Great orchestras, top conductors, distinguished and young soloists, opera, the best opera singers, world-famous chamber music ensembles, movies, documentaries, separate performances, events, music news, album reviews and much more, always with a focus on Classical Music.
New posts • Νέες δημοσιεύσεις

Πέμπτη, 25 Αυγούστου 2016

Antonio Vivaldi: Juditha triumphans – Marita Paparizou, Les Cordes Enchantées Orchestra, Mantzaros Philharmonic, Ionian University Music Department Choir, Konstantinos Diminakis – Old Fortress, Corfu | August 27, 2016


































Αντόνιο Βιβάλντι (1678-1741)

Ιουδήθ θριαμβεύουσα, RV 644 (1716)

Ορατόριο σε δύο μέρη

Στο πλαίσιο των εορτασμών για τα 300 χρόνια από τη λύση της πολιορκίας της Κέρκυρας από τους Τούρκους, η Φιλαρμονική «Μάντζαρος» και το Διεθνές Μουσικό Σωματείο «Τζίνα Μπαχάουερ» συνδιοργανώνουν συναυλία στο Παλαιό Φρούριο της Κέρκυρας, όπου, από το Φωνητικό Σύνολο του Τμήματος Μουσικών Σπουδών του Ιονίου Πανεπιστημίου, την Ορχήστρα Εγχόρδων από το Gâtinais της Γαλλίας και διακεκριμένες σολίστ, θα παρουσιαστεί το ορατόριο «Ιουδήθ θριαμβεύουσα» ("Judith triumphant"), RV 644, του Αντόνιο Βιβάλντι, έργο το οποίο γράφτηκε ειδικά για τη νίκη των Χριστιανών επί των Τούρκων στην πολιορκία της Κέρκυρας το 1716. Τη συναυλία θα διευθύνει ο διακεκριμένος μαέστρος Κωνσταντίνος Δημηνάκης.

Ιουδήθ..........Μαρίτα Παπαρίζου
Ολοφέρνης..........Νικολέττα Ιερείδου
Άβρα..........Ρόζα Πουλημένου
Βάγκαους..........Φωτεινή-Νίκη Γραμμένου

Συμφωνική ορχήστρα "Les Cordes Enchantées", Gatinais, Γαλλία
Πνευστά της Φ.Ε. «Μάντζαρος» (προετοιμασία: Σωκράτης Άνθης)
Φωνητικό Σύνολο Τμήματος Μουσικών Σπουδών Ιονίου Πανεπιστημίου (προετοιμασία: Μιράντα Καλδή)
Μουσική διεύθυνση: Κωνσταντίνος Δημηνάκης
Γενικός μουσικός συντονισμός: Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καράμπελας-Σγούρδας
Σκηνοθετική επιμέλεια: Ναταλία Καποδίστρια

27 Αυγούστου 2016, 21:00
Παλαιό Φρούριο Κέρκυρας

Προπώληση εισιτηρίων: Ticketbox, 26610 27400



Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Juditha triumphans, RV 644 (1716)

Oratorio in two parts

Vivaldi's oratorio "Juditha triumphans" was composed for the victory of the Venetian over the Turks in August 1716 after the siege of Corfu. Exactly 300 years later the oratorio will be performed in Old Fortress of Corfu.

Juditha..........Marita Paparizou 
Holofernes..........Nikoleta Ieridou
Abra..........Rosa Poulimenou 
Vagaus..........Foteini-Niki Grammenou

Les Cordes Enchantées Orchestra, Gatinais-France
Mantzaros Philharmonic (Sokratis Anthis)
Ionian University Music Department Choir (Miranta Kaldi)
General music consultant-coordinator: Constantine P. Carambelas-Sgourdas
Konstantinos Diminakis, conductor

August 27, 2016, 21:00
Old Fortress, Corfu

Tickets: Ticketbox, 26610 27400
















Δείτε επίσης – See also

Μαρίτα Παπαρίζου – Αποκλειστική συνέντευξη

Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, RV 621 – Marita Paparizou, Claudio Scimone (Audio video)

Antonio Vivaldi: Orlando furioso, RV 728 (2 arias) - Marita Paparizou, Claudio Scimone (Audio video)

Marita Paparizou sings Handel, Vivaldi & Bertoni – I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone (Audio video)

Vivaldi Ma Non Solo – Marita Paparizou, Claudio Scimone (MD&G, 2012)


Τετάρτη, 24 Αυγούστου 2016

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor "Death and the Maiden" – Quatuor Ébène (HD 1080p)














Το Κουαρτέτο Εγχόρδων αρ. 14 σε Ρε ελάσσονα, του Φραντς Σούμπερτ – γνωστό ως «Ο Θάνατος και η Κόρη» ("Der Tod und das Mädchen"), επειδή το Αντάντε του δεύτερου μέρους αποτελεί διασκευή του ομώνυμου λιντ του μεγάλου Αυστριακού συνθέτη του πρώιμου Ρομαντισμού –, θεωρείται ένα από τα κορυφαία δείγματα της μουσικής δωματίου.

