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Sat. April 29

00:00
Janácek – Katja Kabanova
This award-winning and original production of Leos Janacek’s opera ‘Káťa Kabanová’ was filmed in the baroque decor of Les Bouffes du Nord in Paris. With a reduced piano version and incredibly talented young singers, this is an enchanting version, acclaimed both by the press and the public. Kát’a is married to Tichon, who is dominated by his tyrannical mother Kabanicha. Boris G., who lives in with his uncle, the merchant Dikój, is hopelessly in love with Kát’a. Kát’a confesses to Varvara, one of Kabanicha’s foster daughters, that she finds her feelings for Boris hard to resist. Varvara, who harbours a secret crush for teacher Kudrjas, promised to help her. Kabanicha sends her son on a business trip and Kát’a vainly tries to persuade her husband not to leave, because she knows she will end up meeting with Boris. Varvara, who has a date with Kudrjas herself, tells Kát’a that Boris is waiting for her in the garden. Meanwhile, a grotesque love scene is taking place between the inebriated Dikój and the hypocrite Kabanicha. When Tichon comes home, Kát’a confesses that she spent the final 10 nights with Boris. Kabanicha wants to punish Kát’a severely, and Dikój sends his cousin to Siberia. The lovers say goodbye, after which Kát’a jumps into the river and drowns herself. Once Tichon sees Kát‘a’s lifeless body, he rises against his mother for the first time, accusing her of the death of his wife.
Display Titles: Janácek – Katja Kabanova
Location: Bouffes du Nord, Paris
Concert Year: 2015
01:41
Berlin Philharmonic 125th anniversary
In 2007 the Europa Konzert took place in Berlin, on the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Under the motto "The Year 1882" the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of maestro Simon Rattle are heard with Brahms’ “Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra”, his Fourth Symphony and Wagners’ “Prelude to Act I” from Parsifal - the piece that was the orchestras first recording in September 1913 under Alfred Hertz. The soloists are Lisa Batiashvili (violin) and Truls Mørk (cello), established as sought-after young virtuosos and appearing regularly with leading orchestras and in recitals throughout the world. The “Kraftwerk und Kabelwerk Oberspree (power and cable factory)” is one of the most impressive historical industrial building from the late 19th century in Berlin.
Display Titles: Berlin Philharmonic 125th anniversary
Artists: Truls Mørk,Sir Simon Rattle,Berliner Philharmoniker,Lisa Batiashvili
Location: Kabelwerk Oberspree, Berlin
Concert Year: 2007
03:24
Fauré - Quartet No. 1 Op. 15
When Gabriel Fauré was born in 1845, Felix Mendelssohn’s famous violin concerto had just premiered and the German states had not yet been united. When he died in 1924, the old Europe had passed away in the devastating fires of World War I and the musical world was still recovering from the shock of Igor Stravinsky’s scandalous ‘Le sacre du printemps’. Living in these turbulent times, Fauré strove in his music to unite the old and the new. He composed this piano quartet in 1871, just after finishing his studies at the Parisian ‘École Niedermeyer’ where he met Camille Saint-Saëns. Still under the influence of Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner, he began to find his own musical voice, though his compositions were still limited to chamber music and songs. It was only many years later, when he worked as composition teacher at the Parisian conservatorium (he would later become its director), that he started composing longer works, including his wonderful Requiem. When his life drew to a close, he returned to his cherished chamber music and songs.
Display Titles: Fauré - Quartet No. 1 Op. 15
Artists: Torleif Thedéen,Lars Anders Tomter,Nelson Goerner,Janine Jansen
Location: Verbier Festival
04:01
The Bohemian Haydn
The Apollo Ensemble was founded in 1992. Since then it has always been exploring the borders of the interplay and interaction between musicians. The instrumentalists play period music on genuine period instruments or on faithful copies. On the programme ‘The Bohemian Haydn’, the Apollo Ensemble performs two symphonic pieces, as well as two solo concertos. The first of these solo concerts is rather unusual, as it is the only surviving concert for the Csakán flute. Annelies Schraa introduced the piece in 2010 and she performs it during this concert. Moreover, you’re treated to Johann Baptist Vanhal’s ‘Concerto for Double Bass’, performed by Robert Franenberg, double bassist of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. This concert was recorded at the Oudhoornse Kerk in Alphen aan de Rijn, the Netherlands. Several soloists, members of the Apollo Ensemble, as well as the artistic director David Rabinovich provide spoken introductions to some of the compositions.
