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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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Mozart, Serenata notturna in D major, K. 239

00:00-00:24

Born in Riga (Latvia) in 1947, Gidon Kremer is not only one of the leading violinists in the world, but also - thanks to his unquenchable curiosity and search for new impulses - one of the most fascinating musical personalities of our time. His repertoire ranges from Bach to the present, whereby a number of contemporary composers have achieved international recognition through his commitment. Since 1997 Kremer has devoted a large part of his activities to the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, which he founded. The ensemble consists of young musicians from the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. With this orchestral project, Kremer wants to pass on his artistic experiences to young musicians of his native country and to draw international attention to the outstanding musical situation of the Baltic nations. The Kremerata Baltica performs in all of the world's major musical venues.

00:00-00:24 Mozart, Serenata notturna in D major, K. 239

Born in Riga (Latvia) in 1947, Gidon Kremer is not only one of the leading violinists in the world, but also - thanks to his unquenchable curiosity and search for new impulses - one of the most fascinating musical personalities of our time. His repertoire ranges from Bach to the present, whereby a number of contemporary composers have achieved international recognition through his commitment. Since 1997 Kremer has devoted a large part of his activities to the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, which he founded. The ensemble consists of young musicians from the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. With this orchestral project, Kremer wants to pass on his artistic experiences to young musicians of his native country and to draw international attention to the outstanding musical situation of the Baltic nations. The Kremerata Baltica performs in all of the world's major musical venues.

Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

00:25-01:39

Leonard Bernstein was the first conductor ever to record all of Mahler's symphonies not only on disk, but also on video. The leading Mahler interpreter of the time, Bernstein recorded all of Mahler's symphonies between 1971 and 1985, producing a unique musical document and triggering a major reappreciation of Mahler's works. This recording of the Fifth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal. "All Mahler symphonies, all Mahler works for that matter, deal in extremes, extremes of dynamic, of tempo, of emotional meaning. When it is bare, it's extremely bare, when it is thick and rich, it's thicker and richer than anything in 'Götterdämmerung', and when it is suffering it suffers to a point that no music has ever suffered before." (Leonard Bernstein)

00:25-01:39 Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Leonard Bernstein was the first conductor ever to record all of Mahler's symphonies not only on disk, but also on video. The leading Mahler interpreter of the time, Bernstein recorded all of Mahler's symphonies between 1971 and 1985, producing a unique musical document and triggering a major reappreciation of Mahler's works. This recording of the Fifth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal. "All Mahler symphonies, all Mahler works for that matter, deal in extremes, extremes of dynamic, of tempo, of emotional meaning. When it is bare, it's extremely bare, when it is thick and rich, it's thicker and richer than anything in 'Götterdämmerung', and when it is suffering it suffers to a point that no music has ever suffered before." (Leonard Bernstein)

01:40-01:59 Mozart, Violin Sonata in C major, K. 296

An important part of Anne-Sophie Mutter's "Mozart Project" as homage to Mozart on his 250th birthday in 2006 was to present the composer's mature violin sonatas. Between 2005 and 2007, Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis toured throughout Europe, North America and Asia with the Mozart sonatas. In major musical centers such as Paris, London, Vienna and New York, they offered the entire cycle over three consecutive evenings. The Sonata in C major, K. 296 was recorded in Munich in February 2006.

Claudio Abbado and Alfred Brendel at Lucerne Festival

02:00-03:49

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major. Alfred Brendel (piano), Lucerne Festival Orchestra; conductor: Claudio Abbado. The Lucerne Festival is one of the world's biggest and most important music festivals. Its history began with the inaugural concert on 25 August 1938 conducted by Arturo Toscanini. In 2003, Claudio Abbado, who had been a regular guest at the festival since 1966, became director of the newly founded Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Until his death in January 2014 he inspired his "orchestra family" to play top-class performances. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra consists of musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and of international soloists.

