25 Years of Europakonzert: 1991–2015 | Euroarts 2426098

25 Years of Europakonzert: 1991–2015

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Label: Euroarts

Cat No: 2426098

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 25

Release Date: 20th May 2016

Contents

Artists

Berliner Philharmoniker
Leonidas Kavakos
Truls Mork
Placido Domingo
Bruno Canino
Anatoli Kotscherga
Kolja Blacher
Marie Alexis
Maria Wieslander
Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Eike Wilm Schulte
Gil Shaham
Maria Joao Pires
Radek Baborak
Lisa Batiashvili
Alisa Weilerstein
Juan Manuel Canizares

Conductors

Simon Rattle
Claudio Abbado
Pierre Boulez
Gustavo Dudamel
Bernard Haitink
Mariss Jansons
Zubin Mehta
Riccardo Muti
Daniel Barenboim

Artists

Berliner Philharmoniker
Leonidas Kavakos
Truls Mork
Placido Domingo
Bruno Canino
Anatoli Kotscherga
Kolja Blacher
Marie Alexis
Maria Wieslander
Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Eike Wilm Schulte
Gil Shaham
Maria Joao Pires
Radek Baborak
Lisa Batiashvili
Alisa Weilerstein
Juan Manuel Canizares

Conductors

Simon Rattle
Claudio Abbado
Pierre Boulez
Gustavo Dudamel
Bernard Haitink
Mariss Jansons
Zubin Mehta
Riccardo Muti
Daniel Barenboim

About

Every year on 1 May, the Berliner Philharmoniker present the famous Europakonzert (European Concert). Taking place in a different European city each year, the concert not only celebrates the orchestra’s birthday, but also Europe’s shared cultural heritage. The first concert took place on 1 May 1991, and EuroArts has been a solid partner right from the start, accompanying the orchestra on the inaugural concert and – indeed – all others since then.


All 25 performances are now available in a carefully curated and designed box, featuring the Berliner Philharmoniker with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta, as well as soloists like Leonidas Kavakos, Truls Mørk, Plácido Domingo and Lisa Batiashvili. The DVDs also include exclusive bonus material as extras to many of the concerts.


Contents:


Europakonzert 2015 from Athens

Berliner Philharmoniker • Simon Rattle • Leonidas Kavakos • Directed by Henning Kasten

Gioacchino Rossini: “Semiramide” Overture

Jean Sibelius: The Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Johann Sebastian Bach: “Largo” from Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 “Rhenish”


Europakonzert 2014 from Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker  • Daniel Barenboim • Directed by Henning Kasten

Otto Nicolai: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

Edward Elgar: Falstaff, Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Bonus: Interview with Daniel Barenboim


Europakonzert 2013 from Prague

Berliner Philharmoniker • Simon Rattle • Magdalena Kožená • Directed by Henning Kasten

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Antonín Dvořák: Biblical Songs Op. 99

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”


Europakonzert 2012 from Vienna

Berliner Philharmoniker • Gustavo Dudamel • Gautier Capuҫon • Directed by Henning Kasten

Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn in B flat Major, Op. 56a

Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


Europakonzert 2011 from Madrid

Berliner Philharmoniker • Simon Rattle • Juan Manuel Cañizares • Directed by Rhodri Huw

Emmanuel Chabrier: España

Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Bonus: Interview with Sir Simon Rattle


Europakonzert 2010 from Oxford

Berliner Philharmoniker •  Daniel Barenboim • Alisa Weilerstein • Directed by Rhodri Huw

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Prelude to Act 3)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68


Europakonzert 2009 from Naples

Berliner Philharmoniker • Riccardo Muti • Violeta Urmana • Directed by Michael Beyer

Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino: Overture

Giuseppe Martucci: La canzone dei ricordi

Franz Schubert: Symphony in C major “Great”


Europakonzert 2008 from Moscow

Berliner Philharmoniker • Simon Rattle • Vadim Repin • Directed by Michael Beyer 

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Max Bruch: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op.26

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Europakonzert 2007 from Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker • Simon Rattle • Lisa Batiashvili • Truls Mørk • Directed by Michael Beyer

Richard Wagner: Prelude to “Parsifal”

Johannes Brahms: Concerto for violin and cello in A minor, Op. 102 / Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


Europakonzert 2006 from Prague

Berliner Philharmoniker •  Daniel Barenboim • Radek Baborák • Directed by Bob Coles

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner” / Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482 / Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K. 412/514 (386b) / Symphony No.36 in C major, K. 425 “Linz”

Bonus: A Cultural Portrait of Prague


Europakonzert 2005 from Budapest

Berliner Philharmoniker • Simon Rattle • Leonidas Kavakos • Directed by Bob Coles

Hector Berlioz: Le Corsaire, Ouverture

Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird


Europakonzert 2004 from Athens

Simon Rattle • Daniel Barenboim • Directed by Bob Coles

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op. 15 / Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25, Orchestration: Arnold Schoenberg 

