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Debussy - Pelléas et Melisande
Alain Altinoglu conducts the Philharmonia Zürich, Zusatzchor Opernhaus Zürich and SoprAlti der Oper Zürich in a performance of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, an opera in five acts to the French libretto from Maurice Maeterlinck's play. It was premiered at the in Paris by the Opéra-Comique in 1902. The plot concerns a love triangle; Prince Golaud finds Mélisande, a mysterious young woman. After marrying her he brings her back to the castle of his grandfather, King Arkel, where Mélisande becomes attached to Golaud’s younger half-brother Pelléas. Main soloists are Brindley Sherratt (Arkel), Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas), Kyle Ketelsen (Golaud) and Corinne Winters (Mélisande). Directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov and recorded at the Opernhaus Zürich in 2016.
Gala from Berlin 2016
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.
Dvořák - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
For the 2016 edition of the Waldbühne, the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili and the Québécois conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin join the Berliner Philharmoniker for a beautiful concert. They present an all Czech program! We always think of Germany, Austria, and Italy when we name great classical composers, but the Czech Republic also delivered some master composers such as Antonin Dvorák, Bedrich Smetana, Leos Janacek, and Bohuslav Martinu. This concert starts with Smetana’s famous Vltava from Má Vlast. Lisa Batiashvili plays Dvorák’s Violin Concerto in A minor, and the concerts centerpiece is Dvorák’s Symphony No. 6.
CMIM - Final - Mario Bahg: Mozart, Verdi, Gounod
South Korean tenor Mario Bahg (1990) performs 'Il mio tesoro intanto' from W. A. Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, 'Lunge da lei… De’ miei bollenti spiriti… O mio rimorso!' from Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata, and 'Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre?… Salut! demeure chaste et pure!' from Charles Gounod's opera Faust, during the Aria division finals of the Concours musical international de Montréal, 2018.
Brahms - Violin Concerto & Academic Ouverture
One of today’s most distinguished conductors, Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in a performance featuring works from the oeuvre of Johannes Brahms. The concert begins with the Academic Festival Overture, written in honor of the University of Breslau, which awarded the composer an honorary doctorate in philosophy. This is followed by Brahms only Violin Concerto (in D major), described by violinist Joseph Joachim, whom it was originally written for, as one of the four great German violin concerti. This performance features violin soloist Julia Fischer. It was recorded at Severance Hall in Cleveland, USA, in 2014.
Concerts in Quarantine: Schumann, Reger & Liszt
Tabea Zimmermann (viola) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano) performed live at Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin on April 17, 2020. On the program are Robert Schumann's Phantasiestücke for clarinet and piano, Op. 73, Max Reger's Suite No. 1 in G minor, Op. 131d, Franz Liszt's Légende S.175, nr.1, and Robert Schumann's Märchenbilder, Op. 113.
Pianomania - Pedro Burmester & Mário Laginha
The Portuguese pianists Pedro Burmester and Mário Laginha bundle their forces in a diverse concert program. This concert opens with a piano transcription of Astor Piazzolla’s La Grande Tango, which was originally composed for piano and cello. After this energetic performance, Burmester plays Chopin’s beloved First Ballade, Op. 23. Laginha joins again for two interesting two-piano transcriptions of impressionistic works: Debussy’s Prélude “À l´après-midi d´un faune,” and Maurice Ravel’s “La valse.” The duo close the concert with two more encores: Arthur Benjamin's “Jamaica Rumba” and “Rosa” by Pixinguinha. This concert is recorded at the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, in 2018.
Nielsen - Symphony No. 6
Fabio Luisi conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in this powerful performance taken from the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Denmark’s national composer, Carl Nielsen. Alongside Nielsen’s inscrutably ironic Symphony No. 6, this performance features world-renowned French pianist Lise de la Salle as soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4. This lesser-known concerto saw three separate iterations throughout the composer’s life and is characterized by bold chromaticism and a distinctly Jazz-like quality. Luisi and de la Salle have prior experience with this piece, having previously performed and recorded it together. This performance was recorded at the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017.
