Tonight on medici.tv, live from the Maison symphonique in Montreal (at 8.00 pm Montreal time), Kent Nagano will conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in a concert dedicated to Wagner, Hefti, Liszt and Berlioz!
It is the second time that the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and medici.tv partner to broadcast one of the orchestra’s concerts on the internet. For this special night, the OSM invited pianist Marc-André Hamelin – a Liszt specialist – to perform the Piano Concerto No. 2, S. 125. The program also features a new work by David Philip Hefti, Adagio, performed as a world premiere, the Prelude from Parsifal by Wagner (Liszt’s son in law!) and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.
- More information about the live webcast of Kent Nagano conducts Wagner, Hefti, Liszt and Berlioz – With Marc-André Hamelin on medici.tv;
- Watch Wagner’s Lohengrin conducted by Kent Nagano in medici.tv’s catalogue;
- Watch a recital by Marc-André Hamelin in medici.tv’s catalogue;
- Visit the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s official website.
If you haven’t prepared your declaration of love, if you lack inspiration for it, do not despair! Medici.tv has selected some of the most beautiful love arias in the operatic repertoire to help you.
If you’re waiting for your beloved under a balcony, Don Giovanni’s canzonetta “Deh, vieni alla finestra, o mio tesoro” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni is certainly the best thing to sing:
Deh, vieni alla finestra, o mio tesoro
deh, vieni a consolar il pianto mio.
Se neghi a me di dar qualche ristoro,
davanti agli occhi tuoi morir vogl’io.
Tu ch’hai la bocca dolce più che il miele,
tu che il zucchero porti in mezzo al core,
non esser, gioia mia, con me crudele,
lasciati almen veder, mio bell’amore!
Oh please, come to the window, my sweetest treasure,
Oh please, come to console my plaintive crying.
If you refuse to give me any pleasure,
In front of your own eyes you’ll see me dying!
You with the mouth that’s sweeter far than honey,
You with sugar inside your very being!
Don’t be so mean to me, my lovely bunny!
Give me some joy, my love, if only in seeing!
Conversely, if you’re waiting for your beloved from a balcony, remember Juliet’s declaration of love in the aria “Ô nuit divine” from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet:
Sur ton âme,
Si tu me veux pour femme
Fais-moi dire quel jour,
À quelle heure, en quel lieu,
Sous le regard de Dieu
Notre union sera bénie!
Alors, O mon seigneur,
Soi mon unique loi!
Je te livre ma vie entière.
Je te livre ma vie entière.
Et je renie tout ce qui n’est pas toi!
Mais!…si ta tendresse ne veut de moi
Que de folles amours…
Ah! Je t’en conjure alors,
Par cette heure d’ivresse,
Ne me revois plus!
Ne me revois plus!
Et me laisse à la douleur
Qui remplira mes jours.
Upon your soul,
If you want me for a wife
Let me be told which day,
At what hour, in what place,
Under the sight of God
Our union will be blessed!
Then, O my lord,
Be my only law!
I commit to you my entire life.
I commit to you my entire life.
And I renounce all that is not you!
But!…if your tenderness wants of me
Nothing but the passions of love…
Ah! I entreat you then,
By this hour of rapture,
Do not see me anymore!
Do not see me anymore!
And leave me to the pain
Which will fill my days.
And then just for pleasure, another famous version of Romeo and Juliet, by Prokofiev this time:
If ever it is by chance that you meet your Valentine, you can present yourself as Rodolfo does when he sings “Che gelida manina” in Puccini’s La Bohème:
Che gelida manina,
se la lasci riscaldar.
Cercar che giova?
Al buio non si trova.
Ma per fortuna
è una notte di luna,
e qui la luna
le dirò con due parole
chi son, che faccio,
e come vivo. Vuole?
Chi son? Sono un poeta.
Che cosa faccio? Scrivo.
E come vivo? Vivo.
In povertà mia lieta
scialo da gran signore
rime ed inni d’amore.
Per sogni e per chimere
e per castelli in aria,
l’anima ho milionaria.
