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Sat. March 25

00:00
Verdi - I due Foscari
Giuseppe Verdi based his opera ‘I due Foscari’ (The Two Foscari) on a play by the great romantic writer Lord Byron. Indeed, ‘I Due Foscari’ is a textbook example of romanticism: heartfelt emotions, a longing for days gone by, and a deep sense of tragedy are at the core of the work. The opera is set in 15th-century Venice. Jacopo, the son of the Venetian Doge Francesco, is falsely accused of murder, and banished from the city. Despite his power and his wish to intervene, his father is unable to help. Jacopo is forced to leave the city, his family, and his friends, who are left in tears. Only when his ship has already left the harbour, evidence of Jacopo’s innocence comes to light. Nothing can be done. The Council of Ten, responsible for Jacopo’s banishment, decides that Francesco is too old to serve as Doge, and removes him from office. While the bells of the San Marco start ringing to announce the new Doge, the old Francesco dies – removed from his position, and heartbroken.
Display Titles: Verdi - I due Foscari
Artists: Teatro Regio di Parma,Donato Renzetti
Location: Teatro Regio di Parma
Concert Year: 2009
02:01
Waldbühne 2006: 1001 Nights
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. Programme: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, op. 35 (excerpts) Edvard Grieg: „Peer Gynt” - Suite No.1, op. 46 (excerpts) Carl Nielsen: Aladdin Suite for Orchestra op. 34 (excerpts) Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction und Rondo capriccioso Jules Massenet: "Meditation” from 'Thais' for Violin and Orchestra
Display Titles: Waldbühne 2006: 1001 Nights
Artists: Neeme Järvi,Janine Jansen,Berliner Philharmoniker
Location: Waldbühne, Berlin
Concert Year: 2006
03:53
Schumann - Davidsbündlertänze
“Always and forever delight and pain are linked: remain pious in delight, and bear pain with courage.” Robert Schumann wrote this old German proverb beneath the title of his 18 pieces for piano solo or ‘Davidsbündlertänze’. This name is misleading, however: the pieces are not so much dances in the traditional sense, but more like musical dialogues between, among others, Schumann’s alter ego’s Eusebius and Florestan: the pieces representing Florestan are lively, the ones connected to Eusibius more dreamy in nature. Friends of Schumann also make appearances in this composition and among them is his wife Clara, a composer herself, whose presence can be heard at the start of Davidsbündlertänze No. 1 and No. 7 that the composer based upon one of her Mazurkas.
Display Titles: Schumann - Davidsbündlertänze
Artists: Boris Berezovsky
Location: Philharmonie, Essen
Concert Year: 2008
04:30
Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2006
The magic of Mozart takes center stage as pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and soprano Dorothea Röschmann join Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra for an evening of Viennese favourites. The program includes Mozart's beloved “Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453”, performed by acclaimed pianist and Multi-Grammy Award winner Leif Ove Andsnes, who is rapidly becoming known for his Mozart interpretations, and selections from the composer's opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” with soprano Dorothea Röschmann the “Light Cavalry Overture” by Franz von Suppé and to cap off the evening, “Artist's Life,” “Annen-Polka”, and the Overture to “Die Fledermaus” by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss Jr. Long considered one of America’s great orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra stands today among the world’s most-revered symphonic ensembles.
Display Titles: Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2006
Artists: Leif Ove Andsnes,Cleveland Orchestra,Franz Welser-Möst
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York
Concert Year: 2006
05:47
Mahler – Symphony No. 2 part 1
“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 first movement.
Display Titles: Mahler – Symphony No. 2 part 1
Location: Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre
Concert Year: 2003
06:07
Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a theme...
The final caprice out of Niccolo Paganini’s ’24 Caprices for Violin’ has inspired many other composers in the creation of their own compositions. Sergey Rachmaninov is among them he worked the musical material of this caprice into a set of eleven variations for piano and orchestra. In the seventh variation, Rachmaninov also alludes to the Dies Irae from the Catholic Requiem. Exactly why the composer chose to put this theme into the composition is unclear, though he may have been referring to a 19th-century rumour. Violin virtuoso Paganini’s technique and musicality were of such a standard that, the story went, he had to have received them from the Devil, in exchange for his soul – of course. This set of variations nowadays perhaps outdoes the original in popularity.
Display Titles: Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a theme...
