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00:01
Rossini - La Cenerentola
PG02:51:002015HD
Gioachino Rossini's opera La Cenerentola ('Cinderella'), with a libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, was first performed in February 1816 following the success of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Interestingly, much like its predecessor, the first performance of the opera was received with some hostility, but the work soon became popular throughout Italian theaters and beyond. The opening of La Cenerentola is one of the most famous Rossini pieces, evoking a spirit of lightness and freshness. The work’s originality lies in the violent contrast between the heroin’s tenderness and the plot’s sentimentalism mixed with Rossini’s virtuosity and unbridled sense of humor. This 2015 performance of La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Rennes is conducted by Darrell Ang and features the Symphonic Orchestra of Brittany and choir of the Opéra de Rennes and José Maria Lo Monaco, Daniele Zanfardino, Marc Scoffoni and Bruno Pratico.
02:52
Absolute Prokofiev: The Second Concert
G01:49:002012HD
The Easter Festival is an internationally renowned event among classical music lovers, traditionally opened in Moscow on Easter Sunday. Each year the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and its musical director Valery Gergiev travel across Russia - for the past 10 years now! This year we can anticipate an exceptional musical gift: the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev performs the complete cycle of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies and piano concerti - a composer with whom Maestro Gergiev and the orchestra seem particularly in tune. Complete program: 'Symphony No. 2', 'Piano Concerto No. 2', 'Symphony No. 3'.
04:42
Behind the Scenes at the Zurich Opera House
G00:53:002001HD
The Zurich Opera House is one of the most renowned in Europe. Fifteen premieres are staged here every year - a significant achievement, when one considers just how much work goes into each individual production. In this exciting documentary, we go behind-the-scenes at the Zurich Opera House and follow the intensive progress of the new production of Gioachino Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Vesselina Kasarova in the role of Rosina. The film also shows preparations for other productions, such as a workshop for Richard Wagner's Siegfried directed by Robert Wilson, and a rehearsal for Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps with choreography by Heinz Spoerli. This film opens the curtain to understanding an opera house’s many exciting facets.
05:36
CMIM - Quarter Finals - Suzanne Fischer
G00:24:002018HD
Jonathan Ware accompanies soprano Suzanne Fischer (UK, 1987) during the first round of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Schubert’s Gretchen am Spinnrad (D. 118), Alfred Bachelet’s Chère nuit and Britten’s O Waly, Waly. Founded in 2002, the CMIM is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators to concert halls, as well as listeners on the radio and the web. The competition seeks to discover and support musicians who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It’s the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice-violin-piano) in a three-year rotation.
06:00
Celebrate St. Patrick 2017
G00:54:002017HD
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.
06:55
Handel - Brockes-Passion (HWV 48)
G02:30:002018HD
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.
09:26
Lucerne Festival 2004 - Pollini plays Beethoven
G00:38:002004HD
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.
10:04
Mozart on Tour - Episode 8: Vienna II
G00:58:001990HD
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. With Wolfgang and Constanze comfortably ensconced in Vienna, he enhanced his artistic position as the focal point of several musical academies and large-scale concert presentations. Mozart’s relationship with his father Leopold was tense, as he made little secret of his distaste for what he considered his son's rather frivolous lifestyle. However, when Franz Joseph Haydn thanked Leopold for his contribution to the musical education of the man he declared to be the greatest composer he had ever known, Mozart’s father reconciled with his son. Under the baton of Jiri Belohlávek, soloist Ivan Klánský is accompanied by the Prague Chamber Orchestra during his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, KV 466 at the Waldstein palace in Prague.
11:02
The Red Priest and the Tanguero
G01:08:002017HD
The ensemble YES Camerata (Young European String Camerata) and violinist William Hagen perform The Red Priest and the Tanguero at the Academiezaal in the Belgian city of Sint-Truiden in 2017. The concert program includes The Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi (1679-1741) and Las quatros estaciones porteñas of Astór Piazzolla (1921-1992), in a transcription of Leonid Desyatnikov. YES Camerata is a young dynamic string ensemble that performs without a conductor. The young American violinist William Hagen was the third winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth competition in 2015.
12:11
Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3
G00:36:002018HD
Conrad van Alphen conducts Sinfonia Rotterdam in a performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ (1835-1921) Symphony No. 3, Op. 78. Geert Bierling stars as soloist on the organ of De Doelen. It was recorded on October 20th, 2018 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 was completed in 1886. It is known as the Organ Symphony since the instrument is used in the second and fourth movement of the work. The composer stated about this symphony: "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." Saint-Saëns was at the height of his symphonic career, realizing this was his last attempt at the symphonic form.
