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Sender Freies Berlin

Works: 557 works in 756 publications in 5 languages and 5,811 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Filmed operas  Television mini-series  Operas  Made-for-TV movies  Bible films  History  Historical films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Production personnel, Producer, Performer, Other, Editor, isb
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sender Freies Berlin
Dekalog = The Decalogue by Krzysztof Kieślowski( Visual )

5 editions published in 2003 in Polish and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten, approximately one-hour films made for Polish television that each feature one of the 10 commandments as a thematic construct
Heimat : a chronicle of Germany( Visual )

8 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in German and English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A massive chronicle of life in Germany, from 1919 to 1982, as reflected in the fluctuating fortunes of the members of one family, initially peasant-farmers, in the fictitious village of Schachbach in the Rhineland. An extraordinary succession of mostly ordinary events and characters - history seen from ground level - vividly acted by a huge cast of both professional and nonprofessional actors
The art of conducting : great conductors of the past by Sue Knussen( Visual )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features sixteen of the great conductors of this century in rehearsal and performance. Archival footage complements first-hand recollections of these conductors by some of today's most eminent musicians
Heimat : a chronicle( Visual )

3 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictional chronicle of life in Germany, from 1919 to 1982, as reflected in the fluctuating fortunes of the members of one family, initially farmers and craftsmen in a Rhineland village, later becoming soldiers, Nazi officials, industrialists, and famous artists
Europa-Konzert from Palermo by Pierre Boulez( Visual )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This concert performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Palermo on 1 May 2002 was one of the concerts held annually to commemorate their foundation on 1 May 1882
Dekalog( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in Polish and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in post-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Using the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, the ten hour-long films deftly grapple with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time. Also presented are the longer theatrical versions of the series' fifth and sixth films: A short film about killing and A short film about love
Montezuma : Oper in drei Akten by Karl Heinrich Graun( Visual )

3 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in German and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carl Heinrich Graun (1704-1759) wrote a total of 27 operas for the Berlin court and not least for Frederick II. In 1742 his "Cleopatra e Cesare" was performed at the opening of the "Haus Unter den Linden", and in 1755 he wrote his most impressive work - "Montezuma". The opera tells the tragic story of the last ruler of the Aztecs, who lost his power and ultimately his life to the Spanish conquistadores. The libretto, in French prose, was written by none other than the Emperor of Prussia himself - Frederick II - and translated into Italian verse by his court poet
Preussisches Märchen : Oper by Boris Blacher( Visual )

5 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in German and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the surface it is a comic version of the "Hauptmann von Köpenick" story in which it is not the petty thief Wilhelm Voigt who carries off the prank but a respected member of society, the clerk Wilhelm Fadenkreutz. He is not a factory owner like Diederich Heßling, but definitely has many of the characteristics of the hero of "Der Untertan". Boris Blacher and Heinz von Cramer Cramer quickly realised that such a devastating critique of Germany's past would not be easy to stage, and they toned down the satirical text before presenting it to the intendant of the Städtische Oper, Heinz Tietjen
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg : Oper in drei Aufzügen = opera in three acts by Richard Wagner( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in German and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Mastersingers of Nuremberg is Richard Wagner's most ceremonious opera. It is considered the most festive opera per se ... The Mastersingers is Wagner's only opera in which all figures represent ordinary people without any supernatural skills or fates ... The underlying thematic principle here as in many of Wagner's other operas is a conflict. Stolzing, the 'free' artist, is in opposition to the mastersingers and their 'traditional' art. The political spirit of the times, the great debate between conservatives and progressionists, is poignantly reflected here ... Quite unique amongst all of the operas of Richard Wagner."--Guide
The Huguenots : grand opera in 5 acts = Die Hugenotten : grosse Oper in 5 Akten( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the slaughter of thousands of Huguenots during the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572. Starring Angela Denning, Lucy Peacock, Richard Leech, Hartmut Welker and Camille Capasso
Fela Kuti : double feature : documentary & concert by Fela( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teacher don't teach me no nonsense is a 1984 television documentary examining Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti's life, music, and political views, with selected live performance segments. Berliner Jazztage '78 is a concert film originally broadcast on German and Nigerian television
Othello : Oper in 4 Akten by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

