The year 1812 was a busy year for the by then already famous but deaf Ludwig van Beethoven. He finally met Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (another German celebrity) but was disappointed by his personality.
Johann Sebastian Bach craved a career change in 1721. Wishing to join the court of Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg, Bach presented him with six new concertos in the hopes of securing a position.
Jean Paul's novel `Titan' inspired Gustav Mahler to compose his Symphony No. 1. The work did not come easily to Mahler: he composed it between 1887 and 1888 when he, in his twenties, was working as a conductor at the Oper Leipzig.
Many 18th century Russian composers have been forgotten, but Dmitry Bortniansky (1751-1825) has escaped that fate. Bortniansky was as respected after death as in life: his chamber music and vocal compositions remained very popular.
Every year, the closing concert of the Pianoscope Festival is a a majestic conclusion to the festivities. In this broadcast: Claude Debussy's `Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune' for piano.
The German hymn `Jesu, meine Freude' was composed by Johann Franck in 1650. Johann Sebastian Bach used this hymn for his motet and his prelude for choir and organ, which he composed for a funeral. The prelude can be found in his `Orgelbüchlein', a volume which contains 46 preludes for organ. Other composers used this hymn as a source of inspiration for their compositions. The RIAS Kammerchor celebrates its 60th anniversary by performing J S Bach's `Jesu, meine Freude'.
The young French pianist David Fray has often been compared to pianist Glenn Gould. How true this comparison rings is evident from this concert that features music by J. S. Bach alone. In this broadcast: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B minor.
Ivan Penkov studieds with Tamara Poddubnaya and Paul Komen at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen and with Jan Wijn at theConservatory of Amsterdam.
For two centuries it was assumed that Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Second Piano Concerto as a 23-year-old in 1794. It is quite an accomplishment to be able to compose and perform a concerto like this one at such a young age.
After hearing the beautiful sounds of Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 3, Antonín Dvorák was inspired to start working on a new symphony of his own. He based his symphony on several of the conflicts people encounter over the course of a lifetime.
In this recording, Thomas Hampson - conductor Leonard Bernstein's protégé when he was still alive - sings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's aria for baritone and orchestra, `Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo' KV 584.
In 1943, after his health had deteriorated, Béla Bartók was diagnosed with leukaemia. He received recognition for his piano playing, but due to his bad health he could not perform anymore after January 1943.
Originally, Arnold Schönberg intended to turn his `Pelléas und Melisande' into an opera, but quite early on he decided it was to be a purely instrumental piece. The composer thought the piece would turn out better when unrestricted by lyrics. The composition's subject came from a hint Richard Strauss gave Schoenberg, pointing to the play by Maurice Maeterlinck of the same name. It takes a large orchestra to perform this composition, but it is full of details nonetheless.
Koroliov's performances of Bach's music usually arouse great excitement and his rendering of Bach's famous Aria and 30 variations is no exception.
In 2015, the piano duo Sandee and Van Nieukerken commemorates the British composer Steve Martland (1954-2013), who died too young. Martland - like Sandee and Nieukerken after him - studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Mexican Carlos Chavéz very rarely used folk melodies for his compositions, but with this piece, as the name already suggests, he returns to his roots: the Indian culture.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the French specialist for classical and avantgarde music plays `Matribute', `Two Diversions' and `Caténaires' by Elliott Carter. Recorded at the Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich.
This composition by Franz Liszt belongs to the second set of `Années de pèlerinage' which, like the first and third set, consists of pieces inspired by the composer's trips with his mistress Marie d'Agoult.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle conducts a very special concert from the Kabelwerk Oberspree, featuring works by Brahms.
Everybody knows it: the `Pastoral' symphony. This famous symphony, Beethoven's Sixth, is brought to life by the South Netherlands Philharmonic. Ludwig van Beethoven's composition evokes the image of an idyllic farmer's picnic in the countryside.
