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Verdi - Aida
Conductor Paolo Arrivabeni leads the Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie in this performance of Aida. With 56 operas to his credit, this was his first time to conduct "Aida", although it is one of the most often performed operas around the world. Celebrated by both the public and critics, the Maestro enjoys a very successful international career. His wide repertoire revolves around the works of Italian composers of the 19th century. Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, based on the Italian libretto of Antonio Ghislanzoni. The plot is set in the so-called "Old Kingdom", presumably of Egypt. Aida revolves around intertwined story lines and love affairs complicated by political interference. Main characters Aida, an Ethiopian princess who has been enslaved by the Eqyptians, Egyptian military commander Radamès, whose feelings for her conflict with his political loyalty and the King's daughter Amneris, who is in love with Radamès. The opera was commissioned by Cairo's Khedivial Opera House and premiered there on 24 December 1871. Soloists of this interpretation, recorded 2014 in Liège, Belgium are Kristin Lewis, Massimiliano Pisapia, Nino Surgulazde, Mark Rucker, Luciano Montanaro, Roger Joakim, Chantal Glaude and Giovanni Iovino.
Andrea Marcon conducts La Cetra Barockorchester
Andrea Marcon conducts the La Cetra Barockorchester of Basel, accompanied by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená at the 25th anniversary edition of the Swiss Verbier Festival in 2018. Kožená’s musical range seems expandable to infinity: whether adopting Cole Porter or Duparc, Mahler or Martinu, her mezzo-soprano voice works wonders. However, within the richness of her career, baroque music remains a favourite repertoire, as proven once more by this recital in the Church of Verbier filmed in the summer of 2018. It demonstrates a remarkable simplicity: alternation of vocal and short sparkling instrumental works. The programme illustrates “blindness in love”, a theme which is best embodied by the magnificent Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Magdalena Kožená here changes the Church into a theater hall: on a sleekly decorated stage, with a moving naivety, the singer seizes a few accessories to improvise the narrative and the medieval legend is revived by her hallucinated expression. An extremely beautiful moment.
Järvi conducts Dubugnon, Bernstein and Prokofiev
Paavo Järvi conducts the Orchestre de Paris during a concert in the Salle Pleyel in Paris, 2012. The programme even features a world premiere: Richard Dubugnon's Concert for Two Pianos, titled ‘Battlefield’. Star soloists are the renowned French sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque. Furthermore, the Orchestre de Paris dares to take on Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story, based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The orchestra concludes with an un-American version of this love story, which is embodied in the famous ballet music by Sergey Prokofiev.
Gran Gala di Verdi - Part I
In 2001, as part of the Verdi year, some of the greatest singers of our time, including Plácido Domingo and José Carreras, gathered at the Teatro Padiglione Palacassa in Parma to celebrate the legacy of the Italian maestro as part of the Gran Gala di Verdi. Giuseppe Verdi undoubtedly possessed the most necessary gift to the opera composer: the ability to translate the emotion of the characters through music and to make it live to the public. The program of this tribute Gala to Verdi includes scenes and arias from the great works of the composer, including Il trovatore, Nabucco, Rigoletto, The traviata, A ballo in maschera, Don Carlo, Aida, Othello, Falstaff, Ernani, Il corsaro , The Forza del Destino, and Jerusalem, performed by the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of Zubin Mehta.