Display Titles: The Bohemian Haydn
Artists: Apollo Ensemble,David Rabinovich,Robert Franenberg,Annelies Schraa
Location: Oudhoornse Kerk, Alphen aan de Rijn
Concert Year: 2015
05:25
Dvorák – Symphony No. 8, part IV
Contrary to his earlier symphonies, Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 sounds upbeat and optimistic. Dvorák composed his Symphony No. 8 in 1889; he conducted the February 2, 1890 premiere himself. Like his earlier symphonies, he once again managed to complete his Symphony No. 8 within a mere two months’ time. Dvorák chose to write his Symphony No. 8 as the exact opposite of his Symphony No. 7. He composed the piece during a stay in the Czech region of Bohemia, which provided a huge source of inspiration. Much of the Bohemian folk music Dvorák loved so much can be heard in this symphony. Today’s broadcast is part of a series of all nine Dvorák Symphonies, which were performed by the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of the Czech conductor Jirí Belohlávek in 2014. Belohlávek won the Czech National Conducting Competition in 1970. After this, he served as guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic for two years. Afterwards, Belohlávek was often found in Prague; moreover, he was guest conductor of the Rotterdam Philh
Display Titles: Dvorák – Symphony No. 8, part IV
Artists: Jiri Belohlavek,Czech Philharmonic
Location: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague
Concert Year: 2014
05:37
Dvorák - Symphony No. 7 part 3
When Antonin Dvorák was elected honourary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in London in 1884 and invited to write a symphony, the composer was up to the task. He was full of fresh admiration for Brahms’ third symphony and he had just been planning to start on a new composition himself. The first ideas presented themselves when he entered the train station in Prague and a train full of men from Pest drew in. The group was in Prague for a special programme at the National Theatre that was aimed at increasing awareness of the political struggles of the Czech nation. Dvorák decided that his symphony had to reflect these struggles, leading to the birth of a masterpiece. In this broadcast: the third movement.
Display Titles: Dvorák - Symphony No. 7 part 3
Artists: Sir John Eliot Gardiner,The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Location: Stockholm Concert Hall
Concert Year: 2008
06:30
Sibelius - Valse triste
For us it is almost impossible to imagine, after a century of bad performances in bizarre combinations, how magical the first performance of Jean Sibelius’ ‘Valse Triste’ must have been. Sibelius wrote this mini-tone poem as part of the music to ‘Kuolema’, a play written by his brother-in-law. Due to its overwhelming success, the piece embarked on a solo-career, and is now mostly performed separately. Kuolema tells the story of an old woman who is overjoyed at seeing her dead husband again. Out of joy she starts to dance with him, but the audience knows it is in fact Death she is dancing with. At the end of the piece it becomes clear that the woman, too, has died.
Display Titles: Sibelius - Valse triste
Artists: Chamber Orchestra of Europe,Vladimir Ashkenazy
Location: Cité de la Musique, Paris
Concert Year: 2008
06:42
Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi...
Every year, the closing concert of the Pianoscope Festival is a unique moment, in which all musicians who took part in any of the Festival’s concerts and masterclasses come together for a majestic conclusion to the festivities. In this broadcast: Claude Debussy’s ‘Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune’ for piano.
Display Titles: Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi...
