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Available until 11th July 2020
For the first time, watch the film of Illuminations, melding the music of Britten with spectacular circus artistry. This piece opened the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival, was directed by Struan Leslie and performed by soprano Sarah Tynan, Aurora Orchestra, and an ensemble of international circus artists. See it from Friday 12 June at 9pm.
SEMMELWEIS - Behind the work with composer Ray Lustig and Matt Gray
Join Ray Lustig, Composer and Matt Gray, General Director at The American Opera Project (AOP), for a conversation about Semmelweis, which is streaming on demand at www.doctor-semmelweis.com. Ray and Matt will talk about the history of Semmelweis, lessons for our time, and the development of the project. Several early workshops, directed by Matt Gray, were staged with AOP’s generous support.
Live Baroque Music "To Survive Melancholy"
A weekly series of mini recitals played on the harpsichord by Pawel Siwczak, from his home in London. Live Every Friday at 7.30pm (BST) and available to watch any time after an event. Duration 15-20min. In collaboration with Bach Club, Pawel Siwczak, concert artist, harpsichordist and a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, each week chooses one or two works from baroque repertoire, introduces them and then performs live. The title of the series is inspired by a piece that Johann Jakob Froberger wrote in 17-century in London “Pour passer la melancholi” (original spelling) and which so adequately captures the moods of many of us during these days of isolation. The previous episodes featured works by the above mentioned Froberger, John Blow and Nicolaus Bruhns, Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Couperin and François Couperin. Future episodes will include music by Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, Byrd, Sweelinck, CPE Bach and more!
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (Mosaic)
We're so excited to bring Pacific Symphony into your home, with this latest Quarantine Clip - 34 Pacific Symphony musicians perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 - IV. "Allegro con brio," from their homes. This is social distancing at its finest! This mosaic piece was recorded alongside our previously recorded version of Beethoven's Seventh, from last December. We'd like to give a special shout-out to one of our cellists, Laszlo Mezo, for his help in putting this together. Look forward to more mosaic-style performance content in the future!
Watch with delight as renowned Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi assumes the persona of the musical wunderkind himself, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on this journey into the music behind the man. Joined by his wife and muse, Constanze, this performance gives audiences an introduction to Mozart’s music, from variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ to his major compositions. Little music lovers will meet all the instruments in the ensemble along the way, and discover some of Mozart’s best known and loved classical music.
Simone Lamsma plays Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1
Sacred Songs - The Secrets of Our Hearts
Available until 12th March 2021
Award-winning British choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, renowned for its passion and precision. Normally before Easter, Tenebrae would be preparing for one of its busiest periods in the musical calendar. But as the world finds itself engulfed in one of the biggest health emergencies of modern history, Tenebrae, like many other artistic groups, has been forced to cancel its busy Easter season. Around the world, audiences are unable to attend and hear live music. In this performance, filmed exclusively for BBC Music, Tenebrae once again breaks new ground in a programme of music for Easter, with all 20 of its singers filmed and recorded separately as they isolate themselves in their own homes.
#NSOAtHome: Jennifer Higdon - Amazing Grace
Members of the viola section Clare Yang, Anthony Parce, Chris Farrell, and Daniel Reinker were planning to perform viola quartets and octets at the American Viola Society Festival with their colleagues this June in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sadly that event has also been postponed so we thought we would share this arrangement of Amazing Grace by Jennifer Higdon, produced by Andrew Dunn. Sending everyone a little grace this week. Stay safe everyone and stay tuned for more viola content to come!
Cries and Whispers: Isolation Broadcast #1
The first in our broadcast gig series, Cries and Whispers features spellbinding string music by Britten, Shostakovich and Gesualdo. This show was recorded in March 2020, just days before the lockdown, in front of a packed house at The White Hotel nightclub in Salford. Little did we know at that point that it was to be the last time we performed live for quite a while…
Concert for Our City: Streaming for All
BSO at Home, Concert for our City: stream starting Sunday, April 5th at 3PM EST Concert for Our City was videotaped live during a full-house performance at Symphony Hall on February 16. The concert was part of a series of free BSO musical offerings in February during the time the orchestra would have been on an East Asia tour, February 6-16. The planned tour was canceled due to increasing concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
MSO Live | Stravinsky Double Bill
We will #keepthemusicgoing. Throughout the ban on public events, the MSO will continue to perform for you. Hosted by MSO Cybec Assistant Conductor and Assistant Principal Cellist, Nicholas Bochner. In this extraordinary performance, filmed live at Hamer Hall in 2019, Sir Andrew Davis guides the Orchestra through two of Stravinsky’s acclaimed works – one wild, riot-inducing and revolutionary, the other a lyrical, little-known masterpiece.
Mahler's Symphony No. 5.
Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Recorded September 19, 2017
Lang Lang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Lang Lang joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a magnificent evening of Mozart.
Yoel Levi Conducts Mahler
Former ASO Music Director Yoel Levi returns for a special program with violinist Pinchas Zukerman and capped by Mahler's exuberant monument to springtime, the Symphony No. 1.
Journey into interstellar space with a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth, First Movement by the Philharmonia Orchestra, London - featuring principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. This experience is inspired by content on Voyager's Golden Record and is a collaboration between Daydream, the Philharmonia Orchestra, NASA, and NASA JPL.
Mahler's Third Symphony
Experience a full performance of Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony, conducted by our Principal Conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. Recorded live in Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.