Bruch: Violin concerto No. 1 (Hilary Hahn)

Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), American violinist Hilary Hahn performs Max Bruch’s (6 January 1838 – 2 October 1920) Violin concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, one of the most popular violin concertos in the classical repertoire. Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Performing Beethoven – what it feels like to embody a master on today’s stage

Scott Davie, Australian National University In a series marking the 250th year of his birth, we analyse the brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven. When Beethoven died in 1827, thousands of pages of highly notated music were bequeathed to posterity. Yet unlike arts such as painting and sculpture, which communicate directly from the artist to the […]

Dvořák – Piano Quintet No. 2 – Leschenko, Jansen, Brovtsyn, Rachlin, and Maisky (Utrecht, 2007)

Stunning live performance of Antonín Dvořák’s chef-d’œuvre Piano Quintet No. 2 by an all-star ensemble of musicians: Polina Leschenko (piano), Janine Jansen (violin), Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Julian Rachlin (viola), and Mischa Maisky (cello). Recorded during the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival (International Chamber Music Festival, Janine Jansen was the artistic leader of the festival) on December 28, […]

Ahead of his time, Beethoven still inspires

Peter McCallum, University of Sydney In a series marking the 250th year of his birth, we analyse the brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven. Around 1806, Beethoven sought advice on violin fingering from the Italian violinist Felix Radicati in connection with the three great string quartets of his middle period, the so-called “Razumovsky” Quartets, Opus 59. […]

Beethoven – Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 (Gould, Menuhin)

One of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century, Glenn Gould and widely considered one of the great violinists of the 20th century, Yehudi Menuhin perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G major, op. 96. Originally broadcast on May 18, 1966.

Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 (Janine Jansen and Friends)

Violinists Janine Jansen and Boris Brovtsyn, pianist Lars Vogt, viola player Amihai Grosz and cellist Jens Peter Maintz perform Antonin Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 during the openings concert of the International Chamber Music Festival 2019 in Utrecht.

Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)

Conducted by Nejc Bečan, the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra performs Bedřich Smetana’s famous symphonic poem “Vltava”, also known by its English name “The Moldau”. The piece is from the symphonic cycle Má Vlast (“My Homeland”), which portrays the history, legends, and landscape of the composer’s native Bohemia. It was composed between 20 November and 8 […]

How Beethoven’s ‘mistake’ became one of our most famous tunes

Scott Davie, University of Sydney In our series Decoding the music masterpieces, music experts explain key works of classical music. Without question, the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony contains one of the most famous tunes ever written. Since its first performance in 1824, the “Ode to Joy” has been repurposed in endless ways, both […]

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 (Argerich)

Accompanied by the NHK Symphony Orchestra (a Japanese broadcast orchestra based in Tokyo), Argentine classical concert pianist Martha Argerich performs Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. Conductor: Charles Édouard Dutoit. Recorded on November 21, 1996.