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.
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.