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Songs Of Love & Desire - New Year's Eve Concert 1998


Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4550   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGeorges BizetGiuseppe VerdiPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christine SchäferSimon KeenlysideMarcelo AlvarezMirella Freni
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Love is the theme of this extraordinary 1998 New Year‘s Eve Concert. And who wrote better music about love than Mozart and Verdi? The Berliner Philharmoniker is conducted by Maestro Claudio Abbado and he has chosen two of the best Mozart interpreters of our day, Christine Schäfer and Simon Keenlyside, for this traditionally meaningful event.

Marcelo Álvarez from Argentina, compared by some to a young Plácido Domingo, sings highlights of the tenor repertoire, and Italian Prima-donna Mirella Freni tops the occasion with a breathtaking performance of the Letter scene of Tchaikovsky‘s Eugene Onegin.

Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 89 minutes
Color: Color
Format:
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Works on This Recording

1. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Don Giovanni, K 527: Finch' han dal vino [Brindisi] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. German Dances (3), K 605: no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8. L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 4th movement, Carillon by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 4th movement, Farandole by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
10. La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
11. Rigoletto: E' il sol dell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor), Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che m'acchiave quell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
16. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Polonaise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
17. La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor),
Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonic Hall, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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