02:00-03:49 Claudio Abbado and Alfred Brendel at Lucerne Festival

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major. Alfred Brendel (piano), Lucerne Festival Orchestra; conductor: Claudio Abbado. The Lucerne Festival is one of the world's biggest and most important music festivals. Its history began with the inaugural concert on 25 August 1938 conducted by Arturo Toscanini. In 2003, Claudio Abbado, who had been a regular guest at the festival since 1966, became director of the newly founded Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Until his death in January 2014 he inspired his "orchestra family" to play top-class performances. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra consists of musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and of international soloists.

Puccini, Manon Lescaut

03:50-05:59

From the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden: "Manon Lescaut" by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Conductor: Simon Rattle - Stage director: Richard Eyre. With Eva-Maria Westbroek (Manon Lescaut), Massimo Giordano (Des Grieux), Lester Lynch (Lescaut). Puccini's first major success is a work of impassioned emotions based on the 18th-century novel by Abbé Prevost, depicting the doomed infatuation of Chevalier des Grieux for beautiful, fun-loving Manon. Puccini clothes the story in warmly passionate music that makes a direct appeal to the listener's emotions. In this production from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, there is much to be discovered about Puccini and his work. "Manon Lescaut", the tale of someone who becomes a glamourous model but remains a girl, is very contemporary.

03:50-05:59 Puccini, Manon Lescaut

From the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden: "Manon Lescaut" by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Conductor: Simon Rattle - Stage director: Richard Eyre. With Eva-Maria Westbroek (Manon Lescaut), Massimo Giordano (Des Grieux), Lester Lynch (Lescaut). Puccini's first major success is a work of impassioned emotions based on the 18th-century novel by Abbé Prevost, depicting the doomed infatuation of Chevalier des Grieux for beautiful, fun-loving Manon. Puccini clothes the story in warmly passionate music that makes a direct appeal to the listener's emotions. In this production from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, there is much to be discovered about Puccini and his work. "Manon Lescaut", the tale of someone who becomes a glamourous model but remains a girl, is very contemporary.

Discovering Masterpieces - Bach, Brandenburg Concertos

06:00-06:29

This episode presents the Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Musical excerpts played by the Freiburger Barockorchester conducted by Gottfried von der Goltz. Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos rank among the undisputed favorites of all baroque fans. They have become a firm fixture in music education and an integral part of our international musical heritage. So what's their secret? The internationally acclaimed pianist and Bach expert Robert Levin provides an answer.

06:00-06:29 Discovering Masterpieces - Bach, Brandenburg Concertos

This episode presents the Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Musical excerpts played by the Freiburger Barockorchester conducted by Gottfried von der Goltz. Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos rank among the undisputed favorites of all baroque fans. They have become a firm fixture in music education and an integral part of our international musical heritage. So what's their secret? The internationally acclaimed pianist and Bach expert Robert Levin provides an answer.

European Concert from London

06:30-07:59

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor: Bernard Haitink. Peter Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture "Romeo and Juliet" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps. 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 - in 1993, in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

06:30-07:59 European Concert from London

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor: Bernard Haitink. Peter Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture "Romeo and Juliet" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps. 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 - in 1993, in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Mozart, Serenata notturna in D major, K. 239

08:00-08:24

Born in Riga (Latvia) in 1947, Gidon Kremer is not only one of the leading violinists in the world, but also - thanks to his unquenchable curiosity and search for new impulses - one of the most fascinating musical personalities of our time. His repertoire ranges from Bach to the present, whereby a number of contemporary composers have achieved international recognition through his commitment. Since 1997 Kremer has devoted a large part of his activities to the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, which he founded. The ensemble consists of young musicians from the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. With this orchestral project, Kremer wants to pass on his artistic experiences to young musicians of his native country and to draw international attention to the outstanding musical situation of the Baltic nations. The Kremerata Baltica performs in all of the world's major musical venues.

08:00-08:24 Mozart, Serenata notturna in D major, K. 239

Born in Riga (Latvia) in 1947, Gidon Kremer is not only one of the leading violinists in the world, but also - thanks to his unquenchable curiosity and search for new impulses - one of the most fascinating musical personalities of our time. His repertoire ranges from Bach to the present, whereby a number of contemporary composers have achieved international recognition through his commitment. Since 1997 Kremer has devoted a large part of his activities to the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, which he founded. The ensemble consists of young musicians from the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. With this orchestral project, Kremer wants to pass on his artistic experiences to young musicians of his native country and to draw international attention to the outstanding musical situation of the Baltic nations. The Kremerata Baltica performs in all of the world's major musical venues.

Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

08:25-09:39

Leonard Bernstein was the first conductor ever to record all of Mahler's symphonies not only on disk, but also on video. The leading Mahler interpreter of the time, Bernstein recorded all of Mahler's symphonies between 1971 and 1985, producing a unique musical document and triggering a major reappreciation of Mahler's works. This recording of the Fifth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal. "All Mahler symphonies, all Mahler works for that matter, deal in extremes, extremes of dynamic, of tempo, of emotional meaning. When it is bare, it's extremely bare, when it is thick and rich, it's thicker and richer than anything in 'Götterdämmerung', and when it is suffering it suffers to a point that no music has ever suffered before." (Leonard Bernstein)

08:25-09:39 Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Leonard Bernstein was the first conductor ever to record all of Mahler's symphonies not only on disk, but also on video. The leading Mahler interpreter of the time, Bernstein recorded all of Mahler's symphonies between 1971 and 1985, producing a unique musical document and triggering a major reappreciation of Mahler's works. This recording of the Fifth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal. "All Mahler symphonies, all Mahler works for that matter, deal in extremes, extremes of dynamic, of tempo, of emotional meaning. When it is bare, it's extremely bare, when it is thick and rich, it's thicker and richer than anything in 'Götterdämmerung', and when it is suffering it suffers to a point that no music has ever suffered before." (Leonard Bernstein)

09:40-09:59 Mozart, Violin Sonata in C major, K. 296

An important part of Anne-Sophie Mutter's "Mozart Project" as homage to Mozart on his 250th birthday in 2006 was to present the composer's mature violin sonatas. Between 2005 and 2007, Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis toured throughout Europe, North America and Asia with the Mozart sonatas. In major musical centers such as Paris, London, Vienna and New York, they offered the entire cycle over three consecutive evenings. The Sonata in C major, K. 296 was recorded in Munich in February 2006.

Delibes, Coppélia

10:00-11:29

From the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles: "Coppélia". Music by Léo Delibes (1836-1891). Choreographer: Eduardo Lao. With Sophie Cassegrain (Coppélia), Yester Mulens (Doctor Coppélius), Cristian Oliveri (Franz) and the Víctor Ullate Ballet. "Coppélia" is one of the most often performed ballets of all time. It marks a milestone in Léo Delibes' career; he succeeded in combining music and dance at an entirely new level, therefore he is often called the "father of modern ballet music". Choreographer Eduardo Lao and the Víctor Ullate Ballet have transferred the classic work into the modern era: "Coppélia" is set in a cybernetic laboratory specialized in artificial intelligence, where Doctor Coppélius is attempting to create a female android that moves and acts like a human.

10:00-11:29 Delibes, Coppélia

From the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles: "Coppélia". Music by Léo Delibes (1836-1891). Choreographer: Eduardo Lao. With Sophie Cassegrain (Coppélia), Yester Mulens (Doctor Coppélius), Cristian Oliveri (Franz) and the Víctor Ullate Ballet. "Coppélia" is one of the most often performed ballets of all time. It marks a milestone in Léo Delibes' career; he succeeded in combining music and dance at an entirely new level, therefore he is often called the "father of modern ballet music". Choreographer Eduardo Lao and the Víctor Ullate Ballet have transferred the classic work into the modern era: "Coppélia" is set in a cybernetic laboratory specialized in artificial intelligence, where Doctor Coppélius is attempting to create a female android that moves and acts like a human.

Burkard Schliessmann plays Liszt

11:30-11:59

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Piano Transcriptions of Schubert Songs. Die Forelle - Auf dem Wasser zu singen - Horch, horch! Die Lerch' im Ätherblau! - Leise flehen meine Lieder - Aufenthalt - Der Erlkönig. Burkard Schliessmann (piano), recorded in the Mendelssohn Hall of the Historical Wuppertal Town Hall.

