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00:00
Verdi - Aida
PG02:33:002014HD
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.
02:33
Gala from Berlin 2001 - Invitation to the Dance
G01:37:002001HD
To celebrate their traditional New Year's Eve Concert, Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Philharmoniker encouraged the audience to dance. The result was a lively whirl of catchy and melodious numbers selected from over 300 years of music history - a heady cocktail of old and new that put a spring in the steps of both connoisseurs of brilliant orchestral miniatures and lovers of Latin American rhythms.
04:11
Discovering Masterpieces – Mozart: Symphony No. 41
G00:27:002007HD
Watch the series ‘Discovering Masterpieces'! Your audio-visual concert guide to the great masterpieces of classical music. The series brings you 20 half-hour documentaries on 20 classical masterpieces: acclaimed experts, famous soloists and outstanding conductors take you on a journey back to the time and place of composition. In today’s documentary, W. A. Mozart’s ‘Symphony No. 41’ is discussed. Mozart’s piece, nicknamed the “Jupiter Symphony” (1788), is regarded as the epitome of the classical symphonic form. Conductor Hartmut Haenchen presents his personal view of this masterpiece using select examples from concert footage with the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra recorded live at the Konzerthaus Berlin in November 2005.
04:38
Semi Final II - Liszt Competition 2017
G01:21:002017HD
Dina Ivanova (1994, Russia) performs La notte (S377a) and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12, (S379a) during semi-final II (chamber music) of the 11th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, held in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, in 2017. The competition actively presents, develops, and promotes piano talents from around the world. In doing so, it has become one of the prominent gateways to the international professional classical music scene for young musicians. The International Franz Liszt Piano Competition was founded in 1986 in the Netherlands and has since built a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.
06:00
J. S. Bach - Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)
G01:54:002000HD
Georg Christoph Biller conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Thomanerchor in a performance of J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232), one of the greatest works of church music ever written. Soloists are Ruth Holton (soprano), Matthias Rexroth (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor) and Klaus Mertens (bass). Recorded in the St. Thomas Church during the Leipzig Bachfest of 2000. Georg Christoph Biller is Bach’s 16th successor as cantor of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, a position Biller held from 1992 to 2015. The mass is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass and is one of last compositions the Bach completed, just one year before his death in 1750. Since 1999, the Leipzig Bachfest is regarded as the world’s leading festival celebrating the music of Bach.
07:54
Seong-Jin Cho plays Debussy, Schumann & Chopin
G01:30:002018HD
In this performance from the 25th anniversary edition of the Verbier Festival, Seong-Jin Cho pays tribute to Debussy on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the French composer’s death. Cho’s refined palette of color and superb technical mastery is perfectly suited for revealing the subtle harmonic invention of Images. Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op.12 are rarely featured in concert programs. This half-hour long cycle is a challenge for the performer who has to demonstrate an extreme versatility of moods ranging from the dark “Des Abends”, the angst-filled “In der Nacht” to the virtuous “Traumeswirren”. With Chopin’s Op.58, Cho shows his ability in the grand sonata form and his affinity for the composer that earned him the distinction by winning the First Prize of the 2015 Chopin competition. Recorded at the 2018 edition of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
09:25
Lucerne Festival 2004 - Pollini plays Beethoven
G00:38:002004HD
Maurizio Pollini and the Lucerne Festival play under the baton of maestro Claudio Abbado. At the yearly Lucerne Festival in Switzerland they perform the beautiful Piano Concerto No 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven. This Piano Concerto was composed between 1805 and 1806 and Beethoven himself played the solo when the concerto premiered in December 1808. In this concert the solo is played by the Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini, well known for his interpretations of works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Chopin. This concert was recorded at the Lucerne Festival in 2004.
10:03
Mahler - Symphony No. 1
G01:04:001992HD
Bernhard Haitink conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Directed by Barry Gavin, this concert took place at the Berliner Philharmonie in 1992. Mahler was inspired by Jean Paul’s novel Titan, in which an artistically gifted young man, driven by his failure to find his way in society, eventually commits suicide in despair. The genesis of this work was not easy for Mahler: he composed it between 1887 and 1888, at the time when he was conductor of the Leipzig opera. The first version of the work first took the form of a two-part symphonic poem and premiered in Budapest in 1898. However, the work was poorly received by the public and critics, which forced Mahler to revise it. The new version resulted in the wonderful Symphony No. 1 that we know today, an incredible achievement for such a young composer.
11:08
Legato - The World of the Piano
G01:15:002007HD
Swedish pianist and composer Roland Peter Pöntinen performs Couperin’s Les Baricades mistérieuses, Rameau’s Gavotte in a minor, Busoni’s Albumblatt No. 1, Saariaho’s Prelude and Ballade, Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Albéniz’ Ibera (book 2, Nos. 1 and 3), Rachmaninov’s Sérénade in B flat minor and Ravel’s Oiseaux tristes (from Miroirs), recorded in July 2007, in the Folwang Hochschule in Essen.
