NHK WORLD programme highlights August

3 August 2021

Part 1  Paavo Järvi: Bruckner, Symphony No.1 in C minor

Part 2  Roger Norrington: Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastorale”

Part 3  Christoph Eschenbach: Brahms, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

The fifth in the series presentation of Masterpieces Performed by NHK Symphony Orchestra is a 2021 Summer Special showcasing the orchestra performing the symphonies of Bruckner, Beethoven and Brahms with three world-renowned conductors. Enjoy the vibrant music forged by the NHK Symphony Orchestra and each conductor’s highly individual interpretations that created these unforgettable performances. Music critic Katayama Morihide and presenter Yamamoto Miki sets the scene in an introductory segment to the prerecorded concerts.

A recent discovery of films from post-WWⅡTokyo has provided valuable and, in some cases, unknown information about life in Japan at the time. We learn that Tokyo swallowed people, materials and money like a black hole, a metaphor for the black markets that sprang up overnight peddling goods from the Japanese army and U.S. military. People dove into these markets to survive the tough times. And those who profited gained power, moving the economy and politics forward. Tokyo Black Hole reveals the rarely discussed truth about real-life events in “Year Zero” of post-war Tokyo. It follows a young man living in present-day Tokyo who travels back in time and has “hands-on” experiences. His journey helps us understand the hardships of the time, and gives a better sense of how some people prospered despite the difficult circumstances.



0:30 / 5:30 / 10:30 / 15:30 / 21:30 

Must-see Tokyo! Be like a local as you journey through this amazing city. Great food, unique shopping, plus the best and latest things to see and do.


Zero Waste Life


1:45 / 6:45 / 12:45 / 17:45 / 22:45 

Meet people around Japan who strive for a life without waste under the traditional philosophy of “MOTTAINAI,” which values cherishing the things we have.


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