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01:02
Haydn - Orlando Paladino
PG02:47:002009HD
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.
03:49
Smetana - Má Vlast
G01:19:002011HD
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.
05:09
Lucerne Festival 2006
G01:53:002006HD
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.
07:03
Haydn - The Creation
G01:50:002009HD
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.
08:53
Celebrate St. Patrick 2017
G00:56:002017HD
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.
09:49
Glière, Op. 20 and Shostakovich, Op. 57
G01:14:002018HD
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.
11:04
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.
12:18
Roberto Giordano plays Brahms and Beethoven
G01:02:002017HD
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.
13:20
CMIM - Semi Finals - Julien van Mellaerts
G00:28:002018HD
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.
13:48
Mozart on Tour - Episode 13: Vienna III
G01:19:001990HD
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. In 1791, with his life cruelly and rapidly ending, Mozart once again turned to the compositional style which reflected his personality: the concerto for piano and orchestra. His last piano concerto, which turned out to be an uplifting composition, regales its audience with a lyrical children's song, invoking the joys of youth and springtime. In a fitting finale to this series, soloist Aleksander Madzar and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Andre Previn join forces in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595, recorded at Vienna's Schönbrunn palace.
15:08
Europakonzert 2013 - Prague
G01:36:002013HD
Every year since 1991, the Berliner Philharmoniker has given concerts in a different European city on each May 1st. These concerts have become known as ‘Europakonzert’. Every guest city has its own special cultural importance. These concerts have served two purposes: to commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra’s founding on May 1st, 1882, and to celebrate the common heritage of the Old World. In 1991, soon after the opening of the Eastern European countries, the first Europakonzert took place in the Czech Republic in Prague. This decision was a deliberate step and an expression of willingness to support and to bring forward the democratization and the political social changes, especially in the cultural area. In 1996 the Europakonzert took place once again in Prague (at the National Theatre). To continue this tradition the Europakonzert 2013 was celebrated at the Prague Castle at the historical Spanish Hall. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Soloist: Magdalena Kozená. Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Antonín Dvořák, Ten Biblical Songs, Opus 99. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68.
16:44
Johan de Meij - Echoes of San Marco & Fellini
PG00:43:002018HD
This concert is the result of the collaboration between the Giuseppe Nicolini Conservatory of Piacenza and the Giuseppe Verdi of Milan as part of the project "MIlanoPIACEnza ... suonare insieme.” On the program are works by the Dutch conductor and composer Johan de Meij. “Echoes of San Marco” is a tribute to the Venetian Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli (1555-1612). Echoes of San Marco opens with a quote from Gabrieli’s “Canzon Septimi Toni” from the “Sacre Sinfoniae”, and is just like the original work composed for two choirs of brass instruments. “Fellini” is composed for solo saxophone and orchestra and is a tribute to Italian film director Federico Fellini (1920-1993). De Meij composed the work for saxophone player Hans de Jong, who during this concert is dressed as a melancholic clown to intensify the dreamy and imaginary worlds present in Fellini’s films. This concert is recorded at the Sala dei Teatini of the Teatri di Piacenza in 2018. Directed by Pietro Tagliaferri.
17:28
Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker
G00:30:002008HD
The Royal Flemish Philharmonic ‘deFilharmonie’ specializes in the historically informed performance of various classical music styles. deFilharmonie’s unique character is shaped by several conductors, such as the Dutch conductor Edo de Waart and the Flemish conductor Philippe Herreweghe. Given his specific background and experience, Herreweghe focuses on the music of the Romantic era and before. The orchestra holds an unusual position in the Flemish music landscape due to its unique nation- and worldwide concert series. One of these was specifically aimed at a younger audience, featuring several well-known compositions performed under the baton of conductor Rudolf Werthen. One of these is ‘The Nutcracker’ by Tchaikovski: the famous suite from the well-known ballet of the same name. The girl Clara is given a Nutcracker as a present from the eccentric Mr. Drosselmeyer. When Clara falls asleep, the puppet comes to life. It is instantly attacked by a swarm of mice. When Clara saves the puppet’s life by throwing her shoe at the mice, the Nutcracker takes her along on a magical journey.
17:59
Veerhavenconcert 2016
G01:05:002016HD
On Saturday 27 August 2016, OVG and Sinfonia Rotterdam presented a new Veerhavenconcert under the direction of Conrad van Alphen. As part of this annual event presented in the port of Rotterdam, the musicians perform on a floating stage, and audiences watch the show on the dock or on boats. This fantastic concert features soloists Maria Warenberg (mezzo-soprano) and Melle de Vries (cello), who perform works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, Rossini, Beethoven, and Fauré.
19:04
Järvi conducts Nielsen, Shostakovich & Grieg
G01:51:002012HD
Paavo Järvi conducts the Orchestre de Paris in a program that opens with Carl Nielsen’s Maskerade Overture. This is followed by Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which features Alexander Toradze on piano. The evening concludes with an airing of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite, originally composed for Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name. The concert was recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, on May 23rd, 2012.
20:55
Mozart on Tour - Episode 10: Prague
G01:07:001990HD
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. In 1786, Mozart was invited to Prague to conduct his Le nozze di Figaro, an opera more controversial than successful at its Viennese premiere earlier that year. The composition took the Czech capital completely by storm and resulted in the commission of a new opera, Don Giovanni. In this episode, Hungarian pianist Zoltán Kocsis joins Czech conductor Jiri Belohlávek and the Prague Chamber Orchestra at the great hall of Wallenstein palace in Prague for a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, KV 488. Everything about this piano concert is operatic in approach and execution, from the grand drama of the opening bars to the sublime vocal lyricism of the central movement, and to the soaring melody of the finale.
22:02
Europakonzert 2000 from Berlin
G01:38:002000HD
Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Karita Mattila (soprano), Violeta Urmana (alto), Thomas Moser (tenor), Eike Wilm Schulte (bass), Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Claudio Abbado. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. The European Concert has been a tradition of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1991. The musicians commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding on May 1st, 1882, playing in different European cities. In 2000, the orchestra played at home in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.
23:40
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 3
G00:49:002010HD
The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his third symphony in 1875. Symphony No. 3 is Tchaikovsky's only symphony in a major key and also his only symphony that contains five movements. The Third Symphony premiered in Moscow under the baton of the Nikolai Rubinstein. He was a very close friend of Tchaikovsky and the younger brother of the famous pianist Anton Rubinstein. This symphony is also used by the well-known choreographer George Balanchine in his ballet 'Jewels'. This concert features the Mariinsky Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. In 2010, all six Tchaikovsky symphonies were recorded by this Russian combination.