11:30-11:59 Burkard Schliessmann plays Liszt

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Piano Transcriptions of Schubert Songs. Die Forelle - Auf dem Wasser zu singen - Horch, horch! Die Lerch' im Ätherblau! - Leise flehen meine Lieder - Aufenthalt - Der Erlkönig. Burkard Schliessmann (piano), recorded in the Mendelssohn Hall of the Historical Wuppertal Town Hall.

Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"

12:00-12:49

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904): Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World". Verbier Festival Orchestra, conductor: Neeme Järvi. In 1892, Dvorák accepted the offer of the prosperous American Jeanette M. Thurber and became director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York that she had founded eight years ago. In America, Dvorák wrote his most famous work: the Symphony "From the New World". It was premiered in 1893 at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Verbier Festival (Switzerland), founded in 1994, is a favorite meeting place of renowned musicians. Each summer the mountain resort above Lake Geneva offers a program between workshop and star concert.

12:00-12:49 Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904): Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World". Verbier Festival Orchestra, conductor: Neeme Järvi. In 1892, Dvorák accepted the offer of the prosperous American Jeanette M. Thurber and became director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York that she had founded eight years ago. In America, Dvorák wrote his most famous work: the Symphony "From the New World". It was premiered in 1893 at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Verbier Festival (Switzerland), founded in 1994, is a favorite meeting place of renowned musicians. Each summer the mountain resort above Lake Geneva offers a program between workshop and star concert.

Bruckner, Symphony No. 4 in E flat major

12:50-13:59

Rafael Kubelik (1914-1996) was the son of the well-known Bohemian violinist Jan Kubelik. He studied music in Prague and made his conducting debut at 20 at the head of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he became the principal conductor of this famous orchestra and founded the "Prague Spring" Festival. After the Communist takeover of the government, Kubelik emigrated to the West and returned to his native land only after the end of the Communist regime. Rafael Kubelik was a full-blooded musician. Every performance of his radiated a feeling of spontaneity, impulsiveness and joy. This recording with Rafael Kubelik and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal.

12:50-13:59 Bruckner, Symphony No. 4 in E flat major

Rafael Kubelik (1914-1996) was the son of the well-known Bohemian violinist Jan Kubelik. He studied music in Prague and made his conducting debut at 20 at the head of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he became the principal conductor of this famous orchestra and founded the "Prague Spring" Festival. After the Communist takeover of the government, Kubelik emigrated to the West and returned to his native land only after the end of the Communist regime. Rafael Kubelik was a full-blooded musician. Every performance of his radiated a feeling of spontaneity, impulsiveness and joy. This recording with Rafael Kubelik and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal.

Discovering Masterpieces - Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

14:00-14:29

This episode presents the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Musical excerpts played by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony has the character of an appeal. From the very start, the four-note "fate" motif casts a spell on listeners. The German Beethoven expert Wulf Konold illustrates the ingenious variations of this motif on piano. With great insight, he also explains the non-musical references of the work, which inspired much speculation.

14:00-14:29 Discovering Masterpieces - Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

This episode presents the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Musical excerpts played by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony has the character of an appeal. From the very start, the four-note "fate" motif casts a spell on listeners. The German Beethoven expert Wulf Konold illustrates the ingenious variations of this motif on piano. With great insight, he also explains the non-musical references of the work, which inspired much speculation.

Massenet, Werther

14:30-17:14

From the Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille: "Werther" by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Conductor: Michel Plasson - Stage director: Benoît Jacquot. With Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Ludovic Tézier (Albert), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Sophie), Alain Vernhes (Le Bailli). The huge success of his operas "Manon" (1884) and "Werther" (1892) made Massenet one of the leading French composers of the late 19th century. "Werther" is based the novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The effusive hero falls in love with Charlotte, the bailiff's daughter. But Charlotte is engaged to Albert; for Werther only remains suicide.

