Concertgebouw oferece concertos LiveHD gratuitamente

Quem segue os posts aqui do LesAmis já me ouviu comentar muitas vezes sobre concertos ao vivo via internet com a Filarmônica de Berlin, através de sua Sala de Concerto Digital (Digital Concert Hall).

A dica de hoje tem a intenção de publicar a série de concertos online de outra sala igualmente famosa – casa da orquestra que ocupa o topo do podium na opinião da crítica especializada já há muitos anos: o Royal Concertgebouw de Amsterdan.

Em fase piloto de implementação já há algum tempo, o Concertgebouw está disponibilizando alguns concertos gratuitamente e assisti-los requer nada mais do que desejo e internet!

Basta acessar a agenda de concertos que estarão disponíveis em LiveHD. A programação de fevereiro a maio de 2014 infelizmente não inclui nenhum concerto com a orquestra da casa, embora traga boas formações e programas. Quem sabe em breve, uma vez finalizada a fase piloto, a sala digital de concertos deles não venha a exibir também os concertos da melhor orquestra do mundo? 🙂

Assistir aos concertos é tão simples quanto acessar o website do Concertgebouw no dia/horário da apresentação – não precisa de login, nem pagamento de qualquer natureza. E você ainda pode usar uma funcionalidade do site que inclui um lembrete no seu calendário (é só clicar no botão de agenda).

Dica de fanático por música de concerto, espero que achem útil.

Boa audição! 🙂

Nice to meet you, Herr Menahem Pressler!

Mr. Pressler at his debut with the Berliner
Philharmoniker on Jan 11th, 2014.
Credits: Berliner Phil.

The other day I was about to attend one of the concerts of the Season 2013/2014 of the Berliner Philharmoniker when I first read about a German pianist named Menahem Pressler. I felt particularly pleased with the Mozart’s Piano Concerto Mr. Pressler had chosen to his debut with the BPhil: Nr 17, in G major, KV 453. I am very found of this piece and to me it is like Mozart’s “ode to joy” since in all 3 movements one can listen to nothing but cheerful and happy notes. But my sequence of happy revelations was only beginning…

Semyon Bychkov was the conductor for the night. For the second part of the concert, Mr. Bychkov conducted a brilliant execution of the celebrated (Dimitri) Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony in G minor.

During the interval, both Mr. Pressler and Mr. Bychkov were separately interviewed. I learnt big time from Mr. Pressler’s stories… This was his debut with the BPhil, at the age 90. And at this very age, he is still as active as I could not imagine from someone else. He teaches in the US, plays and records with his Beaux Arts Trio, and above all, plays as soloist in the most prestigious temples of classical music: St Petersburg, Amsterdan, Paris, Berlin, among them.

In his interview he explained his “religious approach” when comes to “sacred” music written by the ones he consider “Gods” or at least “semi-Gods” – Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy. And the theory goes on: he feels himself like a Priest whose religion is Music and whose readings are written in scores, which he reads and reads and keeps on trying to interpret and teach others. Brilliant!

Beaux Arts Trio in concert.

Googling in search of more background information about Mr. Pressler, another happy revelation arose: the cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio is no other than the Brazilian Antonio Menezes! How come I have never connected those two dots? Unbelievable!

One of my greatest frustrations in life is that I will never get a chance to attend a live performance of the Ukrainian pianist Mr. Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989). Mr. Horowitz is definitively among my top favourites, not only but especially when comes to Mozart. I felt particularly touched by their resemblance (look and feel). And I hope I can find my way to the audience of one of Mr. Pressler’s concerts soon!

The full concert is unfortunately only available for subscribers of the Digital Concert Hall but here you have a great glimpse of it direct from BPhil’s Youtube Channel. So, have a seat, find your best smile and enjoy it! 🙂

Alles gut zum Geburtstag, Herr Furtwängler!

And today we are celebrating the birthday of another acclaimed German conductor, Herr Wilhelm Furtwängler. Known as an unpredictable conductor, and mostly misinterpreted due to this artistic characteristic, in fact he used to take musical liberties as required by his free mind. He held positions in many important musical places – Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and Wien among them – but built himself fame as the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker between 1922 and 1954.

I need to say that I particularly share his non-acceptance about the end of tonality. Ok, it may not be something to be proud of – and believe me, I am not – but I would not be 100% honest if I stated otherwise. I really appreciate the repertoire he developed.