Ravel & Couperin - Debussy & Rameau
Genuine heroes live forever. François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau, for instance, were figureheads of the French Baroque. Among composers who paid musical homage to them is Maurice Ravel, who in Le Tombeau de Couperin echoes his idol’s clarity, balance and refinement. Claude Debussy also wrote an Hommage à Rameau as part of Images 1. With festival-favourite Olga Pashchenko at the fortepiano and the harpsichord, this concert juxtaposes Baroque and neo-Baroque. PROGRAM: Francois Couperin: Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin, Ordre XXVII L'Exquise Les Pavots Le Chinois Saïllie Jean-Philippe Rameau: Sarabande in A (from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin) Les Cyclopes (from Pièces de Clavecin) Debussy- Hommage à Rameau (from Images) Ravel - Le tombeau de Couperin: I. Prelude II. Fugue III. Forlane IV. Rigaudon V. Menuet VI. Toccata
Bach - Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 No. 1 to 12
In 1722, when Johann Sebastian Bach lived in Köthen, Germany, he published a book of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys. This collection became known as The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, BWV 846–869. About two decades later, Bach compiled a second book in Leipzig, which became known as The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book Two, BWV 870-893. Bach intended these pieces for the clavier, which includes the harpsichord, clavichord, and organ. Despite this unclarity, these pieces are regarded as some of the most important works in the history of Western classical music. In this broadcast, Nikolai Demidenko plays Preludes and Fugues Nos. 1 to 12 (BWV 870-881) from Book Two of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, recorded at the Palazzo Labia in Venice, Italy, in 2010.
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 2, No. 3
Beethoven's third piano sonata opens with a characteristic figure, echoed in the bass, leading to a second subject in G minor. The recapitulation surprises in appearing to begin in D major, until it corrects its course. The slow movement, in the distant key of E major, leads to a C major Scherzo. The sonata ends with a showcase of the virtuosic technique. This performance is taken from Daniel Barenboim's highly esteemed complete rendition of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, recorded at the Schloss Hetzendorf, Vienna, Austria, in 1983.
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
May 7, 1824 must have been one of the most important days in Ludwig van Beethoven’s life. A massive audience had gathered at the Hoftheater for a performance of his Missa Solemnis, and the first performance of his Ninth Symphony on top of that. This monumental symphony has its origins in two different pieces: one with a choir and one without. Some ten years before the premiere, Beethoven decided to unite the two compositions and combine them with Friedrich von Schiller’s poem ‘Ode an die Freude’ (Ode to Joy). The result is a colossal piece, a monument that left a lasting impression on music history. The premiere in 1824 was a triumph. Beethoven himself had become so deaf by that point that he, standing with his back to the audience, could not hear the audience’s cheers. One of the soloists had to turn him around so he could see the hundreds of applauding hands!
Schubert - Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 100, D. 929
Ester Hoppe (violin), Christian Poltéra (cello) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano) perform Schubert's Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 100 (D. 929) during the International Chamber Music Festival in Bellinzona, Switzerland, in 2019. This trio was among the last compositions completed by Schubert and is dated November 1827. It was published late 1828, shortly before Schubert's death and first performed in January 1828 to celebrate the engagement of Schubert's friend Josef von Spaun. The second theme of the opening movement is based on a theme from the Trio of Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 18 (D. 894). The main theme of the second movement is used as a central musical theme in Kubrick's film Barry Lyndon (1975).
Giovanni Sebastiano: The Italian Influence on Bach
Renowned soloists Nancy Argenta (soprano) and Guillemette Laurens (alto) perform music by J. S. Bach with the Baroque ensemble I Barocchisti under Diego Fasolis. Bach's arrangement of G. B. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater was recorded in Italy at the Villa Medici Giulini, built in 1643. The room, with its great acoustics, was named Zuccarelli Hall after Francesco Zuccarelli who made the frescos adorning the walls and depicting the beautiful local landscape in the late 18th century. In addition to the performance, this program includes a short documentary about the Italian influence on J. S. Bach's music.
Mozart - Symphony No. 29, K. 201
The Berlin Philharmonic, led by maestro Claudio Abbado, perform their first Europakonzert in Prague in 1991. Since then, the founding of the orchestra on May 1st in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. Soloists in this first edition are soprano Cheryl Studer and pianist Bruno Canino. On the program are various works by W.A. Mozart, like the overture and a selection of arias from the opera "Don Giovanni", his Symphony No. 29 (K. 201), Scena and Rondo for Soprano and piano forta obligato and Orchestra (K. 505) and the Symphony No. 35 (K. 385), nicknamed "Haffner".
David Zinman & Orchestre de Paris
Conductor David Zinman leads the Orchestre de Paris through a program that includes Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, Britten’s Cello Symphony, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3. The acclaimed and in-demand French cellist Gautier Capuçon is the featured soloist and certainly lives up to the many awards he has accumulated over the years. This concert was recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, on November 19, 2014.
