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00:00
Verdi - Luisa Miller
PG02:28:002014HD
Under the musical direction of Massimo Zanetti, the Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie present the opera "Luisa Miller". As the result of the collaboration between Verdi and the Neapolitan librettist Salvatore Cammarano, Luisa Miller is based on a play written by Friedrich Schiller titled Intrigue and Love. The work was composed in 1849 for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. It marks a turning point in Verdi’s production and life, since the composer had moved back to Busseto, his birthplace, while writing it. As a consequence, Verdi distanced himself from patriotic heroism, a typical characteristic found in his early operas. This becomes obvious in his work: the action of Luisa Miller is not part of great historical events, but revolves around love affairs in a simple Tyrolean village. This interpretation was recorded 2014 at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège and stars Patrizia Ciofi, Gregory Kunde, Nicola Alaimo, Bálint Szabó, Luciano Montanaro, Alexise Yerna, Cristina Melis and Stefano De Rosa.
02:28
Gala from Berlin 2016
G01:31:002016HD
Grammy Award-winning virtuoso Daniil Trifonov enchants with first-class piano-playing when he steps up to the podium at the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker, in 2016. The Moscow-born pianist and composer has been described as one of the most astounding pianists of today. Lead by star-conductor Sir Simon Rattle, Trifonov and the Berliner Philharmoniker perform Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, some of the most dashing Slavonic Dances by Antonín Dvořák, and excerpts from William Walton’s Façade.
03:59
Teatro Regio behind the scenes
G00:30:002016HD
Few Italian theatres can boast of being an absolute point of reference for national and world culture. The Teatro Regio in Turin is both a symbol of excellence in the national operatic tradition and a prestigious stage hosting operas, ballets, concerts, and musicals of great substance. This short documentary offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the Teatro Regio Torino and bears witness to the enviable reputation that has prevailed since its opening in 1740.
04:30
CMIM - Semi Finals - John Brancy
G01:29:002018HD
Peter Dugan accompanies baritone John Brancy (USA, 1988) during the semi-finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Des Fräuleins Liebeslauschen (D. 698) and Erlkönig (D. 328) by Schubert, Auf einer Burg, Op. 39/7 by Schumann and Fauré’s Dans la nymphée, Op. 106/5. Followed by Sibelius’ Under strandens granar, Op. 13/1, Frank Bridge’s Love Went a-Riding (H. 114) and The Green-Eyed Dragon by Wolseley Charles. 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.
06:00
Bruges: The Burgundian Metropolis
G01:17:002018HD
By the 14th century, the Duchy of Burgundy had made Bruges its official residence. The city became a magnet for artists. The Gruuthuse manuscript, the oldest known collection of Middle Dutch songs, gives expression to the ebullient character of Bruges the metropolis. ClubMediéval juxtaposes these songs with works by Oswald von Wolkenstein and Machaut.
07:17
Giovanni de Macque - Madrigals
G00:51:002019HD
An expressionistic serenade as the prelude to a thrilling festival week: this was the task assigned to Manfred Cordes and Weser-Renaissance Bremen. In Giovanni De Macque – one of the finest madrigalists of the period around 1600 – they found the perfect partner. De Macque, born in Valenciennes, was trained in Naples and evolved from conservative to experimental, writing multicoloured, evocative music on texts about ecstasy and broken hearts.
08:08
CMIM - Finals - Julien van Mellaerts
G00:33:002018HD
João Araújo accompanies baritone Julien van Mellaerts (New-Zealand/UK, 1988) during the finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Richard Strauss’ Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29/1, Mondnacht and Frühlingsnacht from Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39, Hugo Wolf. The program continues with Leslie Adams’ For You There is No Song and Genius Child by Robert Owens. Van Mellaerts concludes the competition with the Trois ballades de François Villon (L. 119) by Debussy. 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.
08:41
Stravinsky - Le Sacre - II: Le Sacrifice
G01:26:001993HD
Every year, the Europakonzert is hosted by the Berliner Philharmoniker in a notorious concert hall or on a special location. This years concert is performed at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London. The Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink closes with Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring which he wrote in 1913 for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. The première caused a lot of sensation and near-riot in the audience because of the avant-garde nature, music and choreography of the piece. The Rite of Spring is now considered as one of the masterpieces of classical music history and has influenced many 20th-century music composers. The encore is Tchaikovsky's Flower Waltz from the Nutcracker.
10:08
Sibelius – Symphony No. 3
G00:57:002015HD
In 2013, the Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu was appointed principal conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Lintu studied piano and cello at the Sibelius Academy and the Turku conservatorium in Sweden’s southeast. He started conducting at the Sibelius Academy. His many concerts with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2012 made him the obvious replacement for Sakari Oramo, who, after many years as conductor and concert master, terminated his contract in 2012. The orchestra specializes in the performance of Finnish music, but also performs the great masterpieces of Gustav Mahler and Béla Bartók. The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is the orchestra’s favourite, as well as the conductor. In cooperation with Finland’s national public broadcasting company Yle, all seven Sibelius symphonies are recorded and broadcast. After a brief spoken introduction about the piece, the orchestra performs the complete symphony. Sibelius Symphony No. 3 (1907) was to be the composer’s least popular. In this piece, he opted for a smaller orchestra with a more modest, clear sound. As is common with smaller orchestras, the strings dominate; they play new thematic material in each movement.
11:05
Bach - Partitas for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006)
G01:15:002006HD
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.
12:20
Mozart on Tour - Episode 13: Vienna III
G00:57:001990HD
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. 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. In a fitting finale to this series, 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.
