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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German choir of boys and young men in Windsbach, the Windsbacher Knabenchor Germany sings German Christmas carols. Conductor: Martin Lehmann. Recorded live in HD on December 20, 2015 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, during the Sunday Morning Concert. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek.
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Conducted by Leonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker), Wiener Jeunesse Choir and the Uruguay-born Swiss pianist Homero Francesch as a soloist perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80; simply known as the “Choral Fantasy”.
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Conducted by the German conductor, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist Karl Richter (15 October 1926 – 15 February 1981), Münchener Bach-Chor & Orchester (Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra) perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passio secundum Johannem or St John Passion (German: Johannes-Passion), BWV 245. Recorded in 1970.
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Conducted by Christian Thielemann, the Staatskapelle Dresden and Dresden State Opera Chorus perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123. Soloists: Krassimira Stoyanova: soprano, Elīna Garanča: mezzo-soprano, Michael Schade: tenor, Franz-Josef Selig: bass. Live recording in Dresden, February 2010.
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Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir perform Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut (Lord Jesus Christ, O highest good), BWV 113, a church cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Soloists: Magdalena Kožená: soprano, William Towers: countertenor, Mark Padmore: tenor, Stephan Loges: bass. Recorded in HD at St Davids Cathedral in Wales in 2000. Director: Rhodri Huw.
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Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) and the Wiener Singverein perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123. Soloists: Regine Hangler: soprano, Katrin Wundsam: Alto, Steve Davislim: Tenor, Hanno Müller-Brachmann: Bass. Recorded during the Rheingau Musik Festival 2016 at the Kloster Eberbach (Eberbach Abbey) on July 1st, 2016.
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Conducted by Seiji Ozawa, the Saito Kinen Orchestra and Chorus perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80; simply known as the “Choral Fantasy”. Piano: Martha Argerich. Recorded in summer 2015.
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Conducted by the British-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio “Tony” Pappano, Orchestra and Chorus of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma perform selected works of the famous Italian composer of operas, Giuseppe Verdi (9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901). Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London on July 20, 2013 (during the BBC Proms). Soloist: Maria Agresta, the Italian soprano.
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