14:30-17:14 Massenet, Werther

From the Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille: "Werther" by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Conductor: Michel Plasson - Stage director: Benoît Jacquot. With Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Ludovic Tézier (Albert), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Sophie), Alain Vernhes (Le Bailli). The huge success of his operas "Manon" (1884) and "Werther" (1892) made Massenet one of the leading French composers of the late 19th century. "Werther" is based the novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The effusive hero falls in love with Charlotte, the bailiff's daughter. But Charlotte is engaged to Albert; for Werther only remains suicide.

Vivaldi, Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)

17:15-17:59

Born in Riga in 1947, Gidon Kremer is not only one of the leading violinists in the world, but also - thanks to his unquenchable curiosity and search for new impulses - one of the most fascinating musical personalities of our time. His repertoire ranges from Bach to the present, whereby a number of contemporary composers have achieved international recognition through his commitment. Since 1997 Kremer has devoted a large part of his activities to the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, which he founded. The ensemble consists of young musicians from the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In this recording of Vivaldi's famous "Four Seasons", Kremer not only plays the solo part, but also leads the renowned English Chamber Orchestra. The recording was made in April 1981 in the splendid Baroque library of the monastery in Polling near Munich.

17:15-17:59 Vivaldi, Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)

Born in Riga in 1947, Gidon Kremer is not only one of the leading violinists in the world, but also - thanks to his unquenchable curiosity and search for new impulses - one of the most fascinating musical personalities of our time. His repertoire ranges from Bach to the present, whereby a number of contemporary composers have achieved international recognition through his commitment. Since 1997 Kremer has devoted a large part of his activities to the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, which he founded. The ensemble consists of young musicians from the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In this recording of Vivaldi's famous "Four Seasons", Kremer not only plays the solo part, but also leads the renowned English Chamber Orchestra. The recording was made in April 1981 in the splendid Baroque library of the monastery in Polling near Munich.

Delibes, Coppélia

18:00-19:29

From the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles: "Coppélia". Music by Léo Delibes (1836-1891). Choreographer: Eduardo Lao. With Sophie Cassegrain (Coppélia), Yester Mulens (Doctor Coppélius), Cristian Oliveri (Franz) and the Víctor Ullate Ballet. "Coppélia" is one of the most often performed ballets of all time. It marks a milestone in Léo Delibes' career; he succeeded in combining music and dance at an entirely new level, therefore he is often called the "father of modern ballet music". Choreographer Eduardo Lao and the Víctor Ullate Ballet have transferred the classic work into the modern era: "Coppélia" is set in a cybernetic laboratory specialized in artificial intelligence, where Doctor Coppélius is attempting to create a female android that moves and acts like a human.

18:00-19:29 Delibes, Coppélia

From the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles: "Coppélia". Music by Léo Delibes (1836-1891). Choreographer: Eduardo Lao. With Sophie Cassegrain (Coppélia), Yester Mulens (Doctor Coppélius), Cristian Oliveri (Franz) and the Víctor Ullate Ballet. "Coppélia" is one of the most often performed ballets of all time. It marks a milestone in Léo Delibes' career; he succeeded in combining music and dance at an entirely new level, therefore he is often called the "father of modern ballet music". Choreographer Eduardo Lao and the Víctor Ullate Ballet have transferred the classic work into the modern era: "Coppélia" is set in a cybernetic laboratory specialized in artificial intelligence, where Doctor Coppélius is attempting to create a female android that moves and acts like a human.

Burkard Schliessmann plays Liszt

19:30-19:59

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Piano Transcriptions of Schubert Songs. Die Forelle - Auf dem Wasser zu singen - Horch, horch! Die Lerch' im Ätherblau! - Leise flehen meine Lieder - Aufenthalt - Der Erlkönig. Burkard Schliessmann (piano), recorded in the Mendelssohn Hall of the Historical Wuppertal Town Hall.

19:30-19:59 Burkard Schliessmann plays Liszt

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Piano Transcriptions of Schubert Songs. Die Forelle - Auf dem Wasser zu singen - Horch, horch! Die Lerch' im Ätherblau! - Leise flehen meine Lieder - Aufenthalt - Der Erlkönig. Burkard Schliessmann (piano), recorded in the Mendelssohn Hall of the Historical Wuppertal Town Hall.

Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"

20:00-20:49

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904): Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World". Verbier Festival Orchestra, conductor: Neeme Järvi. In 1892, Dvorák accepted the offer of the prosperous American Jeanette M. Thurber and became director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York that she had founded eight years ago. In America, Dvorák wrote his most famous work: the Symphony "From the New World". It was premiered in 1893 at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Verbier Festival (Switzerland), founded in 1994, is a favorite meeting place of renowned musicians. Each summer the mountain resort above Lake Geneva offers a program between workshop and star concert.

20:00-20:49 Dvorák, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904): Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World". Verbier Festival Orchestra, conductor: Neeme Järvi. In 1892, Dvorák accepted the offer of the prosperous American Jeanette M. Thurber and became director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York that she had founded eight years ago. In America, Dvorák wrote his most famous work: the Symphony "From the New World". It was premiered in 1893 at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Verbier Festival (Switzerland), founded in 1994, is a favorite meeting place of renowned musicians. Each summer the mountain resort above Lake Geneva offers a program between workshop and star concert.

Bruckner, Symphony No. 4 in E flat major

20:50-21:59

Rafael Kubelik (1914-1996) was the son of the well-known Bohemian violinist Jan Kubelik. He studied music in Prague and made his conducting debut at 20 at the head of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he became the principal conductor of this famous orchestra and founded the "Prague Spring" Festival. After the Communist takeover of the government, Kubelik emigrated to the West and returned to his native land only after the end of the Communist regime. Rafael Kubelik was a full-blooded musician. Every performance of his radiated a feeling of spontaneity, impulsiveness and joy. This recording with Rafael Kubelik and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal.

20:50-21:59 Bruckner, Symphony No. 4 in E flat major

Rafael Kubelik (1914-1996) was the son of the well-known Bohemian violinist Jan Kubelik. He studied music in Prague and made his conducting debut at 20 at the head of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he became the principal conductor of this famous orchestra and founded the "Prague Spring" Festival. After the Communist takeover of the government, Kubelik emigrated to the West and returned to his native land only after the end of the Communist regime. Rafael Kubelik was a full-blooded musician. Every performance of his radiated a feeling of spontaneity, impulsiveness and joy. This recording with Rafael Kubelik and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal.

Discovering Masterpieces - Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

22:00-22:29

This episode presents the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Musical excerpts played by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony has the character of an appeal. From the very start, the four-note "fate" motif casts a spell on listeners. The German Beethoven expert Wulf Konold illustrates the ingenious variations of this motif on piano. With great insight, he also explains the non-musical references of the work, which inspired much speculation.

22:00-22:29 Discovering Masterpieces - Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

This episode presents the Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Musical excerpts played by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony has the character of an appeal. From the very start, the four-note "fate" motif casts a spell on listeners. The German Beethoven expert Wulf Konold illustrates the ingenious variations of this motif on piano. With great insight, he also explains the non-musical references of the work, which inspired much speculation.

Massenet, Werther

22:30-23:58

From the Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille: "Werther" by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Conductor: Michel Plasson - Stage director: Benoît Jacquot. With Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Ludovic Tézier (Albert), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Sophie), Alain Vernhes (Le Bailli). The huge success of his operas "Manon" (1884) and "Werther" (1892) made Massenet one of the leading French composers of the late 19th century. "Werther" is based the novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The effusive hero falls in love with Charlotte, the bailiff's daughter. But Charlotte is engaged to Albert; for Werther only remains suicide.

22:30-23:58 Massenet, Werther

From the Opéra national de Paris - Opéra Bastille: "Werther" by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Conductor: Michel Plasson - Stage director: Benoît Jacquot. With Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Ludovic Tézier (Albert), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Sophie), Alain Vernhes (Le Bailli). The huge success of his operas "Manon" (1884) and "Werther" (1892) made Massenet one of the leading French composers of the late 19th century. "Werther" is based the novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The effusive hero falls in love with Charlotte, the bailiff's daughter. But Charlotte is engaged to Albert; for Werther only remains suicide.

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