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Music Online: Classical Music in Video

Music Online: Classical Music in Video, Volumes I & II deliver a rich collection of influential performances and documentaries spanning eras and demonstrating classical music’s dynamic evolution.  From canonical masters of the past to modern composers, these volumes showcase the continuous evolution of classical music across time.



Featuring major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances as well documentaries and interviews with master teachers from around the world, these collections encompass the works of classical music giants who have profoundly shaped the genre. The highly acclaimed and diverse artists featured in these volumes bring their unique styles and contributions to the classical music world, creating a rich tapestry of musical experiences.  Additionally, the included documentaries, masterclasses, and interviews, allow users to dive deeper and offer perspectives on the influential figures in classical music history. 

Music Online: Classical Music in Video, Volume I  

Represents the most well-known and respected composers in the cannon including Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Verdi, Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Wagner. 
Featured artists include Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Martha Argerich, András Schiff, Renée Fleming, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Vladimir Horowitz, and Yehudi Menuhin. 
Volume I includes a variety of genres such as opera, concertos, symphonies, sonatas, suites, string quartets, songs, waltzes, documentaries, cantatas, etudes, tangos, operettas, solos, musicals, overtures, fantasies, piano trios, mazurkas, anthems, motets, tone poems, hymns, oratorios, partitas, ballets, electro-acoustic pieces, fugues, and percussion pieces.  

Volume I Featured Titles:

  • Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major (2012) - led by Baroque specialist Ton Koopman conducting from the harpsichord, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra presents four delightful performance programs, showcasing their expertise in authentic renditions on fine reproduction period instruments.

  • Barockstar: George Frideric Handel (2009) – a captivating documentary journey through baroque Europe, featuring stars and specialists from today's baroque music scene, alongside descendants of Handel's friends and sponsors, sharing their encounters with the maestro and his music. Performances by The English Concert, Handelfestspielorchester Halle, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Il Complesso Barocco.

  • John Cage: Journeys in Sound (2012) – features rare archival footage from America, Germany, and Japan, presenting concert excerpts and short stories with associates of Cage and contemporary artists like Yoko Ono, David Tudor, Christian Wolff, and more. Awarded “best documentary” at Golden Prague Festival 2012 and best educational program at FIFA. 

Music Online: Classical Music in Video, Volume II 

This collection continues the rich tradition of Vol. I, featuring a diverse range of musical performances showcasing classical concerto, orchestral, and choral music from the Romantic period to the Contemporary period. It features some of the world's most renowned artistic companies across various musical genres.  Supplementary documentaries offer in-depth insights, historical context, and behind-the-scenes perspectives making this volume an ideal resource for those studying music performance, musicology, history of music, interpretation of classical works, and music appreciation at all levels. 

Volume II Featured Titles:

  • The Labèque Way (2015)— Part classical, part avant-garde, part flamenco, the legendary piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque are impossible to label. The Labèque Way follows these unique artists as they trace their Basque roots, playing Ravel´s Bolero with traditional Basque. 

  • Ukrainian Rhapsody (2017) - this documentary uncovers the hidden musical treasures of Ukrainian composers and classical music, with unique archive material intertwining to tell a story of resilience amidst a country under attack.  

  • Dracula (2017) — in one of the first of its kind, late French composer Pierre Henry ingeniously combines Richard Wagner's music and horror film soundtracks, brought to life by the orchestra Le Balcon in a captivating canon-like merry-go-round performance. 

Music Online: Classical Music in Video, Volume III  

Music Online: Classical Music in Video, Volume III delves into the realm of musical compositions predominantly from the Baroque to Romantic periods, featuring a curated selection of performances and documentaries from esteemed video partners. This collection highlights the progression of classical music, encompassing masterpieces from renowned composers performed by world-class artists. 

In addition to the performances, Volume III includes supplementary documentaries, directed by acclaimed filmmakers, that provide invaluable insights into the lives of composers, the historical contexts surrounding their works, and the progression of musical techniques and styles during these periods. 


Included in Music and Dance Online