This is a project very close to the heart of the BBC Philharmonic’s Principal Conductor, something reflected in the passionate performances he creates. BBC Music magazine commented early on that ‘Noseda’s affection for the music is evident throughout’. Even at the time of his appointment, he spoke of his ambition to record the works of the twentieth-century Italian composers, and he has since recorded works by Respighi and Dallapiccola. ‘Gianandrea Noseda understands the music’s lyrical strength and fragile sound-world perfectly; the playing of the BBC Philharmonic is exemplary, too’, wrote The Guardian on the Dallapiccola disc.
The first definitive series on the life of the great Mahatma Gandhi. This 3 part series charts Gandhi's Establishment beginnings, his move into politics and his campaign to bring independence to India. While he remains, unquestionably, India's revered 'Father of a Nation', there is another and less well known side to Ghandi and this series examines his relationship with his wife, his controversial views on race and his role on the path to Indian independence.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Lavish, all-action dramatic spectacles based on the lives of six men who shaped the world around them, either by sheer force of will, genius, courage or even greed. Warriors describes powerful, magnetic personalities who have earned their place in the world's imagination, all prepared to die for what they believed in - whether it was God or gold, the pursuit of power and glory or a magnificent ideal.
Dan Snow travels the Aztec Empire, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific, in search of Montezuma – one of history’s most infamous and enigmatic leaders.
Taking the throne in 1502, Montezuma II inherited an empire at the height of its power. From the capital Tenochtitlán, one of the largest cities in the world at that time, he reigned over ten million people stretching from modern day USA to Guatemala. Declaring himself a god, Montezuma turned the Aztec Empire into a bloodthirsty machine; subjugating native peoples, sacrificing tens of thousands, and creating a caste system in which the population were ground under the feet of the elite.
And yet, after 17 years of ruthless rule, Montezuma, the ‘Master of the World,’ meekly surrendered himself, and the wealth, land and sovereignty of his people, to Spanish coloniser Hernando Cortés and a handful of conquistadors. As he visits the great Aztec ruins and examines astonishing artefacts, Dan Snow reveals the bloody heart of the Aztec civilisation and pieces together the remarkable story of a divine tragedy of errors, a clash of civilisations, the end of a world – and a very human god.