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Baroque Treasures - From Ospedale to Concordia
Baroque Treasures - From Ospedale to Concordia

This year's Easter concert performed by the Vienna Bach Consort promises to be more than just an artistic pleasure - step into the footsteps of the music experts of the 18th century: performed in the Klosterneuburg basilica and experience works that Antonio Vivaldi composed for the Ospedale to be sung, by the girls growing up there, in the church services of the Santa Maria della Pietà.

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International Baroque Days 2017 - «Love knows no ending"
International Baroque Days 2017 - «Love knows no ending"
For five whole days the Austrian town Melk turns into the centre of classical music. Under the motto «Love knows no ending» one musical highlight will chase the other - matinees, enchanting night concerts, musical entertainment for kids, musical baroque and modern cross-over events with top performances of international stars as soprano Sophie Karthäuser, bariton Günther Groissböck, the acclaimed Tölz Boys' Choir, La Grande Chapelle and many more will fascinate the audience.
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Ralph Benatzky's Axel at Heaven's Gate
Ralph Benatzky's Axel at Heaven's Gate
 

The Axel of the story is a reporter desperate to secure an interview with Mills that will make or break his career, but who finds that all his efforts are thwarted by both the actress and the shenanigans of the studio moguls. Showing opera stars Bettina Mönch as Gloria Mills and Andreas Bieber as Axel amongst others with outstanding sounds from the Volksoper Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorenz C. Aichner, in combination with its special black-and-white visual design, this operetta is an exceptional Music experience.

Axel at Heaven's Gate is much more than a period piece and well worth discovering as it makes its return to Vienna at the Volksoper Wien; indeed it is a work that offers a tantalising glimpse of what might have been had it not been for the war; one that might have seen Viennese operetta continue to prosper alongside the still young medium of cinema.

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Springtime in Vienna 2017
Springtime in Vienna 2017

Conducted by Philippe Jordan the traditional Springtime concert of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra recorded live from the Great Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus will take you on a musical journey through selected masterpieces of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

The musical highlights of this exceptional concert will be featured by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
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Joseph Haydn's Creation
Joseph Haydn's Creation

Tremendous choirs for the heavenly host, enthralling musical portrayals of the creation of light and luminarie, the paradise, nature, animals and a stunning duet of the first people - this is Joseph Haydn's Creation. A young cast of aspiring voices, the Kammerchor Wien and the Haydn Philharmonie conducted by Nicolas Altstaedt make «Joseph Haydn's Creation» a multifaceted musical pleasure from the walls of the Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt (Burgenland/Austria).

Photo credit: © Nancy Horowitz
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Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
To crown the Styriarte 2016's Beethoven cycle the Colombian Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducted Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the original sound of the Concentus Musicus Vienna ensemble with distinguished soloists (Regula Mühlemann, Elisabeth Kulman, Steve Davislim and Florian Boesch) and the outstanding Arnold Schoenberg Choir. The Styriarte concert, which was performed on 23rd July 2016 as part of the 10th ORF Steiermark Klangwolke in Graz, was recorded and broadcast live on Radio Steiermark, ORF III, 3sat and via public viewing in all of Styria. The concert received a standing ovation.
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Christmas in Vienna 2016
Christmas in Vienna 2016
For more than 20 years «Christmas in Vienna» is one of the most prestigious classical concert productionsin Europe. Every year the traditional Christmas concert takes places in the glamorous Wiener Konzerthaus and brings together a quartet of the best international vocalists.They recite atmospheric Christmas songs from all over the world, accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Vienna Singing Academy and the Vienna Boys Choir. A repertoire of classic and popular music from around the world also determine the 2016 program as an annual climax during Christmas season.

Soloists:
  • Noah Stewart
  • Angela Denoke
  • Vesselina Kasarova
  • Günter Haumer


Program 2016:  

Glöckchen Ouvertüre  //  Leonhard Cohen (*1934) Hallelujah //  Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868): Domine Deus //  Charles Gounod (1818-1893) Sanctus //  Michal Lorenc (*1955) Ave Maria  // Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Lullaby - Guten Abend, gut´ Nacht  // Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750) Jauchzet, Frohlocket  // George Bizet (1838-1875): Au fond du temple saint //  Pietro Yon (1886 - 1943) Gesu Bambino  // Ernesto Lecuona (1895 - 1963) Malagueña //

Traditional Spiritual I Want Jesus to Walk with Me //   Hristo Nedyalkov (1932 - 2013) Simna Pesnitschka //  Oh Heiland reiß die Himmel auf // Es ist ein Ros entsprungen // Fröhliche Weihnacht  // Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) // I wonder as I wander  //  José Benito Barros (1915-2007) Navidad negra //  Corramos Corramos Leise rieselt der Schnee // Heißa Buama  //  Feliz Navidad  
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Baroque Treasures - George Frideric Handel's Messiah
Baroque Treasures - George Frideric Handel's Messiah

The Bach Consort ensemble presents the festive Easter Concert for the third time. In 2016 the concerttakes place in the Klosterneuburg Monastery. Handel's Messiah is returning to its original premièreseason: Easter time. On the 273rd anniversary of its first performance in London, Handel's Oratorio willring out in the Collegiate Church in Klosterneuburg. Conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, the Bach Consortensemble will play with the Salzburg Bach Choir and renowned international soloists such as Kammersänger(an Austrian honorific title for excellent singers) Michael Schade, Hanna Herfurtner, GaiaPetrone and Christian Immler. Handel's Messiah outlines the message of the Christian salvation history:the prophecy, incarnation of Jesus, suffering, death, resurrection and promise of his return. Handel,the great musical dramatist, unfolds the events with theatrical force and touching empathy.


Also available: Highlights »Messiah - Risen from the dead« (65 min.)

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Festival of Joy
Festival of Joy
The reason for this festival concert in Vienna's Heldenplatz is the capitulation of the National Socialist regime on May 8, 1945. The Festival of Joy was founded in 2013 to celebrate this day of liberation in worthy fashion. This open-air concert is intended to celebrate the liberation from National Socialist rule and all the victims of the National Socialists. The festival is organised by the Austrian Mauthausen Committee in cooperation with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance, the Vienna Israelite Community, the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service, the City of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Government. Under the direction of Christopf von Dohnànyi the Vienna symphony orchestra will play "A survivor from Warsaw" and Beethoven´s synphony Nr.3 "Eroica" together with baritone Thomas Hampson and members of the "Vienna Singverein".
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Bach to the Roots
Bach to the Roots
 

In the concert film «Bach to the Roots», the Vienna Bach Consort ensemble conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, brings music with Latin-American roots to the Vienna Konzerthaus. The two worlds of Argentine folk music and European baroque music are contrasted with one another in impressive fashion. Dubrovsky brings their musical roots to the audience, highlights what they have in common and, as the musical programme unfolds, embarks upon an entertaining, enigmatic and insightful search for clues from Leipzig to the roots of baroque music as far as Africa. The musical contributions come from the Zacherl Factory, the Konzerthaus and the Hofburgkapelle in Vienna. Whilst the mezzo soprano, Bernarda Fink, and tenor, Francisco Brito, perform baroque works in the South American tradition, and present Argentine music according to European performance practice.


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Springtime in Vienna 2016
Springtime in Vienna 2016
Conducted by Manfred Honeck the traditional Springtime concert of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra will take you on a wonderful journey through Austria with selected masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. The musical highlights of this exceptional concert will be featured by the passionate musical artist and pianist Helene Grimaud.
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Christmas in Vienna 2015
Christmas in Vienna 2015
Every year the traditional Christmas concert in Vienna brings together a quartet of the best international vocalists. Angelika Kirchschlager, Valentina Nafornita, Piotr Beczala and Artur Rucinski recite joyful and atmospheric Christmas songs from all over the world, accompanied by the ORF Radio-Symphonic Orchestra Vienna, the Vienna Singing Academy and the Vienna Boys Choir. Conducted by Erwin Ortner, the concert will take place in the glamorous Wiener Konzerthaus.
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Star Night at the Wörthersee 2015 Open Air
Star Night at the Wörthersee 2015 Open Air
With superstars Francine Jordi, Howard Carpendale, The Common Linnets and many more the Starnacht at the Wörthersee 2015 Open Air, taking place at the lakesidestage in Klagenfurt, will entertain the pop music fans as never before!
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Star Night Wachau 2015 Open Air
Star Night Wachau 2015 Open Air
This year the Star Night Wachau welcomes Special guest «The Voice of Modern Talking» Thomas Anders. Joined by well-known popmusic singer Roland Kaiser and many other great pop stars like Revolverheld, the Wachau will again fascinate and entertain the audience with this outstanding musical highlight!
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Springtime in Vienna 2015
Springtime in Vienna 2015
The traditional Easter concert from the Symphony Orchestra is entirely dedicated to the Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Following the musical direction of Philippe Jordan, the Viennese Symphony Orchestra brings orchestral works, like the Symphony No 3 in D major and orchestral arrangements of Schubert songs. The orchestral accompaniment promises a totally new listening experience. The German baritone Matthias Goerne supports the Symphony Orchestra. His voice will give the Schubert songs additional phonetic dramatic.
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Baroque Treasures - Antonio Vivaldi
Baroque Treasures - Antonio Vivaldi
The virtuosic performance of Vienna Bach Consort conducted by its genius maestro Ruben Dubrovsky at Vienna's St. Stephan's Cathedral will carry its audience along to original sound impressions of Vivaldi's time. The magnificent setting of St. Stephan's Cathedral and the artistic peak of orchestra and conductor will be enhanced by the appearance of the adorable Vivica Genaux. The US-mezzosoprano is famous for her extraordinary interpretation of baroque repertoire. This concert captivates with its exceptional relation of sacral music and acoustic impressions. Vienna Bach Consort featuring mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, conducted by Ruben Dubrovsky: an exceptional music experience!
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New Year's Day Concerts
New Year's Day Concerts
For decades, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has given a live concert on New Year's Day, playing predominantly compositions by the splendid Strauss family. It has become a tradition in 60 countries all over the world to welcome the New Year with the music from the Musikverein in Vienna. The orchestra is world famous, partly because of its many international tours. Conducted by Clemens Krauss, Willi Boskovsky, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta and Georges Prêtre the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was the first to play inimitable Viennese waltzes, polkas and marches in classical concerts, they have now become a yearly tradition. The concert takes place in the famous «Golden Hall» of the Musikverein. The Vienna State Opera Ballet dances to some of the pieces in the most beautiful Palais of Vienna. In the break of the concert, picturesque scenes from Austria are shown, accompanied by lovely stories about the Viennese music and traditions.
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Conchita - Queen of Austria LIVE Concert
Conchita - Queen of Austria LIVE Concert

Conchita Wurst - 1st Live Concert after ESC 2014!
With an amazing performance of her song "Rise Like A Phoenix", Conchita Wurst not only won the hearts of Europe at the ESC 2014, but also made an impressive statement about tolerance and acceptance!