Talor dal mio forziere
ruban tutti i gioielli
due ladri, gli occhi belli.
V’entrar con voi pur ora,
ed i miei sogni usati
tosto son dileguati
e i bei sogni miei,
tosto si dileguar!
Ma il furto non m’accora,
poiché vi ha preso stanza
una la dolce speranza!
Or che mi conoscete,
parlate voi. Vi piace dirlo
Deh! Parlate! Chi siete?
Vi piaccia dir.
What a frozen little hand,
let me warm it for you.
What’s the use of looking?
We won’t find it in the dark.
it’s a moonlit night,
and the moon
is near us here.
I will tell you in two words,
who I am, what I do,
and how I live. May I?
Who am I? I am a poet.
What do I do? I write.
And how do I live? I live.
In my carefree poverty
I squander rhymes
and love songs like a lord.
When it comes to dreams and visions
and castles in the air,
I’ve the soul of a millionaire.
From time to time two thieves
steal all the jewels
out of my safe, two pretty eyes.
They came in with you just now,
and my customary dreams
my lovely dreams,
melted at once into thin air!
Bu the theft doesn’t anger me,
for their place has been
taken by hope!
Now that you know all about me,
you tell me who you are.
If your lover is far away and you are missing him a lot on this Valentine’s night, write to him and do take as a model Tatiana’s letter to Eugene Oneguin:
I am writting to you, what else to say?
What else can I say?
I know now that it is in your power
to punish me with your desdain!
Yet, if you feel pity
for my pitiful state,
you will not abandon me.
I first wanted to stay silent,
You would not have known my shame,
Why have you come?
Hidden in my quiet countryside,
I knew you not,
nor this cruel torment.
The torment of a young heart,
would have been peaced by the effect of time.
I would have known another man,
I would have been a faithful wife,
a virtuous mother…
Who are you : angel or devil?
Break my doubts.
Maybe is it only an empty dream,
The illusion of an inexperienced heart,
and something unexpected may come…
At last, here are the beautiful lyrics of the aria sung by Isolde at the very end of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, assuredly one of the most beautiful declarations of love ever written and put into music:
How gently and softly he smiles,
how fondly he opens his eyes!
Do you see, friends?
Do you not see?
How he shines ever brighter
as he ascends amidst the stars?
Do you not see?
How his heart proudly swells
pulsing majestic and full in his breast?
How softly and gently from his lips
his sweet breath flutters!
Do you not feel and see it?
Do I alone hear this melody
so wondrous and tender,
in its blissful lament telling all things,
gently pardoning, sounding from within him,
which pierces me, soaring above,
blessedly echoing and ringing all about me?
Resounding ever more clearly,
wafting around me,
are they waves of freshening breezes?
Are they billows of heavenly fragrance?
As they seethe and roar about me
shall I breathe them, shall I listen to them?
Shall I sip them, plunge beneath them,
breathe my life away in sweet perfume?
In the surging swell,
in the resounding wave of sound,
in the world’s breath’s infinite all
void of thought!
Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet, Orfeo and Euridice… All the greatest love stories are on medici.tv! View our r Love Songs special playlist!
Your soundtrack of the day: Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Brahms’s Slavonic Dances and Khatchatourian’s Gayaneh, by the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang…
All good things must come to an end. All good things, including the live programs on medici.tv, which are usually broadcast in free replay during a limited time after the live webcast. It is the case of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve Concert (their so-called Silvesterkonzert), which was shot on the 31st of December and which will remain online for a few hours still on medici.tv. So it’s the last day for you to watch again this fantastic performance by Lang Lang and Sir Simon Rattle (who also just released an album together). If you liked the concert, enjoy it one last time. And if you have not done it yet, share the link with your friends who have not had the chance to see it yet: Silversterkonzert with Lang Lang and Sir Simon Rattle!
