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Monday Music

Currentzis conducts Prokofiev | Live recording in the Stuttgart Liederhalle on September 10, 2021.
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major op.26
00:00:00 - Andante - Allegro
00:09:49 - Subject con variazioni. Andantino
00:19:50 - Allegro ma non troppo

00:30:16 - Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor op. Posth. (Encore Yulianna Avdeeva)

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
00:35:17 - Andante
00:48:53 - Allegro marcato
00:57:47 - Adagio
01:11:08 - Allegro giocoso

01:21:24 - Sergei Prokofiev: "Montagues and Capulets" from "Romeo and Juliet" Suite No. 2 (orchestral addition)

Yulianna Avdeeva, piano
SWR Symphony Orchestra
Teodor Currentzis, conductor

Hold Me Close When You Can

‘Hold Me Close When You Can’ by Efterklang. Taken from the new album ‘Windflowers’

'Hold Me Close When You Can' was first released through Efterklang's Developed platform in May 2021. For five days, fans and friends were invited to collaborate by using their eyes and cameras to respond to the song while listening to it. In total more than 800 people from 49 different countries attended and their photos now form the music video for 'Hold Me Close When You Can'. The photos have been edited to the song by Matt Felstead, and the video's director credit is shared by everyone who contributed.

Efterklang Developed concept developed by Efterklang & MARRIAGE
Creative Direction: Arnold Hattingh, Michael Winawer @ MARRIAGE
Developed WebApp designed & programmed by Joseph Ansell @ MARRIAGE
Video Edit: Matt Felstead @ Other Crowd
The Director credit is shared between everyone who contributed with photos on the Efterklang Developed platform.

hold yourself to yourself
hold me close when you can
it floods and it builds
and you can't go on

even love is a string
let us rush to the spring
looking closer within
when we can't go on

standing still in a stream
from a mouth of extreme
even now when you enter grace
hold yourself to yourself

in the mind when you trip, even in your highs with the figs, and you wear the wild when you win

hold yourself to yourself
hold me close when you can

Valse pour Lundi.

Maurice Ravel: La valse

Symphonie de la radio de Francfort ∙ Symphonie de la radio de Francfort ∙ Alain Altinoglu, chef d'orchestre

Festival concert 40 ans de l'Alte Oper Frankfurt ∙ Alte Oper Francfort, le 28 août 2021

Sempre a Nona

Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, played by the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) under the baton of Vasily Petrenko. In this August 4, 2019 concert recording from the Young Euro Classic festival in Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the outstanding virtuosity of this European youth orchestra is once again made evident. The young musicians display their mastery in a work even as demanding as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with great dynamism, and a tangible delight in performing.

‘Beethoven's Ninth as the symphony of Europe’ might easily have been the motto of this concert, in which Europe is represented in many aspects: Firstly as the European Union Youth Orchestra brings together the most talented young musicians from all of the EU’s member states; secondly because the Young Euro Classic festival – with young orchestras from all over the world – is a celebration of Europe’s classical music tradition; and thirdly since it is Beethoven's arrangement of  Friedrich Schiller's poem Ode To Joy – in the fourth movement of the 9th Symphony – which in 1985 served as the template for the song that has been the European Union’s official anthem.

A chance for the audience to sing along to this European anthem is the shimmering climax of this Beethoven concert. In the concert hall as well as on the public square outside the building, the watching audiences passionately sing along to ‘Freude, schöner Götterfunken’. It’s a statue of Schiller – of all things – that looms in white marble above the singing crowds in front of the Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt; a goosebump-inducing moment in which the utopia of a universal community of all people – brought to life by Schiller and set to music by Beethoven – becomes, for a moment, reality.

If you would like to experience Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as a moving and atmospheric celebration of human ideals, this concert by the EUYO is for you.

