💖s archives

We love sharing the best of classical music with you. Why not scroll back through our curated round-up of things we love?

For this year’s annual trip to the Swiss Alps, we asked some of your favorite Verbier stars a series of hard-hitting questions… First up? Daniil Trifonov tells us which kind of cheese he would be–and of course much more!

Let’s get this Verbier Festival Party started! The alpine extravaganza kicked off last night with an Opening Concert featuring Valery Gergiev and Kristóf Baráti. There’s much more excitement in store as the musical panorama unfolds… Discover the 2019 Verbier Festival program here.

“Just imagine a world without all this [music]. Impossible.” The legendary Zubin Mehta just conducted his last concert as Musical Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing his 50 year tenure to a close. Lahav Shani will be continuing his astonishing work with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra…

Happy 50th birthday to the legendary Jonas Kaufmann! You know just what to do to make audiences laugh, cry, and even throw underwear at you! We thought Italian was supposed to be the language of love?… Never change.

Celebrate 4th of July with iconic American music, side by side with your favorite artists—from Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato to Gerschwin and Bernstein, this is an All-American program the Founding Fathers would be proud of!… Expect fireworks!

It feels like only yesterday that the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition started! And today it’s great crescendo is coming to an end, with finals in all instruments… time flies when you’re having fun! Which competitiors’ names will go down in history? Make sure you’re with us for the results! And remember, all the performances will remain available in replay on!

On the occasion of his 200th birthday, we’re celebrating a composer whose trumpet is woefully under-blown. The most French of German composers, Offenbach was an all-round fantastic entertainer. Take the quiz, get in the party mood with the incomparable Orphée, or watch Offenbach’s last laugh

Less than a week to go until the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition kicks off in Moscow and St Petersburg! We’re streaming the ENTIRE competition FREE so there’s no excuse not to TCHaik it out!

Our friends at the Soundboard podcast interviewed Olga Kern this month. The award-winning pianist talks about her love of Rachmaninoff and a legendary moment we’ve been thinking about a lot lately as well: Van Cliburn’s historic win at the first-ever Tchaikovsky Competition… Go TCHeck out the dedicated #TCH16 website for the competition’s 16th installment!

For the second time, is the Official Webcast Partner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, and will be live streaming the event in its entirety. 231 talented young candidates, 520+ hours of live video content, and one of the biggest events in all of classical music—join us in Russia this June for #TCH16!

We’re thrilled for Lisette Oropesa, who yesterday won the prestigious 2019 Richard Tucker Award. Here’s Lisette being charming in a delightful school scene from Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.

She’ll be featured at the Richard Tucker Opera Gala at Carnegie Hall later this year, but in the meantime why not watch last year’s concert? >

Conductor extraordinaire Herbert von Karajan made his mark on music. In his lifetime alone, he sold over 100 million copies of some 800 recordings in concert and opera. He truly was #TheBoss

From April 15, will be streaming 43 exclusive remastered Karajan works! > The mastro like you’ve never seen or heard him before. Be there.

Today two hashtags collided this March on with International Women’s Day’s #BalanceforBetter campaign and the #Berlioz150 celebrations! Here Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki takes up the helm of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.
PS. We love the female representation in the brass section!
Check out our playlist of inspirational women in classical music >

What a touching tribute to Nikolaus Harnoncourt! As the musicians of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe describe, the things he said about music “stay with you, they don’t make an impression that lasts a few days—they’re lifelasting… His desire to uncover music, and to clear away the varnish of the centuries of performance to uncover what was very pure and very beautiful and very strong.” See our collection of Harnoncourt videos >

We reacted to the sad news that the passionate and personable André Previn passed on last week by listening to him describe the joy he found in leading an orchestra, in building a shared musical—and human!—experience…

[CLASSICAL MUSIC X TECH] Ever wonder what would happen if you asked a computer to come up with an end for an unfinished masterwork? Huawei enlisted AI—with an assist from a human composer—to find out with Schubert’s Symphony No. 8! > Click here to watch Daniel Barenboim conduct the real thing, as Schubert wrote it

We just can’t get over Daniil Trifonov’s triumphant tour de force performance this past Saturday at Carnegie Hall 🤩 Here he is playing what The New York Times referred to as, “the manic concluding movement, his playing exhilarating one moment, terrifying the next”… > Click here to watch the full recital!

We can’t wait to see the New York Philharmonic’s new “Project 19” initiative come to life next season! 💯 > Click here to check out our playlist of Inspirational Women in Classical Music!

Gustavo Dudamel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week and we couldn’t be prouder 😍 Don’t miss his acceptance speech, full of his trademark optimism and humour! “Who could imagine that a child from a working class family… whose only marketable skill is waving a stick in the air, could be standing here today….” > Click here to see Gustavo Dudamel in action!

Congratulations to our friend Plácido Domingo on receiving the first ever (!) Honorary Fellowship of the Opera Awards Foundation! We couldn’t describe his contribution better than Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and Zubin Mehta do in this documentary… > Click here to read our profile.

December 2018

We’re thrilled to learn that Esa-Pekka Salonen will be taking over the reins at the San Francisco Symphony!  We can’t wait to see what he and his innovative circle of eight interdisciplinary collaborators will bring to the table…

“I really felt that everything I had been thinking about — my ideas about an orchestra as an institution, my ideas about tech and music, my ideas about repertoire and how I would like to position the orchestra within the community — it just resonated.” – Salonen, in an interview with The New York Times‘s Michael Cooper

November 2018

“Every child should have access to music and to art. That is the dream… And it’s not naive. It’s simple, but that’s is the most beautiful thing.” We couldn’t agree with Gustavo Dudamel more!

10 years already?! We’re so thrilled to have been able to share this decade of music, passion, and emotion with you. Don’t miss a beat of our 10th-anniversary programming, starting Monday!

We love it when classical musicians pop up on the small screen! Don’t miss the great Itzak Perlman’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, celebrating the 60th anniversary (!) of his performance on The Ed Sullivan Show at age 13…

In honor of Edgar Moreau’s live concert with Tugan Sokhiev and the ONCT on November 5th, we couldn’t help but think back to this charming interview he did with us at the Verbier Festival this summer! (Performance available here >)

October 2018

We love Lahav Shani’s primer on Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7! Listen to it through new ears thanks to his passionate and expert commentary. (Bruckner 7 performances available here >)

Javier Camarena’s charming anecdote at the Richard Tucker Gala 2018! Who knew a story about a break-in could be so heartwarming? (Replay of the full gala available here >)

A fascinating interview with Barbara Hannigan at Stockholm’s Kungl. Musikaliska Akademien:

Counting down the days to the 2018 Richard Tucker Gala! (Replay now available here >)

Remembering the iconic Montserrat Caballé (Watch the full documentary here >)

Lahav Shani takes to the podium as the new music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra! (Catch his inaugural concert, now on replay here >)