Artists: Stephen Hough,Sir Simon Rattle,Berliner Philharmoniker
Location: Waldbühne, Berlin
Concert Year: 2007
06:33
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3 (2)
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto is not only famous, but also notorious. It is famous among audiences worldwide because of its wonderful musical lines, yet notorious among pianists because of its frighteningly challenging solo score. It is widely viewed as one of the most difficult piano concertos. Josef Hofmann, to whom Rachmaninoff dedicated the piece, never played it publicly because (he claimed) the work „did not suit his style”. On its premiere performance – November 28 1909, New York – the piano was played by Rachmaninoff himself, who apart from his composing career was also a highly gifted pianist. For a long time, Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto was eclipsed by his shorter (and easier) second piano concerto, yet its virtuosity eventually secured it a stable spot in the concert repertoire. This program broadcasts its second part.
Display Titles: Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3 (2)
Artists: Yefim Bronfman,Sir Simon Rattle,Berliner Philharmoniker
Location: Waldbühne, Berlin
Concert Year: 2009
06:58
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2 part 3
For two centuries it was assumed that Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Second Piano Concerto as a 23-year-old in 1794, when he was preparing his debut in Vienna and needed a show piece. It is quite an accomplishment to be able to compose and perform a concerto like this one at such a young age. The piece was indeed part of the programme for his first public performance on March 29 1795. From letters it now appears, though, that a large part of the concerto, the first two movements at least, were written as early as 1789. Six years before his official debut! Impressive as that may be, Beethoven himself was not entirely satisfied with the piece. Throughout the years he continued to make changes to the concerto and only in 1801 he granted permission to publish it, to which he adds in an accompanying letter: ,,I do not claim it to be one of my best ... However, it will not disgrace you to publish it”. In this broadcast: the third movement.
Display Titles: Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2 part 3
Artists: Daniel Barenboim,Staatskapelle Berlin
Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum
Concert Year: 2007
07:05
RIAS Kammerchor - Fürchte dich nicht
Johann Sebastian Bach composed his motet ‘Fürchte dich nicht’ in Leipzig in 1726. The motet is based on a Biblical text from Isaiah and a hymn by Paul Gerhardt. The motet was, like many other motets, probably intended for performance at a funeral. Originally, the motet was written for eight soloists: two sopranos, two altos, two tenors and two basses. The RIAS Kammerchor celebrates its 60th anniversary by performing this motet in Berlin’s Gethsemanekirche.
Display Titles: RIAS Kammerchor - Fürchte dich nicht
Artists: Hans-Christoph Rademann,Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin,RIAS Kammerchor
07:14
Berezovsky - Ne otvérzhi mené vo vrémia…
The name of the Russian composer Maxim Berezovsky (1745?-1777) was first recorded in 1758. In that year, the future court composer and director of the chapel choir was hired as a young member of the Imperial Court Choir. Biographers disagree about Berezovsky’s background and training, but they agree that the talented vocalist of probably Ukrainian origin became the most important composer of choral music during his career in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, most of Berezovsky’s compositions were lost in an arson attack on the imperial chapel. Whatever remains of his music is characterized by an extraordinary technique, a sophisticated notation, and an unusual combination of fiery Italian melodicism and a soft Russian melodiousness.