Now the Queen of Austria gave her first live concert in Vienna after her overwhelming victory!

On Sunday, May 18th 2014, Conchita Wurst performed live at the Vienna Ballhausplatz and fascinated the audience, especially with her powerful song "Rise Like A Phoenix"! Before her fans could joyfully cheer their queen, Conchita Wurst was received by the Austrian Federal Chancellor, Werner Faymann, as well as the Federal Minister for Arts, Culture and Public Service, Josef Ostermayer.

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Europe Sings
Europe Sings
A musical peace project on the occasion of the 100th memorial of World War I - in front of the magnificent backdrop of Vienna's historic townhall, Europe's best choirs got together on Europe Day, May 9th, and created a unique vocal experience! The repertoire of the choirs from all over Europe impresses through their great diversity. Ranging from English madrigals and early Baroque musical works to classical music and music from romanticism up to contemporary compositions and vocal jazz the singers amaze with their varying facets. Conducted by the young Cornelius Meister and accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, this concert is a real highlight of international musical performances!
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Baroque Treasures - Claudio Monteverdi
Baroque Treasures - Claudio Monteverdi
Claudio Monteverdi's sacral concert «Selva Morale e Spirituale», written in 1641, merges the rythms of folk music with psalms from the Old Testament. The overwhelming acoustics of Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral and the usage of historic instruments such as the theorbe or the zink create an authentic and unique sound experience. Led and conducted by Maestro Rubén Dubrovsky, the Vienna Bach Consort, one of the most important Baroque ensembles in Austria, will not fail to impress. The orchestra focuses on the intensive dialog with baroque music and accounts for the rediscovery of many important Baroque works, such as those by Johann Josef Fux or Francesco Bartolomeo Conti. The powerful vocal support by the very talented soloists Soetkin Elbers and Theresa Dlouhy (soprano), Jakob Huppmann and Markus Forster (counter-tenor), Tore Tom Denys and Markus Miesenberger (tenor) as well as Gerd Kenda and Joel Frederiksen (basso) makes this concert a remarkable pleasure.
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Salute to Vienna
Salute to Vienna
Since 1995, «Salute to Vienna» welcomes the spring with the enchanting music of Johann Strauss and other fantastic musicians. In 2013, the great operetta- gala took place in the famous Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna for the second time. «Salute to Vienna 2013» is presented by US-starmezzosoprano Frederica von Stade and Academy Award Winner Maximilian Schell. The Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by the renowned Strauss-specialist Maestro Peter Guth and the young Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez, electrifies with an enchanting medley of Viennese operetta: arias of «The Bat», «The Merry Widow», «The Land of Smiles» and «The Riviera Girl», as well as a firework of Strauss-waltzes will not fail to entertain the audiences. The British star-tenor Russell Watson appears as a special guest. Celebrated Austrian soprano Daniela Fally and multi-award-winning Russian tenor Dmitry Korchak will not fail to impress. The adorable sopranos Iva Mihanovic and Alexandra Reinprecht and Austrian baritone Daniel Serafin round up the fulminant setting. Enchanting musical and visual impressions are guaranteed by Austrian Vienna Boy's Choir and the State Opera Ballet of Vienna.
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Christmas in Vienna 2014
Christmas in Vienna 2014

For many years «Christmas in Vienna» has been a fixed star in the round of Viennese Advent concerts, and this year again combines a balance of the well-known and the less well-known, classical and popular, expansive music with intimate settings and religious and secular music. The highly coveted soloists are Natalia Ushakova, Vesselina Kasarova and Artur Rucinski and together form this year's highlights. The program arrangement runs the gamut from «Festive Christmas» to «International Christmas» to «Popular Christmas». This atmospheric concert is broadcast from Vienna's Konzerthaus.

Also available:
Christmas in Vienna 2009 - 2013
Christmas in Vienna 2004 - 2007

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Springtime in Vienna 2014
Springtime in Vienna 2014
The Easter Concert from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra will receive powerful vocal support this year in the form of tenor Johan Botha singing Wagner and Lehar. In addition,Springtime in Vienna will see a further première, as Simone Young becomes the first woman to take the conductor's stand at this traditional event. The television broadcast of this spirited programme from Musikverein in Vienna is in the reliable hands of director Agnes Mèth. In 2014 the orchestra travels with Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner and of course Ludwig van Beethoven.

Franz Schubert: «The Friends from Salamanca», D 326 (Overture)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance for violin and orchestra, No. 2 F major, Op. 50
Carl Maria von Weber: «Euryanthe», Op. 81 (Overture)
Otto Nicolai: «The Merry Wives of Windsor» (Overture)
Richard Wagner: «The Master-Singers of Nuremberg» WWV 96(Prologue and song of praise by Walther v. Stolzing)
Johann Strauß (the Son): «The Gypsy Baron» (Overture and Barinkay's song)
Franz von Suppé: «Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien» (Overture)
Franz Lehár: «Guiditta» : «Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert!»
Richard Heuberger: «The Opera Ball» (Overture)
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When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2013
When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2013

This year, Bad Kleinkirchheim once more is the gathering place of the stars of «Volkstümliche Musik» (folk music) and «Schlager« (traditional German language pop music) at the «When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2013», which takes place for the eleventh time. In a placid winter ambience, Arnulf Prasch presents a colorful music mix featuring stars of domestic «Volkstümliche Musik» like DJ Ötzi, Petra Frey, Stefanie Hertel, The young Zillertaler, the Edlseer and the Schürzenjäger.

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Star Night Wachau 2013 Open Air
Star Night Wachau 2013 Open Air
After a successful premiere in 2012, the beautiful Danube river valley in Lower Austria is again representing the surrounding this September. In the midst of the unique winelandscape of the Wachau valley, in front of the ruin Dürnstein, Alfons Haider presents national and international superstars.
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Star Night at the Wörthersee 2013 Open Air
Star Night at the Wörthersee 2013 Open Air
As last year the «Star Night at the Wörthersee» takes place on the lakesidestage in Klagenfurt. In the summery ambiance of that night, Alfons Haider presents, as every year, the superstars of pop music and «Schlager» (traditional German-language pop music).
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Christmas in Vienna 2013
Christmas in Vienna 2013
For many years «Christmas in Vienna» has been a fixed star in the round of Viennese Advent concerts, and this year again combines a balance of the well-known and the less well-known, classical and popular, expansive music with intimate settings and religious and secular music. The program arrangement runs the gamut from «Festive Christmas» to «International Christmas» to «Popular Christmas».
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2013
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2013
Each year, the majestic «Wolkenturm» in Grafenegg serves as a stage for many great concerts, to the gain of the Austrian music scene and far beyond. The evenings on the «Wolkenturm» are traditionally opened with the Midsummer Night's Gala, which brings some of the greatest stars on the international music scene to Grafenegg. The fi rst group of well-known artists this year consists of soprano Karita Mattila, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and Austrian percussion virtuoso Martin Grubinger, who will perform together with the Tonkünstler under Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
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Springtime in Vienna 2013
Springtime in Vienna 2013

The annual highlight of the season, Springtime in Vienna, marks Fabio Luisi's last season as chief conductor. On this occasion, the outgoing music director of the Wiener Symphoniker presents a program of personal favourites from his homeland, an evocative potpourri of concerted pieces, plus music from opera and film scores.

 

PERFORMERS

Fabio Luisi, conductor

Roberto de Biasio, tenor

Wiener Symphoniker

 

PROGRAMME

Giuseppe Verdi
Overture to the opera "Nabucco"

Giuseppe Verdi
Overture to the opera "I Vespri Siciliani" ("The Sicilian Vespers")

Giuseppe Verdi
"Quando le sere al placido", Rodolfo's aria from the Opera "Luisa Miller"

Giacomo Puccini
Intermezzo from act 3 of the dramma lirico "Manon Lescaut"

Giacomo Puccini
"E lucevan le stelle", Aria of Cavaradossi from act 3 of the opera "Tosca"

Gioacchino Rossini
Overture to the opera "Guillaume Tell"

Ottorino Respighi
"Feste Romane", symphonic poem

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Star Night Wachau 2012 Open Air
Star Night Wachau 2012 Open Air

Star Night Wachau 2012 Open Air

The Open Air event Star Night Wachau celebrates its premiere in 2012. After the great success of the «Star Night at the Wörthersee» which annually takes place in July in Carinthia, the beautiful Danube river valley in Lower Austria is representing a new surrounding this September. In the midst of the unique wine-landscape of the Wachau valley, in front of the ruin Dürnstein, Alfons Haider presents national and international superstars such as the British pop-princess Amy McDonald, Nino de Angelo, Adoro, Wolfgang Ambros, Nik P, Allessa and many more - a special event in an extraordinary ambiance.

