British band Echoes perform a live acoustic tribute to Pink Floyd. Filmed at the Stadttheater in Aschaffenburg, Germany, the tracks performed include ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’. (more…)
Title: Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra – Falling in Love – Live in Maastricht Release Date: 2016 Genre: Classical Conductor: Andre Rieu Artist: Johann Strauss Orchestra and special guests Mirusia, The Platin Tenors, Lou Bega
Is there a more beautiful feeling in life? When you fall in love your cheeks flush, your heart beats faster and your head starts spinning… but you are as happy as one can be. Like they say in Dutch: having butterflies in your belly!
The wonderful thing about falling in love is it’s not only another woman or man you can fall in love with. I remember very well, when my grandchildren were born, I immediately fell in love with those precious and wonderful little human beings! I wanted to hug and kiss them all the time.
Whenever I look at my audience during the Maastricht concert I get the feeling that everybody is in love! People seem so happy! Not only are they singing along with all their heart but they’re constantly hugging and kissing each other, forgetting all the rest of the world.
And that’s all due to the fantastic magical power of music!
Live performance by Dutch violinist and composer André Rieu recorded in London in 2015. Rieu is joined on stage by the Johann Strauss Orchestra to play a selection of festive songs including ‘White Christmas’, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Jingle Bells’.
Christmas is now more beautiful and cosy than ever! Experience Christmas in London, together with André Rieu. Decorated Christmas trees everywhere you look, beautifully lit streets, tempting Christmas window displays… Combine the unique London Christmas atmosphere with a magnificent Christmas concert by André Rieu, and you have all the ingredients for a lovely party in the dark December days. Together with fantastic soloists and his always joyful Johann Strauss orchestra, André Rieu provides a fabulous evening with the most beautiful and moving Christmas carols, but also with emotional songs such as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, The Holy City and the classic Concierto de Aranjuez. Christmas in London means an evening enjoying lovely music, beautiful costumes and plenty of London cosiness. (more…)
Title: New Year’s Concert 2017 Release Date: 2017 Genre: Classical Composers: Franz Lehár, Émile, Johann Strauss, Jr., Josef Strauss, Franz von Suppé, Carl Michael Ziehrer, Otto Nicolai, Johann Strauss, sen Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel Artist: Wiener Philharmoniker – orchestra, Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien – chorus
It has long been a Philharmonic tradition at the New Year to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the family of Johann Strauss and its contemporaries. These concerts not only delight the audiences in the Musikverein in Vienna, but also enjoy great international popularity through the worldwide television broadcast, which now reaches over 90 countries.
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01 Winter Wonderland, Talk André 02 Seventy – Six Trombones 03 Skater’s Waltz 04 Concierto de Aranjuez 05 Circus Renz 06 The Pearl Fishers’ Duet 07 The Holy City 08 Sleigh Ride 09 O Holy Night 10 Hallelujah 11 Snowwaltz 12 This land is mine 13 Radetzkymarch 14 White Christmas 15 Jingle Bells 16 Hallelujah 17 Amazing Grace 18 Adieu, Little Captain Of My Heart 19 We Wish You A Merry Christmas 20 We’ll Meet Again (more…)
Recordings of all the Beethoven symphonies with their chief conductor are always a milestone in the artistic work of the Berliner Philharmoniker. So it was with Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado, and expectations are correspondingly high for this cycle conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Where does the special status of these symphonies come from? Simon Rattle has an explanation: “One of the things Beethoven does is to give you a mirror into yourself – where you are now as a musician.” In fact, this music contains such a wealth of extreme emotions and brilliant compositional ideas that reveal the qualities of the orchestra and its conductor as if under a magnifying glass.
On his personal approach to the performances, Sir Simon said, “You can make Beethoven too sophisticated or too elegant, you can clean him up too much. You can try to make him agree with himself when often he’s fighting with himself. I have the feeling probably that the more plain-spoken this music is, the better it is. And one knows with this orchestra, when you say ʻwill you joyfully motor this machine off the clifftop?ʼ, everybody says ʻof course we willʼ.” The concerts in which the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief presented the symphonies in the Philharmonie in October 2015 were as thrilling as this suggests. The virtuosity of the works was revealed as impressively as their revolutionary energy. Performances in Paris, Vienna and New York followed and were rewarded with standing ovations from audiences.
The recording of the Berlin performances is available in an exclusive hardcover edition. It includes the cycle on five CDs and three Blu-ray discs as HD video, in uncompressed audio resolution and DTS surround sound. Its many extras include a video introduction with Sir Simon Rattle and a documentary about the making of the recordings with many interviews and glimpses behind-the-scenes. (more…)
Сomposer: Edward Elgar (1857-1934), György Ligeti (1923-2006), Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Title: Sol Gabetta & Sir Simon Rattle in Baden-Baden Release Date: 2016 Genre: Classical Director: Torben Schmidt Jacobsen Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle Artist: Sol Gabetta, cello; Berliner Philharmoniker
The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the final great work of the composer. “Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” (Gramophone ). The orchestra and conductor also performed the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin, György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy. Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound. Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell. In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure. “The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” –Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014. (more…)
A quarter of a century after ‘Out Of Time’ helped break alternative music into the American mainstream and turned R.E.M. into a worldwide phenomenon, the band have announced a special 25th Anniversary Edition, out via Concord Bicycle. ‘Out Of Time’ will be released in three different formats. The 2 CD Set will include a remastered version of the original album alongside demo versions of every album track, as well as demos for two non-album b-sides and a previously unreleased song. The 3 LP Set will include remastered vinyl versions of the original album and the demos. The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of ‘Out Of Time’ will include 4 discs, featuring the remastered album, demos, recordings from the band’s performance at Mountain Stage in 1991 (a rarity for the time, as the band did not tour to promote ‘Out Of Time’), and a Blu-Ray disc with hi-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound versions of ‘Out Of Time,’ all of the music videos from the album, and the 1991 electronic press kit ‘Time Piece,’ featuring in-studio footage, exclusive performances and more. All versions will feature extensive liner notes by Annie Zaleski featuring interviews from all four band members and producers Scott Litt and John Keane. Full details below.
Havana Moon captures the historic, once in a lifetime concert by The Rolling Stones in Havana, Cuba on 25th March 2016. Directed by Paul Dugdale (Adele, Coldplay) this epic, record breaking concert is packed with hits and classic tracks. Filmed at the end of the América Latina Olé Tour, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood performed a truly spectacular set to an estimated 1.2 million adoring fans. The highly anticipated free show attracted a huge audience in the same week as President Obama became the first serving US President to visit Cuba in 88 years. TV News reported that Obama was ‘the warm up act’ for the Rolling Stones and Obama paid tribute to the Stones in his first speech to the world’s media in Havana. As the Stones took to the stage under a perfect ‘Havana Moon’ for a show that will forever go down in history books as a life changing moment for a country on the brink of change, there was nothing that was going to come between the band and their fans including the Vatican in Rome who had objected to rock n roll in Havana on Good Friday.