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A new recording will be released soon by Daniil Trifonov, who performs a cycle of Sergei Rachmaninov’s highly virtuosic Piano Concertos.

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This recording brings together two outstanding composers associated with Vienna: Joseph Haydn and Arnold Schoenberg. The former is often seen as the oldest representative of the “First Viennese School”, whereas the latter founded the “Second Viennese School”, using the classicism of his predecessors to explore new, atonal musical paths into the twentieth century.

By combining Haydn’s two cello concertos (in C-major and D-major) and Schoenberg’s symphonic poem ‘Verklärte Nacht’ – in the 1943 edition for string orchestra – this album sheds a new, fascinating light on both of these Viennese masters.

The connection between the stylistically contrasting pieces on this album is further enhanced by the inspired playing of American cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the Trondheim Soloists. For Weilerstein, this album is not only a fascinating exploration of the rich Viennese musical heritage, but just as much a confrontation with the dark history of a city her grandparents had to flee in 1938. Transfigured Night is Weilerstein’s first album recorded with the Trondheim Soloists since her appointment as Artistic Partner of the ensemble in 2017.

Here is Ms. Weilerstein in the Cello Concerto by Elgar:

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Composer Joseph Haydn was a major contributor to the developmen of both symphonic form, as well as chamber music. It all began centuries ago, when folks joined together to make music.

The great popularity of the piano trio enabled Joseph Haydn to explore countless musical harmonic experiments; while the keyboard remains the central element in his musical structure, the strings give the composition a subtle coloration, and the violin is often assigned independent musical ideas.

This elegant three-way dialogue, conducted here by the Trio Wanderer, is as impressive for its originality as for its supreme stylistic virtuosity. Haydn was a past master at this compositional form, and he still remains so centuries later!

Here is the Haydn Trio number 44:

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This recording features the Ensemble Vintage Koln together with virtuoso violinist Ariadne Daskalakis, as they present a modern concert version of J.S. Bach’s Musical Offering BWV 1079.

German composer Sebastian Gottschick arranged Bach’s works by adding pizzicati to the slow movement of the trio sonata, creating two new pieces from Bach’s material and finally combining all of these works to produce a contemporary concert version.

Ariadne Daskalakis and her Ensemble Vintage Cologne present this modern concert version by Gottschick as well as the missing original versions by Bach. The musicians adapted perfectly to the particular stylistic context with their emotional and very original performance.

Here is the music from Bach’s Musical Offering, BWV 1079:

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German – born soprano Christiane Karg is one amazing singer.

Ms. Karg was a member of the Frankfurt Opera where she appeared as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, as Pamina in his Die Zauberflöte, as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème, Zdenka in Arabella by Richard Strauss, and in the title role in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.

She appeared as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss in Frankfurt conducted by Sebastian Weigle, at the Semperoper conducted by Christian Thielemann, and at La ScalaShe made her debut at the Royal Opera House in 2015 as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

She performed the solo soprano part in Mahler’s Second Symphony in a performance of the Rheingau Musik Festival 2017 at Eberbach Abbey, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

Richard Strauss composed the song “Morgen” in which the poet speaks about

“… tomorrow the sun will shine again…”

Listen to Ms. Karg as she performs this amazing music:

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Anne-Sophie Mutter has been performing on the stage for more than 40 years!

Here is an image of her as she performed under the watchful eye of Herbert von Karajan:

And here she is at a much later date, performing the Sonata number 9, known as the “Kreutzer Sonata” by Ludwig van Bethoven:

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At My Classical Notes, we enjoy connecting with musicians on a world wide basis. Today  we feature Margriet Buchberger from Germany.

Margriet Buchberger studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan and completed her studies at the Würzburg Academy of Music. This was followed by repertoire study with Cheryl Studer, Krisztina Laki and Edita Gruberova. She received a scholarship from Mirella Freni at the Cubec Foundation for the support of young singers, was awarded the prize of the Bruno Frey Foundation for outstanding artistic achievements, and she also won a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Foundation.

Ms. Buchberger is in great demand throughout Europe especially as a performer of the baroque and classical repertoire. She performs regularly at the International Mozart association in Florence, in Rovereto, in Salzburg and at many other places.

She also performed at the Händel-Festspiele Halle, Antonio Vivaldi Foundation “Cini”  in Venice,  “stagione concertistica e sinfonica della Arena di Verona”,  with the “Musicians of the King’s Road” in Turku and Helsinki and  “Teatro La Fenice” in Venice among many others.  From 2007 – 2014 she taught at the Catholic University of Eichstätt.

Here is Ms. Buchberger, singing the music of Handel:

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For my friends in Houston, Texas: Here is a musical event that is sure to please:


Jones Hall, Houston, Texas

Address: 3910 Yoakum Blvd

Date: October 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman will present the following program:

Bach’s crowd-pleasing violin concerto

Robert Schumann’s rhythmic and rustic Fourth Symphony.

Mozart’s ingenious Symphony No. 40 in G-Minor

Pre-Concert Activities:

Attend the Prelude pre-concert discussion, held 45 minutes prior to each Classical concert. Prelude is led by our Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero, and sometimes features guest artists or orchestra members.

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Here is something unusual for you:


Sergei Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

  • Artur Balsam (piano), Zara Nelsova (cello)

Max Reger: Cello Suite No 2 in D minor, Op 131c No 2

  • Artur Balsam (piano), Zara Nelsova (cello)

Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8

  • Zara Nelsova (cello)
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Salzburg Festival Concerts

 Performed by the:

Wiener Philharmoniker, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, National Children´s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Pierre Boulez, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle

  • Release Date: 13th Jul 2018
  • Catalogue No: 746008
  • Label: C Major
  • Series: Salzburg Festival Opening Concerts

5 DVD Videos

Here is Simon Rattle conducting the National Children’s Orchestra:

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