Performers:
European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Ernst Senff Chor
Steffen Schubert, conductor
Miah Persson, soprano
Theresa Kronthaler, mezzo soprano
Norbert Ernst, tenor
Leon Košavić, bass

(0:00:03) I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
(0:16:50) II. Molto vivace
(0:28:02) III. Adagio molto e cantabile
(0:42:59) IV. Finale
(1:07:18) Europe’s anthem Ode to Joy to sing along to

© EuroArts Music International GmbH

White Horses

"White Horses" from Low's album 'HEY WHAT' (Out September 10, 2021)

Director/Producer/Editor: Shane Donahue
www.shanedonahuecreative.com

the consequences of leaving
would be more cruel than if i should stay though it's impossible to say i know
still, white horses take us home
there isn't much past believin'
only a fool would have had the faith though it's impossible to say i know
still white horses take us home
still white horses take us home

Schnittke

Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 1 | Geneva Lewis, Maria Ioudenitch, NEC Philharmonia

Conductor Hugh Wolff leads the NEC Philharmonia in a concert performance of Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No. 1, featuring NEC Artist Diploma violinists Geneva Lewis and Maria Ioudenitch, as well as keyboardist Teng Cao on harpischord and prepared piano. This livestreamed concert took place in NEC’s Jordan Hall on February 5, 2021.

Alfred Schnittke, a Soviet composer of the post-Shostakovich generation, struggled with a musical identity crisis in the mid-1960s when art and politics were in turmoil worldwide. Strict 12-tone serialism had led to a dead-end (and earned him the opprobrium of the Soviet authorities).

“We know that Webern understood the basic principle of sonata form as a contrast between strict and free,” he wrote, “and I found this idea convincing. I thought that such a contrast might also be possible between tonal and atonal.” This led to the breakthrough of polystylistic music – exploring the tension between styles. Thus the Concerto Grosso no. 1 was born with neo-Baroque figurations, free chromaticism (even micro-intervals), and vernacular dance music in the form of a wild tango in the Rondo movement.

Written for two equal solo violins and a string orchestra with individual parts, it is a brilliant exploration of the timbral possibilities of strings. Adding amplified prepared piano and harpsichord reinforces the stylistic incongruities. Written for Gidon Kremer and Tatiana Grindenko, the work was a huge success and received dozens of performances in its first few years.

Lettres Amoureuses

FESTIVAL NUMERIQUE DANSE & MUSIQUE DE LA CAISSE DES DEPOTS
6 rendez-vous du 8 décembre au 8 janvier 2021
Premier RV avec l'Ensemble Jupiter sous la direction de Thomas Dunford , Lea Desandre (mezzo-soprano), Cyril Poulet (violoncelle), Hugo Abraham (contrebasse), Sophie Gent (violon) et Théotime Langlois de Swarte (violon).
« Lettres Amoureuses », Montage d’œuvres réalisé par Thomas Dunford et Lea Desandre
Monteverdi - Si dolce è’l tormento
Frescobaldi - Se l’aura spira
Kapsberger - Toccata VI
Dalza - Calata ala Spagnola
Haendel - Lascia la spina
Falconieri - Folias
Monteverdi - Lettera amorosa
Frescobaldi - Cosi mi disprezzate
Haendel - Ombra mai fu
Kapsberger - Toccata I
Merula - Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna
Vitali - Toccata et Bergamasca
Merula - Folle è ben chi si crede, Ciaccona
Monteverdi - Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

L'Ensemble Jupiter est soutenu par la Caisse des Dépôts et est en résidence à la Fondation Singer-Polignac. Thomas Dunford et Lea Desandre apparaissent avec l’aimable autorisation de Erato/Warner Classics
Réalisation Yan Proefrock

Générations

Concert de Théotime Langlois de Swarte et William Christie à l’Abbaye de Fontevraud

At the crossroads of the Italian and French schools, Leclair and Senaillé were, in a way, the Paganinis of 18th century France. For this new recording of the "Les Arts Florissants" collection for harmonia mundi, William Christie has invited the young violin prodigy, Théotime Langlois de Swarte (former Arts Flo Junior and longtime Les Arts Florissants collaborator), to delve into these pieces, which are still unjustly ignored, creating a program of violin-harpsichord duets that are both virtuoso and sensitive.