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Attend a Verbier Festival concert for free -- at your computer

Some very cool musical things show up online, as you know, and I'm not just talking about YouTube (although there's enough classical treasure on that site to occupy months of viewing). I just came across what seems too good to be true -- live concerts from the high-profile Verbier Festival in Switzerland, available for free viewing through August.

As I write this, I'm still in the midst of an hour-plus, crisply filmed and warmly recorded performance by Vadim Repin, Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang, the latter not particularly known for doing chamber music. Their program is Rachmaninoff's Trio élégiaque and Tchaikovsky's mighty A minor Trio. I'm quite impressed with the ...

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tightness and expressive vitality of the playing (and I just minimize the screen whenever Lang Lang's trademark bouncing around gets to be too much).

DG, which will release a studio recording on Oct. 20., has teamed with Medici TV to make a video stream of this concert available on the Web until Aug. 31. Although I haven't had time to explore the other Verbier performances that, apparently, are likewise available for viewing this month, they look very appetizing: a recital by Yuja Wang, and portions of the Brahms Violins Concerto with Repin and a Don Giovanni with Rene Pape. Click here for your free journey to this very tony festival.

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