2 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in Italian and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Renata Tebaldi sang "Desdemona" in Verdi's Otello at London's Covent Garden in 1950, it was her first operatic performance outside Italy. It was also the role in which she made her last appearance on the opera stage, at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 1973. Between these two performances she made close to a hundred stage appearances as Desdemona, not to mention two studio recordings with Alberto Erede and Herbert von Karajan. It was Arturo Toscanini who coined for her the moniker "voce d'angelo" (voice of an angel). She made her highly acclaimed debut as "Desdemona" at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 and from that moment on made New York the focus of her life. From there she made regular and extended concert tours all over the world, but opera appearances in Europe -- particularly northern Europe -- were extremely rare. Tebaldi visited Berlin on just two occasions. She gave a rapturously received concert in the Deutschlandhalle in May 1961. On that occasion she promised her fans she would return, and the Berliner Morgenpost even heard it "rumoured" she would appear in her classic role as Desdemona at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which was about to reopen. This Otello production was planned as a media event from the outset, with cameras in attendance even at the preliminary rehearsal stage. Whereas the first performance took place before an invited audience on 30 August 1962 and was given over entirely to a TV recording by Sender Freies Berlin (SFB), the second performance was open to the opera-going public and was broadcast by SFB-Hörfunkprogramm
The four seasons : concertos for violin, strings and basso continuo, op. 8, 1-4 by Antonio Vivaldi( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carimbó : dance music from Pará, Amazonia by Verequete( )

4 editions published in 2002 in Portuguese and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oedipus : Musiktheater by Wolfgang Rihm( Visual )

2 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in German and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As one of the most versatile and best-known contemporary German composers, Wolfgang Rihm has always impressed and shocked with the powerful expressiveness of his music. And his "Oedipus", originally commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1987 has lost nothing of its musical impact over the years
Die Gespenstersonate : Kammeroper by Aribert Reimann( Visual )

2 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in German and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In September 1984, as part of the Berlin Festival Week, the Deutsche Oper Berlin staged the world premiere of German composer Aribert Reimann's opera "Die Gespenstersonate". Based on the drama by the Swedish writer August Strindberg, the chamber opera tells the story of a student, who muses about the inhabitants of a fancy-looking house. His crucial meeting with the Old Man pulls him into a world of intrigues, sickness, depression and murder
Orpheus in der Unterwelt : burleske Oper in drei Akten by Jacques Offenbach( Visual )

1 edition published in 1984 in German and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Orpheus in der Unterwelt", Offenbach's satirical answer toGluck's "Orfeo", was premiered in Paris 1858 and portrays society as amoral, the upper class as lax and indifferent to all and public opinion in charge of both. In the early 1980s legendary director Götz Friedrich created his own contemporary version of the operetta at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in German, filled with allusions to the contemporary cultural scene and society in general. Starring a large cast of renowned artists - singers and actors - Orpheus' odyssey to the Olympic Gods and to the Underworld, in order to save his wife, receives a new face - away from Paris in the 19th century and to bourgeois West-Berlin
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

1 edition published in 1961 in German and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The opening of the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24 September 1961 is always seen in the context of partition of Germany, cemented six weeks earlier, and the construction of the Berlin Wall. The coincidence of the two events did not go unnoticed in the many press reports at the time, with most citing remarks about the city's circumstances by the then Governing Mayor of Berlin, Willy Brandt: "Having experienced more in the last few weeks than in an entire generation, a city divided by a wall of coercion and shame is once again making music, producing theatre, staging fine international exhibitions and can at last open the doors of its long-awaited new opera house." For almost twenty years - since the destruction of the former "Deutsches Opernhaus" in November 1943 - Berlin had had to make do with a makeshift stage. Although already in the early stages of a terminal illness, Ferenc Fricsay conducted the inaugural performance. Fricsay died in 1963. Staged by Carl Ebert, the performance featured a cast of singers unparalleled to this day, including Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau in the title role, Elisabeth Grümmer and Pilar Lorengar as Donna Anna and Donna Elvira, Donald Grobe, who stepped in at short notice and built an international career on his performance, Walter Berry as Leporello and Erika Köth as Zerlina. The inaugural performance of Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Oper Berlin is available here for the first time on DVD. The recording of the dress rehearsal on 23 September 1961 was broadcast on German national television simultaneously with the premiere on 24 September
One night, one life. Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in German and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two video adaptations of musical works: One night, one life (37 min.) is based on Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot lunaire, and Dichterliebe (44 min.) is a treatment of Schumann's song cycle
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

1 edition published in 1961 in German and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Deutsche Oper in Berlin had hardly opened on 24th September 1961 before it started preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. How was that possible? Had it entered into some sort of time warp? That might indeed have been possible for a theatre that in the past had devoted itself to Richard Wagner's works. But there was a simpler explanation: the Deutsche Oper Berlin had, in fact, originally opened on 7 November 1912 under the title of Deutsches Opernhaus
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The four seasons : concertos for violin, strings and basso continuo, op. 8, 1-4
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