Το Κουαρτέτο γράφτηκε τον Μάρτιο του 1824, λίγο  καιρό αφότου ο Σούμπερτ έμαθε ότι πάσχει από σύφιλη και η υγεία του άρχισε να χειροτερεύει. Η πρεμιέρα του έργου δόθηκε στις 29 Ιανουαρίου 1826 στη Βιένη, στην οικία των Καρλ και Φραντς Χάκερ, που ήταν ερασιτέχνες βιολονίστες. Σε αυτήν την πρώτη παρουσίαση του έργου, πιθανώς να συμμετείχε στο κουαρτέτο και ο ίδιος ο Σούμπερτ, παίζοντας βιόλα.

Το Κουαρτέτο Εγχόρδων αρ. 14 σε Ρε ελάσσονα, του Φραντς Σούμπερτ, ερμηνεύει το διάσημο γαλλικό Κουαρτέτο Εγχόρδων Ébène. Η συναυλία δόθηκε στην εκκλησία του Βερμπιέρ στην Ελβετία, στο πλαίσιο του Φεστιβάλ του Βερμπιέρ, το 2008.



As morbid as it may seem today, preoccupation with death was quite fashionable in the nineteenth century. The Romantic movement in music, drama, art, and literature embraced the idea of death as transcendent and fulfilling rather than fearsome. Medical science was still in its infancy, and the only real cure for many illnesses was the end of life. Death was gentle. Death was peace. Death was an end to suffering.

In this light, Franz Schubert's own fascination with death was neither unusual nor inexplicable. In March 1824, having endured the symptoms of syphilis for nearly two years, he wrote, "Each night when I go to sleep, I hope never to wake again, and each morning serves only to recall the misery of the previous day".

Since the still-youthful composer was not yet consigned to the grave, he continued to develop his musical genius, and in this same month he completed the original version of the String Quartet in D minor, "Der Tod und das Mädchen" (Death and the Maiden). Based on the opening theme from his song of the same name (1817), this quartet clearly illustrates Schubert's sympathy, even longing, for death. By appropriating the music of the song, Schubert also imbues the quartet with the sentiments of the original text, in which Death urges a frightened maiden to trust him: he means her no harm, and she will sleep soundly in his arms.

This work is significant for several reasons. It is considered one of Schubert's finest chamber works, and it has always occupied a favored spot in the string quartet repertory. Its frankly programmatic content connects it with later nineteenth century works, in which structural concerns yielded to extramusical and dramatic influences. Finally, the quartet is a striking reminder to those who like to pigeonhole Schubert as a miniaturist or as a "song composer": it stands alongside the "Unfinished" Symphony and the Wanderer-Fantasie as a testament to his sense of large-scale organization and to the promise unfulfilled as a result of his early death.

Source: Rovi Staff (allmusic.com)



In 2008, the reputation of the Ébène Quartet was booming and the Verbier Festival invited the musicians to perform in the church.

The four musicians are former students of the Ysäye Quartet in the Paris Conservatoire. Pierre Colombet, Gabriel Le Magadure, Mathieu Herzog and Raphaël Merlin first met while studying at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatoire in 1999. Ten years after, they are considered as one of the best young French quartets for the quality of their musical touch.

The Ébène Quartet performed Schubert's String Quartet Death and the Maiden in which each movement carries a well-renowned musical theme.

Source: medici.tv



Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

♪ String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 "Death and the Maiden" (1824)

i. Allegro [00:44]*
ii. Andante con moto [13:10]
iii. Scherzo: Allegro molto [28:24]
iv. Presto [32:18]

Quatuor Ébène:
Pierre Colombet, 1st violin
Gabriel Le Magadure, 2nd violin
Mathieu Herzog, viola
Raphaël Merlin, cello

Switzerland, Verbier Festival 2008

Σκηνοθεσία / Directed by Louise Narboni

(HD 1080p)

* Χρόνος έναρξης του κάθε μέρους / Start time of each part


Quatuor Ébène, 2015. Photo by Julien Mignot
"A string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band", wrote the New York Times after a 2009 performance by the Quatuor Ébène. The ensemble opened with Debussy and Haydn and then improvised on a film music theme – with equal enthusiasm and passion.

What began in 1999 as a distraction in the conservatory practice rooms for the four young French musicians has become a trademark of the Quatuor Ébène, and has generated lasting reverberations in the music scene. The four breathe new life into chamber music through their consistently direct, open-minded perspective on the works. Regardless of the genre, they approach the music with humility and respect. They change styles with gusto, and yet remain themselves: with all the passion that they experience for each piece, and which they bring to the stage and to their audiences directly and authentically.

There is no single word that describes their style: they've created their own. Their traditional repertoire does not suffer from their engagement with other genres; rather, their free association with diverse styles brings a productive excitement to their music. From the beginning, the complexity of their oeuvre has been greeted enthusiastically by audiences and critics.