Bonus: The European Concert in Olympic Athens


Europakonzert 2003 from Lisbon

Berliner Philharmoniker • Pierre Boulez • Maria João Pires • Directed by Bob Coles

Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

Claude Debussy: Fêtes (Trois Nocturnes)

Bonus: A Portrait of Lisbon


Europakonzert 2002 from Palermo

Berliner Philharmoniker • Claudio Abbado • Gil Shaham • Directed by Bob Coles

Ludwig van Beethoven: “Egmont” Overture, Op. 84

Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major , Op. 77

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 “From the New World”

Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to “Les Vêpres siciliennes“ • “I vespri siciliani”

Bonus: A Portrait of Palermo


Europakonzert 2001 from Istanbul

Berliner Philharmoniker • Mariss Jansons • Emmanuel Pahud

Joseph Haydn: Symphony in G major, Hob. I: 94 “Surprise”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No. 2 in D major, K. 314

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Bonus: A Portrait of Istanbul / Behind the Scenes


Europakonzert 2000 from Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker • Claudio Abbado • Swedish Radio Choir • Mikhail Pletnev • Directed by Bob Coles

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 / Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 12


Europakonzert 1999 from Krakow

Berliner Philharmoniker • Bernard Haitink • Christine Schäfer • Emanuel Ax • Directed by Bob Coles

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Motetus “Exsultate jubilate o vos animae beatae“ K. 165 / Mass in C minor K. 427 / “Et incarnatus est (Credo)“

Frédéric Chopin: Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 “Spring Symphony


Europakonzert 1998 from Stockholm

Berliner Philharmoniker • Claudio Abbado • Swedish Radio Choir • Eric Ericson Chamber Choir • Directed by Bob Coles

Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer: Overture

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphonic Fantasia, Op. 18 “The Tempest “

Claude Debussy: Trois Nocturnes

Giuseppe Verdi: Quattro pezzi sacri


Europakonzert 1997 from Versailles

Berliner Philharmoniker • Daniel Barenboim • Directed by Brian Large

Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major KV 415

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op.55 “Eroica”


Europakonzert 1996 from St Petersburg

Berliner Philharmoniker • Claudio Abbado • Anatoli Kotscherga • Kolja Blacher • Drected by Brian Large

Sergei Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vyes tabor spit: Aleko‘s Cavatina

Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40 / Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 / Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op.92

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the flowers from The Nutcracker


Europakonzert 1995 from Florence

Berliner Philharmoniker • Zubin Mehta • Sarah Chang • Directed by Brian Large

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio: Overture, Op 72b 

Boris Blacher: Orchestra Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 26

Niccolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6: Allegro Maestoso

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka Burlesque in four Scenes

Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor


Europakonzert 1994 from Meiningen

Berliner Philharmoniker • Claudio Abbado • Daniel Barenboim  Directed by Brian Large 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 73

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73


Europakonzert 1993 from London

Berliner Philharmoniker • Bernard Haitink • Frank Peter Zimmermann • Directed by Brian Large

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture / Waltz of the Flowers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 3 in G major for violin and orchestra K. 216

Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps


Europakonzert 1992 from Madrid

Berliner Philharmoniker • Daniel Barenboim • Plácido Domingo • Directed by Brian Large

Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino: Overture / Don Carlos: “Io l’ho perduta!”

Hector Berlioz: La damnation de Faust: Marche Hongroise / Invocation à la Nature

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished):

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I / Die Walküre: “Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond” / Götterdämmerung: Tagesgrauen, Sonnenaufgang, voller Tag, Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt, Siegfrieds Tod, Trauermarsch, Schlussszene


Europakonzert 1991 from Prague

Berliner Philharmoniker • Claudio Abbado • Cheryl Studer • Bruno Canino • 

Directed by Brian Large

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni / Symphony No. 29 in A major KV 201/ Recitative and Rondo, KV 505 / Symphony No. 35 in D major KV 385 ”Haffner“


Total running time: 41 hours 7 minutes

Reviews

Though some of the performances are far more memorable than others, it makes for a fascinating collection. The recordings are generally first-rate, and are blissfully free of video gimmicks, voiceover introductions or commentaries, though there are no subtitles or printed texts for the vocal works. It’s the performances pure and simple, though a few of the discs include additional short documentary films about the cities in which the concerts took place. … There are, though, very special things here, especially in some of the 1990s Abbado concerts. The first Europa Concert, given in the Smetana Hall in Prague in 1991, is an all-Mozart programme, in which Abbado achieves chamber-music-like lightness and transparency in Symphonies Nos 29 and 35; three years later, he accompanies Barenboim on fine pianistic form in Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, while his last appearance in the series is in the 2002 concert from the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, in which an encore of the overture to Verdi’s Vespri Siciliani (after Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony) brings the audience to its feet.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 24 June 2016

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