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00:02
Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia
PG02:38:001988HD
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.
02:41
Gala from Berlin 2000 - Tutto nel mondo
G01:27:002000HD
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.
04:09
Gala from Berlin 1997 - A Salute to Carmen
PG01:48:001997HD
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).
05:58
Reger - Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart
G00:06:001991HD
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.
06:03
Mozart Gala in Prague
G01:07:002006HD
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.
07:10
Europakonzert 1996: Saint Petersburg
G01:31:001996HD
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.
08:42
Concerts in a Palace - String Quartets
G00:49:001999HD
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.
09:32
Mozart - Symphony No. 35 part 2
00:21:002006HD
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.
09:54
Handel - Organ Concerto No. 5, opus 4
G00:09:001991HD
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).
10:03
Jaap van Zweden conducts Symphonie Fantastique
G01:13:002008HD
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.
11:17
The Red Priest and the Tanguero
G01:07:002017HD
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.
12:24
Mozart in Vienna
PG00:58:002006HD
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.
13:23
Mozart - Symphony No. 35, part I
00:40:002006HD
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 first movement.
14:04
Daniel Harding conducts Mozart, Mahler and Strauss
G00:51:002014HD
Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris in a program of Mozart, Mahler and Strauss. The concert opens with Mozart’s “Maurerische Trauermusik,” originally composed for a memorial service at a Vienna freemason lodge. The evening’s center piece, however, are Gustav Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” on poems by Rückert. Soloist is Christianne Stotijn, recipient of the “Echo Rising Star” and the “BBC New Generation Award”. The concert ends with “Ein Heldenleben” by Richard Strauss. This autobiographic piece shows the composer confronting his critics, citing earlier works dying in an apotheosis, but not without sketching the volatile character of his wife Paulette before launching into a wonderful musical declaration of love.
14:55
Brahms - Symphony No. 1
00:50:002007HD
In 1854 young Johannes Brahms lived in Düsseldorf, where he helped his good friend Clara Schumann to look after her seven children. Her husband Robert Schumann, who was also Brahms’ mentor, had been admitted to an asylum after a failed attempted suicide earlier that year. It was in these circumstances that Brahms started on two sketches for a first symphony. One of these sketches in 1858 grew into his First Piano Concerto, but the second remained unused for many years. Because Brahms was an unbelievable perfectionist, he needed as many as 21 years to finish his first symphony. But this was not the only reason: friends of the composer and the audience expected Brahms to become the ‘heir’of Ludwig van Beethoven. An expectation that was not easy to fulfill and that caused some headaches. The piece’s premiere on November 4th 1876 was a great success: it was even labelled ‘Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony’.
15:45
Verbier Festival 2017 - George Li Piano Recital
G01:23:002017HD
George Li won the silver medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 2015 and, according to the Washington Post, his performance "left no doubt that he combines staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression." His program for the Verbier Festival, very demanding in terms of virtuosity and grace, suits him perfectly: Appassionata, which is part of the cycle "Heroic", one of the most difficult sonatas of Beethoven to play, and Sonetto del Petrarca and Reminiscenses by Don Juan de Liszt, composed in the early 1840s, in the same powerful breath that prompted Liszt to invent, for one of his concerts given in London in 1840, the now well-known expression "recital of piano ".
17:09
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
00:18:002000HD
Who could imagine that a failed job application would lead to some of the most beautiful classical music ever written? Employed by Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, an unsatisfied Johann Sebastian Bach craved a career change in 1721. Wishing to join the court of Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg, Bach presented him with six new concertos in the hopes of securing a position. Unfortunately, Christian Ludwig never even thanked the composer for his majestic and superbly beautiful work. In Concerto No. 6, Bach forgoes traditional violins opting instead for two solo violas at time when the instrument was strictly for accompaniment.