After studies with the Quatuor Ysaÿe in Paris and with Gábor Takács, Eberhard Feltz and György Kurtág, the quartet had an unprecedented victory at the ARD Music Competition 2004. This marked the beginning of their rise, which has culminated in numerous prizes and awards.

The Quatuor Ébène's concerts are marked by a special élan. With their charismatic playing, their fresh approach to tradition and their open engagement with new forms, the musicians have been successful in reaching a wide audience of young listeners; they communicate their knowledge in regular master classes at the Conservatoire Paris and at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

In 2005, the ensemble won the Belmont Prize of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation. Since then, the Foundation has worked closely with the musicians, making it possible for them to play priceless old Italian instruments from private collections.

The Quatuor Ébène's debut CD, featuring works by Haydn, was praised unanimously by critics. Further recordings of music by Bartók, Debussy and Fauré have won numerous awards, including the Gramophone Award, the ECHO Klassik and the Midem Classic Award. Their 2010 album Fiction and the accompanying DVD, a live recording of jazz arrangements, has only solidified their unique position in the chamber music scene. In 2013, the ensemble put out an acclaimed CD, Felix and Fanny, with works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, which won a BBC Music Magazine Award. Their second crossover CD Brazil, a collaboration with Stacey Kent, appeared early in 2014.

Highlights of the 2015/2016 season include concerts in the Wigmore Hall in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Munich's Herkulessaal, and Carnegie Hall in New York, alongside numerous festival concerts in Prague and Bremen, among others.

Quatuor Ébène were the Prize Winner in Residence at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in the Summer of 2015.













Pierre Colombet













Gabriel Le Magadure













Mathieu Herzog













Raphaël Merlin






































Περισσότερες φωτογραφίες / More photos


Δείτε επίσης – Watch also

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No.14 in D minor "Death and the Maiden" – Meridian Ensemble String Quartet (HD 1080p)

Δευτέρα, 22 Αυγούστου 2016

Juan Diego Flórez: Italia – Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, Ruggero Leoncavallo, and others – Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Carlo Tenan (Audio video)






















Ο Χουάν Ντιέγο Φλόρες, ένας από τους σπουδαιότερους τενόρους της εποχής μας, μοναδικός ερμηνευτής ρόλων σε όπερες μπελ κάντο, ιδίως του Ροσσίνι, ερμηνεύει γνωστά τραγούδια Ιταλών συνθετών, όπως το "Arrivederci Roma" του Ρενάτο Ράσελ, το "Amor Marinaro" του Γκαετάνο Ντονιτσέττι, το "Bolero" του Τζοακίνο Ροσσίνι, το "Marechiare" του Φραντσέσκο Πάολο Τόστι, το "Mattinata" του Ρουτζέρο Λεονκαβάλο, το "Chitarra Romana" του Έλντο Ντι Λάζαρο, και το "O sole mio" των Εντουάρντο ντι Κάπουα και Emanuele Alfredo Mazzucchi.

Τον διάσημο Περουβιανό τενόρο συνοδεύουν διακεκριμένοι μουσικοί, όπως ο Ισραηλινός μαντολινίστας Avi Avital, η Λετονή ακορντεονίστα Ksenija Sidorova, οι κιθαρίστες Guido Sodo (Νάπολη), Craig Ogden (Περθ, Αυστραλία) και Walter Zanetti (Μπολόνια), ο Ιταλός κοντραμπασίστας Massimo Jean Gambini, ο Ιταλός ντράμερ και δεξιοτέχνης στα κρουστά (εδώ παίζει congas), Ivan Gambini, η Κουβανή βιολονίστρια Ana Julia Badia Feria και ο Ιταλός κλαρινετίστας Davide Felici. Τη Φιλαρμονική «Τζοακίνο Ροσσίνι» διευθύνει ένας από τους πλέον ταλαντούχους Ιταλούς αρχιμουσικούς της νεότερης γενιάς, ο Carlo Tenan.

Η ηχογράφηση έγινε στο Teatro della Fortuna, στην πόλη Fano της Ιταλίας, το διάστημα 1-10 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014, και στα Angel Studios στο Λονδίνο στις 13 Απριλίου 2015.


Juan Diego Flórez, Decca's "dashing tenor, the king of the bel canto repertory" (New York Times), now joins the illustrious list of tenors to record an album of ever-popular Neapolitan and Italian songs, including some in arrangements made for his idol and mentor Luciano Pavarotti.

All the classic favourites are here – from O Sole Mio to Arriverderci Roma, Mattinata and Non ti scordar di me – and to breathe fresh life into this well-known music many of the songs have been newly arranged to evoke the feel of an authentic Neapolitan café band. For these Juan Diego is joined by the star mandolin player Avi Avital and acclaimed accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. Best-selling guitarist Craig Ogden also joins Juan Diego for two songs.

To complete the full Italian flavour these recordings were made in the Italian seaside resort of Fano, just south of Pesaro where Juan Diego makes his summer home – as Pavarotti did before him. For the orchestral tracks the Pesaro-based Filarmonica Giacchino Rossini is conducted by the gifted young Italian Carlo Tenan.

