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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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First Snow

00:00-00:36

One of the first Christmas carols ever written is Perotin the Great's Salvatoris Hodie. This brilliant 12th century composition, one of the first works ever written for four voices, opens First Snow: the atmospheric Christmas concert by the Brussels Philharmonic. Straying from 'ars antiqua', the program also features a performance of two contemporary melodies penned by conductor Bo Holten based on texts by the Icelandic poet Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). As an added bonus, a hand-picked selection of various Polish and French Christmas songs rounds off this enjoyable yuletide program.

00:00-00:36 First Snow

One of the first Christmas carols ever written is Perotin the Great's Salvatoris Hodie. This brilliant 12th century composition, one of the first works ever written for four voices, opens First Snow: the atmospheric Christmas concert by the Brussels Philharmonic. Straying from 'ars antiqua', the program also features a performance of two contemporary melodies penned by conductor Bo Holten based on texts by the Icelandic poet Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). As an added bonus, a hand-picked selection of various Polish and French Christmas songs rounds off this enjoyable yuletide program.

Pierre Boulez conducts Modern Classics

00:36-02:00

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) was undoubtedly one of the most important figures in modern music. In this performance by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Boulez displays his masterful understanding of 20th century music as he traces the revolutionary harmonic development of musical modernism in three key "modern classics": Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, "Prelude" (1859), Arnold Schönberg's Pelleas und Melisande (1903), and Alban Berg's Violin Concerto (1935). The Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra was founded through conductor Claudio Abbado's initiative in 1986. It consists of musicians under the age of 26 from all over Europe. The soloist in Berg's Violin Concerto is Akiko Suwanai, the youngest first-prize recipient (1990) in the history of Moscow's International Tchaikovsky Competition.

00:36-02:00 Pierre Boulez conducts Modern Classics

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) was undoubtedly one of the most important figures in modern music. In this performance by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Boulez displays his masterful understanding of 20th century music as he traces the revolutionary harmonic development of musical modernism in three key "modern classics": Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, "Prelude" (1859), Arnold Schönberg's Pelleas und Melisande (1903), and Alban Berg's Violin Concerto (1935). The Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra was founded through conductor Claudio Abbado's initiative in 1986. It consists of musicians under the age of 26 from all over Europe. The soloist in Berg's Violin Concerto is Akiko Suwanai, the youngest first-prize recipient (1990) in the history of Moscow's International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Haydn - The Creation

02:00-03:51

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Die Schöpfung (The Creation). Annette Dasch (soprano), Christoph Strehl (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Vienna Chamber Choir, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic, conductor: Ádám Fischer. This performance at the beautiful historic concert hall of Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, is a tribute to one of the world's greatest musical geniuses, Joseph Haydn, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death. The oratorio describes the creation of the world: The first to the fourth day with the creation of the earth and the stars, the fifth and sixth day with the creation of the animals and humans, the seventh day with life in paradise. Despite all naively pious narration of the text, Haydn's music impresses by a bold description of the Genesis, such as the illustration of chaos at the beginning or the creation of light as a bright sound event in C major.

02:00-03:51 Haydn - The Creation

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Die Schöpfung (The Creation). Annette Dasch (soprano), Christoph Strehl (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Vienna Chamber Choir, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic, conductor: Ádám Fischer. This performance at the beautiful historic concert hall of Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, is a tribute to one of the world's greatest musical geniuses, Joseph Haydn, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death. The oratorio describes the creation of the world: The first to the fourth day with the creation of the earth and the stars, the fifth and sixth day with the creation of the animals and humans, the seventh day with life in paradise. Despite all naively pious narration of the text, Haydn's music impresses by a bold description of the Genesis, such as the illustration of chaos at the beginning or the creation of light as a bright sound event in C major.

