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CLASSICA is the worldwide leading Pay TV channel for the perfect enjoyment of high-quality classical music - from operas to concerts and dance performances from the most renowned international music events and festivals.

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00:00-00:14 Discovering Masterpieces - Schumann, Piano Concerto

This episode presents the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Musical excerpts played by Martha Argerich (piano) and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Schumann's famous piano concerto is not a traditional virtuoso showpiece but a cooperative venture between soloist and orchestra. This new relationship transported the piano concerto into the realm of symphonic music. German musicologist Wulf Konold explains the special features of the composition using footage of the Argentinian piano virtuoso Martha Argerich.

European Concert from Lisbon

00:15-01:54

Maria João Pires (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker; conductor: Pierre Boulez. Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra - Claude Debussy: Fêtes from "Trois Nocturnes". The European Concert has been a tradition of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1991. The musicians commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding on May 1st, 1882, playing in different European cities. This concert was recorded at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Hieronymites Monastery) in Portugal's capital Lisbon.

00:15-01:54 European Concert from Lisbon

Maria João Pires (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker; conductor: Pierre Boulez. Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra - Claude Debussy: Fêtes from "Trois Nocturnes". The European Concert has been a tradition of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1991. The musicians commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding on May 1st, 1882, playing in different European cities. This concert was recorded at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Hieronymites Monastery) in Portugal's capital Lisbon.

01:55-01:59 Reicha, Etude Op. 97/1

Anton Reicha (1770-1836): Etude Op. 97/1. Ivan Ilic (piano). The Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic (b. 1978) is internationally renowned as pianist and author. Described by the New Yorker as an "adventurous pianist" who "likes his music on the brainy side," Ilic is rapidly gaining a strong international reputation.

Pergolesi, Il Flaminio

02:00-05:04

From the Teatro Valeria Moriconi, Jesi: "Il Flaminio" by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Conductor: Ottavio Dantone - Stage director: Michal Znaniecki. With Juan Francisco Gatell (Polidoro), Laura Polverelli (Flaminio), Marina De Liso (Giustina), Sonya Yoncheva (Agata), Serena Malfi (Ferdinando), Laura Cherici (Checca), Vito Priante (Vastiano). "Theater in its purest form! Opera buffa is as alive and dynamic as it was three centuries ago. We haven't had such an evening of enchantment and musical delicacies in years" (Il Giornale della Musica).

02:00-05:04 Pergolesi, Il Flaminio

From the Teatro Valeria Moriconi, Jesi: "Il Flaminio" by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Conductor: Ottavio Dantone - Stage director: Michal Znaniecki. With Juan Francisco Gatell (Polidoro), Laura Polverelli (Flaminio), Marina De Liso (Giustina), Sonya Yoncheva (Agata), Serena Malfi (Ferdinando), Laura Cherici (Checca), Vito Priante (Vastiano). "Theater in its purest form! Opera buffa is as alive and dynamic as it was three centuries ago. We haven't had such an evening of enchantment and musical delicacies in years" (Il Giornale della Musica).

Gala from Berlin - Symphonic Dances

05:05-05:59

Antonín Dvorák: Slavonic Dances in G minor Op. 46/8, in B major Op. 72/1, in E minor Op. 72/2, in C major Op. 72/7 - Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Aram Khachaturian: Sabre Dance, Dance of the Young Kurds, Adagio, Lezginka from "Gayane" - Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 3 in F major, No. 1 in G minor. Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor: Simon Rattle. Recording of the New Year's Eve Concert 2013 from the Berliner Philharmonie.

05:05-05:59 Gala from Berlin - Symphonic Dances

Antonín Dvorák: Slavonic Dances in G minor Op. 46/8, in B major Op. 72/1, in E minor Op. 72/2, in C major Op. 72/7 - Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Aram Khachaturian: Sabre Dance, Dance of the Young Kurds, Adagio, Lezginka from "Gayane" - Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 3 in F major, No. 1 in G minor. Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor: Simon Rattle. Recording of the New Year's Eve Concert 2013 from the Berliner Philharmonie.

