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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
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.
03:59
Discovering Masterpieces – Debussy – La Mer
G00:27:002000HD
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, Claude Debussy’s ‘La Mer’. This masterpiece of suggestion and subtlety richly depicts the ocean. As a specialist in French Impressionism, the British pianist and writer Paul Roberts - also known from the BBC television series “Play It Again” - introduces Debussy’s work with great passion.
04:27
Shostakovich - Chamber Symphony Op. 110a
G01:32:002018HD
The Casco Phil, The Chamber Music Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Benjamin Haemhouts, performs Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a. The work is a transcription by Rudolf Barshai of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, which was composed in only three days (July 12 to 14 1960). The work draws from Shostakovich’s pieces, like the Symphonies No. 1 and 5, and a Jewish theme from Piano Trio No. 2. Furthermore, it contains melodies from the first Cello Concerto and the Lady MacBeth opera. Recorded at the Elisabeth Center in Antwerp, Belgium.
06:00
Couperin - Third book: A New Path
G00:53:002018HD
With his third harpsichord book, Couperin discovered his own unique voice. The old-fashioned suite has had its day, the ordre reaches its peak. Although the number of sections per ordre is restricted, a powerful atmospheric description provides character and coherence. This legendary publication contains some of the most remarkable examples of Baroque keyboard repertoire: right up Bertrand Cuiller’s street.
06:53
Couperin's Premier Livre, Masterly Mix
G00:59:002018HD
We have François Couperin to thank for some of the most stunning pages found in 18th-century harpsichord literature. Numbering more than 220 solo pieces, his four collections contain much of Couperin’s finest work. We found four keyboard heroes, each of whom was free to browse through his or her favourite volume. Today Aurélien Delage tackles the encyclopedic first volume – the calling card of a musical all-rounder.
07:53
Shostakovich - Piano Trio No.2, Op. 67
G00:38:002017HD
The Zadig Trio was born when two childhood friends from France, Boris Borgolotto (violin), and Marc Girard Garcia (cello), joined musical forces with American pianist Ian Barber. Today, they have received several international prizes at international competitions in France, Italy, Austria, and the USA. In this 2017 concert from the Auditorium St Pierre des Cuisines in Toulouse, France, the trio interprets several pieces by Russian composers. The programme features Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 and Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, for violin, cello and piano, Op. 67.
08:31
Haydn - Symphony No. 45 'Farewell'
G01:33:002018HD
Under the direction of Conrad van Alphen, the Sinfonia Rotterdam Orchestra performs Haydn's Symphony No. 45 at the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in The Hague. This piece is nicknamed "Farewell" because of a funny anecdote. Haydn and his musicians stayed every year from May to October at the magnificent Esterháazy Palace, at the request of Prince Nicholas. In early November 1772, the prince announced his intention to remain at the palace for two more months. The musicians then told Kapellmeister Haydn their disagreement with this forced extension of their stay. The solution proposed by Haydn was to compose a piece delivering a clear message: at the end of the last movement of the Symphony, the musicians were called to blow the candles on their lectern and leave the room one after the other. Prince Nicholas understood the message; the next day a car was waiting for the musicians to take them home.
10:05
Mozart on Tour - Episode 2: Mantua
G00:58:001990HD
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. Take a trip with the Mozart family to the Italian Alps where they encountered a culture that would influence Wolfgang Amadeus’ music forever. The “Manzuoli style” of virtuoso singing, the Italian school of composition, and the pianoforte had a profound impact on Mozart' s creativity. Two of Mozart's earliest piano concerti were “pasticcio” arrangements for piano and orchestra, based on works by other composers. Even at this early age, his works possessed the indelible imprint of the sublime musical master. Discover the soloist Heidrun Holtmann as she performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 1, KV 37 and Piano Concerto No. 4, KV 41, accompanied by the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera. Conducted by Marc Andreae, the performance took place at the historic Teatro Bibiena in Mantua.
11:04
Beauty is a Crime: Mendelssohn & Brahms
G01:05:002015HD
Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis leads his ensemble MusicAeterna alongside Austrian-Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in a performance showcasing young, accomplished and energetic musicians. For this concert, they went searching for a new definition of the meaning of the word beauty. Thus, this 2015 performance from the renowned Musikfest Bremen sheds an entirely new light on two beloved classics by Brahms and Mendelssohn. The concert programme features Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor and Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 3 in F Major.
12:09
Brahms - Symphony No. 2, Op. 73
G00:41:001994HD
The Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado star at the Europakonzert 1994 in Meiningen, Germany, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Popularly known as the Emperor Concerto and composed in Vienna between 1809 and 1811, Piano Concerto No. 5 is Beethoven’s last completed piano concerto and often performed by star pianists such as Daniel Barenboim. A few decades later in 1877, Brahms completed his Second Symphony, which is often compared to Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony given its cheerful and pastoral character.