Europakonzert 1998 - Stockholm

03:51-05:31

Europakonzert has been a tradition of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1991. Every year, the musicians commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding (May 1st, 1882) and celebrate their heritage from the Old World. The Europakonzert of 1998 was held in a unique location: The Vasa museum in Stockholm which displays a 17th-century ship that capsized and sank during its maiden voyage in 1628. The ship measures 69 meters in length, 12 meters in width, and 1.210 tons in weight. It offers the perfect backdrop for the Berlin Philharmonic. Under the baton of Claudio Abbado, they perform melodies in tune with the maritime surroundings, such as the Overture to Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's symphonic fantasia The Tempest. The program also features Claude Debussy's Nocturnes. For the concert's main piece, discover a memorable and powerful impression of Giuseppe Verdi's Quattro pezzi sacri. The orchestra is joined by the Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

03:51-05:31 Europakonzert 1998 - Stockholm

Europakonzert has been a tradition of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1991. Every year, the musicians commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding (May 1st, 1882) and celebrate their heritage from the Old World. The Europakonzert of 1998 was held in a unique location: The Vasa museum in Stockholm which displays a 17th-century ship that capsized and sank during its maiden voyage in 1628. The ship measures 69 meters in length, 12 meters in width, and 1.210 tons in weight. It offers the perfect backdrop for the Berlin Philharmonic. Under the baton of Claudio Abbado, they perform melodies in tune with the maritime surroundings, such as the Overture to Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's symphonic fantasia The Tempest. The program also features Claude Debussy's Nocturnes. For the concert's main piece, discover a memorable and powerful impression of Giuseppe Verdi's Quattro pezzi sacri. The orchestra is joined by the Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

CMIM - Finals - Clara Osowski

05:31-06:06

Olivier Godin accompanies mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski (USA, 1986) during the finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program opens with Schubert's An Sylvia (D. 891), La mort d'Ophélie (H. 92A) by Berlioz and Abschied von Frankreich and Gebet from Schumann's Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op. 135. Osowski continues with Robert Fleming's song cycle The Confession Stone (Songs of Mary), after which she concludes the final, performing Schubert's Die junge Nonne D. 828 and A Prayer to Saint Catherine by Virgil Thomson. Founded in 2002, the CMIM is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators to concert halls, as well as listeners on the radio and the web. The competition seeks to discover and support musicians who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It's the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice-violin-piano) in a three-year rotation.

05:31-06:06 CMIM - Finals - Clara Osowski

Olivier Godin accompanies mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski (USA, 1986) during the finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program opens with Schubert's An Sylvia (D. 891), La mort d'Ophélie (H. 92A) by Berlioz and Abschied von Frankreich and Gebet from Schumann's Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op. 135. Osowski continues with Robert Fleming's song cycle The Confession Stone (Songs of Mary), after which she concludes the final, performing Schubert's Die junge Nonne D. 828 and A Prayer to Saint Catherine by Virgil Thomson. Founded in 2002, the CMIM is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators to concert halls, as well as listeners on the radio and the web. The competition seeks to discover and support musicians who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It's the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice-violin-piano) in a three-year rotation.

Mahler - Symphony No. 3

06:06-07:54

Due to its 95-minute duration, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 is an imposing and mysterious work. This 1992 performance, directed by Bernhard Haitink, includes the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tölzer Knabenchor, and the Ernst Senff Choir. During the six parts of this wonderful symphony, Mahler expresses his musical vision of nature and mankind's place in it. Much like he did in his second symphony, Mahler incorporates some of his song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The fourth movement ends with a magnificent solo for alto, inspired by a poem by Friedrich Nietzsche, played here by Florence Quivar, and the fifth movement concludes with a male choir. The third symphony originally consisted of seven movements, but Mahler eventually chose to cut the seventh part, which he then used as the last movement for his fourth symphony.

