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Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia
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.
Nobel Prize Concert 2009
As an integral part of the official Nobel week, the world’s most renowned artists are gathering each year to pay tribute to the Nobel laureates. This concert is a special highlight in the series with Martha Argerich performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major under Yuri Temirkanov, this time leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme also includes two Suites of Prokofiev’s 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Europakonzert 1994 – Meiningen
The Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado star at the Europakonzert 1994 in Meiningen, Germany, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Popularly known as the Emperor Concerto and composed in Vienna between 1809 and 1811, Piano Concerto No. 5 is Beethoven’s last completed piano concerto and often performed by star pianists such as Daniel Barenboim. A few decades later in 1877, Brahms completed his Second Symphony, which is often compared to Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony given its cheerful and pastoral character.
Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert
No-one has been more important to musical life in post-war Europe than Herbert von Karajan. The Austrian conductor was musical director-for-life at the Berliner Philharmoniker, artistic director of the Wiener Staatsoper (through which he was closely involved with the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Salzburg Festival), he directed regularly at the Bayreuth Festival and the Lucerne Festival, he practically nursed the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra, and was a welcome guest in the United States: he performed at both the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York. Moreover, Karajan played a major role in the development of the CD: he oversaw the birth of this new medium and made countless recordings. His death in 1989 marked the end of an era. His successor Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorated him on July 16, 1999 by playing a concert at the Salzburg Cathedral. On the concert's programme were Mozart's arias "Betrachte dies mein Herz un Frage Mich," KV42 and "Laudate Dominum," KV339, and his beautiful Requiem, completed by Franz Xaver Süszmayr.
First Snow
One of the first Christmas carols ever written is Perotin the Great’s Salvatoris Hodie. This brilliant 12th century composition, one of the first works ever written for four voices, opens First Snow: the atmospheric Christmas concert by the Brussels Philharmonic. Straying from ‘ars antiqua’, the program also features a performance of two contemporary melodies penned by conductor Bo Holten based on texts by the Icelandic poet Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). As an added bonus, a hand-picked selection of various Polish and French Christmas songs rounds off this enjoyable yuletide program.
CMIM - Finals - John Brancy
Peter Dugan accompanies baritone John Brancy (USA, 1988) during the finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program starts off with The Things Our Fathers Loved, In Flanders Fields and Tom Sails Away by Charles Ives and Bleuet (FP 102) and Priez pour paix (FP 95) by Poulenc. These are followed by three Schubert songs: Der Schiffer (D. 536), Der Wanderer (D. 493) and Du bist die Ruh (D. 776). Brancy closes the competition with two works by Rachmaninov: Zdes khorocho, Op.21/7 and Vesennié vody, Op. 14/11. 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.
Cornelius - Ouverture 'Der Barbier von Bagdad'
Der Barbier von Bagdad is a comic opera in two acts composed by the German composer Peter Cornelius. The opera premiered in 1858 and the story is based on two parts of One Thousand and One Nights. It's Cornelius' most famous compostion and also his first mature work. He composed the opera during his stay in Weimar for six years and met a lot of fellow composers there. One of his best friends was Franz Liszt, who helped him with this opera as well. The Munich Radio Orchestra plays the ouverture of this opera with the beautiful scenery of Mainz in Germany.
Bruckner - Symphony No. 8
100 days after Bruckner's passing, Pierre Boulez conducts the Wiener Philharmonic in his eighth Symphony, the same orchestra that played its premiere in 1892. The recording takes place in the Stiftskirche of St. Florian, Austria, where Bruckner was first exposed to the learnings of music. Boulez' interpretation is unique in its clarity of the musical structure without losing the rich expression of the symphony.
Legato - World of the Piano
We live in a "renaissance of the piano”, as the New York Times has recently put it. With virtuosic flair and an eagerness to expand the repertoire, a new generation of pianists has revitalized the instrument’s appeal. In addition to the usual classics, they perform formerly scorned works or discover neglected composers. Legato is a series dedicated to presenting some of this new movement's most fascinating pianists – their individual approaches, their fresh ideas and their music. Each episode portrays an artist and shows an aspect of the world of the piano. The sum of these portraits provides viewers with an overall picture of the art of the pianist. Montréal native Marc-André Hamelin is internationally renowned for his musical virtuosity and refined pianism. The Times described one of his performances as “ultimate perfection”. He plays works by Haydn (Piano sonata in E major), Chopin (Piano sonata No. 3), Debussy (‘Préludes’, book two), Hamelin (Etude No. 7), as well as two short pieces by Gershwin (‘Do, Do, Do’ and ‘Liza’).
Teatro Regio behind the scenes
Few Italian theatres can boast of being an absolute point of reference for national and world culture. The Teatro Regio in Turin is both a symbol of excellence in the national operatic tradition and a prestigious stage hosting operas, ballets, concerts, and musicals of great substance. This short documentary offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the Teatro Regio Torino and bears witness to the enviable reputation that has prevailed since its opening in 1740.
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 26, part III
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Piano Concerto No. 26 in 1766. It is generally known as the Coronation Concerto because Mozart was playing the work at the time of the coronation of Leopold II as Holy Roman Emperor. The concerto contains three movements. Annerose Schmidt plays the third movement together with the Dresdner Philharmonie. In the background the beautiful scenery of Frankfurt, Germany.
