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Bellini - I Puritani
I puritani is one of Bellini’s most creative and influential masterpieces, a bel canto opera stamped with vocal and orchestral writing of intoxicating beauty and dramatic intensity. Set in England in the Civil War period after Oliver Cromwell’s triumph, it involves romantic and political intrigues that drew from Bellini music of melodic raptness and melancholic depth. It also inspired him to compose some of his most breathtakingly virtuosic passages, notably Elvira’s Mad Scene, that call for the utmost in theatrical power. This production includes all the music performed at the work’s Paris premiere in 1835, and was performed at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, by the Staatsopernchor Stuttgart and the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, under the baton of Manlio Benzi, in 2018.
Berlioz - Romeo et Juliette
In this ground-breaking take on William Shakespeare’s bittersweet tragedy, Hector Berlioz combines the playwright’s influence with all the musical drama of Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies. The Bard proved to be one of the enduring influences on Berlioz throughout his life. The composer described his first encounter with Shakespeare’s work as a ‘thunderbolt’ that changed his life – and musical imagination – forever.
Mozart on Tour - Episode 6: Paris
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. The city of Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace influenced his peripatetic life. He hated the city and despised working for the Archbishop of Salzburg as a servant, a musical servant writing only for the pleasure of the Archbishop. In 1777, he left for Paris to find a new job, but his stay was no gaîté Parisienne. He received few job offers and his beloved mother, who had accompanied him, became violently ill and died. In a Salzburg Festival performance, the Mozarteum Orchestra and pianist Mitsuko Uchida, under the baton of Jeffrey Tate, play Piano Concerto No. 9, KV 271. This piece was nicknamed “Jeunehomme” but was composed for Victoire Jeramy, the daughter of Mozart’s friend, dancer and choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre.
CMIM - Quarter Finals - Olga Rudyk
Martin Dubé accompanies soprano Olga Rudyk (Ukraine, 1993) during the first round of the Aria competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Temerari! Sortite! … Come scoglio from Mozart’s Così fan tutte (K. 588), Puccini’s Tu che di gel sei cinta from Turandot and Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém from Dvořák’s fairy tale opera Rusalka. 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.
Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert
No-one has been more important to musical life in post-war Europe than Herbert von Karajan. The Austrian conductor was musical director-for-life at the Berliner Philharmoniker, artistic director of the Wiener Staatsoper (through which he was closely involved with the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Salzburg Festival), he directed regularly at the Bayreuth Festival and the Lucerne Festival, he practically nursed the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra, and was a welcome guest in the United States: he performed at both the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York. Moreover, Karajan played a major role in the development of the CD: he oversaw the birth of this new medium and made countless recordings. His death in 1989 marked the end of an era. His successor Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorated him on July 16, 1999 by playing a concert at the Salzburg Cathedral. On the concert's programme were Mozart's arias "Betrachte dies mein Herz un Frage Mich," KV42 and "Laudate Dominum," KV339, and his beautiful Requiem, completed by Franz Xaver Süszmayr.
Barati & Debargue perform Debussy, Brahms & Franck
Violinist Kristof Barati and Pianist Lucas Debargue pair for the first time in a duo concert at the 25th anniversary edition of the Swiss Verbier Festival in 2018. Although this was their inaugural collaboration, the two young artists found a perfect understanding around this romantic programme. The two featured works were written very few years apart from one another (Brahms’ first sonata for violin and piano in 1879 and Franck’s sonata in A in 1886). The Brahms sonata was recorded by Kristof Barati a few years ago, while Franck’s is known to be a favourite of Lucas Debargue. The virtuoso piano part suits his gigantic hands and the fantasy of the third movement his love for improvisation. The cyclic form and the many echoes between the piano and violin parts unite the two artists, like accomplices in possession of the best assets to bring in all the emotion these romantic works have to offer. The listener is suddenly in a position to re-discover the scores and cannot but join the admiration marks that escape from the audience in between the movements. A very moving performance which deserves its benchmark status.
Semi Final I - Liszt Competition 2017
Wouter Bergenhuizen (1988, The Netherlands) performs Grandes Études de Paganini, S141 and Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième Année (Italie), No. 1 Sposalizio, S161/1 during semi-final I (transcription) 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.
Mahler - Symphony No. 5
The Lucerne Festival Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 under the direction of Claudio Abbado. This unique orchestra was formed as part of the annual festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Roberto Giordano plays Brahms and Beethoven
In this recital, Roberto Giordano plays the Six Pieces for Piano, op. 118 of Brahms, a collection completed in 1893 and dedicated to Clara Schumann who will be the penultimate produced by the composer during his lifetime. The concert program also includes two Beethoven sonatas, the famous Moonlight Sonata No. 14, op. 27, and Sonata No. 31, op. 110, one of the last sonatas signed by the composer. This concert was recorded at Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta, in the Italian city of Lainate, in 2017. Directed by: Pietro Tagliaferri.
Views of a free Orchestral Republic
Many music lovers consider the Berlin Philharmonic to be the best orchestra in the world. This documentary shows them up close. We follow their path from the orchestra's emergence at the end of the 19th century up to the present day, when Sir Simon Rattle inaugurated a new era in the ensemble's history. The orchestra's musicians and conductors tell the story of their work and convey an impression of how the Berlin Philharmonic reached their remarkably high standard. The portrait is rounded off with rare archive recordings and excerpts from great performances.