This album perfectly complements Juan Diego's first disc of popular songs "Sentimento Latino". The Peruvian and Latin American songs on that album have a strong connection with the older repertory of Neapolitan song. Both showcase Florez's uniquely distinctive sound: "His elegant, focused tone rang out clean and clear, with his famous high register – the money-notes for a tenor of his distinction – not just firm but flamboyant" (The Guardian).

"I grew up with the sound of Caruso and Pavarotti's joyful singing in my ears. I've been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in Italy during my career, appearing most years in Pesaro's Rossini Festival. So naturally I was eager to record my own versions of these Italian and Neapolitan favorites. Who doesn't love these songs? They're great fun and transport you to the heart of Italy you can actually hear the sunshine! I was pleased to have some special friends join me on this album. They have all helped give it a unique sound which I hope you'll enjoy!" — Juan Diego Flórez

Source: kapos.sk



Juan Diego Flórez | Italia


Ernesto de Curtis (1875-1937)

1. Torna a Surriento

Renato Rascel (1912-1991)

2. Arrivederci Roma

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

3. Amor Marinaro (Me voglio fa' na' casa)

Cesare Bixio (1896-1978)

4. La canzone dell'amore

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

5. Bolero (Mi lagnerò tacendo)

Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)

6. Marechiare

Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919)

7. Mattinata

Eldo di Lazzaro (1902-1968)

8. Chitarra Romana

Anonymous

9. La nova gelosia

Gioachino Rossini

10. La Danza

Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925)

11. Vaghissima sembianza

Stanislao Gastaldon (1861-1939)

12. Musica proibita

Domenico Modugno (1928-1994)

13. Nel blu, di pinto di blu (Volare)

Francesco Paolo Tosti

14. L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Ernesto de Curtis

15. Non ti scordar di me

Cesare Bixio

16. Parlami d'amore, Mariù

Eduardo di Capua (1865-1917) and Emanuele Alfredo Mazzucchi (1878-1972)

17. O sole mio


Juan Diego Flórez, tenor


Avi Avital, mandolin (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17)

Ksenija Sidorova, accordion (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 8, 12 and 15)
Guido Sodo, guitar (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15 and 17)
Craig Ogden, guitar (Tracks 4 and 16)
Walter Zanetti, guitar (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8)
Massimo Jean Gambini, double bass (Tracks 2, 3, 6 and 8)
Ivan Gambini, congas (Track 2)
Ana Julia Badia Feria, violin (Tracks 5 and 12)
Davide Felici, clarinet (Track 11)

Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini

Μουσική διεύθυνση (Conductor): Carlo Tenan (Tracks 1, 5, 7 and 10-15)

Arranged by Giancarlo Chiaramello (Tracks 1 and 13), Guido Sodo (Tracks 2, 4, 16 and 17), Luis Prado (Tracks 3, 5, 6, 8, 12 and 14), Arthur Luck (Track 7), Paolo Marzocchi (Track 10), Steven Mercurio (Track 11), Marzullo (Track 15).


Lyrics by Giambattista de Curtis (Track 1), Pietro Garinei and Alessandro Giovannini (Track 2), traditional Neapolitan (Track 3), Bixio Cherubini (Track 4), Pietro Metastasio (Track 5), Salvatore di Giacomo (Track 6), Ruggero Leoncavallo (Track 7), C. Bruno (Track 8), Carlo Pepoli (Track 10), Alberto Donaudy (Track 11), Flick-Flock (Track 12), Franco Migliacci (Track 13), Gabriele D'Annunzio (Track 14), Domenico Furnò (Track 15), Ennio Neri (Track 16), Giovanni Capurro (Track 17).


Recorded at Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, Italy, 1-10 September 2014 (Tracks 1-3, 5–15 and 17), Angel Studios, London, 13 April 2015 (Tracks 4 and 16).


Decca 2015


(HD 1080p – Audio video)



Sometimes promoted as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti, Peru's Juan Diego Flórez is actually a very different kind of tenor, and one of a sort that has not been seen much in recent years: his voice is light, extremely athletic, and suited above all to the bel canto tenor roles of the early nineteenth century. Among the accomplishments of his young career was the restoration to its proper place of a difficult passage, long considered unsingable, in the role of Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbière di Siviglia. His primary vocal model is not Pavarotti but Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus – a performer less well known to the general public but equally well admired among opera cognoscenti.

Born in 1973 in Lima to a folk guitarist father, Flórez sang when he was young in a rock band that specialized in Beatles and Led Zeppelin covers. What set him on the road to an operatic career was a free voice course he took in conjunction with membership in his high school choir. He enrolled at the Lima Conservatory when he was 17, moving on from there to Philadelphia's Curtis Institute on a full scholarship. One mentor was Peruvian tenor Ernesto Palacio, who became Flórez's manager.

