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00:01
Haydn - Orlando Paladino
PG02:47:002009HD
For more than 25 years, René Jacobs has dedicated his life to baroque operas and works with the best ensembles for early music. On occasion of the 2009 Haydn Year the renowned Freiburger Barockorchester and outstanding baroque opera singers such as Marlis Petersen, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Pietro Spagnoli and Tom Randle present Haydn’s most successful opera at the Berlin Staatsoper. ‘Orlando Paladino’, written in 1782, was Haydn’s most famous opera during his lifetime, with thirty performances in Esterháza in the first two years after its composition. The libretto, a ’drama eroicomico’, gives scope to Haydn’s frequently puckish sense of humour, as well as his inventive melodic expression. Most semi-serious operas of the period typically inserted comic characters into an essentially serious story but Haydn expanded the comedy even into the more serious scenes.
02:48
Absolute Prokofiev: The Fourth Concert
G01:45:002012HD
The Easter Festival is an internationally renowned event among classical music lovers, traditionally opened in Moscow on Easter Sunday. Each year the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and its musical director Valery Gergiev travel across Russia - for the past 10 years now! This year we can anticipate an exceptional musical gift: the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev performs the complete cycle of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies and piano concerti - a composer with whom Maestro Gergiev and the orchestra seem particularly in tune. Complete program: 'Symphony No. 6', 'Piano Concerto No. 5', 'Symphony No. 7'.
04:34
Absolute Prokofiev: The Fifth Concert
G01:26:002012HD
The Easter Festival is an internationally renowned event among classical music lovers, traditionally opened in Moscow on Easter Sunday. Each year the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and its musical director Valery Gergiev travel across Russia - for the past 10 years now! This year we can anticipate an exceptional musical gift: the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra performing, under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the complete cycle of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies and piano concertos - a composer with whom Maestro Gergiev and the orchestra seem very much in tune. On the programme: 'Violin Concerto No. 1', 'Violin Concerto No. 2', and 'Piano Concerto No. 3'.
06:00
Haydn - The Creation
G01:50:002009HD
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Die Schöpfung (The Creation). Annette Dasch (soprano), Christoph Strehl (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Vienna Chamber Choir, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic, conductor: Ádám Fischer. This performance at the beautiful historic concert hall of Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, is a tribute to one of the world's greatest musical geniuses, Joseph Haydn, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death. The oratorio describes the creation of the world: The first to the fourth day with the creation of the earth and the stars, the fifth and sixth day with the creation of the animals and humans, the seventh day with life in paradise. Despite all naively pious narration of the text, Haydn's music impresses by a bold description of the Genesis, such as the illustration of chaos at the beginning or the creation of light as a bright sound event in C major.
07:51
Europakonzert 1998 - Stockholm
G01:40:001998HD
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.
09:31
CMIM - Finals - Gemma Summerfield
G00:35:002018HD
Sebastian Wybrew accompanies soprano Gemma Summerfield (UK, 1990) during the finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features three works by Sibelius: Vilse, Op. 17/4, Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings mote, Op. 37/5 and Se’n har jag ej frågat mera, Op. 17/1. Followed by Roger Quilter’s Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12 and Elizabeth Maconchy’s Sun, Moon and Stars. Summerfield closes the competition with 2 Aquarelles from Debussy’ Ariettes oubliées (L. 60) and Ruhe, meine Seele and Cäcilie from Vier Lieder, Op. 27 by Richard Strauss. 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.
10:06
In Opera: Opera Parma
G00:30:002015HD
Opera is often perceived as an old-fashioned and elitist artistic event, reserved for a handful of connoisseurs, when it is in fact, one of the richest forms of live performance, which remains in this sense extremely current. The behind-the-scenes tour of the Teatro Regio di Parma, an established institution in the purest tradition of Italian opera, is an excellent demonstration of the current relevance of this art form, and offers a privileged opportunity to learn more about the staging of an opera. The actors involved are numerous, show sharp and often unique professional skills, and are motivated by a talent that is not always fully understood by the public. The staging of the opera Forza del destino offers a good starting point for understanding the workings of an operatic production. Presented for the first time in St. Petersburg in 1862, Giuseppe Verdi's opera is staged in Parma under the baton of maestro Stefano Poda.
10:37
Verbier Festival 2017 - Ji Liu piano recital
G01:18:002017HD
Playing with his elbow and forearm, then with his fingertips, from French Baroque with Rameau to American jazz with Frederic Rzewski, Ji Liu is a prodigious pianist with unlimited repertoire. "I try to show various aspects of my personality to the listeners," he told a Literaturnaya Gazeta reporter, and we could add that he achieves this with flying colors and constant generosity. On the program: Schubert's Sonata No. 8, Rzewski Winsboro's Cotton Mill Blues, Liszt's Transcendental Studies Nos. 10 and 11, Scriabin's Sonata No. 10, Book I Preludes, No. 10 Submerged Cathedral, Book II, No. 12 Fires Debussy's artifice and Danse macabre of Saint-Saëns / Horowitz. In rehearsal, he played Gavotte and six doubles of Rameau and the waltz in C # minor opus 64, No. 2 of Chopin. This concert was recorded at the Verbier Festival 2017.