Music publisher Anton Diabelli spent most of 1819 collecting money to help families that had lost their sons or fathers in the wars. He wrote a theme, hoping 51 composers would be willing to write variations to, with the intention of publishing.
One of the world's finest and most-respected conductors, 70-year-old Claudio Abbado is legendary in stature. Never-before-seen interviews are combined with images of the conductor in rehearsal and in concert, interviews with friends and colleagues.
Franz Schubert started his Symphony No. 8 in 1822. When he died, six years later, his Symphony remained uncompleted. It consists of two completed movements, which are performed regularly. A striking feature of the symphony is, that it was composed in a time signature similar to a waltz.
Johann Sebastian Bach composed his motet `Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf' in Leipzig in 1729. He composed it for the funeral of Johann Heinrich Ernesti, although it was not intended as a requiem.
Sergey Rachmaninov's first symphony was seen as a feat but not well received by critics. The bad reviews and personal problems caused him to sink into depression. Rachmaninov suffered from writer's block: he could not get a single note on paper.
With this concert, Yutaka Sado makes his Philharmonic debut. He will be the first Japanese to conduct the renowned orchestra since Seiji Ozawa several years ago. Critics have unanimously hailed Yutaka Sado as one of the most enthralling and charismatic conductors of the new generation. Sado, the long-time assistant of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, has certainly earned his many awards.
Born through the friendship between three families - Capuçon, Chalmin and Scapolan - the Bel Air Festival was, for 15 years, a unique place to share, to meet and exchange between musicians coming from all around the globe. This 15th and last edition promises to have magical moments, gathering the most faithful musicians who have accompanied Renaud Capuçon over the past years. You are now listening to Antonio Vivaldi's `Concerto for Four Violins in B minor', Op 3, No 10.
`Ta-ta-ta-taa' is quite possibly the most famous opening sequence to one of the most famous symphonies ever written. It has become impossible to think of concert halls today without Beethoven's `Fifth'.
Czech composer Julius Fucik has a reputation in his own country that is comparable to that of Johann Strauss in Austria and John Philip Sousa in the United States.
All of the compositions Mexican Silvestre Revueltas wrote in the short span of his life were full of energy and humour. Revueltas had studied in Chicago and stuck around since.
A romantic concert features music from classic Italian movies, including "Amarcord," "Cinema Paradiso" and "Life Is Beautiful."
From the Rammenau Castle, the Gewandhaus-Quartett performs String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387 by Mozart.
'From the New World' is the title of Antonín Dvorák's ninth and final symphony, which has proven to be his most popular. He completed the symphony in 1893 while he was serving as director of the National Conservatory of Music of America.
Having lived in Vienna for over a year, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's career gained a strong boost in 1782 from the enormous popularity of his Singspiel 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' ('The abduction from the seraglio'). Meanwhile his father Leopold Mozart still disapproved of his son's decision to move to Vienna and also refused to accept his planned marriage to Constanze Weber.
This concert, which is organised annually as part of the official festivities in conjunction with the Nobel Prize Ceremony, presents the most renowned classical musicians. This broadcast brings you the third part of Maurice Ravel's `Piano Concerto'.
Robert Schumann once described Ludwig van Beethoven's Fourth Symphony as `a slender Greek maiden between two Norse giants'. The `two Norse giants' referred to the Third and Fifth Symphonies, which have an almost mythical reputation.
Proof that music can change lives can be found with the El Sistema. This network of youth orchestras enables children from the slums of Venezuela to learn to play an instrument.
The wild and breathtaking scenery of Austria's Roman Quarry of St. Margarethen provides an ideal and unique backdrop for this live and colourful open-air performance of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen (1875). With over 400 participants, this opulent staging of Bizet's famous opera - one of the most popular works in the genre's history - proves a feast for all the senses. Austria's Opera Festival St.
The Easter Festival is an internationally-renowned event among classical music lovers, traditionally opened in Moscow on Easter Sunday.
Howard Arman and two baroque orchestras recreate the historic Handel Commemoration Concert.