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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.
Festive Mozart Concert from Salzburg
This performance was recorded during Mozart Week on January 27, 2006 in Salzburg, Austria, at the Großes Festspielhaus (Large Festival House) in celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday. Under conductor Riccardo Muti, it features Thomas Hampson (baritone), Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Gidon Kremer (violin), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Wiener Singverein, and Wiener Philharmoniker. Pieces include Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, K. 364, arias and scenes from Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, The Magic Flute and Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 ("Haffner").
Brendel and Abbado at Lucerne Festival
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major. Alfred Brendel (piano), Lucerne Festival Orchestra; conductor: Claudio Abbado. The Lucerne Festival is one of the world's biggest and most important music festivals. Its history began with the inaugural concert on 25 August 1938 conducted by Arturo Toscanini. In 2003, Claudio Abbado, who had been a regular guest at the festival since 1966, became director of the newly founded Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Until his death in January 2014 he inspired his "orchestra family" to play top-class performances. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra consists of musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and of international soloists.
Domaine Forget - Concert 2016
The ensemble Les Violons du Roy, led by Jean-Francois Rivest, performs a captivating concert of early and late classical music. Discover Franz Schubert's Overture for Orchestra in B-flat major, D.470 and his Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485. Schubert composed these pieces when he was 20-year-old in September and October 1816. Pianist Benedetto Lupo joins Les Violons du Roy for a classical intermezzo: a sparkling rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503. This atmospheric performance was recorded at the Canadian festival of Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée in 2016.
Europakonzert 1996: Saint Petersburg
The beautiful Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg formed the background for the 1996 edition of the annual Europakonzert of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In honour of the Russian hosts, the concert opened with highlights from Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet', followed by the Cavatina from Rachmaninoff's opera 'Aleko'. After the intermission, Kolja Blacher featured in the two 'Violin Romances' by Beethoven, followed by a performance of his 'Seventh Symphony'. The orchestra is led by maestro Claudio Abbado.
CMIM - Finals - Julien van Mellaerts
João Araújo accompanies baritone Julien van Mellaerts (New-Zealand/UK, 1988) during the finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Richard Strauss’ Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29/1, Mondnacht and Frühlingsnacht from Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39, Hugo Wolf. The program continues with Leslie Adams’ For You There is No Song and Genius Child by Robert Owens. Van Mellaerts concludes the competition with the Trois ballades de François Villon (L. 119) by Debussy. 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.
Mahler - Symphony No. 3
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.
The Red Priest and the Tanguero
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.
Mariinsky on Track
Join the acclaimed Mariinsky Orchestra on a train journey across the vastness of Russia in the documentary Mariinsky on Track. The orchestra's current chief conductor Valery Gergiev co-founded the Moscow Easter Festival in 2002. The 2013 edition of this music festival included performances in large cities across Russia’s different regions. In addition to outstanding concert footage, Mariinsky on Track shows us the musicians' approach to the project and informs us of hardships on the road. Watch and share these unforgettable musical moments with one of Russia’s oldest and finest musical organizations.
Riccardo Chailly conducts Mendelssohn
Riccardo Chailly’s inaugural concert as Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra captures the full atmosphere of a unique musical occasion. The concert centers round composer Felix Mendelssohn, who founded the Gewandhaus Orchestra in 1743. It includes an overwhelming performance of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang with its celebratory choral last movement, as well as the ever-popular overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream with outstanding vocal soloists including Anne Schwanewilms and Peter Seiffert. The Gewandhaus Orchestra can look back with pride at its 250-year history. It has made music history and evolved into one of the world’s best-known and most renowned orchestras.
Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2
The Verbier Festival Orchestra under the baton of Antonio Pappano plays Brahms’s second piano concerto with Yefim Bronfman on the piano. Brahms’s second piano concerto is the longest concerto in the repertoire – a titanic masterpiece in four movements (most of the concertos composed up to that time had only three) which interpretation calls for an artist of Yefim Bronfman’s stature. In Philippe Roth’s own words, Yefim Bronfman “has strolled into the music shed out of a circus where he is the strongman who takes on the piano as a ridiculous challenge to the gargantuan strength he revels in”. This recording was made at the Verbier Festival 2017.
Gala from Berlin 1997 - A Salute to Carmen
The 1997 Berlin Gala was dedicated to Georges Bizet’s Carmen with all works somehow connected to the opera. Featuring star soloists like Anne Sofie von Otter, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Véronique Gen and Stella Doufexis, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, the program included selections from Carmen itself. Sergei Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy op. 25, Maurice Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnol, Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, and Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor. The other soloists of this evening are Gil Shaham (violin) and Mikhail Pletnev (piano).
CMIM - Quarter Finals - Ruslana Koval
Martin Dubé accompanies soprano Ruslana Koval (Ukraine, 1990) during the first round of the Aria competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features S podrujkami po jagodu knodit from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snegúrochka, Mozart’s Ach ich liebte, war so glücklich from Die Entführung aus dem Serail (K. 384) and No word from Tom from The Rake’s Progress by Stravinsky. 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.
Takasc Nagy & Pletnev at the Verbier Festival
The Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev plays together with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Verbier Festival 2017. The orchestra starts off with Mozart's Symphony No. 35, Haffner. All together they perform Schumann's concerto in A minor, a piece renowned for its romantic themes as well as its delicacy and a unique balance is beautifully achieved by conductor Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Mikhail Pletnev. Liszt's Liebenstraum is played by Pletnev as an encore. After this spectacle, the orchestra plays Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony. This third symphony was written only a few years before Schumann’s concerto and these two masterpieces of the romantic era associate perfectly to leave behind a sense of refined nostalgia and powerful emotion.
Discovering Masterpieces – Beethoven No. 5
Watch the series ‘Discovering Masterpieces’, your audio-visual concert guide to the great masterpieces of classical music. The series brings you 20 half-hour documentaries on 20 classical masterpieces: acclaimed experts, famous soloists and outstanding conductors take you on a journey back to the time and place of composition. In today’s documentary, Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No. 5’ is discussed. The piece has the character of an appeal from the very start, when the four-note “fate” motif casts a spell on listeners. The German musicologist Armin Koch analyses the work, while the German Beethoven expert Wulf Konold illustrates the ingenious variations of the “fate” motif on piano, and also explains other features of this magnificent work.
Pierre Boulez conducts Modern Classics
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.
Gala from Berlin 2000 - Tutto nel mondo
Recording of the 2000 New Year's Eve Concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's death, the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of maestro Claudio Abbado perform highlights from "Un Ballo in Maschera", "Don Carlos", "Rigoletto", "La Traviata" and "Falstaff". With Ramón Vargas, Andrea Rost, Lucio Gallo, Massimo Giordano, Enrico Facini, Anthony Mee, Anatoli Kotscherga, Alan Titus, Carmela Remigio, Stella Doufexis, Larissa Diadkova, Elisabeth Futral.