Silvesterkonzert avec Lang Lang et Sir Simon Rattle – pictures from the concert:
Photos : © Holger Kettner
Silvesterkonzert with Lang Lang and Sir Simon Rattle – Program:
Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 (No. 8 in G minor)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
Slavonic Dances, Op. 72 (No. 1 in B major, No. 2 in E minor, No. 7 in C major)
Gayaneh (« Danse du sabre », « Adagio », « Lesginka »)
Danses hongroises (n°3 en fa majeur, n°1 en sol mineur)
Exactly a week after Claudio Abbado’s death, the Teatro alla Scala paid a moving tribute to the theatre’s former music director.
Yesterday night, the musicians of the Filarmonica della Scala performed the traditional “Funeral March”, from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. In front of them, the room was totally empty, as an expression of grief. This musical meditation from the members of the orchestra who worked so regularly with the maestro was broadcast on the Piazza in front of the opera house and on the internet, on the Teatro alla Scala’s website, as well as on the theatre’s youtube channel. .
You can also join the crowd gathered in front of the opera house (from 00:04:00):
medici.tv’s getting ready to broadcast the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Arditti Quartet’s concert live from Paris, where a 100 % contemporary program will be performed! Meanwhile, read these two exclusive interviews with tonight’s two headlines, Philippe Manoury and Pascal Dusapin, two main composers of our time with two very different personalities, who accepted to answer our questions.
Philippe Manoury (left, © Guy Vivien) and Pascal Dusapin (right) answered medici.tv’s questions.
Does contemporary music surprise you sometimes?
Philippe Manoury: Yes. But sometimes also in the wrong way…
Pascal Dusapin: It surprises me when it’s modern. Being modern is much more complicated than being contemporary. Contemporary is an old rhetorical stuff from the 1950s.
If you were a mythological creature, who/what would you be?
Philippe Manoury: An Icarus who would turn into a Phoenix after crashing!
Pascal Dusapin: Don Quixote (and yes, I know he is not Greek).
The thing you would have liked to invent.
Philippe Manoury: I create music almost every day. I am rather satisfied with that.
Pascal Dusapin: The coffee machine.
If you were an architect, what would you have liked to build?
Philippe Manoury: The world’s most beautiful auditorium, the one with all the qualities.
Pascal Dusapin: The Eiffel Tower. Because it looks like a Christmas tree (sapin in French, editor’s note).
Can only educated people like serious music?
Philippe Manoury: I think you need to be educated to appreciate any kind of music, but you don’t necessarily realize it. If you are listening to rock music and enjoying it, the first reason is that you have already heard that kind of music before, that you are educated to it, even though it is a popular genre. When it comes to music, it takes more than a learning, it takes a habituation. I think we should help people learn in serious music because when you have the key to listen to it, this kind of music gives pleasure. It really does.
Pascal Dusapin: The appreciation of serious music takes a lot of curiosity. A lot of educated people are not curious. However, educated people never cease to learn.
What do you listen to when you are at home?
Philippe Manoury: To tell the truth, I don’t listen to a lot of music, but when I do, I mainly listen to serious music – medieval music to contemporary music. A little jaz too, but sometimes also Irish music, Scottish music, or folk music from the Balkans. I also like folk musics from Japan and Indonesia a lot. I never listen to rock music, for instance, unless I am forced to do so, like it happens so often in all kinds of situations.
Pascal Dusapin: If this can reassure you, I can listen to many different types of music. I am almost a normal audiophile.
Do you like contemporary art in general?
Philippe Manoury: I like art in general.
Pascal Dusapin: Yes.
Is one born a composer?
Philippe Manoury: Talents are unequally distributed. It is neither completely nature, nor totally nurture. But one’s is not born a composer, one becomes a composer. Maybe there is someone in Papua who could become a huge composer if he was in the type of environment where we do this kind of music. But he cannot know.
Pascal Dusapin: No, absolutely not. No. Not at all. Never. You should not believe those who say so, this is totally untrue. Being a composer takes the work of a thousand rhinos. But no one wants to know that. So we let the people think that it is nothing else but a natural gift. But art is hard work (Flaubert).
The function art should have in our society?
Philippe Manoury: Change human beings. Make them realize that things which are unnecessary can be very important. I think art has the same function than the sacred in certain civilizations.