Artists: Jean-Claude Pennetier,Jean-Philippe Collard
Location: Pianoscope Festival
Concert Year: 2009
06:50
Verdi - Overture I vespri siciliani
To honour the occasion of the founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on May 1st, 1882, this leading German orchestra organises an annual ‘Europa Concert’ on the exact founding day. The concert is always led by a world-famous conductor and takes place at an important cultural and historical centre in Europe, while being aired worldwide. In this, it has become the Berlin counterpart to the Wiener Philharmoniker’s New Year’s concert. The first edition was organised in 1991 in Prague. In 2002 the Europa Concert took place inside the famous Palermo opera house. In one of the most beautiful old opera temples of Europe, Italian maestro Claudio Abbado shows where his roots are. It is with a reason that this celebratory programme ends with a very fitting encore: the overture from Verdi’s ‘I Vespri Siciliani’. The story of this so-called ‘Grand Opera’ is based upon a historic event, the Sicilian Vespers of 1282. Verdi wrote this piece in the tradition of the French Grand Opera for Paris, but it became most famous in its Italian version. The Overture ‘I Vespri Siciliani’ is one of the best-loved pieces in the Italian opera repertoire.
Display Titles: Verdi - Overture I vespri siciliani
Artists: Claudio Abbado,Berliner Philharmoniker
Location: Teatro Massimo, Palermo
Concert Year: 2002
07:00
Chaminade - Six Etudes de Concert
Cécile Chaminade was one of few female composers in her day that achieved great fame. Chaminade was a wunderkind, she already started playing the piano at a very young age and wrote her first composition when she was eight. Her father did not allow her to go to the Parisian Conservatory, but she did get lessons from many great teachers instead. She made her public debut at the age of 18, and from then on performed all over the world. Her own compositions where often on the programme at these tours. They also achieved fame because of this and a large part of her 400 compositions was published. In this broadcast you can listen to six ‘Etudes de Concert’.
Display Titles: Chaminade - Six Etudes de Concert
Artists: Jerome Ducros,Philippe Jaroussky
Location: Verbier Festival
Concert Year: 2009
07:11
Now on
Beethoven - Violin Romance No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven was an exceptional pianist, perhaps that is why people tend to forget he was also a capable violinist. Although perhaps not a virtuoso, Beethoven loved the instrument and wrote no lesser than ten sonatas for it, several pieces of chamber music and of course the violin concerto. His ‘Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra’ stand out , because they are two pieces of a whole that are still very reminiscent of solo concertos. In this broadcast: the first Romance.
Display Titles: Beethoven - Violin Romance No. 1
Artists: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,Kurt Masur,Renaud Capucon
Location: St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
Concert Year: 2009
07:22
Les Salons de Musique - Opus 7
The philosophy behind ‘Les Salons de Musique’ is to bring about original and exclusive meetings between preeminent musicians. These meetings take place in unusual and intimate venues. The musicians share their emotions with each other and with the audience: a recipe for unforgettable moments. In 2008, Jean-Guihen Queyras was selected ‘Artist of the Year’ by the readers of the ‘Diapason’ magazine. ‘Victoires de la Musique’ chose him as the ‘Best Solo Instrumentalist’. His unique quality is, undoubtedly, his musical eclecticism. For a long time, he was a soloist at the Ensemble InterContemporain, where his collaboration with Pierre Boulez strongly influenced him. Boulez even awarded the 2002 Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in Toronto to Jean-Guihen. Since then, he has applied himself to the mastery of a wide repertoire, as his varied and ambitious discography testifies, He is also a professor at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and the artistic co-director of the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence, which are organized in Forcalquier each July. Sokratis Sinopoulos was born in Athens in 1974. He received tutelage in classical guitar, western music theory, and Byzantine music. In 1990, he represented Greece at a meeting of young musicians from all over the world. Sinopoulis does not limit himself to one musical genre: he plays everything from the traditional demotic music from Greece to jazz.
Display Titles: Les Salons de Musique - Opus 7
Location: Eglise de bon-secours, Paris
Concert Year: 2012
08:25
Liszt - Parafrasi da opere di Verdi
Broadly speaking, Franz Liszt’s piano pieces may be grouped in two categories: original compositions and paraphrases and fantasias based on the work of other composers. This particular piece shows him taking on the music of ‘Rigoletto’, one of Verdi’s most intense operas, and incorporates many of its musical highlights. All in all, Liszt arranged three Verdi operas for solo piano (‘Rigoletto’, ‘Ernani’ and ‘Il Trovatore’). Originally intended for a series of concerts in Berlin by pianist and conductor Hans von Bülow, Liszt wanted these piano arrangements to be showpieces for the piano’s tonal range and expressive qualities. The results show his exceptional command of the instrument.