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Christmas in Vienna 2012
Christmas in Vienna 2012
For many years «Christmas in Vienna» has been a fixed star in the round of Viennese Advent concerts, and this year again combines a balance of the well known and the less well known, classical and popular, expansive music with intimate settings and religious and secular music. The program arrangement runs the gamut from «Festive Christmas» to «International Christmas» to «Popular Christmas». A dream team of classical vocal artistry - Sophie Koch and Piotr Beczala - cast their spell on us, together with the new international star from St. Petersburg, Julia Novikova, the Danish baritone and darling of the Viennese public, Bo Skovhus, and the 150-plus artists of the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, the Vienna Singakademie and the St. Florian Boys Choir under the direction of Sascha Goetzel.
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Wall Street of Voices - International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
Wall Street of Voices - International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
In 2011 the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition, one of the oldest and most renowned singing competitions for young singers, celebrated a significant anniversary. For the past 30 years the Vienna Chamber Opera has given young singing talents the opportunity to make international contacts for their future careers in opera. 141 young singers, selected among over 3000 contestants in pre-rounds throughout the world, travelled to Vienna to make their dreams come true. Young filmmaker Michael Podogil and Rudolf Takacs follow several candidates, a jury member, and an opera agent from their arrival in Vienna through the finals and document the winners and the losers in heartfelt moments between hope, luck, and disappointment. The film also features interviews with among the most prominent casting directors in Europe and the United States, including Christophe Seuferle, current General Manager of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christina Scheppelmann, Artistic Director of Washington National Opera, Dominque Meyer, General Manager of the Vienna State Opera, and Peter Katona, Casting Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to name a few. 
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When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2012
When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2012

This year, Bad Kleinkirchheim once more is the gathering place of the stars of folk music and «Schlager» (traditional German-language pop music) at the «Wenn die Musi spielt - Winter Open Air 2012» , which takes place for the tenth time. In a placid winter ambience, Arnulf Prasch presents a colorful music mix featuring stars of domestic «volkstümliche Musik» like Marc Pircher, the Nockalm Quintett, Petra Frey, Die jungen Zillertaler and the shooting star of the industry, Andreas Gabalier, and many more.

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Star Night at the Wörthersee 2012 Open Air
Star Night at the Wörthersee 2012 Open Air
This year the «Star Night at the Wörthersee» takes place on the lakesidestage in Klagenfurt for the first time. In the summery ambiance ofthat night, Alfons Haider presents, as every year, the superstars of popmusic and «Schlager» (traditional German-language pop music). The musicalfireworks right on the Wörthersee feature among many other starschart-topping Andreas Gabalier, blockbuster act Opus and Johnny Logan.
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Springtime in Vienna 2012
Springtime in Vienna 2012
On the occasion of the traditional Easter concert, the Vienna Symphonic
Orchestra takes the audience on a top class holiday adventure, under the
leadership of chief conductor, Bertrand de Billy. The orchestra travels with
Bizet, Offenbach, de Falla and of course Johann Strauß. It's a journey
embellished along the way with lively waltzes and polkas, a hallmark of
Viennese classical music.

Franz von Suppé: Overture from the operetta «Leichte Kavallerie»
Amilcare Ponchielli: "Tanz der Stunde" from "La Giaconda"
George Gershwin: «An American in Paris», symphonic tone poem

INT ERMISSION
Ambroise Thomas: Overture from the opera «Mignon»
Camille Saint-Saens: Baccanale from "Samson und Dalia"
Pablo De Sarasate: «Zigeunerweisen» for violin and orchestra Op. 20
Georges Bizet: L'Arlesienne First Suite, No. 1 (Prélude)
Georges Bizet: L'Arlesienne Second Suite, No. 4 (Farandole)

ENCORES
Jacques Offenbach: Can-can from the operetta «Orpheus aux Enfers»
Johann Strauss II: «Unter Donner und Blitz», quick polka Op. 324
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2012
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2012
This year's concert of the «Tonkünstler-Orchestra»will take place in June and like all other Grafeneggconcerts will not fail to impress. This major musical event at the beginning of the Grafenegg festivalhas become a by word for festive joie de vivrein recent years. Guesting at the «Wolkenturm»are Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano, MichaelSchade, tenor and Vadim Repin, violist.

PROGRAM
Georges Bizet: Prelude to the opera «Carmen»
Franz Waxman: «Carmen-Fantasie» for violin and orchestra;
Jules Massenet: «Pourquoi me reveiller» aria of Werther from the opera «Werther»
Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to the opera «Il barbiere di Siviglia»
Gioacchino Rossini:«Tanti affetti in tal momento» aria of Elena from the opera «La Donna del lago»
Gioacchino Rossini: «Non più mesta» aria of Cenerentola from the opera «La Cenerentola»
Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Suite for variety orchestra, second movement (dance nr. 1)
Jacques Offenbach:«Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach» Hoffman's couplet from the opera«Les contes d'Hoffmann»
Igor Strawinski: Suite from the ballet «Der Feuervogel» (copy 1945), Danse infernale
Fritz Kreisler:«Tambourin Chinois» for violin and orchestra
Leonard Bernstein: Overture to the musical «West Side Story»
Leonard Bernstein:«I feel pretty» from the musical «West Side Story»
Carlos Gardel:«Por una cabeza» Tango (adaptation for violin and orchestra: John Williams)
Richard Rodgers:«Oh what a beautiful morning» from the musical «Oklahoma»
Richard Rodgers:«We kiss in a shadow» duet Tuptim - Lun Tha from the musical «The King and I»
George Gershwin:«Summertime» from the opera «Porgy and Bess»(adaptation for mezzo-soprano, tenor, violin and orchestra: Michael Radanovics)

ENCORE
Edward Elgar: «Pomp and Circumstance» march op. 39/1 (short version)
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Christmas in Vienna 2011
Christmas in Vienna 2011
The traditional advent concert brings also in 2011 a quartet of international singing greats together. Angela Denoke, Liliana Nikiteanu, Ramon Vargas and Paul Armin Edelmann sing Christmas songs from all over the world. Alongside the Vienna Singakademie, St. Florian's Boys' Choir with their soloist, Alois Muehlbacher, will also be taking part this year. They will be accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, for the first time under the leadership of Sascha Goetzel. This atmospheric concert will be broadcast from the unique ambience of the Vienna Konzerthaus.

The programme includes Christmas classics such as «Silent Night», and the traditional «Hallelujah Chorus« from Handel's «Messiah». In addition, Christmas medleys and pieces from the various soloists' homelands will also be played and sung.
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2011
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2011

In honor of the Open Air Concerts 10th anniversary, Hansi Hinterseer has put together a special program for his fans and friends of pop music. Offering a perfect blend of top guests and top hits, video projections and a dazzling light show, the Hansi Hinterseer Open Air Concert creates an extraordinary atmosphere. The Open Air Concert 2011 is a guaranteed mood booster, encouraging everyone to join in on the popular hit songs; inspiring one to dream and desire, maybe even insinuating a little fl irt whilst singing and dancing to the music.

 

Together with his musical guests like Andrea Bocelli, Alpentrio Tyrol, The Original Tiroler Echo, Encho Keryazow, Rob Spence, Voigasplattler, Zellberg Buam and the people of Kitzbühl, Hansi Hinterseer has put together a performance for everyone to enjoy and remember in their memories as well as their hearts.

 

Program:

The concert features old and new songs - as well as songs from the album «Two Hearts», where the native Tyrolean has put together a compilation of upbeat songs, love songs and beautiful ballads. Successfully gaining more international fame day by day, the Tyrolean has chosen a wide range of songs infl uenced by his Tyrolean musical customs and traditions as well as international infl uences. «So sehr lieb ich Dich» and «Heut ist ein Tag zum Glücklich sein» are songs inspired by South American rhythms using instruments accompanying traditional folk songs. «Mei Heimat» and «Tirol gibt's nur einmal» full of love for his home and give one a tangible sense of nature.

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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2011
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2011
This major musical event at the beginning of the Grafenegg festival has become a byword for festive joie de vivre in recent years. Guesting at the Wolkenturm are Genia Kuehmeier, Sol Gabetta and Sabine Meyer, three soloists who are among the leading artists in their respective fields on the world's biggest stages. The magnificent selection of masterpieces is directed by Michael Boder, who, as musical director at the Gran Teatredel Liceu in Barcelona and as an opera director has worked at the very summit of the international music scene over the past few years.

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Michael Boder
Soloists: Genia Kuehmeier, Sol Gabetta, Sabine Meyer
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2010
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2010
In 2010 the audience was able to look forward to seeing Helene Fischer, Andy Lee Lang, De Hoehner, Sigrid & Marina, the Original Tiroler Echo and artists Michael Raivard and Michel Lauzière - as well, of course, as host Hansi Hinterseer, who wowed them with a number of his hits.

Hansi Hinterseer on the event: «I am thoroughly delighted with the Open Air program for 2010. Helene Fischer, Andy Lee Lang, De Hoehner, Sigrid & Marina, my friends from the Original Tiroler Echo and our two artists Michael Raivard and Michel Lauzière inspired both the audience and me in equal measure. The evening was over far too quickly. In the sold-out tennis stadium under sunny skies and with the wonderful new stage the atmosphere was unbelievable - with visitors from all over the world, including Arizona and Australia.»