06:06-07:54 Mahler - Symphony No. 3

Due to its 95-minute duration, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 is an imposing and mysterious work. This 1992 performance, directed by Bernhard Haitink, includes the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tölzer Knabenchor, and the Ernst Senff Choir. During the six parts of this wonderful symphony, Mahler expresses his musical vision of nature and mankind's place in it. Much like he did in his second symphony, Mahler incorporates some of his song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The fourth movement ends with a magnificent solo for alto, inspired by a poem by Friedrich Nietzsche, played here by Florence Quivar, and the fifth movement concludes with a male choir. The third symphony originally consisted of seven movements, but Mahler eventually chose to cut the seventh part, which he then used as the last movement for his fourth symphony.

Roberto Giordano plays Brahms and Beethoven

07:54-08:57

In this recital, Roberto Giordano plays the Six Pieces for Piano, op. 118 of Brahms, a collection completed in 1893 and dedicated to Clara Schumann who will be the penultimate produced by the composer during his lifetime. The concert program also includes two Beethoven sonatas, the famous Moonlight Sonata No. 14, op. 27, and Sonata No. 31, op. 110, one of the last sonatas signed by the composer. This concert was recorded at Villa Visconti Borromeo Littal, in the Italian city of Lainate, in 2017. Directed by: Pietro Taghliaferri.

07:54-08:57 Roberto Giordano plays Brahms and Beethoven

In this recital, Roberto Giordano plays the Six Pieces for Piano, op. 118 of Brahms, a collection completed in 1893 and dedicated to Clara Schumann who will be the penultimate produced by the composer during his lifetime. The concert program also includes two Beethoven sonatas, the famous Moonlight Sonata No. 14, op. 27, and Sonata No. 31, op. 110, one of the last sonatas signed by the composer. This concert was recorded at Villa Visconti Borromeo Littal, in the Italian city of Lainate, in 2017. Directed by: Pietro Taghliaferri.

Mariinsky on Track

08:57-10:01

Join the acclaimed Mariinsky Orchestra on a train journey across the vastness of Russia in the documentary Mariinsky on Track. The orchestra's current chief conductor Valery Gergiev co-founded the Moscow Easter Festival in 2002. The 2013 edition of this music festival included performances in large cities across Russia's different regions. In addition to outstanding concert footage, Mariinsky on Track shows us the musicians' approach to the project and informs us of hardships on the road. Watch and share these unforgettable musical moments with one of Russia's oldest and finest musical organizations.

08:57-10:01 Mariinsky on Track

Join the acclaimed Mariinsky Orchestra on a train journey across the vastness of Russia in the documentary Mariinsky on Track. The orchestra's current chief conductor Valery Gergiev co-founded the Moscow Easter Festival in 2002. The 2013 edition of this music festival included performances in large cities across Russia's different regions. In addition to outstanding concert footage, Mariinsky on Track shows us the musicians' approach to the project and informs us of hardships on the road. Watch and share these unforgettable musical moments with one of Russia's oldest and finest musical organizations.

Dvořák - Rusalka

10:01-12:33

Ádám Fisher conducts the orchestra and choir of La Monnaie in a performance of Antonín Dvořák's (1841-1904) Rusalka, a fairytale opera in three acts. Rusalka is the composer's ninth opera and still one of the cornerstones of Czech opera houses. The main roles are played by Myrtò Papatanasiu (Rusalka), Pavel Černoch (Prince), Annalena Persson (Foreign Princess), Willard White (Vodnik) and Renée Morloc (Ježibaba). A rusalka is a water sprite from Slavic mythology, living in a lake or river. In this story, Rusalka wishes to become human in order to be loved by a prince. For her wish to be fulfilled, Rusalka must give up her voice and face eternal damnation if her love fails. Stage director Stefan Herheim masterfully presents this lyrical fairytale, recorded at La Monnaie, Brussels, in 2016. In this widely acclaimed interpretation, the fairytale elements sometime take on frighteningly realistic dimensions so that one might see this enchanting production as a psychoanalytical study of male fantasies and female archetypes.