Display Titles: Berezovsky - Ne otvérzhi mené vo vrémia stárosti
Artists: Nederlands Kamerkoor,Risto Joost
07:23
Liszt - Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
This work forms part of Franz Liszt’s ‘Années de pèlerinage’, a musical journey accompanying the composer’s travels with his beloved Marie d’Agoult. Where the first set focused on describing natural scenery, the pieces in this second set describe the artworks Liszt discovers. This program broadcasts Sonetto 123 as performed by Daniel Barenboim
Display Titles: Liszt - Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Artists: Daniel Barenboim
Location: Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Concert Year: 2007
07:31
Dvorák – Symphony No. 2, part II
After composing his Symphony No. 1 in February and March 1865, the Czech composer Antonìn Dvorák started working on his Symphony No. 2 in B flat major in August 1865. He completed this work a month later. After misplacing the sheet music to his Symphony No. 1, Dvorák decided to send the sheetmusic of his Symphony No. 2 directly to the binder. It has been said that Dvorák could not pay the binder, who kept it as collateral. His Symphony No. 2 would receive its first performance as late as 1888. 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 ret
Display Titles: Dvorák – Symphony No. 2, part II
Artists: Jiri Belohlavek,Czech Philharmonic
Location: Dvorák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague
Concert Year: 2014
07:47
Mendelssohn - Overture to 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 - Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream
Artists: Sinfonia Rotterdam,Conrad van Alphen
Location: De Doelen, Rotterdam
Concert Year: 2015
08:05
Les Salons de Musique - Opus 21
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 2014, the annual French music festival ‘La Folle Journée’ in Nantes, which puts the spotlight on young talent, took ‘America’ as its theme. Both are well-represented in this episode of ‘Les Salons de Musique’. The broadcast opens with an extraordinary performance by Barbara Hendricks. Accompanied by her pianist, this ‘grande dame’ gives us a taste from her immense repertoire. Later, it’s time for the future classical music stars. The three pianists Laurent Wagschal, Adam Laloum, and Shani Diluka perform a varied programme. Compositions by, among others, Dvorák, Schumann and Barber are played. From time to time, the pianists are accompanied by other young talents such as the violinists Solenne Païdassi, Tai Murray, and Mi-Sa Yang, as well as cellist Julien Victor-Laferrière. The latter two are both part of the trio ‘Les Esprits’. During the third part of this broadcast, eight members of the Orchestre Symphonique Divertimento play the most beautiful pieces from Leonard Bernstein’s hit musical ‘West Side Story’. This is the greatest encore any audience could wish for: who would not leave the concert singing “Tonight, tonight… It all began tonight…” to himself?
Display Titles: Les Salons de Musique - Opus 21
Artists: Zahia Ziouani,Shani Diluka ,Adam Laloum
Location: ENSA, Nantes
Concert Year: 2013
09:05
Chopin - Sonata No. 3
Frédéric Chopin is of course best known because of his pieces for piano. Even though he mainly wrote miniatures (short compositions) like ballads and waltzes, he shows through this piano sonata in four parts that he is also very capable of producing longer compositions. He wrote this last piano sonata in 1844 and dedicated it to Countess Emilie de Perthuis.
Display Titles: Chopin - Sonata No. 3
Artists: Marc-André Hamelin
Location: Berliner Philharmonie
Concert Year: 2007
09:34
Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No. 1
,,She is an artist, and very cultured, whom everyone adores." Clearly, Felix Mendelssohn spoke very highly of Delphine von Schauroth, daughter of the baroness Louise von Telz. He had met her during a visit to Munich, where Delphine was one of his steady companions (?). To his sister Fanny he wrote: ,, Ministers and Counts trot around her like domestic animals in the hen yard artists, too, and other cultivated persons… In short, I made sheep’s eyes.” He wrote his First Piano Concerto while in Munich, before and after his visits to Delphine, who was very musical herself. Mendelssohn even let her compose a passage of this concerto, though he never disclosed which part was actually hers. The piece was dedicated to Delphine, and even though the two got along very well Mendelssohn assured his sister that he did not love the baroness’ daughter.
Display Titles: Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No. 1
Artists: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,Lang Lang,Riccardo Chailly
Location: St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
Concert Year: 2009
09:54
Shostakovich - Festive Overture
This concert, which is organized annually as part of the official festivities in conjunction with the Nobel Prize Ceremony, presents the most renowned classical musicians. This broadcast brings you an enjoyable performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s ‘Festive Overture’.
Display Titles: Shostakovich - Festive Overture
Artists: Yuri Temirkanov,The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Location: Stockholm Concert Hall
Concert Year: 2009
10:02
Brahms - Symphony No. 3
Johannes Brahms composed his Symphony No. 3 during the summer of 1883. The first performance, by The Vienna Philharmonic, was on December 2, 1883. Brahms had completed his Symphony No. 2 as early as 1877, after which he had concentrated on composing his Violin Concerto in D major and his Piano Concerto No. 2. His Symphony No. 3 starts with three successive chords. These chords are repeated throughout the work and form the basis for the rest of the symphony. The second movement starts softly. In contrast with the bombastic opening movement, the second movement shows the intrinsic simplicity of the music. The third movement, Poco Allegretto, is the counterpart of the second movement. Its melancholy mood is the result of several shifts from major to minor and vice versa. Much like the second movement, the fourth movement (the Allegro) starts gently, yet it culminates in a stormy apotheosis in which all of the symphony’s themes are restated. The symphony ends on a quieter note.
