Conducted by the Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair, Radio Kamer Filharmonie (Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic) and Groot Omroepkoor (Netherlands Radio Choir) perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (also known as “the Choral”). Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works of the repertoire of classical music. Among critics, it is almost universally considered to be among Beethoven’s greatest works, and is considered by some to be the greatest piece of music ever written.
Soloists: Kelly God (soprano), Cécile van de Sant (mezzo-soprano), Gijs van der Linden (tenor) and Geert Smits (bass).
Recorded on April 12th, 2013 at Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn in Utrecht. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek.
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Conducted by Jos van Veldhoven, the Netherlands Bach Society performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God’s time is the very best time), BWV 106, also known as Actus tragicus. The piece is an early sacred cantata composed in Mühlhausen, intended for a funeral.
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Conducted by Ricardo Araújo, the Kislovodsk Philharmonic Orchestra performs one of George Bizet’s early works, the Symphony in C. Bizet composed this symphony when he was only a 17-year-old student. Recorded on January 12, 2012.
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Filarmonica ‘900 del Teatro Regio di Torino performs the overture of Lucio Silla, K. 135, an Italian opera in three acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was written by Giovanni de Gamerra (26 December 1742 – 29 August 1803), the Italian cleric, playwright, and poet. Concert master and first violinist: Stefano Vagnarelli. Recorded live on March 24, 2014 at Teatro Regio di Torino.
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Notos Quartett performs the Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47, by Robert Schumann. Recorded live in Madrid Auditorio Sony on October 16th, 2015.
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Polish virtuoso pianist Krystian Zimerman performs Frédéric Chopin’s four ballades. Composed between 1831 and 1842, four ballades are one-movement pieces for solo piano. They are widely considered some of the most challenging pieces in the standard piano repertoire.
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Accompanied by Toronto Symphony Orchestra, one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists, Glenn Gould performs Ludwig van Beethoven’’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the “Emperor”. Conductor: Karel Ančerl.
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German Baroque music ochestra Freiburger Barockorchester (Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) performs the four orchestral suites (called overtures by their author), BWV 1066–1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach.
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American countertenor Christopher Lowrey and San Fransisco based early music ensemble Voices of Music perform “Ombra mai fu”, the opening aria from the 1738 opera Serse by George Frideric Handel. A 4K, Ultra HD video from the Voices of Music “Art of the Countertenor” concert, March, 2016.
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Amsterdam-based Baroque ensemble Combattimento (continuation of the former Combattimento Consort Amsterdam which terminated its activities at the end January 2014) performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043, also known as the Double Violin Concerto or “Bach Double”. Recorded during the Sunday Morning Concert on December 25, 2016, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek.
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