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Adam’s Passion – Arvo Pärt, Robert Wilson

Music by Arvo Pärt

Adam’s Lament
Tabula rasa
Miserere
Sequentia

Stage Direction, Set Design & Lighting Concept: Robert Wilson

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste

Michalis Theophanous, Lucinda Childs

“You see, this story is your story, one that questions me. And this story is my story, one that responds to you. This is our common story. The story of Adam is the story of all mankind. And it is one of tragedy.” Arvo Pärt (more…)

Claudio Abbado – Orchestra Mozart, Salzburg Festival 2012

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Missa solemnis in C minor, K. 139
“Waisenhausmesse“

Franz Schubert
Mass in E flat major, D 950

Claudio Abbado
Orchestra Mozart
Arnold Schoenberg Choir

A “touching and magnificent reunion” (Der Standard). The public and press enthusiastically celebrated the long-awaited return of Claudio Abbado to the Salzburg Festival in 2012. The conductor brought with him Mozart’s youthful Mass K. 139, the so-called Waisenhausmesse, and Schubert’s late Mass in E flat major.

Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra – Mozart Requiem

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem in D minor, K. 626
Edition by Franz Beyer, Sanctus completed by Robert Levin

Claudio Abbado
Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Bavarian Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Choir
Peter Dijkstra (Chorus Master)

Anna Prohaska (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Maximilian Schmitt (Tenor), René Pape (Bass)

“The baton is not a magic wand – it cannot join together the fragmentary work that Mozart composed in the face of death. Yet, in Abbado’s hand, the baton could become a guide to the mysterious, sublime, consoling legacy of Mozart.”(Deutschlandradio Kultur)

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Riccardo Chailly & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig: Mahler 8

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 8 in E flat major

Riccardo Chailly
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Soloists: Erika Sunnegardh (Soprano), Ricarda Merbeth (Soprano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano), Lioba Braun (Alto), Gerhild Romberger (Alto), Stephen Gould (Tenor), Dietrich Henschel (Baritone), Georg Zeppenfeld (Bass)

Choirs: MDR Rundfunkchor, Chor der Oper Leipzig, GewandhausChor, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhaus Kinderchor

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written. The composer himself regarded it as his opus summum, and an incredible number of participants at the hugely successful Munich première in 1910 earned it the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand”. (more…)