Display Titles: Brahms - Symphony No. 3
Artists: Otto Tausk,Het Balletorkest
Location: Philharmonie, Haarlem
Concert Year: 2009
10:39
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Modest Mussorgsky composed ‘Pictures at an exhibition’ to commemorate the death of his friend and painter Viktor Hartmann. A recurrent promenade theme guides the audience along on a tour of Hartmann’s paintings. While originally written for piano, ‘Pictures at an exhibition’ has been re-reworked for use in many musical settings: from arrangements for symphonic orchestra to versions for brass bands and jazz big bands. This performance is Maurice Ravel’s arrangement of the piece for symphonic orchestra.
Display Titles: Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Artists: Sir Simon Rattle,Berliner Philharmoniker
Location: Berliner Philharmonie
Concert Year: 2007
11:16
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
11:47
Verbier 2007: Schumann & Ravel
The Verbier Festival is an innovative music festival which was created in 1994. The greatest stars in classical music come here year after year. The Verbier Festival also relies on the talents of young artists from all over the world, forging links between the young and the great masters. The Verbier Festival creates, develops and promotes excellence in the field of performing arts. It offers a unique and welcoming artistic experience to its 40,000-strong audience every year. In 2007 there was a beautiful concert with masters like Helene Grimaud (piano), Renaud Capucon (violin) playing Ravel’s 'Sonata for violin and piano' and Schumann’s 'Piano quintet', together with Sayaka Shoji, Lars Anders Tomter and Mischa Maisky.
Display Titles: Verbier 2007: Schumann & Ravel
Artists: Sayaka Shoji,Hélène Grimaud,Lars Anders Tomter,Mischa Maisky,Renaud Capucon
Location: Verbier Festival
Concert Year: 2007
12:45
Bach - Sonata No. 5 BWV 1018
This Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 1 BWV 1014 is the fifth out of the set of sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach composed before 1725, probably during his time as chapel master in Köthen. Presumably, he wrote these sonatas for Prince Leopold and later adapted them for further use in Leipzig. Maybe this is why these pieces are well playable for amateurs, while every sonata still has the finesse that can offer a challenge to professional musicians. The different pieces are meant to be a set, just like the Brandenburg concertos.
Display Titles: Bach - Sonata No. 5 BWV 1018
Artists: Frank Peter Zimmerman,Enrico Pace
Location: Bibliothekssaal Kloster Polling, Germany
Concert Year: 2009
13:02
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 25 part 2
None other than Ludwig van Beethoven played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 at his first Vienna solo performance. A special homage for a special concert. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed this piece on December 4, 1786 and performed it for the first time on the day after. The concerto probably met with a favourable reception, as Mozart afterwards continued to play this piece on a regular basis. In this broadcast: the second movement.
Display Titles: Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 25 part 2
Artists: Mitsuko Uchida,Wiener Philharmoniker,Riccardo Muti
Location: Great Festival Hall, Salzburg
Concert Year: 2006
13:10
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 (2&…
In time for his 65th birthday in 2007, Daniel Barenboim has completed a cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos. Recorded live at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in May 2007, this recording reflects both a very individual and special reading of Beethoven’s music and the artist’s life-long dedication to the composer. Barenboim is one of the most prolific and high-profile artists performing on international stages today and Beethoven’s masterpieces have been a key part of his repertoire throughout his career, both as conductor and as pianist. Beethoven himself was a keyboard virtuoso of almost awesome abilities who created a sensation wherever he played. It is no wonder, therefore, that the piano was central to Beethoven’s overall output. Barenboim, artistic personality and former wunderkind, long an essential part of the international musical scene both on the conductor’s podium and at the piano, is the perfect match for this demanding music. Conducting and playing at the same time, Barenboim chose his orchestra of almost two decades, the Staatskapelle Berlin, which he has praised warmly for its exceptional, dark and warm sound. During this recording you can enjoy the last two movements of the Piano Concerto No. 5,
Display Titles: Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 (2&3)
Artists: Daniel Barenboim,Staatskapelle Berlin
Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum
Concert Year: 2007
13:29
RIAS Kammerchor - Jesu, meine Freude
The German hymn ‘Jesu, meine Freude‘ was composed by Johann Franck in 1650. Johann Sebastian Bach used this hymn for his motet and his prelude for choir and organ, which he composed for a funeral. The prelude can be found in his ‘Orgelbüchlein’, a volumewhich contains 46 preludes for organ. Other composers used this hymn as a source of inspiration for their compositions. The RIAS Kammerchor celebrates its 60th anniversary by performing J. S. Bach’s motet in Berlin’s Gethsemanekirche.