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 7
Beethoven's Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7 was referred to by the composer himself as the “Grande” – indeed, it is the largest sonata before the “Hammerklavier.” It was published in 1797 and dedicated to his student, the Countess Babette von Keglewics, later the Princess Odescalchi. This performance is taken from Daniel Barenboim's highly esteemed complete rendition of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, recorded at the Schloss Hetzendorf, Vienna, Austria, in 1983.
Pianomania - Daniil Trifonov
Hannu Lintu conducts the Gulbenkian Orchestra in a Finnish flavoured concert program, since the concert features Cantus Articus, Op. 61 by Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. Furtermore, Daniil Trifonov (1991) is star soloist in Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Op. 54, which was premiered in 1841 by Clara Wieck, wife of the composer. Trifonov rose to fame after winning prizes at both the Tchaikovsky International Chopin competition in Moscow as well as the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Trifonov has been called "arguably today's leading classical virtuoso,” and “without question the most astounding pianist of our age." This concert is recorded at the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, in 2018.
A Salute to Brasil
The Orchestre de Paris, under the baton of Kristjan Järvi, Music Director the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Founder and Music Director of the Absolute Ensemble, pay tribute to Brazil in a program that includes Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2, Paulo Aragão Concerto Nazareth, and Yamandu Costa’s Passeios Suite. This concert, recorded at Paris’ Salle Pleyel in 2014, includes guest appearances from guitarist Yamandu Costa and accordionist Alessandro “Bebê” Kramer.
Mozart on Tour - Episode 1: London
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. This episode covers one of Mozart's childhood visit to the British capital (1764-1765), where he and his family were idolized by the royal court and encountered some of the foremost musicians of that time. German Johann Christian Bach (the son of the great Johann Sebastian) and Karl Friedrich Abel (one of the Thomaskantor's prize pupils) had spent significant phases of their musical development in Italy and consequently influenced Mozart’s style. In this episode, Vladimir Ashkenazy performs as a soloist and conductor in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, KV 414. He is accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hampton Court Palace, London.
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 20, Op. 49, No. 2
This performance is taken from Daniel Barenboim's highly esteemed complete rendition of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, recorded at the Palais Rasumofsky, Vienna, Austria, in 1983.
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 21, Op. 53
This performance is taken from Daniel Barenboim's highly esteemed complete rendition of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, recorded at the Palais Rasumofsky, Vienna, Austria, in 1983.
Violin Sonatas - Debussy, Ravel & Beethoven
In this beautiful concert from the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of Moscow, two exceptional Russian soloists join forces to interpret pieces for violin and piano by Debussy, Ravel, and Beethoven. Violinist Vadim Repin, who at the age of 17 became the youngest winner of the violinist section of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition 1987 in Brussels, is specialized in interpreting works of Russian composers. Together with renowned pianist Nikolay Lugansky, he brings to the stage a performance of prestige and virtuosity. The programme features Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano in G-minor (L 140), Ravel's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in G-major, Beethoven's Sonata No.9 in A-major, Op. 47. It is produced by the Moscow Philharmonic Society, which Saint Petersburg-born composer Dmitri Shostakovich himself once described as playing a significant role "in the development of musical life [in Russia]. It is a kind of university which is attended by millions of music lovers and thousands of musicians.” The Moscow Philharmonic Society was founded in 1922 by then-Commissar for Culture, Anatoly Lunacharsky, and has over the years come to be Russia's leading concert organizing institution.
Ladies first, From Marian motet to love song
Despite his motto ‘Aultre n’auray’ (‘I shall never have another’), Philip the Good was known for his passion for the fairer sex. Could this explain why Le Champion des Dames – Martin le Franc’s monumental poem about famous women – was dedicated to Philip? From the Virgin Mary to Joan of Arc to Christine de Pisan: in this programme medieval woman appears in all her guises, in music by Baude Cordier, Gilles Binchois and Johannes Ghiselin, among others.