Program:
Taking part were the Original Tiroler Echo with «Almkinder», Andy Lee Lang with «Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On» and Helene Fischer with a medley of hits and «Du lässt mich sein, so wie ich bin». Sigrid & Marina treated the audience to «Zwei Senoritas» and De Hoehner performed «Schenk mir Dein Herz« and »Viva Colonia«. Artist Michael Raivard and musical artist Michel Lauzière thrilled the public with their unique skills. Supported by the Original Tiroler Echo, host Hansi Hinterseer sang and played a total of 20 songs -«Komm mit mir», «Viele Grüße aus Tirol», «Ich hab' ein Herz für die Berge», «Zeit ist kostbarer als Gold», «Ich möchte so gerne bei Dir sein», «Still, still, still», «Boarisch tanz i nur mit Dir», a Tyrolean medley, «Auf der Streif», «Musica», «Komm näher», «Du bist mein Leben», «Manchmal», «Dieses Herz» medley, «Schokolade im Sonnenschein», «Viva Tirol», «Hände zum Himmel», «Amore Mio», «Hey Baby tanz mit mir», and as a grand finale with all of the other artists, «So ein schöner Tag».
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2009
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2009
Stars, hits, thousands of fans and Hansi Hinterseer - again this year, these were the ingredients that made up the «Great Hansi Hinterseer Open Air» event. For the ninth time the public's favourite welcomed famous colleagues from the music world to the tennis stadium in his home town of Kitzbühel and once again ensured an entertaining night's TV - which can be seen on Saturday, 5th September 2009 at 8.15 pm on ORF 2. Viewers can look forward to seeing, among others, Johnny Logan, the Nockalm Quintett, Die Stoakogler, G.G. Anderson, Marianne & Michael, Oesch's Die Dritten, the Twinnies, the Duo Minasov, the Original Tiroler Echo - and, of course, their host, Hinterseer.

Hansi Hinterseer on the event: «For me this year again it was simply great to be able to feel this connection and sense of community at the ninth Open Air event in my home town of Kitzbühel, be it on the fans' walk, where over ten thousand walkers joined me, or our procession into the town, where my musical guests and I received such a warm welcome. At the fantastic concerts in the tennis stadium in particular we received terrific support from the packed stands.

Program:
Taking part in the event were the Original Tiroler Echo with «Tiroler Land, mein Heimatland», Die Stoakogler with a medley of hits and Marianne & Michael with «Heut' ist ein Feiertag». The Nockalm Quintett sang «Die Wahrheit», G.G. Anderson «Cheerio» and the Twinnies performed «Peinlich». Oesch's Die Dritten treated the audience to the «Ku-Ku-Jodel», Johnny Logan guested with «Hold Me Now» and «The Wild Rover» and the Duo Minasov thrilled the audience with their breathtakingly fast costume changes. Supported by the Original Tiroler Echo, host Hansi Hinterseer sang a total of 17 songs -«Komm mit mir», «Tiroler Berge», «Schön, dass Du da bist», «Nimm Dir die Zeit zum Leben«, «Ich fühl' mich wohl in Tirol», «Komm nach Tirol, Senorita», «Ich lieb' dieses Land», «Servus schöne Wirtin», «Tirol Medley», «Kufstein Lied», «Du hast mich heut' noch nicht geküsst», «Tanz nicht allein», «Fiesta de la Luna», «Viva Tirol», «Hände zum Himmel», «Amore Mio» and «Hey Baby, tanz mit mir».
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2008
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2008
Popular stars with their greatest hits, thousands of jubilant fans and a congenial host once again came together to present 2008's «Great Hansi Hinterseer Open Air» event. The public's favourite welcomed well-known musicians to the tennis stadium in his home town of Kitzbühel for the eighth time. Among others, Wencke Myhre, Francine Jordi, the Italian superstar Drupi, «Die Flippers», ChueLee, the Gruppe Wind, the Zellberg Buam, Rico Sanchez & The Gypsies and the Original Tiroler Echo were there, plus, of course, the blonde heart throb himself, who wowed the audience with a multitude of his hits.
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2007
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2007
A fantastic atmosphere, great music and entertaining performances were once again part of the «Great Hansi Hinterseer Open Air» event in 2007. Numerous ever-popular easy listening stars took up the invitation from host Hansi Hinterseer to enthral the Kitzbühel audience. Not only did Hansi Hinterseer, together with the Original Tiroler Echo perform several of his hits, but a crowd of top quality guests also provided excellent entertainment: joining in with the party were Tony Christie, Die Jungen Original Oberkrainer, the finalists in the «Musikantenstadl» up-and-coming musicians' competition, Oesch's Die Dritten, plus De Höhner, Rosanna Rocci, Helene Fischer, Peter Shun, Nik P and Andy Borg.
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The Hoff is Back
The Hoff is Back
«Baywatch» and «Knight Rider» star David Hasselhoff performed an exclusive concert in Pörtschach, Austria on July 10 on occasion of the «Starnacht am Wörthersee». «The Hoff» enchanted his fans with songs like «Do the Limbo Dance», «Crazy For You» and «This Time Around» and also presented new songs from his album «Romantics» in the midst of the beautiful scenery of the Carinthian Lake Wörthersee. As a very special treat, his daughters Taylor and Hayley performed with him on stage.

His music career started 20 years ago in Austria - for his comeback show he returned to Austria and presented one hour of entertainment at it's best. A romantic evening with romantic songs as well as David's «sing-alongs» like «Is everybody happy», «Looking for freedom» and many more, always touching the hearts of people and transcending generations.

David Hasselhoff received over 45 Platin- und Gold Record-Awards worldwide.
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Donauinsel Special - Europe's Biggest Open Air Festival
Donauinsel Special - Europe's Biggest Open Air Festival

With over 500.000 visitors per day, the Vienna Donauinsel Festival has become the largest open air festival in Europe. Since 1984 great lineups of international stars rock the Danube Island and entertain approximately three million party-goers each year. The most outstanding acts of the past few years including the top live acts 2014 are
available now:

 

2014: Conchita Wurst, Rita Ora, Macy Gray, Milow, Rea Garvey, Milk & Sugar, Count Basic, Kosheen, Thomas David, The Commodores, Cro, Revolverheld, Julian Le Play

 

2013: Amy Macdonald, Julian Le Play, Sportfreunde Stiller, Rea Garvey, Wolfgang Ambros, Zucchero, Philipp Poisel, Rainhard Fendrich, DJ Antoine, Wax, Hurts


2012: Marlon Roudette, Hubert von Goisern, James Morrison, Unheilig, Reinholt Bilgeri, Hot Pants Road Club, Tim Bendzko, The Bosshoss, Sunrise Avenue, Silbermond

 
Further recordings from 2005 up to and including 2011 are available.

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Tonight at the Opera - Opus
Tonight at the Opera - Opus
The report of a unique evening, during which pop rock and classical music blended into one. The public was stirred by ballads such as «Eleven», «Vivian» and «Flying High». Naturally the night would not have been complete without the world-wide hit «Live is Life» as the symphonic highlight, of which in the past 25 years over 100 different versions have been produced. Since the Opuspocus Circus has never been one for standing still, a brand new song was also presented in the extraordinary atmosphere - «You Can Count On Me», a positive, up-tempo blend of pop rock and classical music...

Orchestra: Opuspocus Orchestra
Conducted by Christian Kolonovits
Vocals and Guitar: Herwig Rüdisser
Keys: Kurt Rene Plisnier
Drums: Günther Grasmuck
Guitar and Vocals: Ewald Pfleger
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The 21st Century Tenors
The 21st Century Tenors
This project brings together the best operatic soloists from Moscow's stages in a combined opera and operetta musical. Having been awarded the title «Russian National Treasures», they have already celebrated amazing success many cities including London, New York and Tokyo. Seven ancient archetypal characters sway their guests through solo numbers and ensemble pieces across different genres such as Russian folklore, romances, classical arias and melodies from the musicals. The Moscow state dance ensemble, translate the musical works of art into dance and movement. The unique program and a permanent company of seven operatic tenors, who all appear on the same stage at the same time, guarantee the viewers the fullest possible display of the unlimited creative possibilities of the singers and their songs.

Durations: 60 min. / 80 min.

Orchestra: Orchestra Philharmonica Arad, Romania
Ballet: Russian Seasons Ballet
Conducted by Gavriel Heine
Cast: Alexander Bogdanoy, Maksym Paster, Dmitry Sibirtsev, Eduard Semenov, Alexander Skarko, Mikhail Urusov, Alexander Zakharov
Directed by Nikolaj Androssow
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Bethlehem 2000 - Concert in St. Catherine's Church
Bethlehem 2000 - Concert in St. Catherine's Church
A recording from the Katharinenkirche, Bethlehem 1999

Program:
W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in F major, K 138; Concert for Violin in D major, K 218;
J. S. Bach/Charles Gounod: Ave Maria for Soprano & Orchestra;
W. A. Mozart: Coronation Mass, K 317

Orchestra: Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Wolf-Dieter Mauer
Soloists: Lidia Baich, Sona Ghazarian, Gabriele Sima, Herbert Lippert, Alfred Sramek
Choirs: Viennas Boys' Choir, Vienna Chamber Choir
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Karajan - Mass from St. Peter's Cathedral Vatican 1985
Karajan - Mass from St. Peter's Cathedral Vatican 1985
On June 29th 1985, an event of singular artistic importance took place. In the presence of Pope John Paul II, Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed Mozart's Coronation Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome. With Kathleen Battle, Trudeliese Schmidt, Gösta Winbergh and Ferruccio Furlanetto, soloists of highest international reputation had been selected to participate. The choir of the Vienna Singverein completed the cast of great performers. Those who were there became witness to a meeting of a truly great Pope with one of the greatest conductors of all times, who - together with a world-class assembly of musicians - created an inspiring atmosphere on that memorable evening in Vatican City. An evening never to forget, even when only watching it on TV.
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Karajan - Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Karajan - Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
The second orchestra of importance in Karajan's life was the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. An artistic friendship spanning decades developed, driving the orchestra to great achievements while at the same time inspiring the sensitive conductor. This congeniality of souls can especially be heard in the works of Anton Bruckner, a composer from Upper Austria. His Symphony No. 8 in C-minor, recorded live at the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, is a document of absolute superlative.
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Karajan - Dvorak: Symphonies No. 8/9
Karajan - Dvorak: Symphonies No. 8/9
Herbert von Karajan's Dvorak-interpretations with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, most notably symphonies No. 8 and 9, are legendary. Symphony No. 9 «From the New World» stands very much in the tradition of Beethoven, but is completely riddled with a slavic tune and a melancholy way that Karajan and the Viennese implied so inimitably. Dvorak's 8th and 9th symphonies captured for eternity - recorded at the Musikverein.