Display Titles: RIAS Kammerchor - Jesu, meine Freude
Artists: Hans-Christoph Rademann,Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin,RIAS Kammerchor
14:00
NedSym & Thomas Zehetmair
Thomas Zehetmair is a violinist you would go out of your way to see. Zehetmair is an international superstar that takes the instrument to a higher level. Sigh along with Hartmann’s 'Concerto Funebre' and get up from your chairs for Mozart’s 'Rondo for Violin and Orchestra' for wartime suffering and lust for life portrayed with masterful skill. Karl Amadeus Hartmann wrote his 'Concerto Funebre' in at the onset of the war in 1939, and the pain is tangible. With the 'Second Symphony' of Ludwig van Beethoven the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (NedSym), led by Jan Willem de Vriend, continues its series of Beethoven’s symphonies.
Display Titles: NedSym & Thomas Zehetmair
Artists: Thomas Zehetmair,Nederlands Symfonieorkest,Jan-Willem de Vriend
15:27
Now on
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
16:58
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
17:27
Albéniz - Iberia, Book 1
French composer Olivier Messiaen once said: "'Iberia' is the piano miracle: it probably comes first place among all the brilliant works that were written for this king among instruments". Isaac Albéniz wrote his magnum opus 'Iberia' in Paris between 1905 and 1908. It encompasses 12 pieces in total, spread over four separate books. The composer took inspiration from several Spanish cities: influences of local folk music are clearly felt. In the second book, Albéniz gives an impression of Ronda (a city in Andalucia), Almería and Triana (an area of Seville). Technically, 'Iberia' is one of the most difficult works in the piano repertoire: it requires immense strength and finger flexibility of its performers. In this broadcast, Lang Lang performs Book 1 of Albéniz' 'Iberia' in the Vienna Musikverein.
Display Titles: Albéniz - Iberia, Book 1
Artists: Lang Lang
Location: Musikverein, Vienna
Concert Year: 2010
17:53
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
We present the young and brilliant world famous American violinist Joshua Bell, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major at the Nobel Prize Concert 2010. As part of the official Nobel Week, the world’s most renowned artists gather each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. The concert is a special highlight in the series. On the rostrum: Sakari Oramo the Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Display Titles: Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
Artists: The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,Sakari Oramo,Joshua Bell
Location: Stockholm
Concert Year: 2010
18:33
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2
In time for his 65th birthday in 2007, Daniel Barenboim completed a cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos. Recorded live at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in May 2007, this recording reflects both a very individual and special reading of Beethoven’s music and the artist’s life-long dedication to the composer. Barenboim is one of the most prolific and high-profile artists performing on international stages today and Beethoven’s masterpieces have been a key part of his repertoire throughout his career, both as conductor and as pianist. Beethoven himself was a keyboard virtuoso of almost awesome abilities who created a sensation wherever he played. It is no wonder, therefore, that the piano was central to Beethoven’s overall output. Barenboim, artistic personality and former wunderkind, long an essential part of the international musical scene both on the conductor’s podium and at the piano, is the perfect match for this demanding music. Conducting and playing at the same time, Barenboim chose his orchestra of almost two decades, the Staatskapelle Berlin, which he has praised warmly for its exceptional, dark and warm sound. In this recording you can enjoy the 'Piano Concerto No. 2'.
Display Titles: Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2
Artists: Daniel Barenboim,Staatskapelle Berlin
Location: Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum
Concert Year: 2007
19:09
The Archive: Itzhak Perlman
The great Israeli-born violinist Itzhak Perlman has already left a huge number of sound recordings of his interpretations; but it adds an extra dimension to be able to watch him execute, for instance, the brilliant spiccato bowing in Camille Saint-Saëns’s ‘Introduction and Rondo capriccioso’. A master of the French style through his teacher Ivan Galamian, Perlman at 25 is seen in the first full flush of his talent. Ten years later, the mature soloist shows his total command of the bitter-sweet romanticism of Elgar's massive, virtuosic concerto.
Display Titles: The Archive: Itzhak Perlman
Artists: Itzhak Perlman,Charles Mackerras,Sadler's Wells Orchestra
Location: London Coliseum Theatre, London
Concert Year: 1970
20:14
Mahler - Symphony No. 2 part 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. Recorded in 2003.
