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Haydn - Orlando Paladino
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.
Absolute Prokofiev: The Third Concert
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”.
Discovering Masterpieces – Mendelssohn
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, Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Violin Concerto’ is discussed. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) was the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig’s first conductor. Violinist Frank Michael Erben and musicologist Armin Koch reveal how the composer created a musically rich and virtuoso piece that remains a popular favourite with audiences until today.
Haydn - String Quartet in C Major Op. 20 No. 2
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 F minor Op. 20 No. 2. Opus 20 consist of six quartets that are considered a milestone in the history of composition. Haydn developed techniques in this composition that were to define the string quartet for the next 200 years. The quartets were composed in 1772 when Haydn was already an established composer in Europe.
Naples, City of Keyboards - Scarlatti and Durante
Ever so young, but already the winner of multiple prizes: Cristiano Gaudio is a harpsichord player to keep an eye on over the coming years. You need wait no longer to experience him for the first time: we have engaged this superstar for a harpsichord recital of toccatas and sonatas by Alessandro Scarlatti and Francesco Durante - the primo maestro of the Conservatorio dei Poveri di Gesù Cristo.
Da Caserta and Filipotti - Dulcedo et Subtilitas
Filippotto and Antonello da Caserta were the first Neapolitan composers whose music was preserved. It is anything but primitive: these two belong amongst the prominent representatives of ars subtilior and the melodic Italian style which musicologist Nino Pirrotta christened “dulcedo.” La Fonte Musica immerses itself in the heritage of the first Neapolitan School, and gives us a taste of both early notated compositions and the unwritten traditions.
Semi Final I - Liszt Competition 2017
Minsoo Hong (1993, South Korea) performs Variationen über das Motif von J.S. Bach: 'Weinen, Klagen', S180, Gounod/Liszt - Les Adieux, Rêverie sur un motif de l'opera Roméo et Juliette, S409 and Gounod/Liszt - Valse de l'opéra Faust, S407 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.
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 2, No. 2
The second in Beethoven's first group of three piano sonatas, in A major, makes greater demands on both performer and listener in comparison with the first. This is particularly evident through its use of counterpoint, which contemporary critics were to dismiss as too “learned.” After a surprising first movement, and a stately D major second movement, there follows a Scherzo of deceptive simplicity and a final Rondo that reserves its virtuosity for its central chromatic section. This performance is taken from Daniel Barenboim's highly esteemed complete rendition of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, recorded at the Schloss Hetzendorf, Vienna, Austria, in 1983.
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3, Op 30
The legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) won his first praise on his interpretation of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto from the composer himself. When Rachmaninoff heard the young Kiev-born pianist play his work shortly after Horowitz's arrival in New York in 1928, he exclaimed: "He swallowed it whole." Fifty years later, on September 24, 1978, Horowitz electrified his audience once again with this monumental work. Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, he gave a special performance of this work as part of the celebrations honoring his U.S. debut 50 years earlier. His unforgettable account was recorded live on video and broadcast simultaneously throughout the United States. It was the last time Horowitz played the Third in his lifetime. The work itself, reverently called "Rach 3" by pianists brave enough to tackle its monstrous technical challenges, achieved international celebrity of a different kind in recent years.
Schumann - Piano Quartet, Op. 47
The Ébène Quartet, consisting of Daishin Kashimoto (violin), Lise Berthaud (viola), François Salque (cello), and Eric Le Sage (piano), performs Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet, Op. 47. The quartet was completed in 1842 and has been described as the "creative double" of Schumann's Piano Quintet, which is also in the key of E-flat major. It is perhaps the most frequently performed piano quartets in the repertoire. The work was composed during Schumann’s “Chamber Music Year,” in which he concentrated a whole year on the genre, writing three string quartets and a piano quintet in addition to this piano quartet. This performance is recorded at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.
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.
Christmas Concert
On 18 December 2017, the Valerius Ensemble played a Christmas concert in Concordia, Enschede. The ensemble consists of Robert Windak (violin), Annemarie van Vliegen (violin), Eva Šušliková (viola) and Réne Geesing (cello). The program consists of “Das neugeborne Kindelein” from Bachs Cantata BWV 122, the Largo from Vivaldi’s Winter, the Allegro from Mozart’s Divertimento in D (KV. 136), Méditation from Massenet’s opera “Thaïs,” The Entertainer by Scott Joplin, the Vilja song from Léhars “Die Lustige Witwe” and the animated Romanian folk-tune Geampara. The Ensemble closes with Piazzolla’s Ave Maria (Tanti anni prima).
Abbado conducts Mahler and Schönberg
The program is introduced with a short documentation about Schönberg's Pelleas et Melisande, based on a text by Claudio Abbado. Every musical theme relates to a special colour appearing on screen. What has been so remarkable about Abbado’s Mahler performances is that their impact has never been achieved at the expense of the multiple sensitivities, subtleties and extreme sophistication. Together with the world's leading youth orchestra – the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) – Abbado performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Schönberg’s Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5. The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester was founded in Vienna in 1986, by Abbado’s initiative. The orchestra's high level of artistic quality and its international success have moved important conductors and soloists to work with the ensemble.