13:18
Rachmaninoff & Dvořák Trios
G00:43:002018HD
The Valerius Ensemble, consisting of Eeva Koskinen (violin), René Geesing (cello) and Ingo Lulofs (piano) plays Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque Nr. 1 and the Finale of Dvořák’s Piano Trio No.3, Op. 65. Rachmaninoff composed this Trio in 1892 at the age of 19. The work does not have an opus number and consists only of one movement, which is highly unusual for a Piano Trio. This concert was recorded at Muziekcentrum Enschede in the Netherlands on March 18, 2018.
14:01
Mahler - Symphony No. 6
G01:35:002018HD
On November 14, 1987, a promising conductor made his Berlin Philharmonic debut with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6: Simon Rattle. In retrospect Rattle says, “I felt that I was finding my voice on that day.” Mahler’s multifaceted work is now again on the program when Sir Simon appears for the last time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Philharmonie in 2018. The wheel comes full circle. Mahler's Symphony No. 6 is often referred to by the nickname Tragische ("Tragic"). Mahler composed work during a happy time in his life, as he had married his wife Alma in 1902 and became father of his second daughter. This contrasts with the tragic and even nihilistic last movement of the symphony.
15:37
Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3
G00:36:002018HD
Conrad van Alphen conducts Sinfonia Rotterdam in a performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ (1835-1921) Symphony No. 3, Op. 78. Geert Bierling stars as soloist on the organ of De Doelen. It was recorded on October 20th, 2018 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 was completed in 1886. It is known as the Organ Symphony since the instrument is used in the second and fourth movement of the work. The composer stated about this symphony: "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." Saint-Saëns was at the height of his symphonic career, realizing this was his last attempt at the symphonic form.
16:14
Haydn - String Quartet in C Major Op. 54 No. 2
G00:27:002004HD
One of the most famous Austrian composers of the Classical period is Joseph Haydn. During his career he composed over a hundred symphonies which gave him the title ‘Father of the Symphony’, but he has also been a key figure in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio. Haydn is still very famous for his 68 string quartets that he wrote between 1762 and 1803. ‘Father of the String Quartet’ is therefore also a title that describes Haydn as a composer. The British String Quartet The Lindsays have recorded all substantial Haydn String Quartets during their active years, from 1965 to 2005. Besides Haydn, there are an extensive list of highly praised recordings such as Beethoven String Quartets, but also String Quartets by Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak. In 2004 they recorded seven Haydn String Quartets for television at the Kuhmo Arts Centre in Finland. One of them is Haydn's String Quartet in G Major Op. 54 No.2. Opus 54 is named 'The Tost Quartets', dedicated to violinist Johann Tost, a violinist in the Esterhazy orchestra from 1783 to 1789.
16:41
Domaine Forget - Concert 2016
G01:14:002016HD
The ensemble Les Violons du Roy, led by Jean-Francois Rivest, performs a captivating concert of early and late classical music. Discover Franz Schubert's Overture for Orchestra in B-flat major, D.470 and his Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485. Schubert composed these pieces when he was 20-year-old in September and October 1816. Pianist Benedetto Lupo joins Les Violons du Roy for a classical intermezzo: a sparkling rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503. This atmospheric performance was recorded at the Canadian festival of Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée in 2016.
17:55
Semi Final II - Liszt Competition 2017
G00:21:002017HD
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.
18:17
Absolute Prokofiev: The Third Concert
G01:19:002012HD
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. 4 , Piano Concerto No. 4 'left hand', Encore Sonata No.7, III, “Romeo & Juliet – Masks, Friar Laurence, Montagues & Capulets”.
19:36
Mozart on Tour - Episode 12: Munich
G01:23:001990HD
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. The Bavarian capital of Munich was always one of Mozart's favorite places - it saw important performances of many of his major instrumental works and hosted the world premiere of his monumental opera seria Idomeneo, re di Creta. The first edition of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26, KV 537, also written for the coronation of Emperor Leopold II in 1790, is remarkable because it doesn't contain all the notes for the solo part. This method prevented the music from falling into the hands of dishonest copyists, but more importantly, it shows that pianists had to improvise the necessary harmonies, sometimes at sight based on musical sketches. Soloist Homero Francesch performs Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 26, KV 537 with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Wilhelm Keitel. This performance was recorded at Munich's residence.
21:00
Bruckner - Symphony No. 7
G01:07:002008HD
Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. The work occupies a singularly important place in the composer's output. It was with this piece that Bruckner finally achieved widespread recognition and it has remained one of his most popular works. The symphony adheres to the classical four-movement format. The heart of the work is a long and deeply felt Adagio, composed as a memorial to Wagner. The first movement begins with a soaring theme announced by cellos. The Scherzo relieves the somber atmosphere of the preceding Adagio and the Finale concludes the symphony on a note of unrestrained joy. Recorded in Severance Hall, Cleveland in 2008.
22:07
Pierre Boulez conducts Modern Classics
G01:24:002003HD
Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) was undoubtedly one of the most important figures in modern music. In this performance by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Boulez displays his masterful understanding of 20th century music as he traces the revolutionary harmonic development of musical modernism in three key "modern classics": Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, “Prelude” (1859), Arnold Schönberg's Pelleas und Melisande (1903), and Alban Berg's Violin Concerto (1935). The Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra was founded through conductor Claudio Abbado's initiative in 1986. It consists of musicians under the age of 26 from all over Europe. The soloist in Berg's Violin Concerto is Akiko Suwanai, the youngest first-prize recipient (1990) in the history of Moscow's International Tchaikovsky Competition.
23:32
Solo Finals - Liszt Competition 2017
G00:27:002017HD
Dina Ivanova (1994, Russia) performs Liszt’sTotentanz (S525), Schubert/Liszt - Auf dem wasser zu singen (S558/2) and Erlkönig (S558/4) during the Solo Finals 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.