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2010 Nobel Prize Concert at

World-renowned American violinist Joshua Bell performed Tchaikovsky’s unabashedly romantic Violin Concerto in D at the annual Nobel Prize Concert, held on December 8 at the Stockholm Konzerthuset.  That concert was recorded live and will be available for free streaming beginning Friday, December 10 at www.medici.tvSakari Oramo conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in a program that features Sibelius’s craggy, majestic Symphony No. 5.  The 2010 Nobel Prize Concert will also be available for 60 days of free streaming-on-demand at
Soon after, Bell will be featured on another program at, once again playing a great masterpiece for violin and orchestra.  The concert on December 17 from the Cité de la Musique in Paris will be webcast live (and available soon after for video-on-demand streaming) and features Bell performing Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 – complete with Bell’s own cadenza, written for the occasion – with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  The program, which also presents a waltz by Glinka and Schubert’s Third Symphony, can also be watched at the website
With each live webcast at, more music lovers around the world learn how to experience superlative classical music and opera performances 24 hours a day in the comfort and intimacy of their own homes.  Recent programs made available at for streaming on demand include Giorgio Strehler’s legendary production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro from the Opéra National de Paris (available through Dec 31) and the Paris-based Ebène Quartet performing its genre-bending “Fiction” program.
On December 16 – just in time for the holiday season – Serge Baudo conducts Berlioz’s luminous oratorio, L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ), which will be webcast live from the Auditorium de Lyon and available afterwards for streaming on demand. is also home to a complete Mahler Symphonies cycle available for streaming on demand until June 2011.  The programs mark the twin occasions of the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth and the centenary of his death, as well as Christoph Eschenbach’s 70th birthday.’s Mahler cycle features Eschenbach, one of the world’s pre-eminent Mahler conductors, leading the Orchestre de Paris in performances recorded over the past three seasons (available until June 2011).
Additional information about these programs follows below.
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Upcoming live events, webcast free on
Thursday, December 16 at 6:30pm – live
Auditorium de Lyon
Orchestre National de Lyon; Choeurs et Solistes de Lyon-Bernard Tétu / Serge Baudo
Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)
Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) is perfect holiday listening, especially for those who prefer to forego the season’s ubiquitous performances of Handel’s Messiah (gorgeous though it is).  Conductor Serge Baudo conducts the Choir and Soloists of Lyon-Bernard Tétu in a performance webcast live at on Thursday, December 16 at 6:30pm, which will be available afterwards for streaming on demand.  Described by Berlioz as a “sacred trilogy,” the work for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra is based on the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt.  Unlike so many of the French composer’s works, L’enfance met with great success at its premiere in Paris in 1855.  Some commentators were relieved to hear a Berlioz score free of bombast, and congratulated the composer on his radically new style.  Berlioz rejected the notion, however, explaining, “The subject naturally lent itself to a gentle and simple style of music, and for that reason alone was more in accordance with their taste and intelligence.”
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Some concerts to watch again, free of charge, at


Marking the twin occasions of the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth and the centenary of his death, as well as Christoph Eschenbach’s 70th birthday,’s Mahler cycle features Eschenbach, one of the world’s pre-eminent Mahler conductors, leading the Orchestre de Paris in performances recorded over the past three seasons.  From the hushed and portentous sounds of nature that open the First Symphony, to the heart-wrenching leave-taking in the finale of the Ninth, Eschenbach’s Mahler cycle is an unforgettable musical and spiritual journey.  Mahler’s Nine Symphonies are available for streaming at, as well as at and, until June 2011.
Giorgio Strehler’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro debuted 37 years ago in Paris.  The current revival of the production – filmed by Don Kent – was broadcast on French TV network France 3 in early November, when it met with great success.  Conductor Philippe Jordan, Music Director of Opéra de Paris, leads a superb cast including Ludovic Tézier as Count Almaviva, Barbara Frittoli as Countess Almaviva, Ekaterina Syurina as Susanna, Luca Pisaroni as Figaro, and Karine Deshayes as Cherubino.  The program debuted at on November 22 and is available for free-of-charge streaming there, and at, until December 31.
The Paris-based Ebène Quartet performs its genre-bending “Fiction” program, which features improvisations and arrangements of themes from film soundtracks, jazz standards, and rock classics, with special guest artists Stacey Kent, Natalie Dessay, and Luz Casal.  The program was recorded live from Paris’s famed Folies Bergère.
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