Brahms - Symphony No. 3, Op. 90
Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in this performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 3. A late-romantic treasure, this work demonstrates the evolution of the composer's modest symphonic output, balancing the brightness of his Second Symphony with the monumentality of his Fourth Symphony. Strangely enough, even though the Third reaches several glorious outpourings of massed winds and strings, the work ends in pianissimo, leaving the listener taken aback, reflective rather than jubilant. This performance was recorded at the Vienna Musikverein, Austria, in 2014.
Semi Final II - Liszt Competition 2017
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.
Khachaturyan Piano Concerto & Borodin
The Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia and pianist Boris Berezovsky are led by conductor Vladimir Verbitsky in a performance of works by Aram Khachaturyan and Alexander Borodin. The concert was recorded in December of 2016 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and features Borodin´s In the Steppes of Central Asia, and Khachaturyan’s Piano Concerto in D-flat Major and “Adagio from Spartacus and Phrygia” (transcription for piano and orchestra). The programme is produced by the Moscow Philharmonic Society, which Saint Petersburg-born composer Dmitri Shostakovich himself once described as playing a significant role "in the development of musical life [in Russia]. It is a kind of university which is attended by millions of music lovers and thousands of musicians.” The Moscow Philharmonic Society was founded in 1922 by then-Commissar for Culture, Anatoly Lunacharsky, and has over the years come to be Russia's leading concert organizing institution.
Telemann - Jesus liegt in letzten Zügen, TWV 1:983
The film Jaroussky sings Bach & Telemann is a portrait of a very special vocalist, and of two exceptional composers. When Philippe Jaroussky - whose angelic voice seems almost timeless, not belonging to any one epoque or decade - sings works by Telemann and Bach, it becomes abundantly clear that the sheer emotional force and the purifying power of their music have not diminished over the centuries. The works performed in this film are Telemann's Jesus liegt in letzten Zügen and Sinfonia from Brockes-Passion; Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus, and Bach's Sinfonia from Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis and Ich habe genug.
Easter Concert in Baden-Baden 2016
This concert may be called a meeting of musical giants: Manfred Honeck conducts the Berlin Philharmonic while cellist Yo-Yo Ma features as soloist. Success guaranteed when these artists take the stage at the 2016 Easter Concert from the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden! Honeck, musical director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, made his successful debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2013. Yo-Yo Ma has played regularly with the orchestra since 1978. The concert opens with Brahms' Tragic Overture, Op. 81, followed by Schumann's Concerto for Cello, Op. 129. The orchestra concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique.” While Schumann’s Cello Concerto was never played during his lifetime, Tchaikovsky died just nine days after the premiere of his Symphony No. 6.
Mozart on Tour - Episode 9 : Vienna and Prague
The 13-part Mozart on Tour series chronicles the journey of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart across Europe. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro asks basic questions about the relationships of men and women, the aristocracy and their servants, and is, to this day, the most mature and genuine human operatic composition ever written. With sublimely beautiful music that supports, intensifies, and enhances the drama every step of the way, the Piano Concerto No. 24, KV 491 is solid drama from start to finish, with a minor harmonic structure reminiscent of Don Giovanni. In this performance, recorded at Schönbrunn palace in Vienna, Andre Previn is the soloist and conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 Op. 78
Paavo Järvi conducts the Orchestre de Paris in a beautiful performance at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, 2011. Gauthier Capuçon and Thierry Escaich are the soloists. The French cellist Gauthier Capuçon is the youngest of three siblings. One of them is the famous violinist Renaud Capuçon. Ward-winning Gauthier recorded all of the major cello concertos written. One of them is the Cello Concerto Op. 104 by Antonin Dvorak. He performs this beautiful piece together with the Orchestre de Paris. Thierry Escaich plays the organ part in Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3. This piece is popularly known as the “Organ Symphony” even though it is not a true symphony for organ. Saint-Saëns was a famous organist in 19th-century Paris and therefore very familiar with this instrument. He conducted the French première himself in 1887, but the first performance already took place in 1886, right before the death of Franz Liszt. Saint-Saëns dedicated his Symphony No. 3 to his friend and colleague, Liszt
Saint-Saëns - Intro and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
The Waldbühne in Berlin, one of the most appealing outdoor amphitheatres on the European continent, is the home of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s summer concerts. With over 22.000 in attendance, they are some of the most popular classical music concerts in the world. This year the outstanding orchestra under the baton of Neeme Järvi take us on a trip to Arabian “Thousand and One Nights”, with soloist Janine Jansen, a rising star who quickly gained the reputation of one of the foremost young violinists on the international concert stages. On the program are Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, op. 35, Grieg's 'Peer Gynt' Suite No.1, op. 46, excerpts from Nielsen's Aladdin Suite for Orchestra op. 34, Saint-Saëns's Introduction und Rondo capriccioso and "Meditation” from 'Thais' by Massenet.
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale', Op. 68
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.
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 Op. 64
The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his fifth symphony in 1888. It was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on November 17 with Tchaikovsky himself as the conductor. He dedicated this symphony to the German musician and teacher Theodor Avé-Lallemant. The two met in 1888 and according to his diaries Tchaikovsky was very fond of Avé-Lallemant at that time. This concert features the Mariinsky Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. In 2010, all six Tchaikovsky symphonies were recorded by this Russian combination.