12:50
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
G01:15:002014HD
Conductor Mariss Jansons, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition” were predestined to come together. The lavish colors of Ravel's orchestration of the Russian work, the breathtaking inventiveness of the wildly different movements that are all interconnected through a recurring “Promenade” – few conductors are as adept as Jansons to savor all the richness and colorfulness of the paintings and sketches by Victor Hartmann. Today, the work is universally celebrated in its dazzling orchestral transcription by Maurice Ravel. It was the great conductor Serge Koussevitzky who commissioned the orchestration by Ravel in 1922. Recorded at Herkulessaal, Munich in 2014.
14:06
Kristine Opolais Recital
G01:40:002017HD
Critics praise her, and the audience loves her. Kristine Opolais, the prima donna and the star of the New York Metropolitan Opera, performs in her home country Latvia.  She gives a splendid concert with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, at the Latvian National Opera, in 2017. The program includes arias from operas that made Kristine an international star. It includes mostly Italian music that will encourage you to dream about love and think about what is truly important. Enjoy the most beautiful arias and instrumental pieces of opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Pietro Mascagni, Camille Saint-Saëns, Arrigo Boito, and Alfredo Catalani.
15:46
Brahms - Symphony No. 3, Op. 90
G00:36:002015HD
Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis leads his ensemble MusicAeterna alongside Austrian-Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in a performance showcasing young, accomplished and energetic musicians. For this concert, they went searching for a new definition of the meaning of the word beauty. Thus, this 2015 performance from the renowned Musikfest Bremen sheds an entirely new light on two beloved classics by Brahms and Mendelssohn. The concert programme features Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor and Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 3 in F Major.
16:23
Semi Final II - Liszt Competition 2017
G00:22:002017HD
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.
16:45
Burgundian Alphabet I - Anonymous to Incertus
G00:44:002018HD
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.
17:30
Semi Final II - Liszt Competition 2017
G00:25:002017HD
Alexander Ullman (1991, United Kingdom) performs Die drei Zigeuner (S383), Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth (S382bis) and La lugubre gondola, (S134bis) 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.
17:56
Mikko Franck conducts Ravel
G01:35:002012HD
Mikko Franck conducts the Orchestre de Paris in an attractive concert prorgramme, exclusively dedicated to compositions of the French impressionist Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). The soloist of this performance is mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch. Together, they interprete Ravel's ‘Une barque sur l'océan’, ‘Alborada del gracioso’, the Shéhérazade cycle and ballet music from Daphnis et Chloé. This performance was recorded 2012 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
19:31
Looking for Cole
PG01:28:002015HD
The world-famous American composer and lyricist Cole Porter has long made his way into hearts and songbooks all around the globe. The documentary “Looking for Cole” by Wilfried van den Brande, which was recorded over the course of three years, gives a unique insight into the artist’s most interesting life as a “supreme sophisticate.” Van den Brande may well call himself an expert on Porter since he has completed a PhD on the topic and recorded the largest Porter anthology to date, and published concert recordings of 325 Porter songs online. In “Looking for Cole,” Van den Brande journeys in the composer’s footsteps, discusses his work and life with numerous experts, and shares the stage with musicians such as Kim Criswell, Wayne Marshall, the WDR Funkhaus Orchester, and the Brussels Philharmonic.
21:00
Puccini - Turandot
PG02:15:002016HD
In medieval China, Princess Turandot makes an astonishing announcement in front of the Forbidden City of Beijing: she will agree to marry anyone who can unravel her three enigmas. But his suitors play for everything: if they fail, they will be put to death. Having failed to solve the riddles, the prince of Persia will be executed at dusk ... Unfinished and rarely staged, Turandot is Giacomo Puccini's latest opera. For this meticulous composer, Turandot's writing proved to be a particularly long and tedious process. Puccini immersed himself in the creation of his last work, writing to a friend in March 1924 that he "poured [his] soul into this opera". Filmed outside at Torre del Lago Puccini, in the Italian province of Lucca, this spectacular version of Turandot is presented in a most striking setting.
23:15
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No. 2
G00:44:002019HD
Italian pianist Riccardo Schwartz was born in Milan in 1986, and completed his studies at Conservatorio of Milan as a student of acclaimed musicians such as Riccardo Risaliti, Leonardo Leonardi, and Annibale Rebaudengo. He graduated with Honorable Mention and continued his piano studies at the Accademia Pianistica of Imola. Throughout his career, he has had the privilege of performing as a soloist under the baton of outstanding conductors, among the likes of Gustav Kuhn and Yuri Temirkanov. His acclaimed performances include recitals and concertos for piano and orchestra in many prestigious concert halls. One of his best-known successes is the acclaimed concert cycle of Beethoven's 32 Sonatas. This performance features Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, famously known as his "Moonlight Sonata". The name originates from remarks made by the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab. In 1832, five years after Beethoven's death, Rellstab compared the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Within ten years, the name "Moonlight Sonata" ("Mondscheinsonate" in German) had been established throughout English and German publications. Later in the nineteenth century, the sonata was finally known by that name everywhere. This recital was recorded in March 2019 at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile.