Haydn - Orlando Paladino
For more than 25 years, René Jacobs has dedicated his life to baroque operas and works with the best ensembles for early music. On occasion of the 2009 Haydn Year the renowned Freiburger Barockorchester and outstanding baroque opera singers such as Marlis Petersen, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Pietro Spagnoli and Tom Randle present Haydn’s most successful opera at the Berlin Staatsoper. ‘Orlando Paladino’, written in 1782, was Haydn’s most famous opera during his lifetime, with thirty performances in Esterháza in the first two years after its composition. The libretto, a ’drama eroicomico’, gives scope to Haydn’s frequently puckish sense of humour, as well as his inventive melodic expression. Most semi-serious operas of the period typically inserted comic characters into an essentially serious story but Haydn expanded the comedy even into the more serious scenes.
Smetana - Má Vlast
Jiří Bělohlávek (1946-2017) conducts the Prague Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) Má vlast ("My homeland"), a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879. While it is often presented as a single work in six movements the six pieces were conceived as individual works. However, the premiere of the complete set took place in 1882 in Prague. Smetana combines the symphonic poem form pioneered by Liszt with the ideals of nationalistic music. Each poem depicts some aspect of the countryside, history, or legends of Bohemia. Recorded at 66th International Music Festival, Prague, 2011 and directed by Tomás Simerda.
Lucerne Festival 2006
The three hammer blows in the finale of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 seem prophetic: Mahler lost his position at the Wiener Staatsoper one year after this work premiered in 1906, his daughter died, and the composer was diagnosed with a cardiac anomaly. A pervading dark atmosphere is not unfamiliar in Mahler's Symphonies, but to not have a glorious finale or peaceful acceptance was an absolute first for Mahler. The playful Mahler who referred to Austrian ländlers, birds, and cow bells, is nowhere to be found. In this light, it is no surprise that this work is known as ‘Tragic’, although Mahler himself retracted this title before publication.
Haydn - The Creation
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Die Schöpfung (The Creation). Annette Dasch (soprano), Christoph Strehl (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Vienna Chamber Choir, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic, conductor: Ádám Fischer. This performance at the beautiful historic concert hall of Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, is a tribute to one of the world's greatest musical geniuses, Joseph Haydn, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death. The oratorio describes the creation of the world: The first to the fourth day with the creation of the earth and the stars, the fifth and sixth day with the creation of the animals and humans, the seventh day with life in paradise. Despite all naively pious narration of the text, Haydn's music impresses by a bold description of the Genesis, such as the illustration of chaos at the beginning or the creation of light as a bright sound event in C major.
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.
Glière, Op. 20 and Shostakovich, Op. 57
The Valerius Ensemble, consisting of Robert Windak (violin), Michael Rein (violin), Eva Šušlíková (viola), Judith Chapman (cello) and Ingo Lylofs (piano) played a concert in Muziekcentrum Enschede on April 15, 2018. On the concert program are the Allegro Moderato from Glières String Quartet No. 2 and the Scherzo, Intermezzo, and Finale from Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, Op. 57. The work is one of the more popular chamber music works by the composer and a year after its premiere it was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1941.
Mahler - Symphony No. 5
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.
Roberto Giordano plays Brahms and Beethoven
In this recital, Roberto Giordano plays the Six Pieces for Piano, op. 118 of Brahms, a collection completed in 1893 and dedicated to Clara Schumann who will be the penultimate produced by the composer during his lifetime. The concert program also includes two Beethoven sonatas, the famous Moonlight Sonata No. 14, op. 27, and Sonata No. 31, op. 110, one of the last sonatas signed by the composer. This concert was recorded at Villa Visconti Borromeo Littal, in the Italian city of Lainate, in 2017. Directed by: Pietro Taghliaferri.
CMIM - Semi Finals - Julien van Mellaerts
João Araújo accompanies baritone Julien van Mellaerts (New-Zealand/UK, 1988 during the semi-finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Der Einsame (D. 800) and Rastlose Liebe (D. 138) by Schubert, Zu Straßburg auf der Schantz from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Ivor Gurney’s In Flanders, George Butterworth’s Is my team ploughing?, Nell, Op. 18/1 by Fauré and Duparc’s Phydilé. 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.