Display Titles: Mahler - Symphony No. 2 part 5
Artists: Lucerne Festival Orchestra,Orfeón Donostiarra,Anna Larsson ,Eteri Gvazava,Claudio Abbado
20:48
Revueltas - La noche de los Mayas
Over the last couple of years, Gustavo Dudamel and the musicians of Venezuelan youth orchestra ‘Simon Bolivar’ have shaken up the international classical music scene. They are the proof of success of José Antonio Abreu’s system. Abreu started his ‘El Sistema’ more than 30 years ago, a youth orchestra network in which street children are taught to play a musical instrument, giving them a chance to a better future. This broadcast shows a performance of Revueltas’’La noche de los Mayas’.
Display Titles: Revueltas - La noche de los Mayas
Artists: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra,Gustavo Dudamel
Location: Lucerne Festival
Concert Year: 2007
21:00
Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Paris
One of the most promising young violinists, Valeriy Sokolov, and one of the most prestigious chamber orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, play under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Cité de la musique in Paris. This concert captures Sokolov’s collaboration with Ashkenazy, an established conductor who himself has been a major soloist for the past half-century, in one of the most demanding pieces of the violin repertoire Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. This masterpiece is supplemented by Sibelius’ Valse Triste, his Rakastava and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.
Display Titles: Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Paris
Artists: Valery Sokolov,Chamber Orchestra of Europe,Vladimir Ashkenazy
Location: Cité de la Musique, Paris
Concert Year: 2008
22:38
Franz Liszt Piano Competition - Mariam…
Pianist Mariam Batsashvili studied successively at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in Tbilisi with Natalia Natsvlishvili and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Grigory Gruzman. She won prizes from various competitions such as the First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar in 2011 and Second Prize at the María Herrero International Piano Competition in Granada in 2012. Aside from her native country Georgia, Mariam Batsashvili has performed in such countries as Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Israel, South Africa and China, both in recitals and with orchestras. She was a soloist with the Erfurt Philharmonisches Orchester and with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on numerous occasions.
Display Titles: Franz Liszt Piano Competition - Mariam Batsashvili
Artists: Mariam Batsashvili
Location: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
Concert Year: 2014
23:12
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1, part I
Confusing as it may be: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto was in fact composed ten years prior to his First Piano Concerto. The cause of this mess lies with the composer himself: Beethoven held back the publication of what we know as the Second Piano Concerto until after that of the First Piano Concerto, so he could thoroughly review the piece. Together with his septet and First Symphony, this piano concerto was finally performed at his official Vienna debut on April 2, 1800 at the Hofburg theatre, with Beethoven himself at the piano. The composer had long ceased to be an unknown in Austria’s capital: he had been playing private concerts all around town for years. In this broadcast: the first movement.
Display Titles: Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1, part I
Artists: Fabio Luisi,Margarita Höhenrieder,Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden
Location: Gasteig, Munich
Concert Year: 2008
23:30
Brahms - Violin concerto part 1
Violin virtuoso Henryk Wieniawski thought the piece was impossible to play, his colleague Pablo de Sarasate did not want to play it because he as a soloist refused to stand and wait with his violin in hand for the second half’s oboe solo to finish, and conductors Hans von Bülow and Joseph Hellmesberger allegedly both said that it is ‘a piece against the violin’ instead of ‘a piece for the violin’. Johannes Brahms’ violin concerto may not have been popular with everyone, but in the meantime it has become part of the standard repertoire. Brahms wrote the piece in the summer of 1878 for his good friend Joseph Joachim who also performed it for the first time, on New Year’s Day of 1879 in Leipzig. In this broadcast: the first movement.
Display Titles: Brahms - Violin concerto part 1
Artists: Claudio Abbado,Gil Shaham,Berliner Philharmoniker
Location: Teatro Massimo, Palermo
Concert Year: 2002
23:52
Von Suppé - Overture Leichte Kavallerie
The musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra prove here that Austrians are not the only ones who can play a waltz. But to be fair: being led by Austrian-born conductor Franz Welser-Möst must have helped… In this broadcast, Von Suppé’s Light Cavalry Overture.
Display Titles: Von Suppé - Overture Leichte Kavallerie
Artists: Cleveland Orchestra,Franz Welser-Möst
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York
Concert Year: 2008