Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner's (born on May 22th 1813 in Leipzig) music dramas had an extremely polarizing effect on his contemporaries. While half the public was completely drawn into the emotional power of his works, the other half found his music and his...  more

Prelude to "Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg" (Dresden)

Wayne Oquin

With recognition in Gramophone, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The San Francisco Examiner, Symphony Magazine, Texas Monthly, Time Out New York, and the Washington Post, Wayne Oquin has earned substantial attention among today’s young American...  more

"Echoes of a Solitary Voice"

Shortly before his passing in 2014, Maestro Maazel began to compose a short work commissioned by the Malko Competition, the most prestigious international competition for young conductors. Later, his wife Dietlinde Turban Maazel, found only a...

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Lorin Maazel

For over five decades, Lorin Maazel has been one of the world’s most esteemed and sought-after conductors. A second-generation American born in Paris, Lorin Maazel began violin lessons at the age of five, and conducting lessons at seven. He studied...  more

"The Giving Tree" , Opus 15

The Giving Tree was composed in 1998 to a text by Shel Silverstein, whose illustrated 1964 book of the same title has become one of the most popular (and at times controversial) children's books of our time. It received its premiere in April of that...

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Intermission

Dmitrij Schostakowitsch

Russian composer Dmitrij Schostakowitsch, born on September 25th 1906 in St. Petersburg, was in a difficult artistic position. He was severely restricted in his artistic freedom by the severe strictures of the Soviet Union's cultural ideologues and...  more

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 47

After Shostakovitch had been accused of "sinister degeneracy” and "petit-bourgeois formalism” by the leading Soviet newspaper Pravda in response to his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk, he decided to give into the culture-political dictatorship of the...

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare's profound musicianship, technical brilliance and charismatic presence on the podium has elevated him as one of the most sought after young conductors, working regularly with the world's leading orchestras. The...  more

Michael Hell, cello

Michael Hell was born into a musical family in Vienna and studied violoncello at the Vienna Academy, from which he graduated with honors in 1980. Since 1981 he has been solo cellist of the Munich Philharmonic. Hell plays cello duets with Werner...  more

Dietlinde Turban Maazel, speaker

Dietlinde Turban Maazel’s first stage appearance at the age of 19 as Gretchen in Goethe’s Faust at the Residenztheater in Munich brought her national fame. In rapid succession she starred in Lessing’s Minna von Barnhelm (as Minna), Shakespeare’s...  more