At the 1996 Pesaro Festival in Italy, Flórez was booked to sing a minor role in Rossini's Ricciardo e Zoraide but took over the lead role in a newly unearthed Rossini opera called Matilde di Shabran after the scheduled tenor had to cancel. Rhapsodic praise from hard-to-please Italian opera fans led to a debut at La Scala in Gluck's Armide and then to the rest of the world's major opera houses over the next several years. His Metropolitan Opera debut in New York came in 2002 as Almaviva in Il barbière – a role that has emerged as one of his specialties.

Possessed of good looks and trademark curly hair that have elicited nearly universal comment among music writers, Flórez faced pressure to assume the mantle of opera megastardom. He has won praise from close observers of the operatic scene, however, for taking account of the unusual nature of his voice and sticking to the repertory to which he is best suited, avoiding for the most part the heavier roles of Verdi and reintroducing audiences to something of the full fire that might have been heard on an Italian stage of the early nineteenth century. "I think I know my limitations", Flórez told The Economist in 2002. "I have been offered Mozart's Mitridate. I looked at the part, but it's all just a little low, and he's just a bit too angry all the time. It's not for me". An accomplished singing actor with a gift for comedy, Flórez has excelled in roles such as Tonio in Donizetti's La fille du régiment and the title role in Rossini 's Le Comte Ory.

Una furtiva lagrima: Donizetti and Bellini Arias Flórez has released three solo albums on the Decca label: one of Rossini arias, one (Una furtiva lagrima) including arias by Bellini and Donizetti, and 2004's Great Tenor Arias, which in the words of London's Observer newspaper "confirms his growing reputation as one of the most exciting vocal talents around". He has expressed an interest in exploring the repertory of Peruvian song and started a foundation to promote music education in Peru. Flórez signed with Sony in 2016, with his first release on the label scheduled for the following year.

Source: James Manheim, 2016 (allmusic.com)


















Κυριακή, 21 Αυγούστου 2016

Metropolitan Opera. 50th Anniversary Gala / Μετροπόλιταν Όπερα. Γκαλά για την 50ή επέτειο της πρώτης παράστασης στο Κέντρο Λίνκολν











Μετροπόλιταν Όπερα. Γκαλά για την 50ή επέτειο της πρώτης παράστασης στο Κέντρο Λίνκολν

Νέα Υόρκη, 7 Μαΐου 2017 *

Στις 16 Σεπτεμβρίου 1966 η Μετροπόλιταν Όπερα της Νέας Υόρκης (MET) έδωσε την πρώτη της παράσταση στη νέα της στέγη, το Κέντρο Λινκολν, με την όπερα του Σάμιουελ Μπάρμπερ «Αντώνιος και Κλεοπάτρα» και με την απόλυτη πριμαντόνα της, την Leontyne Price στον πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο.

Τώρα, η ΜΕΤ γιορτάζει τη σημαντική επέτειο με ένα λαμπρό γκαλά με αποσπάσματα από τις γνωστότερες όπερες του διεθνούς ρεπερτορίου και με τη συμμετοχή όλων (σχεδόν) των διάσημων τραγουδιστών των ημερών μας: Piotr Beczała, Ben Bliss, Stephanie Blythe, Javier Camarena, Diana Damrau, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Vittorio Grigolo, Mariusz Kwiecien, Isabel Leonard, Željko Lučić, Amanda Majeski, Angela Meade, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani, Rolando Villazón, Michael Volle, Pretty Yende και Sonya Yoncheva. Θα συμμετάσχουν η Ορχήστρα και η Χορωδία της Μετροπόλιταν Όπερα.

* Όλα τα εισιτήρια έχουν προπωληθεί.

Πηγή: Νίκος Πρίντεζης (tospirto.net)
















Metropolitan Opera. 50th Anniversary Gala

New York, May 7, 2017 *

On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time in a new home at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, starring Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz. The New York Times declared the opening of the new opera house a "crescendo of splendor", and a new era of theatrical possibility was born.

Fifty years later, the Met will celebrate its golden anniversary in its current home with a special gala featuring some of the greatest artists in opera, performing a mix of repertory that both looks back at great moments from the past five decades and ahead to future seasons. Selections will be heard from such operas as Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila, Les Troyens, I Lombardi, and, for the first time since the house opened, Antony and Cleopatra.

Director and set designer Julian Crouch and projection designers 59 Productions – the forces behind the Met's 125th Anniversary Gala in 2009 – will create an unforgettable operatic celebration of this important milestone.

A special gala dinner will follow the performance.

Scheduled to appear: Piotr Beczała, Ben Bliss, Stephanie Blythe, Javier Camarena, Diana Damrau, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Vittorio Grigolo, Mariusz Kwiecien, Isabel Leonard, Željko Lučić, Amanda Majeski, Angela Meade, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani, Rolando Villazón, Michael Volle, Pretty Yende, Sonya Yoncheva, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. (Artists and repertory are subject to change.)