06:00-06:09 Ivan Ilic performs Godowsky and Ravel

The Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic plays two works for the left hand: The Study No. 22 in C sharp minor on Chopin's Etude Op. 10/12 by Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938) and the cadenza from the piano concerto by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Ivan Ilic is internationally renowned as pianist and author. Described by the New Yorker as an "adventurous pianist" who "likes his music on the brainy side," Ilic is rapidly gaining a strong international reputation. Recently, the focus of his efforts has been the work of the Polish composer and pianist Godowsky. Whereas Godowsky wanted to investigate how to create the appearance of a full piano sound with five fingers only, Ravel wrote his concerto for the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm in the First World War.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Motets

06:10-07:44

Stephanie Petitlaurent (soprano), Waltraud Heinrich and Susanne Langner (alto), Volker Arndt and Christian Mücke (tenor), Ingolf Horenburg (bass), RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf", BWV 226 - Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 146 - "Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn", BWV Anh. 159 - Concerto from Cantata BWV 35 - "Jesu, meine Freude", BWV 227 - Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 188 - "Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir", BWV 228 - Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 169 - "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied", BWV 225. Recorded in Gethsemane Church in Berlin at the festive concert on occasion ot the 60th anniversary of the RIAS Kammerchor. The choir enjoys worldwide reputation as one of the best ensembles of its kind.

06:10-07:44 Johann Sebastian Bach, Motets

Stephanie Petitlaurent (soprano), Waltraud Heinrich and Susanne Langner (alto), Volker Arndt and Christian Mücke (tenor), Ingolf Horenburg (bass), RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf", BWV 226 - Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 146 - "Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn", BWV Anh. 159 - Concerto from Cantata BWV 35 - "Jesu, meine Freude", BWV 227 - Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 188 - "Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir", BWV 228 - Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 169 - "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied", BWV 225. Recorded in Gethsemane Church in Berlin at the festive concert on occasion ot the 60th anniversary of the RIAS Kammerchor. The choir enjoys worldwide reputation as one of the best ensembles of its kind.

Discovering Masterpieces - Schumann, Piano Concerto

07:45-08:14

This episode presents the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Musical excerpts played by Martha Argerich (piano) and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Schumann's famous piano concerto is not a traditional virtuoso showpiece but a cooperative venture between soloist and orchestra. This new relationship transported the piano concerto into the realm of symphonic music. German musicologist Wulf Konold explains the special features of the composition using footage of the Argentinian piano virtuoso Martha Argerich.

07:45-08:14 Discovering Masterpieces - Schumann, Piano Concerto

This episode presents the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Musical excerpts played by Martha Argerich (piano) and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Schumann's famous piano concerto is not a traditional virtuoso showpiece but a cooperative venture between soloist and orchestra. This new relationship transported the piano concerto into the realm of symphonic music. German musicologist Wulf Konold explains the special features of the composition using footage of the Argentinian piano virtuoso Martha Argerich.

European Concert from Lisbon

08:15-09:54

Maria João Pires (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker; conductor: Pierre Boulez. Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra - Claude Debussy: Fêtes from "Trois Nocturnes". The European Concert has been a tradition of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1991. The musicians commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding on May 1st, 1882, playing in different European cities. This concert was recorded at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Hieronymites Monastery) in Portugal's capital Lisbon.

08:15-09:54 European Concert from Lisbon

Maria João Pires (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker; conductor: Pierre Boulez. Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra - Claude Debussy: Fêtes from "Trois Nocturnes". The European Concert has been a tradition of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1991. The musicians commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding on May 1st, 1882, playing in different European cities. This concert was recorded at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Hieronymites Monastery) in Portugal's capital Lisbon.

09:55-09:59 Reicha, Etude Op. 97/1

Anton Reicha (1770-1836): Etude Op. 97/1. Ivan Ilic (piano). The Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic (b. 1978) is internationally renowned as pianist and author. Described by the New Yorker as an "adventurous pianist" who "likes his music on the brainy side," Ilic is rapidly gaining a strong international reputation.

Nobuyuki Tsujii and Valery Gergiev at White Nights

10:00-11:44

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14 in eleven movements for soprano, bass, string orchestra and percussion, Op. 135. Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano), Olga Sergeyeva (soprano), Yuri Vorobiev (bass), the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Valery Gergiev. Recorded at the White Nights Festival in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. Blind since birth (1988), pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii made noted recital debuts at Tokyo's Suntory Hall. In 2009 he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal, his Carnegie Hall debut took place in November 2011, two years later he debuted at the BBC Proms. This recording shows Nobuyuki Tsujii's first concert performance with Maestro Valery Gergiev.

