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Sarah’s Music – Contemporary Classical (19 x 30 min. HD)

Sarah’s Music – Contemporary Classical is a magazine dedicated to the rich diversity of classical music. Presenter Sarah Willis, who is also a world-class horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker, gets up close and personal with the stars of the classical music world.

What motivates a star conductor like Sir Simon Rattle to rehearse Carl Orff ’s ’Carmina Burana’ with a children’s choir? Or how does one of the world’s famous opera singers, Plácido Domingo, remember his cooperation with the celebrated conductor Herbert von Karajan?

In each edition Sarah Willis will present European concert highlights, showcase top events and welcome a star guest. The British host was born in the US but grew up in Tokyo, Boston and Moscow. Sarah’s Music – Contemporary Classical gives audiences around the globe a peek behind the scenes of current productions.


Sarah Willis meets one of the world’s most famous opera singers, Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo. Sarah talks to Plácido Domingo about the world’s major music festivals and why performers are always keen to perform in such a context. She also visits the Salzburg Festival, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of music fans from around the world during July and August since its inception in 1920.

Sarah Willis meets the world-famous French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque in Paris. The two sisters have been making music together since their childhood. They’re also known for their extravagant stage outfits. What’s the secret of their success?

At the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Sarah Willis meets scientists who are analyzing musicians’ movements with the help of magnetic resonance tomography and motion capture technology. She even allows herself to be used as a guinea pig.
English, Spanish (Ep. 01-06)
16:9 | HD
19 x 30 min. HD