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 75th Anniversary
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, one of today’s best orchestras, celebrates its 75th anniversary with a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta. They are joined by internationally-renowned soloists Julian Rachlin, Evgeny Kissin, and Vadim Repin in a spectacular program featuring Saint-Saëns, Bach, Chopin, Chausson, and Beethoven. Accompanying the concert is the documentary Coming Home by János Darvas, which portrays the orchestra and its eventful history against the backdrop of Israel and the holocaust. Interwoven with individual biographies and archival footage, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s 75 years of history are brought back to life in concerts featuring Arturo Toscanini, Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman. We also get the opportunity to watch the Israel Philharmonic in rehearsals, concerts and on tour.
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
The year 1812 was a busy year for the well-known but deaf composer Ludwig van Beethoven. At last, Beethoven got the chance to meet that other famous German, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but Goethe’s personality proved a disappointed to Beethoven. The composer was carrying on a hectic love life: in 1812 he wrote his famous letter to an anonymous ‘Unsterbliche Geliebte’ (‘Immortal Beloved’). Moreover, he was getting involved in the life of his younger brother, who was infatuated with a housekeeper. Yet despite his activities, Beethoven found the time to compose several new works, among which his Seventh Symphony. The piece was first performed in 1813, at a concert for the benefit of wounded soldiers; if ever an orchestra was an all-star ensemble, the orchestra that graced the stage that night certainly deserved that name: Louis Spohr was one of the violinists, and among the other orchestra players were Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Giacomo Meyerbeer and Antonio Salieri. Conductor: Claudio Abbado Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Location: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 2001
Stravinsky, Webern and Debussy
Today’s Brussels Philharmonic concert focuses on the diverse musical styles that characterized the first half of the 20th century. In addition to the impressionism of Claude Debussy's Jeux (1913), conductor Michel Tabachnik's ensemble focuses on one of the leading composers of modern music: Igor Stravinsky. His first ballet music, Firebird (1910), is a highlight of the concert. The concert opens with Anton Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 10 (1913). These five, ultra-short pieces are not thematically connected, nor do they include traditional formal plans or tonal relationships - prepare for a listening challenge!
CMIM - Quarter Finals - Mario Bahg
Marie-Ève Scarfone accompanies Tenor Mario Bahg (South-Korea, 1990) during the first round of the Aria competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features La fleur que je t’avais jetée from Bizet’s Carmen, Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Donizetti’s Una furtiva lagrima from L’elisir d’amore. 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.
Europakonzert 1998 - Stockholm
Europakonzert has been a tradition of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1991. Every year, the musicians commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding (May 1st, 1882) and celebrate their heritage from the Old World. The Europakonzert of 1998 was held in a unique location: The Vasa museum in Stockholm which displays a 17th-century ship that capsized and sank during its maiden voyage in 1628. The ship measures 69 meters in length, 12 meters in width, and 1.210 tons in weight. It offers the perfect backdrop for the Berlin Philharmonic. Under the baton of Claudio Abbado, they perform melodies in tune with the maritime surroundings, such as the Overture to Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's symphonic fantasia The Tempest. The program also features Claude Debussy's Nocturnes. For the concert's main piece, discover a memorable and powerful impression of Giuseppe Verdi’s Quattro pezzi sacri. The orchestra is joined by the Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.
How to get out of the Cage - A year with John Cage
The compelling documentary How to Get Out of the Cage (2012) by award-winning filmmaker Frank Scheffer presents an intimate portrait of John Cage (1912-1992), one of 20th century's most important composers. From 1982 to 1992, Scheffer worked with Cage on numerous occasions, which resulted in unique archives of historical audio-visual material, including interviews, musical performances, and images of locations related to the composer’s life and work. In all Scheffer’s works related to Cage, he used the old Chinese method of chance operations based on the Yi Jing – as often used by Cage himself in his compositions. Instead of using chance operations, Scheffer edited the film in the usual way that is based on choice.
R. Strauss - Horn Concerto No. 1
The German composer Richard Strauss, famous for his big works 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' and 'Eine Alpensinfonie' composed his First Horn Concerto at the age of 18. he got inspired by his father who was one of the leading horn player those days. Strauss wrote a version with piano accompaniment and also one for orchestra. For both versions the horn part is the same. This horn concerto has become the most frequently performed horn concerto written in the 19th Century. In 1885 the First Horn Concerto was performed with accompaniment of an orchestra. This premiere took place in the German city Meiningen. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of this city with Horn Concerto No. 1 played by Hermann Baumann, The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Kurt Masur.
Monteverdi - Angels and Demons
In order to honor the anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s (1567-1643) the ensemble Cappella Mediterranea and their founder Leonardo García Alarcón were given the special permission, to perform in an outstanding venue, the Chiesetta del Doge at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice for an unique musical project: The first performance of Monteverdi’s music in more than 300 years at the Doges chapel, the heart of the old Venetian republic, where Monteverdi was the official court composer. Based on the theme of “Angels and Demons” the ensemble and Leonardo García Alarcón perform extracts from Monteverdi’s opera and madrigal compositions. Performers: Leonardo García Alarcón, Christopher Lowrey, Emiliano Gonzalez-Toro, Francesca Aspromonte, Matthias Vidal, Flores Mariana, Gianluca Burato.
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).