Berlioz - Romeo et Juliette
In this ground-breaking take on William Shakespeare’s bittersweet tragedy, Hector Berlioz combines the playwright’s influence with all the musical drama of Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies. The Bard proved to be one of the enduring influences on Berlioz throughout his life. The composer described his first encounter with Shakespeare’s work as a ‘thunderbolt’ that changed his life – and musical imagination – forever.
Beethoven - Last Sonatas, Op. 109, 110 & 111
Beethoven’s last three sonatas – Opus 109, 110 and 111 – explore the intimate meanders of the human soul, from despair to transfiguration. At the time of their composition, Beethoven was already locked in himself by his deafness. This deeply affected his relationship to others and to the world. This "psychological framework" is explored by director Mariano Nante, setting pianist Alexandre Tharaud in a film inspired by the universe of Tarkovski. Filmed in abandoned castles, and lit by director of photography Yorgos Arvanitis, this work evokes solitude and introspection and offers an inner journey through images and music.
Bach - Partitas for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006)
Gidon Kremer’s return to J. S. Bach’s partitas is a major event. Kremer’s first recording of these works was released almost a quarter of a century ago. In this recording from 2006, Kremer once again takes on the greatest challenge for any violinist: Bach’s magnificent “Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin” (BWV 1001-1006), which Kremer himself calls the “Himalayas” of violin music. With these pieces, Bach firmly established the technical capability of the violin as a solo instrument. The partitas served as archetypes for solo violin pieces by later generations of composers. This rendition of the collection displays Kremer’s very personal sense of spontaneity and a readiness to take risks. Yet it is also marked by the structural awareness of an exceptional musician who, in a unique way, does justice both to the polyphonic wealth of the compositions and to their juxtaposition of dance elements and reflective profoundness.
Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet
The Prague National Ballet performs the ballet Romeo and Juliet in a choreography by Petr Zuska, to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. The State Opera Orchestra of Prague is conducted by Václav Zahradník. The main soloists are Nikola Márová, Viktor Konvalinka, Marta Drastíková, Ondřej Vinklát, Mathias Deneux, Giovanni Rotolo, Michaela Wenzelová, Jiri Kodym, Alina Nanu and Veaceslav Burlac. Recorded at the State Opera in Prague in 2015 and directed by Sonia Paramo. The ballet is based on Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev also reused music from the ballet in three orchestral suites and a piano work. It was composed in 1935 and initially planned for production by the Kirov Ballet (now called Mariinsky Ballet). However, even before Prokofiev began composing, the Kirov collaboration fell through. It is better known from the revised version that was presented at the Kirov Theatre in 1940, with choreography by Lavrovsky, and Galina Ulanova and Konstantin Sergeyev in leading roles.
Burgundian Alphabet II - Josquin to Quadris
Enjoy a genuine musical marathon as a prelude to the Utrecht Early Music Festival 2018. During three concerts, the Huelgas Ensemble sing an entire alphabet of Burgundian composers, one for every letter. It concerns composers who were employed by the Burgundian court, with a special exception for Josquin, prince of polyphony. The singers perform arm-in-arm with Paul Van Nevel, visiting mass movements, motets and chansons by known and masters-to-be-discovered like Champion, Divitis, Binchois, de Orto, van Weerbeke, and many others. With “anonymous” to “incognito” they bring a double ode to the many nameless polyphonists who nonetheless made breathtaking contributions to the polyphonic repertoire of the 15th century.
Verdi - Rigoletto
Under the musical direction of Renato Palumbo, the Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie present the opera "Rigoletto". At the end of his life, Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi considered Rigoletto as his most beautiful and accomplished opera. Inspired by Victor Hugo's play "Le roi s’amuse", created for the French Theater in 1832, Verdi is particularly intrigued with the buffoon’s tragic character. Despite the strong pressure of the moral and religious censorship of the time, Rigoletto - after its premiere on March 11th, 1851 in Venice – was received with great enthusiasm. The next day, all of Venice hummed the melody of 'La donna è mobile'! The plot of the opera revolves around the struggles of Rigoletto, Duke of Mantua’s buffoon and depraved seducer and his daughter, Gilda. This interpretation was recorded 2015 at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège and stars Leo Nucci, Desirée Rancatore, Gianluca Terranova, Luciano Montanaro, Carla Dirlikov, Benoit Delvaux and more.
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Marin Alsop conducts the Britten-Pears Orchestra in a performance of Maurice Ravel’s ‘Ma mère l'Oye’ (Mother Goose). This performance took place at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Bridge in the UK in 2017. This five-part orchestral suite was originally as a piano duet in 1910, but the composer orchestrated the work the year after. Ravel originally composed the work as a piano duet for the two children of Polish sculptor Gobeski and dedicated the work for four hands to the children.
TEMKO - Darkness Rises
What does outer space sound like? Composer Aart Strootman, artist in residence at the Tilburg Theatre and winner of the Gaudeamus Award in 2017, pondered this question. He analysed the last data NASA received in 2003 from its space probe Pioneer 10 and translated its sounds to mysterious music for his ensemble TEMKO. The ephemeral, long lines, the short outbursts, the electronics, and the voices all together made for a truly cosmic experience. Last year, Strootman arranged this insinuating score for the South Netherlands Philharmonic, for his own TEMKO to play along with the orchestra. The result was even more insinuating, thanks in part to the footage of space impressions Dries Alkemade made to accompany the music. Because of the many requests to repeat the programme, Darkness Rises returns unchanged as a part of November Music. Like last year, Karel Deseure will conduct. A mind-boggling experience for anyone who has not yet had a chance to see and hear the show and a great opportunity to discover new layers for those who did see it before.