Display Titles: Liszt - Parafrasi da opere di Verdi
Artists: Daniel Barenboim
Location: Berliner Philharmonie
Concert Year: 2007
08:56
Lang Lang in Vienna, part 1
‘The most popular pianist on the planet’ (CNN) performs at the stunning Musikverein in Vienna, recorded for the first time at a special TV recital! ‘For me, there are few halls around the globe that have the same prestige as Carnegie Hall and the Musikverein. Of course there are other great halls, but I always feel these two have a unique place in people’s hearts. So I felt that after Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein would be the place where I should do another live recordings’ (Lang Lang). The programme: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’.
Display Titles: Lang Lang in Vienna, part 1
Artists: Lang Lang
Location: Musikverein, Vienna
Concert Year: 2010
09:54
Mahler - Symphony No. 5 part 1
,,Nobody understood it. I wish I could conduct the first performance - 50 years after I'm gone.’’ Gustav Mahler wrote his Symphony No. 5 in the summers of 1901 and 1902, a period of change in the composer's life. As director of the Wiener Staatsoper and conductor of the Wiener Philharmoniker, he had one of the most-wanted positions in the music business, while he also met his wife Alma Mahler, who was pregnant with their first child, in 1902. Mahler's health gave less cause for celebration: a hemorrhage would have killed him in 1901, had his doctor not prevented that. Keeping this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Mahler's approach to composition changed. His work premiered in 1904, but the audience was not ready for a composition this impressive. Different from his Symphonies No. 2 and 3, Mahler's Symphony No. 5 is a completely instrumental work (with the famous fourth movement, the Adagietto, as the highlight), and, moreover, it lacks the philosophical or religious themes of his earlier Symphonies. Mahler would keep wrestling with the instrumentation of the piece until his death in 1911.
Display Titles: Mahler - Symphony No. 5 part 1
Location: Philharmonie, Berlin
Concert Year: 2002
10:09
Dvorák – Symphony No. 7
After hearing the beautiful sounds of Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, Antonín Dvorák was inspired to start working on a new symphony of his own. Around that time, the Philharmonic Society of London commissioned a new symphony from Dvorák, allowing him to be nominated for a honourary membership. He based his symphony on several of the conflicts people encounter over the course of a lifetime. These conflicts were both of a political and a personal nature. The symphony has a very patriotic and nationalist character. According to the critics, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 represents his finest effort, along with his Symphonies No. 8 and 9. Today’s broadcast is part of a series of all nine Dvorák Symphonies, which were performed by the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of the Czech conductor Jirí Belohlávek in 2014. Belohlávek won the Czech National Conducting Competition in 1970. After this, he served as guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic for two years. Afterwards, Belohlávek was often found in Prague; moreover, he was guest conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 it was announced that he would return to the Czech Philharmonic as principal conductor, which resulted in in this string beautiful performances of Dvorák’s symphonies.
Display Titles: Dvorák – Symphony No. 7
Artists: Czech Philharmonic,Jiri Belohlavek
Location: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague
Concert Year: 2014
10:50
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 '…
It must have been quite a concert: at 6:30 PM on December 22, 1808, the poorly heated Theater an der Wien provided the backdrop for the premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. His Choral Fantasy, his concert aria ‘Ah! perfido’, selections from the Mass in C and his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies were performed. Each and every one of these compositions is a masterpiece; their influence on music history has proven enormous. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, ‘Pastorale’, is a text book example of programme music: Beethoven cleverly sketches the peace and quiet of the country life.
