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1. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )


Live performances of operas from New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Stars: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Renée Fleming

Votes: 101

************************** 140 episodes

2. Behind the Music (1997–2014)

Documentary, Biography, Music

Musical artists, their careers, their highs, their lows and everything in between are profiled and interviewed.

Stars: Jim Forbes, David Wild, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons

Votes: 1,260

******************** 225 episodes

3. Unplugged (1989– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Major pop music stars play their songs with only acoustic instruments.

Stars: 10,000 Maniacs, Perry Montague-Mason, Julieta Venegas, Natalie Merchant

Votes: 420

******************** 133 episodes

4. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 713

******************** 211 episodes

5. Arena (1975– )


Wide-ranging arts program.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, Jonathan Miller, John Walters

Votes: 158

******************** 227 episodes

6. Austin City Limits (1975– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Established singer-songwriters and acclaimed newcomers perform country, blues, rock, folk, bluegrass, and related styles of music from Studio 6A of public television station KLRU (formerly KLRN) at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stars: Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Patty Griffin

Votes: 218

******************** 346 episodes

7. Rockpalast (1974– )


Live broadcasts of rock/pop artists, sometimes direct transmission for entire late nights into the morning. Feattured artists in 1970s and early 1980s included Peter Gabriel, Mother's ... See full summary »

Stars: R.E.M., Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub

Votes: 42

******************** 76 episodes

8. Great Performances (1971– )


"You Can't Take It With You" is hailed one of the greatest revivals and filmed plays for PBS television. David Woods brought stunning charm, humor, and time to this Moss Hart masterpiece. ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming

Votes: 536

******************** 379 episodes

9. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, Music

Arts documentary series with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, David Collings, Michael Hordern, Stephen Fry

Votes: 148

******************** 751 episodes

10. Songs of Praise (1961– )

35 min | Music

Long-running religious programme broadcasting church services and in particular the singing of Christian hymns from a different place of worship each week. Also featuring interviews and news segments of interest to the Christian community.

Stars: Aled Jones, Pam Rhodes, Katherine Jenkins, Kate Bottley

Votes: 88

******************** 738 episodes

12. The Art of Listening (2016)


The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener's ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist's voice.

Directors: Michael Coleman, Emmanuel Moran | Stars: John Luther Adams, Peter Alyea, Beacon, Jason Bentley

Votes: 355

13. Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

A look at the cinematic art of the film musical score, and the artists who create them.

Director: Matt Schrader | Stars: Marco Beltrami, Jon Burlingame, Leonard Maltin, Bill Field

Votes: 3,538 | Gross: $0.10M

14. Howard Goodall's Story of Music (2013– )

Documentary, History, Music

Master musician Howard Goodall, puts his knowledge into power in various moving and inspirational episodes dealing from the beginning time, the birth of music. From cavemen to Lady Gaga, he... See full summary »

Stars: Howard Goodall, Daisy Fancourt, Nicola Benedetti, Emmanuelle Fleurot

Votes: 67


16. Music Room (2010– )


The world's leading classical musicians in performance and conversation.

Stars: Howard Goodall, Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti, Natalie Clein

17. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Musical Minds (2009)

TV-PG | Documentary

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Director: Louise Lockwood | Star: Alan Yentob

Votes: 22

18. The Music Instinct: Science and Song (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 115 min | Documentary

The power of music: The Music Instinct: Science and Song provides a ground-breaking exploration into how and why the human organism--and the whole ebb and flow of the cosmos--is moved by ... See full summary »

Director: Elena Mannes | Star: Audra McDonald

Votes: 32

21. Sacred Music (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

Documentary series in which actor and former chorister Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music.

Stars: Simon Russell Beale, Harry Christophers, The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan

Votes: 25


24. Big Bangs (2000– )

300 min | Documentary, Music

Documentary tracing five major turning-points in musical history.

Star: Howard Goodall

Votes: 46


25. Choir Works (1998 TV Short)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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Director: Tony Palmer | Star: Howard Goodall

Votes: 9

26. Organ Works (1996– )

24 min | Documentary, Music

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Star: Howard Goodall

Votes: 22

27. The Music of Man (1979– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Yehudi Menuhin explores the development of music around the world from its beginnings at the dawn of history up to the present day.

