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.
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.
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).
Reger - Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart
The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the baton of Colin Davis plays Reger's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart. Max Reger composed this set of variations in 1914 for orchestra and also made a version for two pianos. The theme is drawn from the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Sonata in A. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Weiden, Germany, during this performance.
Mozart Gala in Prague
This gala concert at Prague's beautiful Estates Theatre is one of the highlights of Mozart Year 2006. Conducted by Manfred Honeck, the Czech Philharmonic performs W. A. Mozart's finest compositions connected to the city of Prague in general or to the Estates Theatre in particular. Among them is Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, which premiered in Prague in 1791. This 2006 recording features clarinettist Sharon Kam. Mozart's Prague Symphony is invariably on the program. The Overture to Don Giovanni is also associated with the Estates Theatre, which is where Mozart conducted it in 1787.
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.
Concerts in a Palace - String Quartets
This episode of Concerts in a Palace is the third in a series of six that was recorded in 1999 at the wonderful 18th-century baroque castle Schloß Heidecksburg in Rudolstadt, Germany. Discover the Gewandhaus-Quartett perform various string quartets by classical Viennese composers. Starting with Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 64 No. 5 “The Lark”, this episode also features the third and fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat major Op. 18 No. 6 and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”. The Gewandhaus-Quartett is the longest established professional string quartet in the world. Founded in 1808, it is a remarkable part of western music history, having continued its concert activity successfully and uninterrupted from generation to generation for over 200 years.
Mozart - Symphony No. 35 part 2
In 1782, when young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had lived in Vienna for over a year, the rewards of his Singspiel (literally: “song-play”) ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’ started to come in and he was flooded with requests for new pieces. His father, Leopold Mozart, did not agree with his son’s choice of moving to Vienna and moreover refused to give his blessing to the latter’s intended marriage to Constanze Weber. He did, however, want his son to write the music for the inauguration ceremony of the new mayor of Salzburg, Sigmund Haffner, and even though the young Mozart was up to his ears in work he honoured his father’s request and composed a serenade. When six months on he needed a new symphony, he remembered this piece, adapted it and created the Haffner Symphony. The premiere was a great success, the composer wrote to his father: "the theatre could not have been more crowded...every box was full. But what pleased me most of all was that His Majesty the Emperor was present and, goodness!—how delighted he was and how he applauded me!" In this broadcast: the second movement.
Handel - Organ Concerto No. 5, opus 4
George Frederic Handel composed six concertos for chamber organ and orchestra between 1735 and 1736. At that time he was living in London and wrote these pieces as interludes for the performances of his big oratorios in Covent Garden. This video features Organ Concerto No. 5, opus 4, with the beautiful scenery of Halle in Germany. The music is played by the RIAS Sinfonietta Berlin under the baton of Kurt Redel with Edgar Krapp (organ).
Jaap van Zweden conducts Symphonie Fantastique
The meeting between the French composer Hector Berlioz and the handsome actress Harriet Smithson sparked the inspiration for one of Berlioz’ most famous pieces. When Berlioz had seen Smithson perform a work by Shakespeare, he was instantly smitten with her. He sent her countless love letters, but she never reciprocated. Berlioz’ heart was broken, prompting him to compose his ‘Symphonie Fantastique: Épisode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties’ (‘Fantastical Symphony: An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts’). The work tells the story of a young artist in the depths of despair, who attempts suicide because of an unrequited love. His attempt fails: the poison does not kill him; instead, it brings on hallucinations. This story is brought to life in Berlioz’ music performed by a large orchestra – which includes four harps and a bell – making it a revolutionary piece.
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.
Mozart in Vienna
The documentary Mozart in Vienna explores how the composer took charge of his own works by becoming the first freelance composer. After trips to Salzburg and Paris, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s career flourished in Vienna. Upon completing the opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail in 1782, he performed regularly as a pianist, and thrived as a composer. The opera was performed throughout German-speaking Europe, helping Mozart become an established and financially prosperous composer. After Mozart befriended Joseph Haydn in Vienna in 1784, he dedicated his six string quartets to the latter, who by then had already composed a great number of string quartets. We are fortunate to be able to still enjoy the great works Mozart composed during his days in Vienna.