Durations: 40 / 45 min.
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Karajan - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies No. 4/5/6
Karajan - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies No. 4/5/6
Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy - similar to Mozart or Beethoven - was almost always working along the fine line between what is now called classical music and light music. His compositions are even known to people who have never set foot in a concert hall or never went to see a ballet performance, because his catchy tunes are widely used in the world of advertising. Just think of «The Nutcracker» or «Swan Lake». His three most popular symphonies are numbered 4, 5 and 6 in his work-catalogue. Whenever Karajan interpreted them, the audience responded with outright rage. Among all the thrilling and exciting performances the Maestro has left behind, the three Tchaikovsky symphonies Karajan recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Musikverein in 1984 absolutely stand out.

Durations: 44 / 51 / 49 min.
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Karajan - French Program: Debussy & Ravel
Karajan - French Program: Debussy & Ravel
Besides his passion for Beethoven, Brahms or Tchaikovsky, Karajan also harbored a special connection to French composers. Thanks to his French wife Eliette, his villa in southern France and last but not least his personal elegance, he developed an intensive relationship to impressionists Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

A concert taped at the Berlin Philharmonie from 1985 testifies to that affection through Debussy's compositions «La Mer» and «Prélude à l'aprèsmidi d'un faune» as well as Ravel's «Daphne and Chloe».

Durations: 17 / 25 / 110 min.
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Karajan - Brahms: Symphonies No. 1/2
Karajan - Brahms: Symphonies No. 1/2

Johannes Brahms only composed four symphonies. During 1986/87, Karajan recorded both No.1 and No. 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As with works of Beethoven, Bruckner and Strauss, Karajan's interpretations of Brahms fall in the category of «eternal validity». Both concerts were obviously planned as part of a complete cycle of Brahm's works, only to be interrupted by Karajan's death, thus leaving it a torso. For Brahms-aficionados, the torso still poses a highlight of all times.

 

Durations: 48/44 min.

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Karajan - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Karajan - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky's «Pictures at an Exhibition» in the orchestration of Ravel is one of the most popular works in concert literature. His interpretations of an exhibition that really existed in his days are so well put that you can literally see witch «Baba Yaga» or the «Biddies» hatch out of their eggs in front of your imaginary eyes. And if you feel that the walls of the Berlin Philharmonie are starting to sway because of the intensity of sound when standing in front of the Big Gate of Kiev - then you know, that this concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the highlights of Karajan's entire career. Even those, whose access is by video only, will testify to that phenomenon. If you want to know why Karajan is considered a «Magician of Sound»: Watch this! His sheer talent becomes the event here.
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Karajan - Richard Strauss: A Hero's Life / Don Quixote
Karajan - Richard Strauss: A Hero's Life / Don Quixote
During 1985 and 1986, two Richard Strauss concerts with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra were taped: «Don Quixote» and «A Hero's Life». The subjects couldn't stand in a harsher contrast within each other: The endearing hero who fights windmills on one hand, the bombastic protagonist, who shows any kind of soft manners only in side-matters, on the other. Hardly have Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra produced two other works with such a differentiated, opulent and beautiful sound.

Durations: 49 / 46 min.
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Karajan - New Year's Day Concert 1987, Vienna
Karajan - New Year's Day Concert 1987, Vienna
Herbert von Karajan conducted the world-famous New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra only once in 1987. In doing this he ennobled an institution that until then had perpetually been in the hand of a single colleague. Clemens Krauss, Willi Boskovsky and Lorin Maazel had always been responsible for a complete series. Then Karajan came, conducted and succeeded! Since then the star conductors change annually - from Muti to Kleiber, from Mehta to Abbado. Today, one anxiously anticipates who will be the superstar of next year's New Year's Concert. The main opinion is that Karajan put the ideal balance of light-footed joy and musical brilliance in this Viennese Music. Contributions to this success were Kathleen Battle with the «Frühlingsstimmen Walzer», the State Opera Ballet and the famous white horses, the Lippizaner. The New Year's Concert 1987 - it is really a great moment of musical history!
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Peace Concert - Roads to Friendship
Peace Concert - Roads to Friendship

In an unique effort Riccardo Muti together with world-known soloists, the singers of the La Scala Choir and many of Europe's leading musicians joined forces to form the «United European Philharmonic Orchestra». A spectacular and masterful performance in classical music.  

Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 «Eroica» in E-flat major;
Giuseppe Verdi: «Va Pensiero», slave's chorus from the Opera «Nabucco»;
Gioachino Rossini: «Tutto cangia, il ciel s'abbella» from the Opera «William Tell»;
Ludwig van Beethoven: «Ode an die Freude» (EU Anthem)

 

 

Orchestra: United European Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Soloists: Barbara Frittoli, Oriana Kurteshi, Marianna Kulikova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Roberto Frontali, Natale de Carolis
Choir: Coro Filarmonico della Scala

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Christmas in Vienna 2009
Christmas in Vienna 2009
Traditional compositions: «Engel auf den Feldern singen»; Christmas Carols from Slovenia, Georgia and the US

In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon
Soloists: José Cura, Bernarda Fink, Tamar Iveri, Boaz Daniel
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singakademie
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Christmas in Vienna 2010
Christmas in Vienna 2010
The traditional advent concert 2010 brings together a quartet of international singing greats. Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Juan Diego Flórez and Bo Skovhus sing classical and traditional Christmas songs. The Vienna Boys' Choir and Vienna Singakademie are also performing. They are accompanied by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the musical directorship of Karel Mark Chichon.

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singakademie
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2010
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2010
Once again in 2010 the Wolkenturm in Grafenegg was the setting for the Summer Gala Concert. Several superstars of the classical music world performed a range of beautiful and atmospheric melodies. Those taking part included the Tonkünstler Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and star international soloists. The Swedish mezzo soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter, the award-winning young trumpeter, Alison Balsom, and Rudolf Buchbinder ensured that the Summer Gala Concert offered a varied start to the Grafenegg season. On the program were works by Johann Strauss, Joseph Haydn, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Edvard Grieg and Georges Bizet. To conclude, the artists presented the audience a very special highlight, joining together on stage to perform an arrangement of George Gershwin's «They Can't Take That Away From Me»- a musical tour de force for mezzo soprano, piano and trumpet.

Program:
Johann Strauss: Overture to the operetta «The Gypsy Baron»;
Joseph Haydn: Trumpet concerto in E flat, Hob. VIIe:1, Third movement;
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16, First movement;
Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, «Aspåkers Polska»;
Benny Andersson: «Hemma» from the musical Kristina från Duvemåla;
Richard Strauss: «Dance of the Seven Veils» from the opera Salome op. 54;
Georges Bizet, «Habanera» also known as «Love is a rebellious bird» from the opera Carmen;
Manuel de Falla: «Siete Canciones populares españolas»/«Seven Spanish Folksongs»;
José Pablo Moncayo: «Huapango»;
Astor Piazzolla: «Libertango»;
Kurt Weill, «I am a stranger here myself» from One touch of Venus;
George Gershwin: Concerto in F for solo piano and orchestra, Third movement

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Soloists: Alison Balsom, Anne Sofie von Otter, Rudolf Buchbinder
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2009
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2009

With compositions from:
Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Gioachino Rossini, Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, Edward Elgar

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Soloists: Lang Lang, Janine Jansen, Tamar Iveri

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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2008
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2008
With compositions from:
Emil Nikolaus Reznicek, Franz Lehár, Pablo De Sarasate, Camille Saint-Saens, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi, Camille Saint- Saëns, Édouard Lalo, Gioacchino Rossini, George Gershwin, Edward Elgar, George Frideric Handel

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Soloists: Michael Schade, Sarah Chang, Katia Labèque, Marielle Labèque
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Summer Gala Concert 2007 - Gafenegg 2007
Summer Gala Concert 2007 - Gafenegg 2007

With compositions from:
Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Antonin Dvorák, Amilcare Ponchielli, Astor Piazzolla, Aram Khachaturian, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Max Bruch, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Ludwig van Beethoven, George Frideric Handel, Edward Elgar and traditional compositions

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Alfred Eschwé
Soloists:  Genia Kühmeier, Johan Botha, Bryn Terfel, Julian Rachlin, Rudolf Buchbinder

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Springtime in Vienna 2010
Springtime in Vienna 2010

On this occasion the Vienna Symphony Orchestra whisked its public away to a special kind of «www»- namely the «Wiener Wasser Welten» or Vienna Water Worlds. Under the leadership of chief conductor, Fabio Luisi, this year the Vienna Symphony Orchestra put together a program themed around water for its traditional Easter concert. In addition to polkas and waltzes from the Strauss family, the program also includes Paul Dukas'«The Sorcerer's Apprentice». Handel's «Water Music» and Smetana's «Moldau» (Vltava) continue the theme, as does what is probably the most popular water-related work, «The Blue Danube» by Johann Strauss.    