17:27
Gala from Berlin 2002 - What a Wonderful Town
G01:34:002002HD
"What a Wonderful Town" was the motto of the traditional New Year's Eve Concert at the Berlin Philharmonie. The Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle along with some of the most sought-after singers in this field including Thomas Hampson, Kim Criswell, Simone Sauphanor and Karl Daymond perform Leonard Bernstein's 'Wonderful Town'. 'Wonderful Town' was the second of Bernstein's trio of 'New York' musicals begun in 1944 with 'On The Town' and completed with 1957's 'West Side Story' and is a love letter to New York in the '30's. Bernstein's score combines witty pastiches of various popular musical styles of the 30s - Conga!, Swing! - and some of his most winning ballads. The program also includes George Gershwin’s songs ‘My Man’s Gone Now’, ‘Ask Me Again’ and ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm’.
19:02
Sons of Vienna: Part 3 - Man About Town
G00:22:002018HD
The six-part series Sons of Vienna explores stories through the eyes of musicians, professors and musicologists. It portrays extraordinary composers who were active in the cultural city of Vienna and deserve the label of genius. In Man About Town (Part 3) we follow the life and work of Franz Schubert, born in Vienna in 1797. For a composer of such joyful melody there is a sad side to his story. The evenings of dancing, music and banter may have been called Schubertiades, but the man himself was only ever a guest. He was not the darling of society as he’s sometimes portrayed. He lived and loved amongst a tight circle of mostly male friends who adored him and, as much as they could, protected him. But alas, they were not enough. In his mid-twenties he was stricken by disease and didn’t live to see his 32nd birthday. Schubert was a man of grace and charm, a man of limitless energy and creativity, yet his life ended before he could pay proper tribute to his greatest hero, Beethoven.
19:24
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5
01:07:002011HD
With this concert, Yutaka Sado makes his Philharmonic debut. He will be the first Japanese to conduct the renowned orchestra since Seiji Ozawa several years ago. Critics have unanimously hailed Yutaka Sado as one of the most enthralling and charismatic conductors of the new generation. Sado, the long-time assistant of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, has certainly earned his many awards. In this broadcast: Dmitri Shostakovich’s 'Symphony No. 5'.
20:32
Waldbühne 1995 - American Night
G01:26:001995HD
Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which plays pieces by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein as part of a musical celebration of Americana. This concert was presented at the Waldbühne in Berlin, a green theatre based on the amphitheatre of the ancient Greek city of Epidaurus which is one of Berlin's favorite outdoor scenes because of its enchanting setting. This concert features talented soloists Willard White, Cynthia Haymon, Damon Evans, Cynthia Clarey, Marietta Simpson, and Daniel Washington. The program includes pieces from Porgy and Bess, "Rhapsody in Blue" and "I Got Rhythm" by Gershwin, as well as the opening of Bernstein's Candide.
21:59
Gala from Berlin 1996 - Dances and Gypsy Tunes
G01:44:001996HD
Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer, Cecilia Bartoli teams up with Russian virtuoso violinist, Maxim Vengerov, lending radiance to Claudio Abbado's gala performance of 1996. The concert features Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Gypsy Songs, op. 103 and Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang, op 17, Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, Vocalise en forme de Habanera and La Valse, Héctor Berlioz’ Zaide and parts of his Hungarian March, and selections from Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
23:43
Saint-Saëns - Introduction et Rondo capriccioso
00:16:002003HD
When fifteen-year-old Spanish violin prodigy Pablo de Sarasate approached Camille Saint-Saëns for a piece, the composer was honoured. He took the opportunity with both hands and wrote his First Violin Concerto. De Sarasate, at his young age, was already a celebrity and he performed all over the world. Saint-Saëns, who like many French composers of the Romantic period was very interested in Spanish folk music, wrote another piece for the young violin legend four years later: ‘Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso’ for violin and orchestra. This piece not only contains elements of several Spanish dances, but Saint-Saëns also deliberately made it difficult to play. He wanted to present the violinist, who had grown up in the meantime, with a challenge. De Sarasate was very pleased with the result and performed the piece on a regular basis, with popularity ensuing: both George Bizet and Claude Debussy made their own versions.