11:55
Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2
G00:52:002017HD
The Verbier Festival Orchestra under the baton of Antonio Pappano plays Brahms’s second piano concerto with Yefim Bronfman on the piano. Brahms’s second piano concerto is the longest concerto in the repertoire – a titanic masterpiece in four movements (most of the concertos composed up to that time had only three) which interpretation calls for an artist of Yefim Bronfman’s stature. In Philippe Roth’s own words, Yefim Bronfman “has strolled into the music shed out of a circus where he is the strongman who takes on the piano as a ridiculous challenge to the gargantuan strength he revels in”. This recording was made at the Verbier Festival 2017.
12:48
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'
G01:12:002017HD
Beethoven composed his Symphony No. 6 between 1802 and 1808. Nicknamed Pastorale, this piece is one of the few examples of program music in the work of the German composer. Unlike other Beethoven symphonies, this work has five rather than four movements, each with a programmatic title. This performance of Symphony No. 6 was performed in 2017 by the Sinfonia Rotterdam Orchestra, under the direction of Conrad van Alphen, at St. Willibrord Basilica in Hulst, The Netherlands.
14:01
Mozart - Così fan tutte
PG03:21:002013HD
The opera, based on a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, is a romantic comedy about the complexity of relationships between men and women. With his sensual, spirited and passionate music, Mozart poses fundamental questions about love and brings to the libretto surprising psychological depth and an underlying seriousness not present in the original farce. Michael Haneke created a contemporary staging for the Teatro Real Madrid. The orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Real performed this masterpiece in 2013 under the baton of Sylvain Cambreling. The work features Anett Fritsch, Paola Gardina, Juan Francisco Gatell, Andreas Wolf, Kerstin Avemo, and William Shimell.
17:23
Mahler - Symphony No. 3
G01:48:001992HD
Due to its 95-minute duration, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 is an imposing and mysterious work. This 1992 performance, directed by Bernhard Haitink, includes the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tölzer Knabenchor, and the Ernst Senff Choir. During the six parts of this wonderful symphony, Mahler expresses his musical vision of nature and mankind's place in it. Much like he did in his second symphony, Mahler incorporates some of his song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The fourth movement ends with a magnificent solo for alto, inspired by a poem by Friedrich Nietzsche, played here by Florence Quivar, and the fifth movement concludes with a male choir. The third symphony originally consisted of seven movements, but Mahler eventually chose to cut the seventh part, which he then used as the last movement for his fourth symphony.
19:11
Brendel and Abbado at Lucerne Festival
G00:43:002005HD
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major. Alfred Brendel (piano), Lucerne Festival Orchestra; conductor: Claudio Abbado. The Lucerne Festival is one of the world's biggest and most important music festivals. Its history began with the inaugural concert on 25 August 1938 conducted by Arturo Toscanini. In 2003, Claudio Abbado, who had been a regular guest at the festival since 1966, became director of the newly founded Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Until his death in January 2014 he inspired his "orchestra family" to play top-class performances. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra consists of musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and of international soloists.
19:55
CMIM - Quarter Finals - ByeongMin Gil
G00:17:002018HD
Marie-Ève Scarfone accompanies bass ByeongMin Gil (South-Korea, 1994) during the first round of the Aria competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features G. F. Handel’s Tu sei il cor di questo core (Giulio Cesare), Quand la flamme de l’amour from Bizet’s La jolie fille de Perth and Bellini’s Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni (La Sonnambula). 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.
20:12
Chamber Music by Mozart and Von Dohnányi
G00:48:002018HD
The Valerius Ensemble, consisting of Carola Ligt (flute), Robert Windak (violin), Eva Šušlíková (viola) and René Geesing (cello) played a concert in Concordia, Enschede on April 23, 2018. The program consists of Mozarts Flute Quartet No. 1, K. 285 and the Romanzo from Von Dohnányi’s Serenade Op. 10. Caroli Ligt follows with her own composition “Moods.” The ensembles closes with Thomas-Mifune’s and Joseph Haydn’s “Südamerikanische Saitensprünge.”
21:01
Fuenteovejuna by Gades
PG01:35:002011HD
Antonio Gades’ last choreographed work, Fuenteovejuna, is a signature piece of purity and precision of Spanish dance. Based on a true event that inspired Lope de Vega to write this classic play in 1619, Fuenteovejuna is about the people of a village in Córdoba ruled by a tyrannical commander whose actions of droit de seigneur, violence and abuse engender their intense hatred. Until one day, encouraged by their women, the villagers choose freedom and, armed with farming implements, they take the law into their own hands. When the villagers are interrogated by a magistrate sent by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to establish who was responsible, no one admits to having done anything, each inhabitant only saying “I.” In other words, “Fuente Ovejuna did it.” First performed in 1994 in Genoa, Fuenteovejuna is considered as the ultimate work of Spanish dance. Gades highlights the enormous richness of flamenco and the folklore. The stylised Spanish dance and flamenco serve as a universal story to perfectly tell the story of solidarity.
22:36
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
G01:23:002001HD
Beethoven's Symphony no 9 is interpreted by the Berlin Philharmonic under former chief conductor Claudio Abbado at the Berliner Philharmonie in 2001. The recording features interpretations that are the fruit of decades of Claudio Abbado’s involvement with Beethoven. Listening to the music, one hears how the Berlin Philharmonic transforms Abbado’s musical intentions into sound – there is a sense of unity that can only be achieved through many years of shared artistic experience and attention to detail.