Pascal Dusapin: Vigilance, awakening, opposition, function and technique of the fighting against the water-mills, never desperate, etc., start again, never stop, fall, get back to the fight, annoy everyone, think… (I refer you to the question on the mythological creatures).
Do you get stage fright when musicians perform your works?
Philippe Manoury: I am afraid they don’t perform them the way I would like them to, which often happens when we lack time in rehearsal. We spend many hours writing the score, and sometimes we don’t have enough time to work on it, because it costs a lot of money, and the orchestras’ schedules are very busy. It is very stressful indeed.
Pascal Dusapin: Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no, yes, no, yes.
Do you know what inspires you?
Philippe Manoury: I am inspired by anything new, the discovery of something that does not exist, the unknown; And the idea of turning it into something that is easy to reach – it shall not stay incomprehensible – is very inspiring. Creating the unknown and letting it be know.
Pascal Dusapin: No I don’t.
What do you think about the accursed poet archetype?
Philippe Manoury: The accursed artist still exists, because it is never easy to give birth to a work. Creation demands a lot of work and concentration, but also a great isolation. You need to remain aside from the society. When I create, I prefer to be out of the world. However, when I need to grab some ideas that will feed the creation, I’d rather be in the world, because there you learn a lot of things. I personally cannot write in a restaurant with music. But it is a fact that some artists can only produce when they are tensed. Of course, being cursed does not always make great artists. Rimbaud and Mallarmé, for example, were two brilliant poets who, at the same period, had two very different lives.
Pascal Dusapin: I think this is some bullshit made up by the middle-class that need to reassure that it let artists like Bela Bartók, to name but one, die in the midst of poverty.
Your main enemy for creativity?
Philippe Manoury: Music in public places. Too much background music. I dream of a city where we would listen to music only when we would decide to.
Pascal Dusapin: The time that people always steal from me.
Could contemporary music be popular?
Philippe Manoury: There is no doubt that contemporary music could be popular, if we educated the people better, if it was broadcast more often on the radio and on TV, if the journalists wrote more about it… It is not more difficult than any other music. Because of the reasons I explained, people got used to other types of music. As a consequence, contemporary music does not fit their standards. We need to give them the keys to listen to contemporary music, just like we need to give them the keys to listen to classical music, which is still greatly unknown. There are a lot of very educated leading figures who have no knowledge in classical music.
Pascal Dusapin: What does “being popular” mean? If this is what I think I understood, “being popular” means pleasing at least 20 million people that stick to a program controlled by advertisers and marketing agencies. Then no, this music will never be popular. And classical music, like you call it, will never be popular either. However, if by “being popular” you mean: “moving a few or a lot of individuals, whoever they are, wherever they come from, encountering and offering new emotions, communicating them, sharing them (not only via a “click”) with intelligence and devotion, offering one’s own comprehension of a world in constant disruption through a new and generous invention, then yes, this is possible…
Tonight live on medici.tv you will hear works by Philippe Manoury and Pascal Dusapin broadcast live from Paris:
- The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France performs works by Philippe Manoury and Pascal Dusapin – With the Quatuor Arditti: concert broadcast live from the Cité de la musique in Paris at 8.30 pm (Paris time) / 2.30 pm (EST).
The great conductor Claudio Abbado died this morning in Bologna, Italy, aged 80.
Conducting was for Claudio Abbado a vocation, which was born in 1940 when the 7 year-old Claudio Abbado went to see Antonio Guarnieri at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Twenty years later, it is precisely at La Scala that the young maestro made his début, before taking the lead of the Milanese institution from 1968 to 1986. Later on, Claudio Abbado was appointed principal conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Berliner Philharmoniker, among others. Claudio Abbado never ceased to share with an ever wider audience his passion for the symphonic repertoire, and especially for Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler’s legacy.
Claudio Abbado also contributed to enrich the musical landscape thanks to the creation of several orchestras, including the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and more recently, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which gathers every year at the Lucerne Festival soloists from the greatest international ensembles.
