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Beethoven – Symphony n.1

A dominant seventh chord that made history: this is how Beethoven’s first symphony begins.

Weber – Euryanthe Overture

With the opera Euryanthe, Weber, a contemporary of Beethoven, aimed at the close union of arts already advocated by Hoffmann. A concept largely inherited by Wagner.

Wagner – Parsifal Prelude to Act 1

The very first phrase of Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 of Parsifal holds in itself the germs of dramatically important leitmotifs recurring throughout the whole opera: the Redemption, the Wound, and the spear motif.

Beethoven – Leonore overture n.3

Leonore 3, one of the 4 overtures Beethoven wrote for his only opera Fidelio, is a huge symphonic fresco, often programmed as a standalone concert piece

Josef Suk – Serenade for strings

Josef Suk – Serenade for strings

A prominent figure in the Czech musical world, Josef Suk was acclaimed by some of the greatest composers of his time like Brahms and Dvořák. His string serenade is to this day one of the audiences’ favorites.

Mozart – Symphony n.36 “Linz”

Mozart – Symphony n.36 “Linz”

A masterpiece written in 4 days: Mozart’s Linz symphony breaks the conventions with the Haffner and sets the tone for his latest symphonies

Brahms – Symphony n.1 Movement 4

Brahms – Symphony n.1 Movement 4

As with the first movement, Brahms begins the 4th movement of his first symphony with an introduction in C minor. The grandiosity of the musical gesture gives us a taste of what’s to come.

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