An inspired reading by a timeless conductor and world-class orchestra that brings out many hidden details of this massive score.
A celestial reading of Beethoven’s solemn mass by maestro Harnoncourt and a marvelous vocal quartet and chorus. The Missa Solemnis does not get much better than this inspired performance.
Young maestro Andris Nelsons leads super soloist Yefim Bronfman and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra through outstanding performances of two orchestral war horses, the Beethoven 5th Piano Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s tone poem Scheherazade.
Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw give a definitive reading of Shostakovich’s 8th Symphony, a neglected 20th century masterpiece. More familiar fare, Wagner’s Rienzi Overture, and Strauss’s Dance of the Seven Veils fill out a terrific program from the 2011 Lucerne Festival.
C Major offers a combination documentary on the life and career of storied conductor Mariss Jansons and a live performance of Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2. This is music-making at its best, not to be missed.