10:01-12:33 Dvořák - Rusalka

Ádám Fisher conducts the orchestra and choir of La Monnaie in a performance of Antonín Dvořák's (1841-1904) Rusalka, a fairytale opera in three acts. Rusalka is the composer's ninth opera and still one of the cornerstones of Czech opera houses. The main roles are played by Myrtò Papatanasiu (Rusalka), Pavel Černoch (Prince), Annalena Persson (Foreign Princess), Willard White (Vodnik) and Renée Morloc (Ježibaba). A rusalka is a water sprite from Slavic mythology, living in a lake or river. In this story, Rusalka wishes to become human in order to be loved by a prince. For her wish to be fulfilled, Rusalka must give up her voice and face eternal damnation if her love fails. Stage director Stefan Herheim masterfully presents this lyrical fairytale, recorded at La Monnaie, Brussels, in 2016. In this widely acclaimed interpretation, the fairytale elements sometime take on frighteningly realistic dimensions so that one might see this enchanting production as a psychoanalytical study of male fantasies and female archetypes.

Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

12:33-13:42

Beethoven's Symphony no 9 is interpreted by the Berlin Philharmonic under former chief conductor Claudio Abbado at the Berliner Philharmonie in 2001. The recording features interpretations that are the fruit of decades of Claudio Abbado's involvement with Beethoven. Listening to the music, one hears how the Berlin Philharmonic transforms Abbado's musical intentions into sound – there is a sense of unity that can only be achieved through many years of shared artistic experience and attention to detail.

12:33-13:42 Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

Beethoven's Symphony no 9 is interpreted by the Berlin Philharmonic under former chief conductor Claudio Abbado at the Berliner Philharmonie in 2001. The recording features interpretations that are the fruit of decades of Claudio Abbado's involvement with Beethoven. Listening to the music, one hears how the Berlin Philharmonic transforms Abbado's musical intentions into sound – there is a sense of unity that can only be achieved through many years of shared artistic experience and attention to detail.

Europakonzert 2013 - Prague

13:42-15:33

Every year since 1991, the Berliner Philharmoniker has given concerts in a different European city on each May 1st. These concerts have become known as 'Europakonzert'. Every guest city has its own special cultural importance. These concerts have served two purposes: to commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding on May 1st, 1882, and to celebrate the common heritage of the Old World. In 1991, soon after the opening of the Eastern European countries, the first Europakonzert took place in the Czech Republic in Prague. This decision was a deliberate step and an expression of willingness to support and to bring forward the democratization and the political social changes, especially in the cultural area. In 1996 the Europakonzert took place once again in Prague (at the National Theatre). To continue this tradition the Europakonzert 2013 was celebrated at the Prague Castle at the historical Spanish Hall. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Soloist: Magdalena Kozená. Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Antonín Dvořák, Ten Biblical Songs, Opus 99. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68.

13:42-15:33 Europakonzert 2013 - Prague

Every year since 1991, the Berliner Philharmoniker has given concerts in a different European city on each May 1st. These concerts have become known as 'Europakonzert'. Every guest city has its own special cultural importance. These concerts have served two purposes: to commemorate the anniversary of the orchestra's founding on May 1st, 1882, and to celebrate the common heritage of the Old World. In 1991, soon after the opening of the Eastern European countries, the first Europakonzert took place in the Czech Republic in Prague. This decision was a deliberate step and an expression of willingness to support and to bring forward the democratization and the political social changes, especially in the cultural area. In 1996 the Europakonzert took place once again in Prague (at the National Theatre). To continue this tradition the Europakonzert 2013 was celebrated at the Prague Castle at the historical Spanish Hall. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Soloist: Magdalena Kozená. Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Antonín Dvořák, Ten Biblical Songs, Opus 99. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68.

