Title: Sommernachtskonzert (Summer Night Concert) 2014
Year: 2014
Genre: Classical
Artists: Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph Eschenbach, Lang Lang

Issued: Sony Music Entertainment
Duration: 1:35:07
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video Codec: AVC
Audio Codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 35978 kbps 1920 * 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: German DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3685 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio # 2: German LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Summer Night Concert 2014
Vienna Philharmonic – Christoph Eschenbach – Lang Lang
The renowned orchestra presents the world’s biggest annual classical open air concert live from their hometown Vienna, Austria on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Summer Night Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic is an annual open-air event that takes place in the magical setting of the Schönbrunn Palace Park in Vienna with the palace as a magnificent backdrop. Everyone is invited to come to this unique occasion with free admission. Each year up to 100,000 people can take up the invitation, or enjoy on radio and TV in over 60 countries.

About the Summer Night Concert: Since 2008 the Vienna Philharmonic has provided an outstanding experience for the people of Vienna and guests to their city with this free concert in the park of Schönbrunn Palace. The palace and its Baroque park, which have UNESCO World Heritage status, are an extraordinary setting for this special concert.

In the recent years the orchestra has been conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim and Georges Prêtre. Among the previous guest solists: Yefim Bronfman and Benjamin Schmid. This year, the concert will be conducted by Christoph Eschenbach with special guest pianist Lang Lang.

About Vienna Philharmonic: The tradition of the Vienna Philharmonic goes back to 1842, when Otto Nicolai conducted a Grand Concert with all members of the imperial “Hof-Operntheater”. This event was originally called “Philharmonic Academy” and is regarded as the origin of the orchestra. Since its founding, the orchestra is managed by the administrative committee – a democratically elected body – and works artistically, organizationally and financially autonomous. All decisions are reached on a democratic basis during the general meeting of all members. (more…)

Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis – Agostino Steffani: Stabat Mater (2013)
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Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: HDtracks

Cecilia Bartoli’s exploration of the music of Steffani continues on from her best-selling recording ‘Mission’ with an album of the celebrated Stabat Mater alongside Steffani’s greatest sacred works for chorus, orchestra and soloists, constituting the most comprehensive collection of Steffani’s sacred choral music on CD. Bartoli leads an array of internationally celebrated singers including countertenor Franco Fagioli, the bass Salvo Vitale and the two young German tenors Daniel Behle and Julian Prégardien. Diego Fasolis conducts the authentic instrument forces of I Barocchisti and the chorus of RSI Lugano

Steffani’s Stabat Mater is his masterpiece, completed shortly before he died in 1728. It has been described as the most powerful expression of his religious fervour and, at almost half an hour, the largest-scale, most complex and heartfelt of his compositions outside his operas. The opening solo “Stabat Mater dolorosa” featured on the ‘Mission’ DVD.

The album is completed by six world premiere recordings of the best of Steffani’s remaining sacred music, including Sperate in Deo and Laudate Pueri. These are scored for orchestra, chorus and soloists featuring two young baroque-specialist sopranos Nuria Rial and Yetzabel Arias Fernandez alongside Behle, Pregardien and Vitale.

Also amongst these world premieres is Non plus me Ligate, a seven-minute solo motet for Cecilia Bartoli.

Composer: Agostino Steffani
Performer: Salvatore Vitale, Cecilia Bartoli, Daniel Behle, Franco Fagioli, …
Conductor: Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swiss Radio Chorus, I Barocchisti


Mitsuko Uchida – Schumann: G Minor Sonata, Waldszenen (2013)
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Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz

Dame Mitsuko Uchida, universally acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost Schumann interpreters, follows her last album of the composer’s music (Davidsbündlertänze and Fantasie in C) with another sublime Schumann programme. Uchida’s latest Decca recording brings together the romantic fire and intensity of the Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 with two remarkable works from Schumann’s final years, Waldszenen and the Gesänge der Frühe.

Her album’s repertoire explores music created by an artist burdened by deep depression and mental illness. His Gesänge der Frühe (“Songs of Dawn”) were sketched within the space of four days in February 1854, shortly before Schumann attempted to commit suicide by throwing himself in the Rhine. The work proved to be his last complete piano composition.

Composer: Robert Schumann
Performer: Mitsuko Uchida