Display Titles: Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'
Artists: Claudio Abbado,Berliner Philharmoniker
Location: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome
Concert Year: 2001
11:35
Liszt – Sonata in b minor
Franz Liszt completed his ‘Sonata in b minor’ in 1853. A year later, he dedicated this sonata to the composer Robert Schumann, who was a good friend of Liszt’s. The composition was performed first in 1857 by piano virtuoso and conductor Hans von Bülow, a student and – later – son-in-law to Liszt. The responses to the composition varied wildly. Composer Johannes Brahms and pianist Anton Rubinstein did not think much about it, whereas it greatly enthused Richard Wagner. The shape of the piece has been a topic for debate. Some musicologists claim it is a true sonata in four parts, while others claim the piece is one unified whole. Without a doubt, the piece requires an enormous technical skill on the performer’s part: therefore, it should fit piano lioness Yuja Wang like a glove!
Display Titles: Liszt – Sonata in b minor
Artists: Yuja Wang
Location: Verbier Festival
Concert Year: 2008
12:07
Daniel Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital
Daniel Barenboim rarely gives piano recitals these days, but here he dedicates a whole evening to Chopin on the occasion of the great composer’s 200th birthday anniversary in 2010. While Chopin used to advise his piano students to take singing lessons, Barenboim, as an experienced conductor of operas, is also very familiar with the human voice. With his brilliant virtuosity, he leads the audience through a most colourful programme, once again proving his talent for this repertoire. Programme: F. Chopin: Fantasy in F Minor Op. 49 - Nocturne in D Flat Major Op. 27/2 - Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 35 (Funeral March) - Barcarole in F Sharp Major Op. 60 - Waltz in F Major Op. 34 No. 3 - Waltz in A Minor Op. 34 No. 2 - Waltz in C Sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2 - Berceuse in D Flat Major Op. 57 - Polonaise in A Flat Major Op. 53.
Display Titles: Daniel Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital
Artists: Daniel Barenboim
Location: Warsaw Philharmonic Hall
Concert Year: 2010
13:42
Viardot-Garcia - La Havanaise
French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky attained his succesful singing career by a roundabout way he started playing violin at eleven and learned to play the piano at fifteen. Only when he was eighteen and met singing teacher Nicole Fallien did he decide to focus exclusively on singing. By now he has become one of the most famous classical vocalists in the world, praised by many for the purity of his voice and his fresh stage presence, with which he undoubtedly improved the public image of old music. In this broadcast he sings Viardot-Garcia's 'La Havanaise'.
Display Titles: Viardot-Garcia - La Havanaise
Artists: Jerome Ducros,Philippe Jaroussky
Location: Verbier Festival
Concert Year: 2009
14:00
The Pyongang concert
“The concert was historic…” Daniel J. Wakin, The New York Times „From the start, the concert was exceptional… It felt like history… If this concert… precipitates a thaw, it started here.” Anna Fifield, Financial Times The concert was the ultimate highlight of the New York Philharmonic’s trip to North Korea’s capital Pyongyang: when Music Director Lorin Maazel raised his baton for Arirang, a lilting folk song emblematic of the North and South Korean people, some audience members were obviously misty-eyed. The North Korean audience was on its feet, applauding and waving to the musicians. Does this moment symbolize a change? Can music make a real difference? The concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre was certainly an impressive event. The New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel opened with the national anthems of North Korea and the United States, leading on to Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World and An American in Paris.
Display Titles: The Pyongang concert
Artists: New York Philharmonic,Lorin Maazel
Location: East Pyongyang Grand Theatre
Concert Year: 2008
15:52
Les Salons de Musique: Opus 12
The philosophy behind ‘Les Salons de Musique’ is to bring about original and exclusive meetings between preeminent musicians. These meetings take place in unusual and intimate venues. The musicians share their emotions with each other and with the audience: a recipe for unforgettable moments. The three young soloists, soloists Beatrice Berrut (piano), Lorenzo Gatto (violin) and Camille Thomas (cello), have played many of Europe’s most prestigious concert stages. For one, they performed at the Berlin Philharmonie and London’s Wigmore Hall. These three musicians are gifted with an extreme sensitivity, fabulous technique and expressive skill, topped by and enormous sincerity. All three were born in francophone countries (France, Switzerland and Belgium). Apart from their music, the ensemble is linked by another passion: aviation. Beatrice and Lorenzo, who both are certified pilots, will show us that the sky is their limit.