CMIM - Semi Finals - Rihab Chaieb

15:33-17:01

Michel-Alexandre Broekaert accompanies mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb (Canada/Tunisia, 1987 during the semi-finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Reynaldo Hahn's L'heure exquise (from 7 chansons grises), 3 songs by Liszt: Die drei Zigeuner (S. 320), Der du von dem Himmel bist (S. 279) and Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh (S. 306). Followed by Coulthard's The White Rose (6 Irish Poems for Maureen) and Wolf's Mignon from Goethe-Lieder. Founded in 2002, the CMIM is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators to concert halls, as well as listeners on the radio and the web. The competition seeks to discover and support musicians who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It's the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice-violin-piano) in a three-year rotation.

15:33-17:01 CMIM - Semi Finals - Rihab Chaieb

Michel-Alexandre Broekaert accompanies mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb (Canada/Tunisia, 1987 during the semi-finals of the Art Song competition of the Concours musical international de Montréal of 2018 (CMIM). The program features Reynaldo Hahn's L'heure exquise (from 7 chansons grises), 3 songs by Liszt: Die drei Zigeuner (S. 320), Der du von dem Himmel bist (S. 279) and Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh (S. 306). Followed by Coulthard's The White Rose (6 Irish Poems for Maureen) and Wolf's Mignon from Goethe-Lieder. Founded in 2002, the CMIM is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators to concert halls, as well as listeners on the radio and the web. The competition seeks to discover and support musicians who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It's the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice-violin-piano) in a three-year rotation.

Big Nightmare Music

17:01-18:10

Russian violinist, conductor and composer Aleksey Igudesman and British-Korean pianist and composer Hyung-ki Joo started their dynamic duo in 2004, when they created their show "A Little Nightmare Music," a humorous take on Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik." Since then, they have been performing at international festivals and touring internationally, often collaborating with artists from within and outside of the classical genre. "Big Nightmare Music" adds an orchestra to their two-man show. On top of favorites from their duo show, like Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca, and Cleaning vs. Riverdancing, the show boasts several uproarious sketches, tailor-made for a symphony orchestra, drawing everyone into their act, from the first violinist to the last percussionist. Their 2017 performance at the Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway, is conducted by Andrew Litton.

17:01-18:10 Big Nightmare Music

Russian violinist, conductor and composer Aleksey Igudesman and British-Korean pianist and composer Hyung-ki Joo started their dynamic duo in 2004, when they created their show "A Little Nightmare Music," a humorous take on Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik." Since then, they have been performing at international festivals and touring internationally, often collaborating with artists from within and outside of the classical genre. "Big Nightmare Music" adds an orchestra to their two-man show. On top of favorites from their duo show, like Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca, and Cleaning vs. Riverdancing, the show boasts several uproarious sketches, tailor-made for a symphony orchestra, drawing everyone into their act, from the first violinist to the last percussionist. Their 2017 performance at the Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway, is conducted by Andrew Litton.

Claudio Abbado & Orchestra Mozart

18:10-19:10

In 2004, Claudio Abbado founded the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, Italy. The orchestra collects the best classical music performers of the world by gathering promising young talents and well-established artists. Among them are Johani Gonzales, a young double bass player from one of Caracas' worst quarters, and the famous German trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich. The documentary follows the orchestra's European tour of 2012-2013, offering a unique glance at Maestro Abbado's work, as well as on the work of today's classical musicians. The film describes, both from a musical and a human point of view, the public and the private life of a group of musicians: Maria Francesca Latella, Federica Vignoni, Lucas Navarro, Alois Posch, Reinhold Friedrich, Alessio Allegrini, and Johane Gonzalez. The documentary includes a long and previously unreleased interview with Maestro Abbado, and concert and rehearsal footage from Bologna, Lucerne, Vienna, Madrid and Palermo.