12:23
Testing Mozart
G01:37:002005HD
Testing Mozart is a 60 minute film about the Mozart effect; the power of Mozart's music to fight disease and increase the mental ability of listeners. It is common knowledge that cows give more milk and tomatoes grow bigger when Mozart is played, but what effect does his music have on humans? In this journey into the worlds of music and medicine, Testing Mozart examines the latest scientific discoveries that shed new light on the influence the composer’s work has on the brain. The documentary by award-winning director Frederick Baker explains why Mozart is so special. Produced in 2006 as part of Mozart Year, this captivating documentary caters to a wide audience and introduces neophytes to the work of Mozart.
14:00
Europakonzert 1997: Chateau de Versailles
G01:38:001997HD
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 1997 took place at the Royal Opera of Versailles. Featuring Daniel Barenboim, both as conductor and as soloist, he performs in one of W.A. Mozart’s less frequently performed Viennese concertos: Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415. This concert is completed with Maurice Ravel’s suite for piano Le tombeau de Couperin, which was composed in honour of Ravel’s friends who died during WWI. The orchestra concludes with an overwhelming performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica.
15:39
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595
G00:34:001990HD
Soloist Aleksander Madzar and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Andre Previn join forces in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595, recorded at Vienna's Schönbrunn palace. In 1791, with his life cruelly and rapidly ending, Mozart once again turned to the compositional style which reflected his personality: the concerto for piano and orchestra. His last piano concerto, which turned out to be an uplifting composition, regales its audience with a lyrical children's song, invoking the joys of youth and springtime.
16:14
Solo Finals - Liszt Competition 2017
G00:26:002017HD
Minsoo Hong (1993, South Korea) performs Liszt’s Sposalizio from Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième Année (S161/1) and Bellini/Liszt’s Réminiscences de Norma (S394) during the Solo Finals of the11th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, held in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, in 2017. The competition actively presents, develops, and promotes piano talents from around the world. In doing so, it has become one of the prominent gateways to the international professional classical music scene for young musicians. The International Franz Liszt Piano Competition was founded in 1986 in the Netherlands and has since built a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.
16:40
Rachmaninov - The Last Romantic
G01:25:002013HD
In 2013, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic closes the fourth edition of the Annecy Festival with a programme exclusively dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninov, led by Yuri Termikanov. The orchestra enchants, with multi-gifted musician Denis Matsuev, with performances of favorites like Rachmaninov’s famous Piano Concerto No.2, the Symphonic Dances, and many more. Denis Matsuev, co-artistic director of the festival and artistic director of the Sergei Rachmaninov Foundation, interprets the Piano Concerto No. 2 virtuously and passionately. The tradition of the Annecy Classic Festival was born in 1967, initiated by the renowned French pianist Eliane Richepin. What started out as intimate performances by local musicians for local audiences has become a relevant cultural collaboration between France and Russia over the years.
18:06
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.
18:23
Pierre Boulez conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker
G01:35:001992HD
Pierre Boulez conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a performance at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, on August 30, 1992. With this concert, Boulez sets one of the significant milestones in the reorientation of the city's renowned Salzburger Festspiele. The concert opens with Debussy’s Trois Nocturnes, which is inspired by impressionist paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. The work is meant to designate various impressions and special effects of light that the word ‘Nocturne’ suggests. Also on the program is Boulez’ own work Livre pour cordes, and the music from Bartók’s one act pantomime ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, composed between 1918 and 1924. The premiere of the ballet caused a scandal and was banned on moral grounds. During the rest of Bartók's life it was mainly performed as a concert suite, which is about two-thirds of the original music. The concert concludes with Stravinsky’s Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale), a symphonic poem composed in 1917 as an adaption of the opera, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Nightingale.
19:59
In Opera: Opera Parma
G01:00:002015HD
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.
21:00
Glass - Double Concerto for Two Pianos
G01:20:002016HD
As part of a new collaboration with the famous composer of "music with repetitive structures" Philip Glass, French pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque perform the European premiere of Glass's Concerto for two pianos with the Orchester de Paris. The program continues with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 with the Orchester de Paris, directed by Jaap van Zweden, current music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the next musical director of the New York Philharmonic.
22:20
Grieg - Piano Concerto, Op. 16
G00:35:002018HD
Conrad van Alphen conducts Sinfonia Rotterdam, recorded in De Doelen, Rotterdam, in 2018. Alvaro Siviero is the soloist in Grieg's Piano Concerto No. 1, and closes his performance with 'Dansa do Índio Branco' by Villa-Lobos. Grieg's Piano Concerto, Op. 16, composed in 1868, was the only concerto the composer completed. It is one of his most popular works and is among the most popular of all piano concertos. It is the composer’s earliest important work, written in Søllerød, Denmark, at the age of 24 years old.
22:55
CMIM - Semi Finals - Julien van Mellaerts
G01:04:002018HD
João Araújo accompanies baritone Julien van Mellaerts (New-Zealand/UK, 1988 during the semi-finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Der Einsame (D. 800) and Rastlose Liebe (D. 138) by Schubert, Zu Straßburg auf der Schantz from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Ivor Gurney’s In Flanders, George Butterworth’s Is my team ploughing?, Nell, Op. 18/1 by Fauré and Duparc’s Phydilé. 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.