Display Titles: Les Salons de Musique: Opus 12
Location: Bastille Design Center, Paris
Concert Year: 2013
16:55
Sandee en Van Nieukerken - Martland…
In 2015, the piano duo Sandee/Van Nieukerken commemorates the British composer Steve Martland (1954-2013), who died too young. With the avid support of music lovers and other interested parties, who made a success of a crowdfunding action initiated by Laura Sandee and Anna van Nieukerken, this television recording was produced especially for brava. Martland – like Sandee and Nieukerken after him – studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Martland, who was taught by Louis Andriessen, wrote rhythmical, tonal, strongly pulsed music, which makes it comparable to pop music, and which partly accounts for its ‘earworm’ potential. Right up Sandee/Van Nieukerken’s alley: during the past dozen or so years, the duo has been performing internationally, where they are set apart from the competition by their bubbly, colourful interpretations and original choice of unusual 20th-century repertoire, like the music of Steve Martland. Enjoy these 25 minutes of electrifying piano music on brava, including Martland’s compositions ‘Dance Works’ and ‘Birthday Hocket’!
Display Titles: Sandee en Van Nieukerken - Martland Monument
Artists: Laura Sandee,Anna van Nieukerken
Concert Year: 2014
17:21
Franz Liszt Piano Competition - Yury…
Pianist Yury Favorin completed his piano training with Mikhail Voskresensky at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory magna cum laude. He also studied composition with Karen Khachaturian and chamber music with Alexander Rudin, and continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Jacques Rouvier. He has won prizes at the Queen Elizabeth Competition and the Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition, among others. Yury Favorin has participated in renowned festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron and the Piano Festival ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ in Moscow. Aside from numerous European countries, he has performed in China and Japan, not only as a soloist but also with orchestras under the direction of conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Dmitry Bashkirov, Marin Alsop and Paul Goodwin. He has released several albums, including the highly acclaimed 2013 recording of Liszt’s ‘Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses’.
Display Titles: Franz Liszt Piano Competition - Yury Favorin
Artists: Yuri Favorin
Location: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
Concert Year: 2014
17:54
Mendelssohn – Suite from A Midsummer…
Since Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’ was put to music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, everyone assumes to know what elves are like. It appears they’re floating weightlessly through the air while they’re performing all kinds of mischief. What’s the connection between Shakespeare and Mendelssohn? As a 17-year-old, the young compose read Schlegel’s translation of the English comedy play. Shakespeare’s description of the supernatural inspired him to compose a fitting overture, although Mendelssohn wrote the remainder of this suite years and years later, in 1842. Whomever limits himself to this Overture and the all-too-familiar Wedding March, which are both part of this Suite, is missing out: the complete, 14-part composition, including parts for a narrator, a soprano, a mezzo soprano, a children’s and women’s choir is too delectable to be ignored. Schumann rightly described this piece as glowing with “the bloom of youth”.
Display Titles: Mendelssohn – Suite from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Artists: Sinfonia Rotterdam,Conrad van Alphen
Location: De Doelen, Rotterdam
Concert Year: 2015
18:31
Schönberg - Pelléas et Mélisande
Originally, Arnold Schönberg intended to turn his ‘Pelléas und Melisande’ into an opera, but quite early on he decided it was to be a purely instrumental piece the composer thought the piece would turn out better when unrestricted by lyrics. The composition’s subject came from a hint Richard Strauss gave Schoenberg, pointing to the play by Maurice Maeterlinck of the same name. It takes a large orchestra to perform this composition, but it is full of details nonetheless. The main characters in the story for instance (Pelléas, Melissande and Golaud) all have their own theme.
Display Titles: Schönberg - Pelléas et Mélisande
Artists: Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester,Claudio Abbado
Location: Musikverein, Vienna
Concert Year: 2006
19:12
The Archief: Charles Munch
Charles Munch was filmed only rarely at the helm of the Orchestre National de l’ORTF (by now known as the Orchestre National de France). The sessions in this broadcast are taken from recordings made in Tokyo in October 1966. Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 was a particular favourite of Munch’s. This symphony had closed the programme of his very first concert with the Orchestre Straram, back in 1932. Unfortunately, the opening movement is missing, but its finale is absolutely stupendous. With his rendition of Maurice Ravel’s Suite No. 2, ‘Daphnis et Chloé’, Munch achieves mesmerizing results.