* Sold Out

Source: metopera.org

A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House,
seen from the rear of the stage, at a concert by pianist Josef Hofmann, November 28, 1937
















Δείτε επίσης – See also

Πέντε από τις σημαντικότερες παραγωγές όπερας που θα φιλοξενηθούν στις μεγάλες σκηνές κατά την περίοδο 2016-2017

Σάββατο, 20 Αυγούστου 2016

Yu-Chien Tseng plays Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky & Wieniawski – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Violin / Round 2, First stage














Ο 15ος Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τσαϊκόφσκι, ο οποίος ήταν αφιερωμένος στην 175η επέτειο από τη γέννηση του μεγάλου Ρώσου συνθέτη, πραγματοποιήθηκε στη Μόσχα και στην Αγία Πετρούπολη από τις 15 Ιουνίου έως τις 3 Ιουλίου 2015.

Στο πλαίσιο του δεύτερου γύρου – στο πρώτο από τα δύο στάδια – του διαγωνισμού στην κατηγορία του βιολιού, ο Ταϊβανός βιολονίστας Yu-Chien Tseng, ο οποίος έλαβε τη δεύτερη θέση*, ερμήνευσε έργα για βιολί και πιάνο: τη Σονάτα αρ. 32 σε Σι ύφεση μείζονα, K.454, του Βόλφγκανγκ Αμαντέους Μότσαρτ, τη Σονάτα αρ. 2 σε Λα μείζονα, έργο 100, του Γιοχάνες Μπραμς, τη Mélodie σε Μι ύφεση μείζονα, έργο 42 αρ. 3, του Πιότρ Ιλίτς Τσαϊκόφσκι, και τις Παραλλαγές σ' ένα πρωτότυπο θέμα (Thème Original Varié / Variations on an Original Theme), έργο 15, του Πολωνού βιολονίστα και συνθέτη Χένρυκ Βινιάφσκι.

Το ρεσιτάλ έλαβε χώρα στη Μικρή Αίθουσα του Ωδείου της Μόσχας, στις 22 Ιουνίου 2015.

Ο Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τσαϊκόφσκι, ο οποίος πραγματοποιείται κάθε τέσσερα χρόνια, είναι ίσως ο σημαντικότερος διαγωνισμός στο χώρο της κλασικής μουσικής. Ο διαγωνισμός διοργανώθηκε για πρώτη φορά το 1958, περιλαμβάνοντας μόνο δύο κατηγορίες: του βιολιού και του πιάνου. Το 1962, στη δεύτερη διοργάνωση, προστέθηκε η κατηγορία του βιολοντσέλου, ενώ στην τρίτη διοργάνωση του διαγωνισμού, το 1966, προστέθηκε ακόμη η κατηγορία της φωνής.

Στον 15ο Διαγωνισμό, το 2015, συμμετείχαν περισσότεροι από εξακόσιοι καλλιτέχνες από 45 χώρες, οι οποίοι διαγωνίστηκαν και στις τέσσερεις κατηγορίες: πιάνο, βιολί, βιολοντσέλο και φωνή.

Την κριτική επιτροπή για την κατηγορία του βιολιού αποτελούσαν οι διακεκριμένοι βιολονίστες Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, James Ehnes, Maxim Fedotov, Michael Haefliger, Liana Isakadze, Ilya Kaler, Leonidas Kavakos, Boris Kuschnir, Mihaela Martin, Vadim Repin, Viktor Tretiakov, Vera Tsu Wei Ling, Maxim Vengerov και Nikolaj Znaider.

* Στον 15ο Διεθνή Διαγωνισμό Τσαϊκόφσκι, το 2015, στην κατηγορία του βιολιού, δεν απονεμήθηκε πρώτο βραβείο.









The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held more than 50 years ago, is not only a valuable asset of Russian musical culture but is also one of the major events in the international music community. The International Tchaikovsky Competition is held once every four years

The first, in 1958, included two disciplines – piano and violin. Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category was added, and the vocal division was introduced during the third competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition – a contest for violin makers which was held before the main competition.

The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg from June 15 to July 3, 2015, and was dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great Russian composer.

In the competition participated more than 600 artists from 45 countries.

On the jury for violin was the distinguished violinists Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, James Ehnes, Maxim Fedotov, Michael Haefliger, Liana Isakadze, Ilya Kaler, Leonidas Kavakos, Boris Kuschnir, Mihaela Martin, Vadim Repin, Viktor Tretiakov, Vera Tsu Wei Ling, Maxim Vengerov and Nikolaj Znaider.



XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Violin / Round 2, First stage


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

♪ Violin Sonata No.32 in B flat major, K.454 (April 21, 1784) [00:00]*

i. Largo – Allegro
ii. Andante
iii. Allegretto


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

♪ Violin Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.100 (1886) [24:53]

i. Allegro amabile
ii. Andante tranquillo – Vivace – Andante – Vivace di più – Andante – Vivace
iii. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

♪ Mélodie in E flat major,
 Op.42 No.3 (1878) [
49:30]


Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)

♪ Variations on an Original Theme, Op.15 (1854) [54:48]


Yu-Chien Tseng, violin **

Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, June 22, 2015 (22 Ιουνίου 2015)


(HD 720p)

* Χρόνος έναρξης του κάθε έργου / Start time of each work

** Yu-Chien Tseng won the second prize. In the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, in the category of the violin, not awarded first prize.