Escaich - Trois motets
Over the course of eleven days in August 2020, the French town of Rocamadour hosted the fifteenth edition of Festival de Rocamadour, a music festival dedicated to sacred music from the classical, baroque, and romantic periods. On August 16, the young British organist Jeremiah Stephenson performed at the medieval Basilique Saint-Sauveur with the French chamber choir Dulci Jubilo under the direction of its founder, Christopher Gibert. The organ plays a central role in this atmospheric concert, which opens with Trois motets by composer and organist Thierry Escaich (*1965). The three-part suite is made up of Eaux natales, Le Masque, and Vers l’espérance. Requiem by composer and organist Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) follows. The concert concludes with Timor et tremor, from Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963).
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109
This performance is taken from Daniel Barenboim's highly esteemed complete rendition of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, recorded at the Palais Rasumofsky, Vienna, Austria, in 1983.
Orff - Carmina Burana
Rodolfo Barráez conducts the Orchestra and Choir of the Academia de Musica del Palacia de Mineria in a performance of Carl Orff's cantata Carmina Burana. Soloists are Anabel de la Mora (soprano), Andrés Carrillo (tenor) and Daniel Cerón (baritone). Carmina Burana, composed in 1935 and 1936, is based on 24 poems from a medieval manuscript of the same name. The full title is "Songs from Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magical images". It was first performed at the Oper Frankfurt on June 8, 1937.
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.
CMIM - Final - John Brancy: Rameau, Verdi
US baritone John Brancy (1988) performs 'Nature, amour, qui partagez mon cœur' from Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera Castor et Pollux, 'Ya vas lyublyu' from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's opera Pique Dame, and 'Per me giunto… O Carlo ascolta' from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Don Carlo, during the Aria division finals of the Concours musical international de Montréal, 2018.
Debussy - La Mer
Claude Debussy’s symphonic sketches for orchestra known collectively as ‘La Mer’ evoke a richly varied vision of the sea. The first part (‘De l’aube á midi sur la mer’) calls up a morning and afternoon at sea, the second (‘Jeux de vagues’) echoes the play of the waves, and the third and final part (‘Dialogue du vent et de la mer’) conjures the communing voices of wind and waves. Debussy knew his sea, the Mediterranean, intimately both from childhood visits to Cannes and from his Italian travels later in life.
Moon Water
In this captivatingly beautiful performance from September 27th of 2008 at the National Theater in Taipei, the acclaimed Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presents Moon Water. The work of celebrated Taiwanese dancer and choreographer Lin Hwai-min draws inspiration from a Buddhist proverb: "Flowers in a mirror and moon on the water are both illusive" and the ideal state of mind of Tai Chi practitioners: "Energy flows as water, while the spirit shines as the moon." The choreographer merges the art of dance and Tai Chi and bases his creative work on these famous quotes to create a poetic translation of Taoist philosophy. Moon Water compares opposites: real versus unreal, effort versus effortlessness and the concept of yin and yang. In a beautiful set created by Austin Wang, the performers of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan create an enchanting scenery to the melodies of nine suites of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello.
Johan de Meij - Symphony No. 1 “Lord of the Rings”
This concert is the result of the collaboration between the “Giuseppe Nicolini,” Conservatory of Piacenza, and the “Giuseppe Verdi,” Conservatory of Milan, as part of the project "MIlanoPIACEnza ... suonare insieme”. On the program are works by the Dutch conductor and composer Johan de Meij. His Symphony No. 1 for woodwind and brass orchestra is titled “Lord of the Rings” and is based on the famous trilogy by writer J. R. R Tolkien. The work exists of five movements, inspired by characters and passages from the story: Gandalf, Lothlórien, Gollum, Journey in the Dark and Hobbits. The symphony premiered in Brussels in 1988. In 2001, a symphonic version was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. This concert is recorded at the Sala dei Teatini of the Teatri di Piacenza in 2018. Directed by Pietro Tagliaferri.