Richard Strauss

The composer Richard Strauss, born on June 11th 1864 in Munich, was one of the most multi-faceted musical personalities of the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. While his early works were couched in traditional classic forms and genres, in...  more

"Don Juan", Opus 20

Composed in 1888, "Don Juan", Opus 20, is Richard Strauss´s third symphonic tone poem based on a specific subject. As a general heading, Strauss preceded this composition with three paragraphs from Nicolaus Lenau´s "dramatic poem" written in 1844...


Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel, born on March 7th 1875 in Ciboure, Basses-Pyrénées, is one of the 20th century composers who worked less as destroyers than as renewers of traditional forms and techniques. His great role model was Mozart, but he likewise had great...  more

Concert for the Left Hand for Piano and Orchestra in D major


Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven, born in December 1770 in Bonn into a musical family, attracted attention early in his life thanks to his outstanding musical talent. In 1792 the Prince Elector of Bonn sent him to Vienna to enable him to perfect his knowledge...  more

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 "Eroica"

With his Third Symphony, Beethoven set a milestone at the dawn of the great epoch of classical-romantic symphonic writing. The dimensions alone were new and unfamiliar for his contemporaries – with a duration of a full hour, it was almost twice as...


Valery Gergiev, conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. He performs throughout the world each season...  more