Yu-Chien Tseng was born in New Taipei, Taiwan, on August 24, 1994. Studied music in Taiwan and continued at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (USA) under professors Kavafian and Aaron Rosand. In 2009 he won the 10th Pablo Sarasate International Competition in Pamplona (Spain). In 2011 he won the Isang Yun Competition in Tongyeong (South Korea) and also was awarded a special prize at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition (as best of those in Round II who did not make the finals). In 2012 he took fifth place in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and the symphony orchestras of Singapore, Taipei, and Navarra among others. He has given solo concerts in cities in the USA, Europe and Asia. His début disc featuring music by French composers was released by Naxos.






























































Περισσότερες φωτογραφίες / More photos


Δείτε επίσης – See also


Yu-Chien Tseng plays Bach, Paganini, Chopin & Tchaikovsky – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Violin / Round 1

&

Lucas Debargue plays Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor – State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov", Alexey Bogorad – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Final Round

Lucas Debargue plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor – Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Alexey Utkin – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 2, Second stage


Lucas Debargue plays Nikolai Medtner & Maurice Ravel – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 2, First stage


Lucas Debargue plays Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt & Tchaikovsky – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 1










Πέμπτη, 18 Αυγούστου 2016

Yu-Chien Tseng plays Bach, Paganini, Chopin & Tchaikovsky – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Violin / Round 1
















Ο 15ος Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τσαϊκόφσκι, ο οποίος ήταν αφιερωμένος στην 175η επέτειο από τη γέννηση του μεγάλου Ρώσου συνθέτη, πραγματοποιήθηκε στη Μόσχα και στην Αγία Πετρούπολη από τις 15 Ιουνίου έως τις 3 Ιουλίου 2015.

Στο πλαίσιο του πρώτου γύρου του διαγωνισμού στην κατηγορία του βιολιού, ο Ταϊβανός βιολονίστας Yu-Chien Tseng, ο οποίος έλαβε τη δεύτερη θέση*, ερμήνευσε την Chaconne από την Παρτίτα για σόλο βιολί αρ. 2 σε Ρε ελάσσονα, BWV 1004, του Γιόχαν Σεμπάστιαν Μπαχ, το Καπρίτσιο αρ. 2 σε Σι ελάσσονα και το Καπρίτσιο αρ. 24 σε Λα ελάσσονα, από τα 24 Καπρίτσια για σόλο βιολί, έργο 1, του Νικολό Παγκανίνι, το Νυχτερινό αρ. 2 σε Ρε ύφεση μείζονα, του έργου 27, του Φρεντερίκ Σοπέν, σε μεταγραφή για βιολί και πιάνο από τον Αύγκουστ Βίλχελμι, και το Βαλς-Σκέρτσο σε Ντο μείζονα, έργο 34, του Πιότρ Ιλίτς Τσαϊκόφσκι.

Το ρεσιτάλ έλαβε χώρα στη Μικρή Αίθουσα του Ωδείου της Μόσχας, στις 18 Ιουνίου 2015.

Ο Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Τσαϊκόφσκι, ο οποίος πραγματοποιείται κάθε τέσσερα χρόνια, είναι ίσως ο σημαντικότερος διαγωνισμός στο χώρο της κλασικής μουσικής. Ο διαγωνισμός διοργανώθηκε για πρώτη φορά το 1958, περιλαμβάνοντας μόνο δύο κατηγορίες: του βιολιού και του πιάνου. Το 1962, στη δεύτερη διοργάνωση, προστέθηκε η κατηγορία του βιολοντσέλου, ενώ στην τρίτη διοργάνωση του διαγωνισμού, το 1966, προστέθηκε ακόμη η κατηγορία της φωνής.

Στον 15ο Διαγωνισμό, το 2015, συμμετείχαν περισσότεροι από εξακόσιοι καλλιτέχνες από 45 χώρες, οι οποίοι διαγωνίστηκαν και στις τέσσερεις κατηγορίες: πιάνο, βιολί, βιολοντσέλο και φωνή.

Την κριτική επιτροπή για την κατηγορία του βιολιού αποτελούσαν οι διακεκριμένοι βιολονίστες Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, James Ehnes, Maxim Fedotov, Michael Haefliger, Liana Isakadze, Ilya Kaler, Leonidas Kavakos, Boris Kuschnir, Mihaela Martin, Vadim Repin, Viktor Tretiakov, Vera Tsu Wei Ling, Maxim Vengerov και Nikolaj Znaider.

* Στον 15ο Διεθνή Διαγωνισμό Τσαϊκόφσκι, το 2015, στην κατηγορία του βιολιού, δεν απονεμήθηκε πρώτο βραβείο.



