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Happy Birthday Mozart: Mozart piano sonata # 9 K.311 – DANIEL BARENBOIM , great compositions/perfoemances

DANIEL BARENBOIM ~ Mozart piano sonata # 9 ; K.311 1989

Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 – Barenboim, Celibidache, 1991, great compositions/performances

Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 – Barenboim, Celibidache, 1991

Alfredo Catalani “Notturno in G sharp minor” for Rowna: mke music part of your life series

Alfredo Catalani “Notturno in G sharp minor” for Rowna

Notturno in G sharp minor for piano
by Alfredo Catalani
Riccardo Caramella, piano

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alfredo Catalani (19 June 1854 – 7 August 1893) was an Italian operatic composer. He is best remembered for his operas Loreley (1890) and La Wally (1892). La Wally was composed to a libretto by Luigi Illica, and features Catalani’s most famous aria “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana.” This aria, sung by American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez, was at the heart of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s 1981[1] cult[2] movie Diva.[3] Catalani’s other operas were less successful, partly hampered by inferior libretti.

Life and career

Catalani was born in Lucca and trained at the Conservatory of Milan under Antonio Bazzini.

Despite the growing influence of the verismo style of opera during the 1880s Catalani chose to compose in a more traditional manner. As a result his operas have largely lost their place in the modern repertoire, even compared to those of Massenet and Puccini, whose style his works most closely resemble.

The influence of Amilcare Ponchielli can also be recognized in Catalani’s work. Like Ponchielli, Catalani’s reputation now rests almost entirely on one work. However, while La Wally enjoys occasional revivals, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda has always been the more popular opera of the two (287 performances to date at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as opposed to only four for La Wally).

In 1893, upon his premature death from tuberculosis in Milan, Catalani was interred in the Cimitero Monumentale, where Ponchielli and conductor Arturo Toscanini also lie. Toscanini was a strong advocate of Catalani’s music and named his daughter Wally in recognition of the composer’s most successful opera. Toscanini recorded the prelude to Act IV of La Wally and the “Dance of the Water Nymphs” from Loreley in Carnegie Hall in August 1952 with the NBC Symphony Orchestra for RCA Victor.


  • La falce (“The Sickle”), Milan, 19 July 1875
  • Elda, Turin, 31 January 1880 (radically revised as Loreley)
  • Dejanice, Milan, 17 March 1883
  • Edmea, Milan, 27 February 1886
  • Loreley, Turin, 16 February 1890
  • La Wally, Milan, 20 January 1892

Symphonic works

  • Sinfonia a piena orchestra (“Symphony for Full Orchestra”), 1872
  • Il Mattino, sinfonia romantica (“Morning”, Romantic symphony), 1874
  • Ero e Leandro, poema sinfonico (“Hero and Leander”, Symphonic tone poem), Milan, 9 May 1885

© Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim (make music part of your life series)

© Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim (whole concert)

Beethoven’s 5th Piano concert (Emperor) –
Daniel Barenboim p

Det kongelige kapel – Michael Schønvandt i Danmarks Radio Koncerthuset 2009
Ved prisoverrækkelsen af Sonningprisen 2009 på 600,000 DKK ~ 125.000 US$ The Sonning Prize Award! The copyright © owner to all content in this video with The Royal Orchestra & Daniel Barenboim conducted by Michael Schønwandt, is Danmarks Radio! Also listen to Barenboims version of Noctune op. 27 no 2 by Chopin: http://www.youtube.com//watch?v=7EcER…

Carl Maria von Weber, Konzertstück f-moll für Klavier und Orchester, Op.79. Alfred Brendel & LSO (make music part of your life series)

Carl Maria von Weber Konzertstück f-moll für Klavier und Orchester, Op. 79 – Alfred Brendel, London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado — https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini

Puccini was an Italian composer of operas and a leading exponent of the realistic, verismo style. Born into a family of musicians, he studied piano and organ in his hometown before entering the Milan Conservatory in 1880. His famous operas, which remain exceedingly popular to this day, include La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. His death in 1924 is often cited as the end of grand opera. Complications from what experimental medical treatment hastened his death? More… Discuss

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Arturo Toscanini (1867)

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s great conductors, Toscanini first took the baton as a substitute conductor in Brazil. Toscanini’s artistry is preserved in recordings, notably of the symphonies of Beethoven and works by Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, and others. A tempestuous personality greatly respected by his performers, he also served as musical director of La Scala, Milan, and of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. Before becoming a conductor, Toscanini studied what instrument?More… Discuss

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Great Compositions/Performances: Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.)

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Great Compositions/Performances: Beethoven – Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36 – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Christian Thielemann, conductor


Beethoven – Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor

This symphony consists of four movements:

  1. Adagio molto, 3/4 – Allegro con brio, 4/4
  2. Larghetto, 3/8 in A major
  3. Scherzo: Allegro, 3/4
  4. Allegro molto, 2/2

A typical performance runs 33 to 36 minutes.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Portrait of Beethoven in 1803, a year after the premiere of his Second Symphony.