Stars: Yehudi Menuhin, Aaron Copland, Glenn Gould, Arturo Toscanini

Votes: 21

28. The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard (1976– )

793 min | Music

Leonard Bernstein's Harvard University lectures on the future of music, originally delivered in 1973, but not broadcast until 1976.

Stars: Leonard Bernstein, René Kollo, Tom Krause, Tatiana Troyanos

Votes: 44


29. New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts (1958–1972)
Episode: What Does Music Mean? (1958)

55 min | Music

Some passages tell stories; excerpts from Ravel, Rossini, Richard Strauss, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Webern.

Director: Charles S. Dubin | Stars: Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic

Votes: 21

31. Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty (2017)

130 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Known for his mournful "Adagio for Strings," Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. "Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty" is a probing exploration of the American composer's music and melancholia.

Director: H. Paul Moon | Stars: Marin Alsop, Pierre Brévignon, John Corigliano, Thomas Hampson

32. In Search of Chopin (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary

In a quest to discover new insights into Fryderyk Chopin, the man and his musical genius, Grabsky traveled the globe over four years recording performances by world-class musicians and interviewing respected historians and musicologists.

Director: Phil Grabsky | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, David Dawson, Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim

Votes: 54

33. In Search of Haydn (2012)

102 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

In this eagerly-awaited documentary, Phil Grabsky's biographical account of Haydn's life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breath-taking performances by some of the world's most celebrated musicians.

Director: Phil Grabsky | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Emanuel Ax, Alison Balsom, Rémy Baudet

Votes: 40

34. In Search of Beethoven (2009)

Not Rated | 139 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances.

Director: Phil Grabsky | Stars: Emanuel Ax, Jonathan Biss, Riccardo Chailly, Alban Gerhardt

Votes: 335

35. In Search of Mozart (2006)

Not Rated | 129 min | Documentary, Music

67 Metascore

The life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Director: Phil Grabsky | Stars: Frank Adams-Brown, Debbie Arnold, Sean Barrett, John Davies

Votes: 279

36. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Music

Ken Russell revisits the life of Elgar, with musical background provided by the composer's works.

Director: Ken Russell

Votes: 39

38. Verdi (1982– )

Not Rated | 70 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Giuseppe Verdi was born in 1813 and lived until 1901, his life spanning nearly a century of political turmoil and considerable personal turmoil. This 1982 biographical television miniseries... See full summary »

Stars: Ronald Pickup, Carla Fracci, Giampiero Albertini, Omero Antonutti

Votes: 233

39. The Secret of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (2016 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary

Ian Hislop and John Eliot Gardiner reveal the story behind Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Described as the 'greatest 'great' piece ever written,' its opening notes are among the most ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Evans | Stars: John Eliot Gardiner, Ian Hislop

Votes: 20

40. Vivaldi's Four Seasons Animated (2015)

50 min | Animation, Music

Four animated segments (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) combined with Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" music, float beautifully in this full length movie for all generations.

Directors: Michael Jenker, Sasa Tomic | Stars: Hrvoje Klecz, Sanja Graz, Lovro Preprotnik, Maya Sarin

Votes: 9

41. Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Spring and Summer (2013)

Not Rated | 55 min

Learn the difference between listening and hearing as you are led through an interactive, entertaining concert of the Spring and Summer parts of Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons performed... See full summary »

43. Hallelujah! The Story of Handel's Messiah (2009 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Howard Goodall celebrates Handel's "Messiah" and looks at its origins and modern arrangements with help from the Exmoor Singers, Twyford School Choir and soloists James Jarvis and Joanne Lunn.

Stars: Bridget Cunningham, The Exmoor Singers of London, Howard Goodall, Aled Jones

44. Sibelius - Finlandia (2006 Video)

56 min | Music

Finland is a country of contrasts. The enthralling white nights of summer, the mystery of the darkness of the winter months and differences in temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius, are ... See full summary »

Director: Jari Anttonen

Votes: 7