Οι βιολονίστες οι οποίοι διαγωνίστηκαν στον 15ο Διεθνή Διαγωνισμό Τσαϊκόφσκι έπρεπε στη διάρκεια του πρώτου γύρου να ερμηνεύσουν το Adagio and Fugue από τη Σονάτα αρ. 3 ή την Chaconne από την Παρτίτα αρ. 2, από τις Σονάτες και Παρτίτες για σόλο βιολί, BWV 1001-1006, του Γιόχαν Σεμπάστιαν Μπαχ· επίσης και δύο από τα εικοσιτέσσερα Καπρίτσια του Νικολό Παγκανίνι: ένα Καπρίτσιο της επιλογής τους και το Καπρίτσιο αρ. 24. Τέλος, θα έπρεπε ακόμη να ερμηνεύσουν την εκδοχή για βιολί και πιάνο του Βαλς-Σκέρτσο του Πιότρ Ιλίτς Τσαϊκόφσκι.









The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held more than 50 years ago, is not only a valuable asset of Russian musical culture but is also one of the major events in the international music community. The International Tchaikovsky Competition is held once every four years

The first, in 1958, included two disciplines – piano and violin. Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category was added, and the vocal division was introduced during the third competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition – a contest for violin makers which was held before the main competition.

The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg from June 15 to July 3, 2015, and was dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great Russian composer.

In the competition participated more than 600 artists from 45 countries.

On the jury for violin was the distinguished violinists Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, James Ehnes, Maxim Fedotov, Michael Haefliger, Liana Isakadze, Ilya Kaler, Leonidas Kavakos, Boris Kuschnir, Mihaela Martin, Vadim Repin, Viktor Tretiakov, Vera Tsu Wei Ling, Maxim Vengerov and Nikolaj Znaider.



Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for violin are constituted of six works for solo violin (three sonatas and three partitas). George Enescu called them "The Himalayas of violinists". Τhey are indeed some of the most-taught works among violinists, and are often performed in concert and recorded. The first recording of the complete Sonatas and Partitas for violin was made by Yehudi Menuhin, who recorded them in the 1930s.

The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin were written at the time Bach composed the Brandenburg Concertos and the Suites for cello.

The violinists competing at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition must perform, during the first round of the Competition, the Adagio and Fugue from the Sonata No.3 or the Chaconne from the Partita No.2.



Paganini's Caprices are 24 virtuoso pieces composed for solo violin. "The Daemon of the Violin", like they call him sometimes, composed these Caprices as technical exercises of extreme difficulties. But thanks to their musical qualities, these short pieces then became often performed in concert and were recorded many times.

The violinists competing at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition must perform, during the first round of the Competition, two of Paganini's Twenty-Four Caprices: one Caprice of their choice and the Caprice No.24.



The Valse-Scherzo is a short piece (about 6 minutes) for violin and orchestra, composed by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Some say that it is Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, composed in 1874 and premiered in 1875, that pushed Tchaikovsky to write his Valse-Scherzo. It was premiered under the baton of Nikolai Rubinstein, who was joined by violinist Stanisław Barcewicz in September 1878.

The violinists competing at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition must perform, during the first round of the Competition, a version for violin and piano of Tchaikovsky's Valse-Scherzo.



XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Violin / Round 1


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

♪ Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1720) [00:00]*


v. Chaconne


Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

♪ 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op.1 (1802-1817) [17:25]

No.2 in B minor (moderato)
No.24 in A minor (tema – quasi presto – variazioni – finale)


Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) / August Wilhelmi (1845-1908)

♪ Nocturnes, Op.27 (1836) [29:34]

No.2 in D flat major


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

♪ Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op.34 (1877) [36:52]



Yu-Chien Tseng, violin **

Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, June 18, 2015 (18 Ιουνίου 2015)

(480p)

* Χρόνος έναρξης του κάθε έργου / Start time of each work

** Yu-Chien Tseng won the second prize. In the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, in the category of the violin, not awarded first prize.

















Yu-Chien Tseng was born in New Taipei, Taiwan, on August 24, 1994. Studied music in Taiwan and continued at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (USA) under professors Kavafian and Aaron Rosand. In 2009 he won the 10th Pablo Sarasate International Competition in Pamplona (Spain). In 2011 he won the Isang Yun Competition in Tongyeong (South Korea) and also was awarded a special prize at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition (as best of those in Round II who did not make the finals). In 2012 he took fifth place in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and the symphony orchestras of Singapore, Taipei, and Navarra among others. He has given solo concerts in cities in the USA, Europe and Asia. His début disc featuring music by French composers was released by Naxos.









































































Περισσότερες φωτογραφίες / More photos


Δείτε επίσης – See also


Yu-Chien Tseng plays Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky & Wieniawski – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Violin / Round 2, First stage

&

Lucas Debargue plays Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor – State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov", Alexey Bogorad – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Final Round

Lucas Debargue plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor – Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Alexey Utkin – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 2, Second stage


Lucas Debargue plays Nikolai Medtner & Maurice Ravel – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 2, First stage


Lucas Debargue plays Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt & Tchaikovsky – XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015, Piano / Round 1