Luigi Rossi - L'Orfeo
The Ensemble Pygmalion performs Luigi Rossi’s (c. 1597-1653) l' Orfeo (1647), an opera in three acts in a staging by Jetske Mijnssen. The libretto written by Francesco Buti is based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. L’Orfeo is one of the earliest operas ever to be staged in France. The Ensemble Pygmalion is directed by Raphaël Pichon. Among the soloists are Judith van Wanroij (Orfeo), Franscesca Aspromonte (Euridice), Giuseppina Bridelli (Aristeo), Giulia Semenzato (Venere, Proserpina) and Luigi de Donato (Augure, Plutone). Recorded at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, France in 2016.
Tchaikovsky Night at the Verbier Festival 2017
The farewell concert of the Verbier Festival 2017, conducted by legendary Mikhail Pletnev, brings together the mysterious and rare Glazunov’s From the Middle Ages orchestral Suite and Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. The maestro shows a precise knowledge of both pieces and gets from the young Verbier Festival Symphony orchestra lush strings and delicate woodwinds and booming bass. Buoyant Janine Jansen sweeps the whole place off their feet with an energetic Tchaikovsky violin concerto performance. The encore played by Janine Jansen is Tchaikovsky's Souvenir d’un lieu cher.
Gala from Berlin 1996 - Dances and Gypsy Tunes
Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer, Cecilia Bartoli teams up with Russian virtuoso violinist, Maxim Vengerov, lending radiance to Claudio Abbado's gala performance of 1996. The concert features Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Gypsy Songs, op. 103 and Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang, op 17, Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, Vocalise en forme de Habanera and La Valse, Héctor Berlioz’ Zaide and parts of his Hungarian March, and selections from Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Handel - Brockes-Passion (HWV 48)
The Apollo Ensemble performs Händel’s Brockes-Passion (HWV 48) in the Oudhoornse Kerk in Alphen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands. The Brockes-Passion is a German oratorio libretto by Barthold Heinrich Brockes first published in 1712 and revised multiple times in the years after. Brockes was an influential German poet who re-worked the traditional form of the Passion oratorio, adding reflective and descriptive poetry into the texture of the Passion. The most famous setting of the text is by Händel. It is not known exactly why or when the composer set the text of the Brockes-Passion, which was already used by other composers, but it is known the work was performed in Hamburg in 1719. Händel's Brockes-Passion is said to be a worthy contribution to the genre, with passages of great beauty, such as the duet for Mary and her son. Bach was influenced by the work in his famous St John Passion.
Celebrate St. Patrick 2017
Celebrate St. Patrick (2017) was filmed at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Choirs from as far as Santa Barbara, California seized the opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and perform with local Irish musicians for the congregation of this historic cathedral. The concert merges sacred music, traditional Irish instruments and music from the Irish diaspora. Featuring performers from the highly acclaimed Voices of Ireland, the power of the choirs is complemented by the beauty of the Irish harps. Avalon brings a special blend of traditional Irish pipes with classical strings. With readings from the words of St. Patrick and HD footage of Counties Armagh and Down, Celebrate Saint Patrick is a feast for the ears and eyes.
Lucerne Festival 2004 - Pollini plays Beethoven
Maurizio Pollini and the Lucerne Festival play under the baton of maestro Claudio Abbado. At the yearly Lucerne Festival in Switzerland they perform the beautiful Piano Concerto No 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven. This Piano Concerto was composed between 1805 and 1806 and Beethoven himself played the solo when the concerto premiered in December 1808. In this concert the solo is played by the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini, well known for his interpretations of works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin. This concert was recorded at the Lucerne Festival in 2004.
Discovering Masterpieces - Brandenburg Concertos
This episode presents the Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Musical excerpts played by the Freiburger Barockorchester conducted by Gottfried von der Goltz. Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos rank among the undisputed favorites of all baroque fans. They have become a firm fixture in music education and an integral part of our international musical heritage. So what's their secret? The internationally acclaimed pianist and Bach expert Robert Levin provides an answer.