The Symphony No. 2 in D major (Op. 36) is a symphony in four movements written by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1801 and 1802. The work is dedicated to Karl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky.




Beethoven’s Second Symphony was mostly written during Beethoven’s stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, at which time his deafness was becoming more apparent and he began to realize that it might be incurable. The work was premiered in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 5 April 1803, and was conducted by the composer. During that same concert, the Third Piano Concerto and the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives were also debuted.[1] It is one of the last works of Beethoven’s so-called “early period”.


Beethoven wrote the Second Symphony without a standard minuet; instead, a scherzo took its place, giving the composition even greater scope and energy. The scherzo and the finale are filled with vulgar Beethovenian musical jokes, which shocked the sensibilities of many contemporary critics. One Viennese critic for the Zeitung fuer die elegante Welt (Newspaper for the Elegant World) famously wrote of the Symphony that it was “a hideously writhing, wounded dragon that refuses to die, but writhing in its last agonies and, in the fourth movement, bleeding to death.”[2]

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Beethoven “12 Contredances”

12 Contredances for small Orchestra WoO 14 
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Chamber Orchestra Berlin
Helmut Koch, conductor


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Great Performances: Rino Maione- Luigi CHERUBINI/Rev.Maione: Elisa Ouverture

Translated from Italian by Google Translator: “Luigi Cherubini Rev. Rino MAIONE – ELISA : Overture
RAI Symphony Orchestra of Rome Director Rino MAIONE
P.S. The video function only document the work of the auditor and director of my father, who is best known as the Music History.

RINO MAIONE , graduated in Composition and Piano, graduated in Arts , conductor and musicographer , former Professor of Exegesis in the University Musical Bolivarian Colombia , History and Aesthetics of music at the conservatories of Naples , Turin and Milan , and author of books of music literature published in Buenos Aires ( since Variaciones theme , Myrski ), Rome ( pretexts of music literature , AISC ), Naples ( Reasons historical and aesthetic of the music, SEN) , Milan ( from the Greeks to Schönberg , Hoepli ), Bergamo ( course of music history , Carrara ) . He has directed the Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples , the Teatro Verdi in Trieste , the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome , Teatro alla Scala for the Concert Society of Milan, RAI , etc. . He composed symphonic and chamber music , Lyrical and Cori , and transcribed , reviewed and published compositions of Frescobaldi , UK Martini, Cherubini , Mercadante and Zingarelli . NECKLACE MUSICA DE n . 2″

Original Text in Italian: “Rino Maione- Luigi CHERUBINI/Rev.Maione: Elisa Ouverture
Luigi CHERUBINI Rev. Rino MAIONE – ELISA: Ouverture
Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Roma Direttore Rino MAIONE
P.S. Il video ha solo funzione di documento dell’opera di revisore e di Direttore di mio padre, che è maggiormente conosciuto come Storico della Musica

RINO MAIONE, diplomato in Composizione e Pianoforte, laureato in Lettere, direttore d’orchestra e musicografo, già docente di Esegesi Musicale nell’Universita Bolivariana di Colombia, di Storia ed Estetica della musica nei Conservatori di Napoli, Torino e Milano, e autore di libri di letteratura musicale pubblicati a Buenos Aires (Variaciones sin tema, Myrski), Roma (Pretesti di letteratura musicale, AISC), Napoli (Motivi storici ed estetici della musica, SEN), Milano (Dai Greci a Schönberg, Hoepli), Bergamo (Corso di storia della musica, Carrara). Ha diretto le Orchestre del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, del Teatro Verdi di Trieste, dell’Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia di Roma, del Teatro alla Scala per la Società dei Concerti di Milano, della RAI, etc. Ha composto musiche sinfoniche e da camera, Liriche e Cori, e ha trascritto, revisionato e pubblicato composizioni di Frescobaldi, G.B. Martini, Cherubini, Mercadante e Zingarelli. COLLANA DE MUSICA n. 2″


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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Beethoven’s Symphony No 8 in F major – BBC Proms 2012 (Daniel Barenboim)

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim continues its Beethoven cycle with the compact Eighth in F major.
At the BBC PROMS – 2012 – Royal Albert Hall – LONDON


Mozart – Overture The Abduction from the Seraglio (K.384) – Wiener Symphoniker – Fabio Luisi

Mozart – The Abduction From The Seraglio Overture
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Wiener Symphoniker Japan Tour 2006
Conductor : Fabio Luisi


L’ÉTOILE – Oper von Emmanuel Chabrier | Staatsoper Berlin

Premiere: 16. Mai 2010 | Staatsoper Unter den Linden | Berlin

Wiederaufnahme: 04. Dezember 2011 | Staatsoper im Schiller Theater | Berlin



Verdi: Nabucco – Hebrew Slaves Chorus