10:00-11:44 Nobuyuki Tsujii and Valery Gergiev at White Nights

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14 in eleven movements for soprano, bass, string orchestra and percussion, Op. 135. Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano), Olga Sergeyeva (soprano), Yuri Vorobiev (bass), the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Valery Gergiev. Recorded at the White Nights Festival in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. Blind since birth (1988), pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii made noted recital debuts at Tokyo's Suntory Hall. In 2009 he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal, his Carnegie Hall debut took place in November 2011, two years later he debuted at the BBC Proms. This recording shows Nobuyuki Tsujii's first concert performance with Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Wagner, Siegfried (Boulez/Chéreau/Bayreuth)

11:45-15:39

From the Bayreuth Festival: "Siegfried" by Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Conductor: Pierre Boulez - Stage director: Patrice Chéreau. With Manfred Jung (Siegfried), Heinz Zednik (Mime), Donald McIntyre (Der Wanderer), Hermann Becht (Alberich), Gwyneth Jones (Brünnhilde), Fritz Hübner (Fafner), Ortrun Wenkel (Erda), Norma Sharp (Waldvogel). It began with a scandal, became the object of heated discussions, turned into a sensational success and finally blossomed into a legendary, standard setting production: The "Centennial Ring" in Bayreuth. Finally, in 1980, its last year, the production concluded with a 90-minute ovation and 110 curtain calls.

11:45-15:39 Wagner, Siegfried (Boulez/Chéreau/Bayreuth)

From the Bayreuth Festival: "Siegfried" by Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Conductor: Pierre Boulez - Stage director: Patrice Chéreau. With Manfred Jung (Siegfried), Heinz Zednik (Mime), Donald McIntyre (Der Wanderer), Hermann Becht (Alberich), Gwyneth Jones (Brünnhilde), Fritz Hübner (Fafner), Ortrun Wenkel (Erda), Norma Sharp (Waldvogel). It began with a scandal, became the object of heated discussions, turned into a sensational success and finally blossomed into a legendary, standard setting production: The "Centennial Ring" in Bayreuth. Finally, in 1980, its last year, the production concluded with a 90-minute ovation and 110 curtain calls.

15:40-15:44 Godowsky, Etude No. 13 for the left hand

Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938): Etude No. 13 für the left hand. Ivan Ilic (piano); animated graphical score by Stephen Malinowski. The Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic is internationally renowned as pianist and author. Described by the New Yorker as an "adventurous pianist" who "likes his music on the brainy side," Ilic is rapidly gaining a strong international reputation. Recently, the focus of his efforts has been the work of the Polish pianist and composer Leopold Godowsky. Godowsky wanted to investigate how to create the appearance of a full piano sound with five fingers only; 22 of his 53 Studies on Chopin's Etudes are written for the left hand alone.

Discovering Masterpieces - Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

15:45-16:14

This episode presents the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904). Musical excerpts played by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado. "Thunderous applause filled the hall. The cry 'Dvorák! Dvorák!' came up from the crowd" (New York Herald, 1893). This uproar was caused by one of the most important works in music history, the Symphony "From the New World". Dvorák's American biographer, Michael Beckerman, introduces the work and analyzes the national style of themes and motifs on the piano.

15:45-16:14 Discovering Masterpieces - Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

This episode presents the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904). Musical excerpts played by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado. "Thunderous applause filled the hall. The cry 'Dvorák! Dvorák!' came up from the crowd" (New York Herald, 1893). This uproar was caused by one of the most important works in music history, the Symphony "From the New World". Dvorák's American biographer, Michael Beckerman, introduces the work and analyzes the national style of themes and motifs on the piano.

Waldbühne Berlin - Russian Rhythms

16:15-17:59

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 20,000 spectators in attendance, they are one of the most popular classical music events in the world. Under the baton of chief conductor Simon Rattle, the Berliner Philharmoniker play Russian works: Tchaikovsky, music from the ballet "The Nutcracker" - Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 3 (soloist: Yefim Bronfman) - Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring.

