Great Performances - Season 21

PBS Premiered Nov 04, 1972 In Season




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AIRED ON 11/16/2018

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Episode Guide

  • Lean by Jarre
    Lean by Jarre
    Episode 17
    French composer and conductor Maurice Jarre combines music by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with the films of David Lean in a memorial concert dedicated to his friend David Lean. The two worked together in many films, beginning with the great Lawrence of Arabia.
  • In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway
    A look at Tony Kushner's Tony-winning play, Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches. Includes scenes from the play and discussion of the issues it broaches.
  • The Real McTeague: A Synthesis of Forms
    Director Robert Altman tells the story of The Real McTeague, combining passages of Frank Norris's novel, McTeague, read by Studs Turkel, scenes from the 1924 film, Greed, based on the novel, and the 1992 opera based on the same story.
  • Oedipus Rex
    Oedipus Rex
    Episode 13
    Igor Stravinsky's oratorio Oedipus Rex is performed. Jessye Norman stars, and Julie Taymor directs the production.
  • Nureyev
    Episode 13
    This 1991 documentary proviles Rudolf Nureyev includes performance footage and interviews with Nureyev and others.
  • John Barry's Moviola
    The music of oscar-winning composer John Barry is featured. Portions of some of his movie scores are performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Includes interviews with Barry and others.
  • Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall
    A host of Broadway stars turn out to celebrate the music of Stephen Sondheim. Includes selections from "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park with George" and others.
  • Miles Davis: A Tribute
    The jazz great is remembered with a reairing of a 1986 documentary about his life, called, "Miles Ahead," followed by concert footage of Davis's performance at Montreux, taped just months before his death in 1991.
  • Black and Blue
    Black and Blue
    Episode 9
    The Broadway musical revue, Black and Blue is brought to television, featuring legendary African American singers and dancers recalling the golden age of blues and jazz music. Songs include "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Body and Soul," "St. Louis Blues," "After You've Gone," and "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues."moreless
  • Suddenly Last Summer
    The performance of a revival of Tennessee Williams' play about family secrets.
  • Tosca From Rome
    Tosca From Rome
    Episode 7
    Puccini's opera is performed in Rome, taped in the actual settings and even the actual times of day described in the opera.
  • The Symphony of Rhythm: Solti Conducts Beethoven's Seventh
    The Chicago Symphony performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A under the direction of Georg Solti. Rehearsal footage and comments from Solti are included.
  • The Hard Nut
    The Hard Nut
    Episode 6
    An unorthodox version of "The Nutcracker" by Mark Morris, set in the 1960s. This performance was taped in 1991 at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
  • Jose Carreras, Diana Ross and Placido Domingo: Christmas in Vienna
    Legendary singers Diana Ross, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing the music of Christmas.
  • Placido Domingo: The Concert for Planet Earth
    Placido Domingo and others perform Rio de Janeiro during the 1992 Earth Summit.
  • Guys and Dolls off the Record
    A look at the recording session as the cast of the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls reunites to make the cast album.
  • Common Pursuit
    Common Pursuit
    Episode 3
    A performance of English playwright, Simon Gray's work about a group of Cambridge University intellectuals who publish a literary magazine.
  • Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway
    A behind the scenes look at the Broadway production of Jelly's Last Jam, including a tribute to jazz musician and composer Jelly Roll Morton. Gregory Hines and George C. Wolfe, who wrote the book for Jelly's Last Jam, are interviewed. Includes scenes from the show.