Admired by his pairs and the audience, Claudio Abbado leaves a large videography of concert performances, a large part of which are available medici.tv.
- View all the concerts conducted byClaudio Abbado
Gustav Mahler’s symphonies: a cycle that was dear to Claudio Abbado (excerpt):
This month, Bob takes a look at several Christmas traditions before he decides to completely adopt them.
Here we are. Christmas: the event we've been building up to for weeks… I must admit that this custom seemed a bit strange to me at first. When I noticed the first fairy lights twinkling in the windows, the forests of trees that grew up as if by magic on the pavements in front of the florists' stalls, the mechanical dolls smiling out of department store windows and, to top it all, the bearded old men dressed in red wandering here and there, my first thought was to fear for my safety.
Then I realised that it was a seasonal event. To tell the truth, it was my friend Joshua Bell who explained it all to me during my last trip to New York. "You see Bob," he said, "I've always dreamed of finding myself at home, surrounded by my nearest and dearest, playing Christmas tunes and looking forward to the holidays." Faced with my surprise, Joshua had to explain that yes, the month of December in fact has its very own musical tradition. I would soon get the chance to discover it since, he added, the private concert that he had dreamed of for so long would take place in his apartment in the Flatiron district at the end of November, and I was invited. So I in turn invited my friends from medici.tv and their cameras, thanks to whom the fabulous Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell & Friends concert ("friends" includes: Renée Fleming, Michael Feinstein and Frankie Moreno) was broadcast online. What a joy it was to hear Greensleeves and Silent Night! I think that the magic of Christmas must have got to you too, since the broadcast of the concert gained a record audience for medici.tv this year. And what about the magnificent Christmas concert from the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra? Something else altogether! The concert presented the sublime Berlioz oratorio, L'Enfance du Christ, somewhat of a tradition at this time of year.
I also learned that the traditions don't stop with the bright lights and music, but that Christmas means presents, hence the little guide I wrote to give you a bit of Christmas shopping inspiration. As for me, I've already wrapped up of all my presents – including a dozen or so medici.tv gift cards. But I've saved you one last little immaterial present. My Christmas present to you is an extra special one. It seems that presents should be kept secret, but personally I can't keep it in any longer! Did I tell you that I absolutely love Martha Argerich? You too? Well then, on Wednesday evening at 8 p.m., when you're full to bursting from your family Christmas dinner, log in to medici.tv. For an hour and a half you can immerse yourself in the life of Martha Argerich with the film Bloody Daughter, an intimate portrait of the great pianist's, family directed by her daughter. But I'll say no more – you can find out for yourself!
In the meantime, make sure that your gingerbread men are baking, you have the right ingredients to stuff your turkey, and your best champagne is cooling in the fridge. Lay out the best festive dishes on the table, sprinkle it all with fake snow, press play on Swan Lake on your new medici.tv iPhone and iPad app, and enjoy the holidays!
And if like me you're spending New Year in Berlin, come and see me at the Philharmonic: I'll be with Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang who will be celebrating the New Year with works by Dvořák, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Khachaturian and Brahms. For everyone else, you can tune in to the show live on medici.tv! So, see you in 2014.
Bob, the penguin Father Christmas
One more time, medici.tv joins forces with euronews, the international news channel! Tomorrow, watch the Christmas concert of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra live on medici.tv and on euronews.
Tomorrow, watch Pablo Gonzalez conduct the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) live on medici.tv and on the euronews website.
This co-broadcast of Berlioz’s gorgeous oratorio L’Enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) is the perfect opportunity for medici.tv and euronews to tighten the links that unit each other. Since 2010, medici.tv has been broadcasting the Musica series produced by euronews, free of charge on its website and mobile applications. This summer, four concerts from the Verbier Festival were co-broadcast on medici.tv and euronews: the opening concert of the festival, the closing concert, Jan Lisiecki’s recital and a performance by Daniel Harding and Martin Fröst.
This new project allows euronews and medici.tv to close 2013 hand in hand. And believe us, there is more to come for 2014!