12:47
Johan de Meij - Symphony No. 1 “Lord of the Rings”
G01:14:002018HD
This concert is the result of the collaboration between the “Giuseppe Nicolini,” Conservatory of Piacenza, and the “Giuseppe Verdi,” Conservatory of Milan, as part of the project "MIlanoPIACEnza ... suonare insieme”. On the program are works by the Dutch conductor and composer Johan de Meij. His Symphony No. 1 for woodwind and brass orchestra is titled “Lord of the Rings” and is based on the famous trilogy by writer J. R. R Tolkien. The work exists of five movements, inspired by characters and passages from the story: Gandalf, Lothlórien, Gollum, Journey in the Dark and Hobbits. The symphony premiered in Brussels in 1988. In 2001, a symphonic version was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. This concert is recorded at the Sala dei Teatini of the Teatri di Piacenza in 2018. Directed by Pietro Tagliaferri.
14:02
Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia
PG02:38:001988HD
Gabrielle Ferro conducts the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Cologne City Opera Choir in a production of Giacchino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Michael Hampe’s humorous direction of this 1988 live performance at the Schwetzinger Festspiele stands out with its high tempo that makes for a highly exuberant production. Among the soloists are Cecilia Bartoli, David Kuebler, Gino Quilico, Carlos Feller and Robert Lloyd. Rossini was only 24 years old when he wrote his seventeenth and most famous opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in an astonishing three weeks in 1816.
16:41
Mahler - Symphony No. 5
G01:14:002004HD
The Lucerne Festival Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 under the direction of Claudio Abbado. This unique orchestra was formed as part of the annual festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.
17:55
Pierre Boulez conducts Modern Classics
G01:24:002003HD
Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) was undoubtedly one of the most important figures in modern music. In this performance by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Boulez displays his masterful understanding of 20th century music as he traces the revolutionary harmonic development of musical modernism in three key "modern classics": Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, “Prelude” (1859), Arnold Schönberg's Pelleas und Melisande (1903), and Alban Berg's Violin Concerto (1935). The Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra was founded through conductor Claudio Abbado's initiative in 1986. It consists of musicians under the age of 26 from all over Europe. The soloist in Berg's Violin Concerto is Akiko Suwanai, the youngest first-prize recipient (1990) in the history of Moscow's International Tchaikovsky Competition.
19:20
CMIM - Quarter Finals - Mengxi You
G00:15:002018HD
Jennifer Szeto accompanies soprano Mengxi You (China, 1989) during the first round of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Schubert’s Die junge Nonne (D. 828), Clair de lune, L. 32 by Debussy, Ravel’s Quel galant m’est comparable (from 5 Mélodies populaires grecques), Britten’s Wild with Passion, Strauss’ Schlechtes Wetter (from 5 kleine Lieder, Op. 69) and Lou Coucut by Joseph Canteloube. Founded in 2002, the CMIM is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators to concert halls, as well as listeners on the radio and the web. The competition seeks to discover and support musicians who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It’s the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice-violin-piano) in a three-year rotation.
19:36
CMIM - Semi Finals - Tomi Punkeri
G01:24:002018HD
Olivier Godin accompanies baritone Tomi Punkeri (Finland, 1991) during the semi-finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Ravel’s complete song cycle Don Quichotte à Dulcinée and Rautavaara’s Sydämeni laulu. Followed by Brahms’ Wie bist du, meine Königin, Op. 32/9 and four songs by Punkeri’s compatriot Sibelius: Jägargossen, Op.13/7, Den första kyssen, Op. 37/1, Im Feld ein Mädchen singt, Op. 50/3 and Vilse, Op. 17/4. Founded in 2002, the CMIM is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators to concert halls, as well as listeners on the radio and the web. The competition seeks to discover and support musicians who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It’s the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice-violin-piano) in a three-year rotation.
21:00
Soirée de Ballets
PG00:59:002012HD
The Malandain Ballet Biarritz performs Soirée de Ballets, consisting of three ballets by Thierry Malandain (1959): “L’après-midi d’un faune” to the music of Claude Debussy; “Le spectre de la rose” to the music of Carl Maria von Weber, and “Une dernière chanson.” With more than eighty works to his credit, Malandain has developed a very personal vision of dance over time. To put it in the own words of Thierry Malandain, “it is a light-hearted, bubbly ballet intended as a moment of humanity to forget for a short while our tough, worried existence, saddened by all that our heart and reason cannot accept.” Soloists are Miren Aguirre, Giuseppe Chiavaro, Mickaël Conte, Ellyce Daniele, Frederik Deberdt, Miyuki Kanei, Jacob Hernandez Martin, Claire Lonchampt, Silvia Magalhaes, and Arnaud Mahouy. Recorded at Gare du Midi de Biarritz in 2012 and directed by Sonia Paramo.
22:00
Mahler - Symphony No. 3
G01:59:001992HD
Due to its 95-minute duration, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 is an imposing and mysterious work. This 1992 performance, directed by Bernhard Haitink, includes the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tölzer Knabenchor, and the Ernst Senff Choir. During the six parts of this wonderful symphony, Mahler expresses his musical vision of nature and mankind's place in it. Much like he did in his second symphony, Mahler incorporates some of his song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The fourth movement ends with a magnificent solo for alto, inspired by a poem by Friedrich Nietzsche, played here by Florence Quivar, and the fifth movement concludes with a male choir. The third symphony originally consisted of seven movements, but Mahler eventually chose to cut the seventh part, which he then used as the last movement for his fourth symphony.