 

Program:
Paul Dukas «The Sorcerer's Apprentice», Scherzo after a ballad by Goethe, symphonic poem;
Johann Strauss «Thermal Springs», Waltz op.245;
Johann Strauss «Vöslauer Polka», op.100;
Josef Ivanovici «Waves of the Danube», Waltz;
George Frideric Handel «Water Music», Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349;
Bedrich Smetana «Moldau» / «Vltava»;
Jules Massenet «Méditation» from the opera Thaïs;
Johann Strauss «Danube Maiden», Waltz op. 427;
Johann Strauss «The Blue Danube», Waltz op. 314;
Johann Strauss «Thunder and Lightning Polka», Galop, op.324

Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Orchestra
Conducted by Fabio Luisi

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Springtime in Vienna 2009
Springtime in Vienna 2009

A «symphonic cruise» through sea, wind, swell and waves from the Hebrides to the North Sea. The orchestra travels with the «Flying Dutchman» (Overture Richard Wagner) in a «Dialogue Between Wind and Waves» (Claude Debussy) and «Without Stopping» (Eduard Strauss) in a «Barque on the Ocean» (Maurice Ravel) over «Swells and Waves» (Johann Strauss). It's a journey embellished along the way with lively waltzes and polkas, a hallmark of Viennese classical music.

 
 

Program:
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: The Hebrides Overture op. 26;
Eduard Strauss: «Without Stopping», Polka op. 112;
Johann Strauss: «Swells and Waves», Waltz op. 141;
Maurice Ravel: «Une Barque Sur l'Océan» (A Barque on the Ocean) from «Miroirs»;
Johann Strauss: «North Sea Pictures», Waltz op. 390;
Richard Wagner: Overture from the Opera «The Flying Dutchman»;
Josef Strauss: «On a Holiday!», Fast Polka op. 133;
Johann Strauss: «Travel Adventures», Waltz op. 227;
Claude Debussy: «Dialogue du vent et de la mer» (Dialogue Between Wind and Waves) from «La mer»;
Johann Strauss: «Lagoon Waltz» op. 411 based on melodies from the Operetta «A Night in Venice»;
Johann Strauss: «Tritsch-Tratsch», Fast Polka op. 214

 

Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Orchestra
Conducted by Fabio Luisi

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Concert for Europe 2006
Concert for Europe 2006

Program:
Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture op. 96
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K 550, 1st movement 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: This Depiction Is Enchantingly Lovely from "The Magic Flute"
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2, op. 61, 2nd movement
Gioachino Rossini: Overture from "Wilhelm Tell"
Giuseppe Verdi: Donna è mobile from "Rigoletto"
Juventino Rosas: Sobre las Olas
Manuel de Falla: Interlude et Danse from "La Vida Breve"
Johann Strauss: Spanish March op. 433
Johann Strauss: Viennese Spirit - Wiener Blut op. 354

Encores:
Agustín Lara: Granada
Josef Hellmesberger: Valse Espagnole
Joseph Strauss: Ohne Sorgen!

 

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by Placido Domingo
Soloist: Juan Diego Flórez

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In the Heart of the Light - The Night of the Prima Donnas
In the Heart of the Light - The Night of the Prima Donnas
In 2001, 12 renowned divas of song from all over the world gathered in the world-famous Greek amphitheater in Taormina, Italy, under the direction of André Heller. This «Festival of the Last Prima Donnas» celebrated the talents of American soprano Jessye Norman, the «Voice of America» Ami Koita, Dee Dee Bridgewater, regarded as the «new Ella Fitzgerald», Israeli pop singer Noa and her Palestinian counterpart Amal Murkus, as well as Esma Reszepova, known as the «Edith Piaf of the Gypsies», and Neapolitan singer Lina Sastri «the incarnation of Italy's songs».
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Karajan - Beethoven - 9 Symphonies
Karajan - Beethoven - 9 Symphonies
Beethoven and Karajan - a lifelong love affair; decades of struggle. The result: new unexpected interpretations time and time again. The studio productions of Telemondial were recorded in the years 1982 - 1986 in the Berlin Philharmonie with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. They bring the possibly most popular symphonies into the concert halls of the world in perfect balance between obliging architecture and innovative magnitude that was such a great concern to the contemporary Beethoven. You can characterize these 9 Beethoven symphonies as the heart of Karajan's legacy.

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Karajan - Requiems by Verdi, Brahms & Mozart
Karajan - Requiems by Verdi, Brahms & Mozart
Herbert von Karajan also often confronted himself with spiritual music. Especially the Mozart, Verdi and Brahms Requiem were always performed in the utmost quality, whereas before all else Verdi's Messa di Requiem demands excellent opera voices.

In the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna in 1984 with the Vienna Philharmonics, the soloist quartet Anna Tomowa-Sintow, José Carreras, José van Dam and Kurt Moll was available. The Mozart Requiem in 1986, again in the Vienna Musikvereinssaal with the Vienna Philharmonics, Anna Tomowa-Sintow could be heard again as the soprano, Vinson Cole as tenor, Paata Burchuladze as bass and Helga Müller Molinari as alto. Whereas the Brahms German Requiem, again in the Vienna Musikvereinssaal in 1985 with the Vienna Philharmonics, Kathleen Battle, soprano, Jose van Dam, baritone, along with the Vienna Singverein guaranteed an unforgettable event.

Durations: 91 / 81 / 56 min.
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Broadway and Film Melodies
Broadway and Film Melodies
A recording from the Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna 1995.  

Program:
George Gershwin: Strike up the Band - Overture;
Henry Mancini: Pink Panther, Songs for Audrey;
Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady - Medley;
Henry Mancini: Portrait of the Beatles;
Leonard Bernstein: Westside Story - Symphonic Dances  

Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93
Recorded in Vienna, 1970.

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
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Voices of God
Voices of God
A unique event took place in Morocco in May 1999. Some 100 musicians answered a call from André Heller and went to Marrakesh to hold a music festival for and with each other, under the title «Voices of God». It took place in a magnificent interior courtyard of a clay palace from the 16th century. The splendidly costumed musicians took their places, only coming forward to present their art to a select group of Bedouins and their fellow musicians.

Voices of God refers to spiritual music in the broader sense. Heller: "Music is a rite, its sound invokes the invisible, but also casts a spell on people and the environment." Thus this confrontation of various cultures turned out to be more than just a festival of music but also one of beauty and the senses. An arena-like stage laid out with carpets was set up in front of the massive tower of the Badia Palace. Here the splendidly costumed musicians took their places, only coming forward to present their art to a select group of Bedouins and their fellow musicians. These included such famous artists as the "Sabri Brothers" from Pakistan, the Bulgarian "Angelité" choir, the "Black Lodge Singers" from central Africa, American Indians, Inuit women, a Fado singer from Portugal, the cantor of the big synagogue in Paris, the "Tuva Ensemble" from Siberia and even the Bad Goisern Alm Quartett.  

Also available: Making of: 29 min.
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Jubilee Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Jubilee Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1992 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.    

Program:

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished", D 759
Gustav Mahler: Rückert Lieder 3-7
L. v. Beethoven: Corolian Ouverture op. 62
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"
Maurice Ravel: "Boléro"

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Soloist: Christa Ludwig

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Karajan - Jubilee Concert - 100 Years Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Karajan - Jubilee Concert - 100 Years Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - a unique lifelong cooperation, slightly clouded only by minor disharmonies. Karajan was appointed head of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at an early stage of his famed international career, when he succeded Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1954. The Vienna State Opera, the Salzburger Festspiele and the Vienna Philharmonic were later stops on his illustrious path through the world of music.  

The long-term relationship between Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra still remains a one-of-a-kind phenomenon. Not surprisingly, Karajan chose Beethoven's «Eroica» to be performed at the anniversary concert «100 Years Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra». Without a doubt, Karajans «Eroica» marks a highlight in the history of classical concerts - and certainly one of Karajan's own career.
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Karajan - Osaka Concerts
Karajan - Osaka Concerts
Herbert von Karajan had an exceptionally close relationship to Japan. He had his first appearance as a guest conductor with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 1954. A few months later - after Furtwängler's death - he came to Tokyo and Osaka in 1984 on his first world tour with his Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. At this celebrated appearance in the Symphony Hall Osaka he performed Mozart's Divertimento No. 15, Richard Strauss's Don Juan and Respighi's Pini di Roma. If you want to experience how popular Karajan was in Japan, you have the best possibility to do so with this recording.
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Karajan - Famous Overtures
Karajan - Famous Overtures
The compositions of Ludwig von Beethoven as well as those of Richard Wagner or Richard Strauss stand in the center of Herbert von Karajan's oeuvre. He recorded the most popular Beethoven overtures in the season 1985/86 in the Berlin Philharmonie, i.e. Fidelio, Egmont and Leonore Nr. 3. This concert of superlatives is complemented by Brahms' Tragic Overtures. Karajan proves himself as a deserving successor of his great idol Wilhelm Furtwängler.
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Karajan - Opening Concert Chamber Music Hall Berlin 1987
Karajan - Opening Concert Chamber Music Hall Berlin 1987
The Opening of the Berlin Chamber Music Hall in October 1987 would remain one of the last appearances of Karajan in Berlin. On this occasion, Karajan conducted Vivaldi's «Four Seasons». The part of the solo violin was played by one of the best violinists in the world, who also was the favourite musical partner of Karajan at the time: Anne-Sophie Mutter. A passionate young musician, she became - next to Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - the third star of the evening. Karajan directed the concert while playing the cembalo himself.
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We are the World - World Choir Games 2008
We are the World - World Choir Games 2008
About a dozen choirs will present music, lyrics and inclinations of the choral scene from all over the world - from Swedish a cappella to traditional or classical ensembles from Croatia or Italy, from Australian pop-oriented choirs to a children's choir from China. This is an exceptional musical journey not only for your ears but also for your eyes: watch singers in incredible elaborate traditional costumes and musicians playing on long-established priceless instruments as well as breathtaking dance performances by folk dance groups. Let you drag along into this record-breaking choir festival and experience first hand how its slogan «Singing together brings nations together» has become a unifying force for the entire world.
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Christmas in Vienna 2005
Christmas in Vienna 2005
Artistically speaking, "Christmas in Vienna" is a top-notch traditional Christmas concert intended as a purely classical platform for celebrating the holidays. In addition, this event provides a glimpse of some of Vienna's historic sites, including the Stephansdom cathedral or the Figaro House, while telling very touching Yule-tide tales involving prominent personalities. The participation of baritone Thomas Hampson, one of the finest singers in the contemporary music scene, guarantees the highest level of artistic quality. He is joined by sopranos Ildikó Raimondi and Federica von Stade, making up a cast to ensure a truly memorable event.  