Display Titles: The Archief: Charles Munch
Artists: Charles Munch,Orchestre de L'ORTF
Location: Tokyo
Concert Year: 1966
20:06
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, part 2
1812 was an eventful year for the already acclaimed as well as deaf composer Ludwig van Beethoven. For one thing, it saw his long-awaited though disappointing meeting with another giant of German art, the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In addition to this, his mind was occupied with love-matters as he wrote his famous letter to a nameless ‘Immortal Beloved’, and he got involved in the life of his youngest brother in an attempt to end the latter’s relationship with a maid. Despite all this, he also found the time to compose several new works, including his Symphony No. 7. Its premiere was in 1813, as part of a charity concert for injured soldiers, and featured a star-studded orchestra: besides Louis Spohr on violin, the orchestra boasted the presence of such musical legends as Nepomuk Hummel, Giacomo Meyerbeer and Antonio Salieri. This program broadcasts the symphony’s second part.
Display Titles: Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, part 2
Artists: Claudio Abbado,Berliner Philharmoniker
Location: Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg
Concert Year: 1996
21:00
Brahms - Sextet No.2 in G Major
In this broadcast, the Arkovsky Sextet performs Johannes Brahms’ Sextet No. 2 in G Major. Brahms composed the work between 1864 and 1865, but it only premiered in Boston on October 11, 1866, after being published by Fritz Simrock. The ensemble’s name is a contraction of composers Arnold Schönberg and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and features Elise Besemer, Ernst Jan Vos, Martin Moriarty, Robin van Gameren, Kalle de Bie, and Pieter de Koe. Five members attend The Hague and Amsterdam conservatories and the sixth studies engineering at Delft University of Technology along with private lessons from a conservatory teacher.
Display Titles: Brahms - Sextet No.2 in G Major
Artists: Arkovsky Sextet
Concert Year: 2016
21:47
Les Salons de Musique: Opus 4
The philosophy behind ‘Les Salons de Musique’ is to bring about original and exclusive meetings between preeminent musicians. These meetings take place in unusual and intimate venues. The musicians share their emotions with each other and with the audience: a recipe for unforgettable moments. David Grimal is a French violinist, who plays concerts all over the globe. At the Paris Conservatory, Grimal was awarded the prize for Best Violinist and Best Chamber Musician in 1993. Grimal has performed many chamber music concertos with the likes of Youri Bashmet and Boris Berezovsky. In the current episode of ‘Les Salons de Musique’, David Grimal performes together with his sister, saxophonist Alexandra Grimal, and his own quartet, ‘Les Dissonances’, which he started in 2004. This flexible ensemble plays both quartets and chamber music, and accompanies several soloists. Enjoy a varied programme of music by Béla Bartók, Leos Janácek, and others.
Display Titles: Les Salons de Musique: Opus 4
Artists: David Grimal,Dissonnances Quartet,Alexandra Grimal,Nelson Veras
Location: Atelier du Plateau, Paris
Concert Year: 2012
22:43
Mahler – Symphony No. 2 parts 3-5
“Aufersteh’n, ja aufersteh’n wirst du, mein Herz in einem Nu! Was du geschlagen, zu Gott wird es dich tragen! “ The final chorus of Mahler's beautiful and impressive second symphony never fails to move its listeners. Apart from the size of the gigantic orchestra and the use of an organ and soloists, the theme of life and death contributes to the epic quality of the work. The listener may recognize a number of Mahler's earlier compositions from his song collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn. This performance, by Claudio Abbado, soprano Eteri Gvazava, mezzo soprano Anna Larson, Orfeón Donostiarra, and the first-rate musicians of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, is one of the greatest ever. During this broadcast you can enjoy the last three movements.
Display Titles: Mahler – Symphony No. 2 parts 3-5
Location: Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre
Concert Year: 2003