artists like The Doors, Love, Tim Buckley, The Incredible String Band and The Stooges, Elektra Records was consistently on the cutting edge, having built its name initially with folk revival artists like Judy Collins and Tom Paxton, signed out of Greenwich Village. Elektra was run by suave visionary Jac Holzman and this is his story. Featuring contributions from Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Judy Collins and choice BBC archive.

Judy Collins


2150 - 2220: In Person Tonight - Judy Collins
1966 concert by American folk singer Judy Collins, featuring Turn Turn Turn, Hey Nelly Nelly and My Rambling Boy.

2220 - 2325: Folk America - Blowin In The Wind
Three-part documentary series on American folk music, tracing its history from the recording boom of the 1920s to the folk revival of the 1960s. In the 1960s a new generation, spearheaded by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, took folk to the top of the charts and made it the voice of youthful protest. Whilst the northern folk revivalists helped bring civil rights to the south, the Newport Folk Festival brought the old music of the south to the college kids in the north. However, when Dylan turned up at Newport in 1965 with an electric guitar things would never be the same again.

2325 - 2405: The Doors - No One Here Gets Out Alive

Documentary profile of singer Jim Morrison, who with his band the Doors made a great impression on the rock music scene of the late 1960s. With comments from other members of the group and footage of film and TV appearances.

2405 - 2505: Motor City's Burnin' - Detroit From Motown to the Stooges
Documentary looking at how Detroit became home to a musical revolution that captured the sound of a nation in upheaval. In the early 60s, Motown transcended Detroit's inner city to take black music to a white audience, whilst in the late 60s suburban kids like the MC5 and the Stooges descended into the black inner city to create revolutionary rock expressing the rage of young white America.

2505 - 2535: In Person Tonight - Tom Paxton
Concert from 1966 by the American folk singer Tom Paxton, featuring Last Thing on My Mind, I Believe, I Do and Detroit Auto Safety Massacre Blues.

Alan Cummings and Liza Minnelli


Sunday 28 November - BBC Four
2100 - 2200: The Real Cabaret
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2300
Actor Alan Cumming pays tribute to the magic of the original film version of Cabaret and explores the fascinating and often shocking reality of the people and stories that inspired it.

Tuesday 30 November - BBC Four

1930 - 2000: Jazz 625
Slim Gaillard introduces the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet in a restored and re-edited 1964 programme, featuring Paul Desmond on saxophone, Gene Wright on bass, Joe Morello on drums and Brubeck on piano. Songs include Take 5, the first jazz record to sell over one million copies.


Next week; Dave Brubeck and Quincy Jones
Take care of yourselves


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