Traditional compositions:
Es hat sich halt eröffnet; Maria durch ein Dornwald ging; A Spotless Rose Is Growing; Heissa Buama stehts g'schwind auf; Engel auf den Feldern singen; Andachtsjodler

In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Manfred Honeck
Choir: Vienan Boys' Choir
Soloists: Thomas Hampson, Ildiko Raimondi, Toni Stricker

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, KV 626
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, KV 626
The concert of Mozart's Requiem in D minor in full-length by the outstanding performance of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus Vienna marked the glamourous conclusion of the Mozart Year 2006. Written by one of the greatest composers of musical history, the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is apparent all the time during this exceptional musical experience. Although being his last composition, it is one of his most powerful and recognized works; however he never was able to complete it because of his sudden death. Mozart's assistant and student, Franz Xaver Süßmayr, took on the task of completing the piece.
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Music for Peace
Music for Peace
Please ask for details for this program.
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Concert for Europe 2004
Concert for Europe 2004
Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture from "The Marriage of Figaro"
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 7 and 5
Jean Sibelius: Valse Triste from "Kuolema" (Death) op. 44
Friedrich Smetana: The Moldau from "Ma Vlast" (My Fatherland)
Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana"
Frederic Chopin/Alexander Glazunov: Polonaise from "Chopiana Suite"
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, 4th movement
Maurice Ravel: Bolero
Johann Strauss: Viennese Spirit - Wiener Blut

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Bobby McFerrin
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Gala Concert - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Gala Concert - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
A recording from the Grosser Konzerthaussaal, Vienna 1991

Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in D major «Prague Symphony», K 504 Concert for Piano and Orchestra in A major, K 488 Symphony in E flat major, K 543

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Sándor Végh
Soloist: Radu Lupu
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Franz Schubert - Mass in G major, D 167
Franz Schubert - Mass in G major, D 167

A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1990

 

Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
Soloists: Barbara Bonney, Jorge Pita, Andreas Schmidt

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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 in E Flat Major «Romantic»
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 in E Flat Major «Romantic»
A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1990.

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
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The Vienna Court Music Ensemble in Vienna 1992
The Vienna Court Music Ensemble in Vienna 1992
PROGRAM: Michael Haydn: Te Deum in D major (11 min.) W.A. Mozart: Regina Coeli in C major K 276 (8 min.) Franz Schubert: Mass in A flat major D 678 (47 min.)
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Mozart's Little Treasures
Mozart's Little Treasures

A recording from the Parish Church, Baden 1990

 

Program: 
W. A. Mozart: "Alma Dei creatoris", K 277 "Sancta Maria, mater Dei", K 273 "Inter natos mulierum", K 72 "Sub tuum praesidium", K 198 "Ave verum corpus", K 618

Orchestra: Vienna Court Music Ensemble
Conducted by Uwe Christian Harrer
Choirs: Vienna Boys' Choir, Vienna State Opera Choir

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Concerts of Symphonic Entertainment
Concerts of Symphonic Entertainment

The ORF Symphony Orchestra performs various pieces by Leos Janacek, Antonin Dvorak, Bohuslav Martinu, Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Alexander Borodin, Camille Saint-Saens, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Jacques Offenbach, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Kurt Schwertsik, John Adams and Philip Glass.

 

Orchestra: ORF Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg and Dennis Russell Davies
Soloists: Marianne Faithfull and Dennis Russel Davies

Duration: approximately 90 min. each

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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Famous Conductors in Historical Recordings
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Famous Conductors in Historical Recordings
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra the ORF presents a selection of historical mono recordings in black and white. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Claudio Abbado, Karl Böhm, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, Sir Georg Solti and George Szell.

Claudio Abbado:
A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1969;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
48 min.

Karl Böhm:
A recording from the Vienna Festival Opening, Vienna 1963, and the Olympic Games Opening, Innsbruck 1964;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration; A Hero's Life;
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in G minor, K 550;
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92
141 min.

Lorin Maazel:
A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1964;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concert No. 3 in G major, K 216, Soloist: Lorin Maazel;
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concert No. 4 in G major
52 min.

Zubin Mehta:
Recorded in Vienna, 1969;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program:  Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 4
56 min.

Eugene Ormandy:
A recording from the Vienna Festival, Vienna 1963;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93;
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concert in C major, K 467, Soloist: Rudolf Serkin
65 min.

Georg Solti:
A recording from the Vienna Festival, Vienna 1964;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Béla Bartók: Concert for Orchestra;
Richard Strauss: Don Juan - Tone Poem for Large Orchestra;
Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta
93 min.

George Szell:
A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1966, and the Vienna Festival, Vienna 1964;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: William Walton: Symphonic Variations on a Theme by Hindemith;
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in G major "A Little Night Music", K 525;
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concert No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73; Soloist: Friedrich Gulda;
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3
153 min.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartets
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartets
A recording of six concerts from the Konzerthaus, Vienna 1989.

Ludwig van Beethoven:
1st concert: op. 18/4, op. 131, op. 18/1
2nd concert: op. 18/3, op. 74, op. 130
3rd concert: op. 127, op. 59/1
4th concert: op. 18/2, op. 95, op. 132
5th concert: op. 18/5, op. 133, op. 59/2
6th concert: op. 18/6, op. 135, op. 59/3

Orchestra: Alban Berg Quartet
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Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 2
Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 2
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Joseph Haydn - The Creation
Joseph Haydn - The Creation

A recording from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1990.

 

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Soloists: Lucia Popp, Francicso Araiza, Olaf Bär, Samuel Ramey, Iris Vermillion
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir

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Karajan - Best of
Karajan - Best of
There are very few vivid legends such as Herbert von Karajan! His name is a synonym for musicality, perfection and passion. Comparable perhaps only with Enrico Caruso or Maria Callas, but with the exception that the conductor (born on April 5th, 1908 in Salzburg and died on July 16th, 1989) could eternally preserve a great part of his oeuvre thanks to the television era.
 
His career is accompanied by very early recordings and even the very young Karajan is documented on film. His last life decade was dedicated to quality documentation on a very high level of his most important oeuvres for future generations. In 1982 he founded Telemondial, contracted the king of the record managers Uli Märkle of the Deutsche Grammophon and with the best studio technicians he once again started to produce sound recordings of the most important symphonies of Beethoven, Dvorak, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Mozart. His orchestra were his two favorite ensembles: The Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. Next to these studio productions of popular concert repertoires Karajan decided to integrate some of his favourite operas like "Don Giovanni", "Don Carlos", "Der Rosenkavalier" or "Falstaff". The most popular Karajan events such as the New Year's Eve Concerts in Berlin and the famous New Year's Concert with the Vienna Philharmonics of 1987 complete this "Karajan legacy".
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Karajan - Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61
Karajan - Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61
From the 1984, 1985 and 1986 concert seasons, one Beethoven-performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under their longtime director Karajan stands out above all others. Beethoven's Concert for Violin in D-Major, performed by Anne- Sophie Mutter, turned out to be downright unsurpassable. A truly timeless masterpiece, that perfectly balances the simplicity of chamber music through the soloist's highest virtuosity with the overall tone of Beethoven's arguably most popular composition. Throughout his life, Karajan always maintained a sense for perfection and aesthetics. Together with «his» Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the young Anne-Sophie Mutter, he left behind a recording that can only be called consummate and perfect.
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Karajan - New Year's Eve Concerts Berlin 1983/84/85/88
Karajan - New Year's Eve Concerts Berlin 1983/84/85/88

In 1983 the concert's repertoire covered Rossini's William Tell Overture, Smetana's Vltava from Má Vlast, Sibelius's Valse triste, Josef Strauss's Delirium Waltz as well as Johann Strauss II's Overture to The Gipsy Baron. A year later Karajan totally dedicated his New Years Eve Concert to the oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E major with Anne-Sophie Mutter as well as the Magnificat with such outstanding singers as Judith Blegen, Francisco Araiza and Robert Holl made this concert to a reflective event in memory of the perhaps greatest of all German composers. On Dec 31st 1985, Karajan once again conducted this concert, which was designed to exactly stroll along the border of serious music on one hand and more lightly flavored tunes on the other. After Weber's overture to «Freischütz», a series of popular and catchy tunes were presented. Leoncavallo's Intermezzo from «Pagliacci», Puccini's interlude from «Manon Lescaut» preceded Rhapsody Nr. 5 by Franz Liszt. Ravel's «Bolero» marked the absolute highlight of the concert. The Silvester Concert 1985/86 offered a perfect introduction for newcomers into classical music. Three years later it was again Karajan's baton guiding the Berlin Philharmonic. This time, the repertoire consisted of two highly complex piano concerts. Besides Sergej Prokoffief's Symphony No. 1, the arguably most popular piano concert of all was performed: Piotr Ilitsch Tchaikovsky's Concert No.1 in B-minor. Jewgenij Kissin, then considered a «Wunderkind», displayed an inspired performance on piano. The Berlin Philharmonic Silvester Concert 1988 offered a musical experience of the extraordinary.