18:10-19:10 Claudio Abbado & Orchestra Mozart

In 2004, Claudio Abbado founded the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, Italy. The orchestra collects the best classical music performers of the world by gathering promising young talents and well-established artists. Among them are Johani Gonzales, a young double bass player from one of Caracas' worst quarters, and the famous German trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich. The documentary follows the orchestra's European tour of 2012-2013, offering a unique glance at Maestro Abbado's work, as well as on the work of today's classical musicians. The film describes, both from a musical and a human point of view, the public and the private life of a group of musicians: Maria Francesca Latella, Federica Vignoni, Lucas Navarro, Alois Posch, Reinhold Friedrich, Alessio Allegrini, and Johane Gonzalez. The documentary includes a long and previously unreleased interview with Maestro Abbado, and concert and rehearsal footage from Bologna, Lucerne, Vienna, Madrid and Palermo.

Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

19:10-20:01

The Casco Phil, The Chamber Music Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Benjamin Haemhouts, performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Op. 67. The symphony is one of the most famous works in classical music, mainly due its famous eight note opening (two times "ta-ta-ta-taaa"). The work was written between 1804 and 1808 and premiered in Theater an der Wien and achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterwards. Recorded at the Elisabeth Center in Antwerp, Belgium.

19:10-20:01 Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

The Casco Phil, The Chamber Music Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Benjamin Haemhouts, performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Op. 67. The symphony is one of the most famous works in classical music, mainly due its famous eight note opening (two times "ta-ta-ta-taaa"). The work was written between 1804 and 1808 and premiered in Theater an der Wien and achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterwards. Recorded at the Elisabeth Center in Antwerp, Belgium.

Haydn - Orlando Paladino

20:01-22:48

For more than 25 years, René Jacobs has dedicated his life to baroque operas and works with the best ensembles for early music. On occasion of the 2009 Haydn Year the renowned Freiburger Barockorchester and outstanding baroque opera singers such as Marlis Petersen, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Pietro Spagnoli and Tom Randle present Haydn's most successful opera at the Berlin Staatsoper. 'Orlando Paladino', written in 1782, was Haydn's most famous opera during his lifetime, with thirty performances in Esterháza in the first two years after its composition. The libretto, a 'drama eroicomico', gives scope to Haydn's frequently puckish sense of humour, as well as his inventive melodic expression. Most semi-serious operas of the period typically inserted comic characters into an essentially serious story but Haydn expanded the comedy even into the more serious scenes.

20:01-22:48 Haydn - Orlando Paladino

For more than 25 years, René Jacobs has dedicated his life to baroque operas and works with the best ensembles for early music. On occasion of the 2009 Haydn Year the renowned Freiburger Barockorchester and outstanding baroque opera singers such as Marlis Petersen, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Pietro Spagnoli and Tom Randle present Haydn's most successful opera at the Berlin Staatsoper. 'Orlando Paladino', written in 1782, was Haydn's most famous opera during his lifetime, with thirty performances in Esterháza in the first two years after its composition. The libretto, a 'drama eroicomico', gives scope to Haydn's frequently puckish sense of humour, as well as his inventive melodic expression. Most semi-serious operas of the period typically inserted comic characters into an essentially serious story but Haydn expanded the comedy even into the more serious scenes.

Gala from Berlin 1998 - Songs of Love and Desire

22:48-23:59

Featuring W. A. Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi, love is the theme of this 1998 New Year's Eve concert. Maestro Claudio Abbado selected two of the best Mozart interpreters, Christine Schäfer and Simon Keenlyside, for this traditionally meaningful event. Marcelo Álvarez from Argentina, who some compare to a young Domingo, sings highlights of the tenor repertoire, and Italian prima donna Mirella Freni tops the occasion with a breath-taking performance of the letter scene from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin.

22:48-23:59 Gala from Berlin 1998 - Songs of Love and Desire

Featuring W. A. Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi, love is the theme of this 1998 New Year's Eve concert. Maestro Claudio Abbado selected two of the best Mozart interpreters, Christine Schäfer and Simon Keenlyside, for this traditionally meaningful event. Marcelo Álvarez from Argentina, who some compare to a young Domingo, sings highlights of the tenor repertoire, and Italian prima donna Mirella Freni tops the occasion with a breath-taking performance of the letter scene from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin.

23:59-00:00 The End

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