If you want to know a bit more about his impact as a conductor, I encourage you to read Daniel Barenboim’s post Why Furtwängler still moves us today, originally published at the German’s newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

And before closing, I give you 3 petit-cadeaus:

  • A special free track of Furtwängler’s 1951 Haydn recording with the Berliner Philharmoniker (you need to register at Deutsche Grammophon in order to get access to free tracks);
  • The 2014 documentary Furtwängler’s Love (free trailer and film available online at the Digital Concert Hall of the Beliner Philharmoniker);
  • Schumman’s 4th Symphony in D minor, Op. 120, in a studio recording made in Berlin 1953 conducted by Furtwängler (watch the video in youtube).
Elisabeth Furtwängler, wife of the former
Conductor, and central source in the
Documentary “Furtwängler’s Love”

That’s it for today. Happy birthday, Mr. Furtwängler! Or like the Germans would say it: Alles gut sum Geburtstag, Herr Futwängler! 🙂

R.I.P. Signor Claudio Abbado

“I am Claudio to everyone”. Words of Mr.
Abbado when introduced in 1989
to the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Credits: BerlinPhil

On this very January 20th, 2014, the musical world woke up less shiny: the brilliant italian musician Claudio Abbado is no longer among us. A number of messages and homages followed this sad notice, and I felt particularly touched by a couple of them.

Naming Mr. Abbado as one of the greatest conductors of this and the last century, the label Deutsche Grammophon paid a beautiful tribute to him as well. They worked together for 46 years, thus fortunately, Mr. Abbado’s recordings are preserved and will be available for generations to come. In the words of the DG’s CEO: “The world has lost one of the most inspiring musicians of our era, a man who put himself entirely at the service of the music he conducted and, in doing so, made listeners feel that they were hearing it properly for the very first time.

Mr. Abbado with his former professor,
the Brazilian conductor Maestro
Eleazar de Carvalho.

The recognition of Mr. Abbado’s legacy – his body of work as well as his gentle personality, are also unanimously celebrated. His emphasis on dialogue and cooperation helped build a sounding character recognised not only by co-workers in several countries but specially among young talented musicians that he mentored.

Mr. Claudio Abbado with
Mr. Gustavo Dudamel.

One of those young musicians inspired and encouraged by Mr. Abbado was Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan violinist, conductor and a regular visitor with his baton leading the Berliner Philharmoniker. Mr. Dudamel was the author of one of those touching homages I referred to in the beginning of this post. Pretty considerate words, coming from a great musician morning the death of his mentor:

Claudio Abbado will always be part of the exalted group of geniuses in the history of the arts. His endless generosity and love touched me at a very early age and will be always one of the most valuable treasures in my life. It was not only me personally but more importantly our Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela that he embraced as his family. He gave to us his sincere love and his profound wisdom. On behalf of my colleagues and of Maestro Abreu, I would like to pay an eternal tribute to our beloved Maestro Abbado, with the faith that his spirit and his inspiration will be always with us.

Mr. Daniel Barenboim with his
old friend and colleague
Mr. Claudio Abbado

Another great homage that particularly attracted my attention was presented by the old friend, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. He says: “With Claudio Abbado, we lose one of the greatest musicians of the past 50 years and one of the very few musicians who had a very strong connection with the spirit of music across the different genres. …  Perhaps most significant, however, was his support of young musicians through his founding of many important youth orchestras. In this sense, he was a pioneer who worked with young musicians, challenged and supported them, throughout his entire career. With this, he set an example for the world, maintaining that young and inexperienced musicians can make music at the highest level when they work with the right attitude and commitment. We owe him this, and so much more.

A leader who founded orchestras, launched festivals, encouraged young talented musicians. A conductor that gave us a brilliant interpretation of Mahler‘s work, and always conducted from memory after hard preparation. A professional that refused the title of “great conductor” – “it’s the composer who is great“, stated Mr. Abbado.

Chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1989, Mr. Abbado replaced the legendary german chief conductor Herbert von Karajan, a member of the Nazi party who stayed in command for 35 years. Mr. Abbado was then replaced by Mr. Simon Rattle, in January 2003, a couple of years after Mr. Abbado was diagnosed with stomach cancer and started a long treatment battle that unfortunately led to his death at the age of 80.

A beautiful offer was launched yesterday by the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker. You may want to enjoy the selected videos made available for free watch.

Let us hope he will keep on conducting and evolving his wonderful musical talents in space… Why not dream about Mr. Abbado leading the Planets and surprising the stars with his baton? 🙂

“For me, listening is the most important thing:
to listen to each other, to listen to what people say,
to listen to music!”