Program 1983:
Rossini's William Tell Overture, Smetana's Vltava from Má Vlast, Sibelius's Valse triste, Josef Strauss's Delirium Waltz and Johann Strauss's Overture to «The Gipsy Baron» Program
54 min.

1984:
Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E major and the Magnificat with performances by Anne-Sophie Mutter Judith Blegen, Francisco Araiza and Robert Holl Program
56 min.


1985:
Weber's overture to «Freischütz», Leoncavallo's Intermezzo from «Pagliacci», Puccini's interlude from «Manon Lescaut», Rhapsody No. 5 by Franz Liszt and Ravel's «Bolero» Program
55 min.

1988:
Sergej Prokoffief's Symphony No. 1 and Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky's Concert No. 1 in Bminor with a performance by «Wunderkind» Jewgenij Kissin
61 min.

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Christmas in Vienna 2006
Christmas in Vienna 2006
Traditional compositions:
Macht hoch die Tür/Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt/Angels From the Realms; O Jubel, o Freud/Grünet Felder, grünet Wiesen/Kommet, ihr Hirten; Süüta Küünal/Huayno Peruano Navideño; Still, weil's Kindlein schlafen will; Fröhliche Weihnacht überall/Mary's Boy Child In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir
Soloists: Grace Bumbry, Juan Diego Florez, Annely Peebo, Adrian Eröd
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The Vienna Court Music Ensemble in Salzburg 1990
The Vienna Court Music Ensemble in Salzburg 1990

A recording from the Kollegienkirche, Salzburg 1990.

Program:
Michael Haydn: Te Deum in D major (11 min.);
W.A. Mozart: Regina Coeli in C major K 276 (8 min.);

Franz Schubert: Mass in A flat major D 678 (47 min.)

Orchestra: Vienna Court Music Ensemble
Conducted by Horst Stein
Soloists: Uwe Peper, René Pape, Herbert Tachezi

Choirs: Vienna Boys' Choir, Vienna Stage Opera Choir

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Franz Schubert - Mass in A flat major, D 678
Franz Schubert - Mass in A flat major, D 678

A recording from the Kollegienkirche, Salzburg 1990.

 

Orchestra: Vienna Court Music Ensemble

Conducted by Horst Stein

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Sona Ghazarian Sings Christmas Carols
Sona Ghazarian Sings Christmas Carols
Some of the most beautiful Christmas carols have been recorded by the ORF for a Christmas Eve broadcast. They are sung by Sona Ghazarian, the well-known popular singer of the Vienna State Opera. She is accompanied by the Vienna Boys Choir and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under Prof. Froschauer.
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Gala Concert from Graz
Gala Concert from Graz

A recording from the Stefaniensaal, Graz 2003.

Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, op. 84;
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D 485;
Joseph Lanner: Styrian Dances

Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Karajan - Totensonntags-Concerts 1983/84/85
Karajan - Totensonntags-Concerts 1983/84/85
In the 1980s, The «Totensonntags-Konzerte» (All Souls' Day Concerts) of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra marked the undisputed highlights of Berlin's concert life. Three times these magical moments of classical music were captured on video. In these three concerts, Karajan conducted works of two composers he had cherished for all his life: Richard Strauss and Anton Bruckner. All three of them - inspiring performances, brilliantly arranged and conducted as they are - have set a benchmark for all following generations of bandmasters.

1983: Richard Strauss "Alpensinfonie" ("An Alpine Symphony"), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; 55 min.
1984: Richard Strauss "Tod und Verklärung" ("Death and Transfiguration"), op.24 and "Metamorphosen", Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; 58 min.
1985: Anton Bruckner Symphony No.9, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; 62 min.
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Christmas in Vienna 2007
Christmas in Vienna 2007
This event provides not only a glimpse of the impressive historic Konzerthaus, but also some of Vienna's famous other sites, including the St. Stephen's Cathedral or the Figaro House, while telling very touching Yule-tide tales involving prominent personalities.  

Traditional compositions:
O du fröhliche; Es ist eine Zeit für uns angekommen/ Jetzt geh nur, mei liabs Fritzl; O laufet, ihr Hirten/Schlaf, schlaf, holdseliges Jesulein/Der Heiland ist geboren/Alpenländische Weihnacht

In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon
Choir: Wiener SIngakademie
Soloists: Elina Garanca, Jose Cura, Eteri Lamoris, Armin P. Edelmann
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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Riccardo Muti
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Riccardo Muti

A recording from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1991.

 

Program:

W.A. Mozart: Symphony in D major, K 136 Symphony in G minor, K 550 Symphony in C major, K 551 - "Jupiter Symphony"

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti

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Jubilee Concert of the ORF Symphony Orchestra
Jubilee Concert of the ORF Symphony Orchestra
PROGRAM:
Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow: Coq d'Or Suite
Francis Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
Igor Strawinsky: The Firebird Suite
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Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished", D 759
Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished", D 759
Recorded in Vienna, 1969.

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Josef Krips
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Concert for Europe 2005
Concert for Europe 2005

Program:
Johann Strauss: Viennese Spirit - Wiener Blut

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky: Overture 1812
Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma"-NIMROD, Adagio
Georges Bizet: Prelude from "Carmen"
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1, 1st movement
John Philip Sousa: Semper Fidelis - Stars and Stripes Forever
Josef Hellmesberger: Danse Diabolique
Johann Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Soloist: Lang Lang

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Christmas in Vienna 2004
Christmas in Vienna 2004
Traditional compositions: Stacherl, sollst g'schwind aufsteh'n; Es hat sich halt eröffnet; Il est né le divin enfant; The First Noel; O du fröhliche/Es wird scho glei Dumpa In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Erwin Ortner
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir
Soloists: Ildiko Raimondi, Adrian Eröd, Keith Ilkaia-Purdy
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Karajan - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D Major, op. 123
Karajan - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D Major, op. 123
One year later, after the violin concerto, he recorded Beethoven's «Missa Solemnis», again with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. For this recording, he recruited an international cast of singers, of which José van Dam and Letta Cuberli stand out. Interestingly enough, he called on the choir of the Vienna Musikverein to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Karajan - Gala Concert 750 Years Berlin 1987
Karajan - Gala Concert 750 Years Berlin 1987
On May 1st 1987, a memorable concert took place in Berlin. The official kick-off to the celebrations of Berlin's 750th anniversary was a concert performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. The concert aired live on TV, with the Berlin Philharmonic performing «Also sprach Zarathustra» by Richard Strauss as a dramatic symphony with opulent sounds and lyrical intermezzos as well as «Divertimento No.17 in D- major», Köchel catalogue No. 334, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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Concert for Europe 2007
Concert for Europe 2007

The Concert for Europe, having happened for the fourth time in spring 2007, is Europe's greatest classical music open air. Combining world famous classical music played by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with the magnificent scenery of the Schönbrunn Palace gardens, the Concert for Europe annually enchants up to 140.000 visitors on site. - Conductors like Bobby McFerrin, Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo and Valéry Gergiev, as well as the palace garden's unique imperial ambiance, contributed to the fact that the "Concert for Europe" in just four years has taken a well deserved place at the top of the world's classical open airs.

Program:
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky: March from «The Nutcracker»; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from «The Nutcracker»; The Arabian Dance from «The Nutcracker»; The Chinese Dance from «The Nutcracker»; The Mirliton Dance from «The Nutcracker»; Russian Dance Trepak from «The Nutcracker»; Scene (Act 2) from «Swan Lake»; Pas de deux (Act 2) from «Swan Lake»; Final scene (Act 4) from «Swan Lake»;
Igor Strawinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - 2nd part

Encores:
Aram Khachaturian: Sabre Dance;
Johann Strauss: Viennese Spirit - Wiener Blut;
Joseph Strauss: Ohne Sorgen!

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Valery Gergiev

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New Year's Day Concerts Highlights
New Year's Day Concerts Highlights

For decades, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has given a live concert on New Year's Day, playing predominantly compositions by the splendid Strauss family. It has become a tradition in 60 countries all over the world to welcome the New Year with the music from the Musikverein in Vienna. The orchestra is world famous, partly because of its many international tours. Conducted by Clemens Krauss, Willi Boskovsky, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta and Georges Prêtre the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was the first to play inimitable Viennese waltzes, polkas and marches in classical concerts, they have now become a yearly tradition. The concert takes place in the famous «Golden Hall» of the Musikverein. The Vienna State Opera Ballet dances to some of the pieces in the most beautiful Palais of Vienna. In the break of the concert, picturesque scenes from Austria are shown, accompanied by lovely stories about the Viennese music and traditions.


New Year's Day Concert 2002, conducted by Seiji Ozawa
New Year's Day Concert 2006, conducted by Mariss Jansons
New Year's Day Concert 2008, conducted by Georges Prêtre

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