16:15-17:59 Waldbühne Berlin - Russian Rhythms

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 20,000 spectators in attendance, they are one of the most popular classical music events in the world. Under the baton of chief conductor Simon Rattle, the Berliner Philharmoniker play Russian works: Tchaikovsky, music from the ballet "The Nutcracker" - Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 3 (soloist: Yefim Bronfman) - Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring.

Nobuyuki Tsujii and Valery Gergiev at White Nights

18:00-19:44

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14 in eleven movements for soprano, bass, string orchestra and percussion, Op. 135. Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano), Olga Sergeyeva (soprano), Yuri Vorobiev (bass), the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Valery Gergiev. Recorded at the White Nights Festival in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. Blind since birth (1988), pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii made noted recital debuts at Tokyo's Suntory Hall. In 2009 he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal, his Carnegie Hall debut took place in November 2011, two years later he debuted at the BBC Proms. This recording shows Nobuyuki Tsujii's first concert performance with Maestro Valery Gergiev.

18:00-19:44 Nobuyuki Tsujii and Valery Gergiev at White Nights

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14 in eleven movements for soprano, bass, string orchestra and percussion, Op. 135. Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano), Olga Sergeyeva (soprano), Yuri Vorobiev (bass), the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Valery Gergiev. Recorded at the White Nights Festival in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. Blind since birth (1988), pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii made noted recital debuts at Tokyo's Suntory Hall. In 2009 he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal, his Carnegie Hall debut took place in November 2011, two years later he debuted at the BBC Proms. This recording shows Nobuyuki Tsujii's first concert performance with Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Wagner, Siegfried (Boulez/Chéreau/Bayreuth)

19:45-23:39

From the Bayreuth Festival: "Siegfried" by Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Conductor: Pierre Boulez - Stage director: Patrice Chéreau. With Manfred Jung (Siegfried), Heinz Zednik (Mime), Donald McIntyre (Der Wanderer), Hermann Becht (Alberich), Gwyneth Jones (Brünnhilde), Fritz Hübner (Fafner), Ortrun Wenkel (Erda), Norma Sharp (Waldvogel). It began with a scandal, became the object of heated discussions, turned into a sensational success and finally blossomed into a legendary, standard setting production: The "Centennial Ring" in Bayreuth. Finally, in 1980, its last year, the production concluded with a 90-minute ovation and 110 curtain calls.

19:45-23:39 Wagner, Siegfried (Boulez/Chéreau/Bayreuth)

From the Bayreuth Festival: "Siegfried" by Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Conductor: Pierre Boulez - Stage director: Patrice Chéreau. With Manfred Jung (Siegfried), Heinz Zednik (Mime), Donald McIntyre (Der Wanderer), Hermann Becht (Alberich), Gwyneth Jones (Brünnhilde), Fritz Hübner (Fafner), Ortrun Wenkel (Erda), Norma Sharp (Waldvogel). It began with a scandal, became the object of heated discussions, turned into a sensational success and finally blossomed into a legendary, standard setting production: The "Centennial Ring" in Bayreuth. Finally, in 1980, its last year, the production concluded with a 90-minute ovation and 110 curtain calls.

23:40-23:44 Godowsky, Etude No. 13 for the left hand

Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938): Etude No. 13 für the left hand. Ivan Ilic (piano); animated graphical score by Stephen Malinowski. The Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilic is internationally renowned as pianist and author. Described by the New Yorker as an "adventurous pianist" who "likes his music on the brainy side," Ilic is rapidly gaining a strong international reputation. Recently, the focus of his efforts has been the work of the Polish pianist and composer Leopold Godowsky. Godowsky wanted to investigate how to create the appearance of a full piano sound with five fingers only; 22 of his 53 Studies on Chopin's Etudes are written for the left hand alone.

23:45-23:58 Discovering Masterpieces - Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

This episode presents the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904). Musical excerpts played by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado. "Thunderous applause filled the hall. The cry 'Dvorák! Dvorák!' came up from the crowd" (New York Herald, 1893). This uproar was caused by one of the most important works in music history, the Symphony "From the New World". Dvorák's American biographer, Michael Beckerman, introduces the work and analyzes the national style of themes and motifs on the piano.

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