Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas
21.04.2014 01:35 - 02:20 ARTE
2010 marked the 300th anniversary of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710 – 1784), the eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach. On the occassion of this event the Bachchor Mainz celebrates the rediscovery of his cantatas in the impressive Augustinerkirche in Mainz.
While rather unknown today, Wilhelm Friedemann was one of the most outstanding but at the same time headstrong composers of his times. Since World War Second however, many of his works had been missing and were amazingly found by the renowned Bach researcher Christoph Wolff (Harvard) in Kiev (Ukraine) in 1999. For the musical world, the rediscovery of these musically and technically highly sophisticated compositions means a sensation. The performance of these 4 beautiful cantatas is a fascinating insight into the composer’s works, which were written for Christmas and Ascension, attest to the technical and musical virtuosity of J.S Bach’s eldest son.
Dorothee Mields (soprano) │ Gerhild Romberger (alto) │ Georg Poplutz (tenor) │Klaus Mertens (bass)
A production of accentus music in co-production with ZDF, in co-operation with arte.
21 April 2014, 01:35 - 02:20, arte
W. A. Mozart: The two last symphonies.
27.04.2014 18:05 - 19:10 arte
Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic take on a myth with their complete performance of the last three symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
To this day we still don’t know for what occasion they were written, when they were first performed, or even whether the composer himself ever heard them. For the Romantics, these two scores represent Mozart’ legacy to posterity – but for Rattle they signify an interpretive challenge of the first order: “Here human emotions are pushed to the absolute extreme,” he explains. Mozart’s music is for him in any case incomparable: “It is deeply emotional and passionate and dark and dangerous and cheerful like no other music that has ever been written. If you approach it with caution, you really have a problem. Everything in this music is so natural that you have to forget the rules.”
W. A. Mozart: K. 543 – Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 – Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 “Jupiter”
Directed by Michael Beyer.
A production of accentus music, in Co-production with ARTE France.
27 April 2014, 18:05 - 19:10, arte
IN BETWEEN: Isang Yun in North and South Korea
28.04.2014 00:05 arte
This documentary, filmed in North and South Korea, explores whether music can overcome the boundaries of a divided country. There is one figure of the two Koreas, whose outstanding biography in itself forms a bridge between both worlds: The Korean composer Isang Yun, one of the very few people acknowledged on both sides. The film traces the course of a life that has been interpreted in different ways, examining the worlds of North and South Korean music and in this way taking the viewer on an exciting journey through two political systems that Isang Yun spent his life trying to reconcile.
At first sight Germany and Korea have little in common, and yet the end of the Second World War ensured that both these countries, with their widely differing cultures, became scenes of conflict between two very different systems. Unlike Germany, Korea remains ideologically divided and as a result is one of the last places on earth where the Cold War continues to be waged. In spite of this there was one artist who was able to build a bridge between these cultures: the composer Isang Yun. Yun is one of the most interesting figures in the history of the two Koreas as he is one of the few people to be acknowledged on both sides of the 38th parallel. His music is now performed equally in North and South Korea. Each country
has its own Isang Yun Festival and Chamber Orchestra, and his life and works are the object of scholarly research on both sides of the border. And yet there is almost no exchange of ideas between the two countries, each of which claims to have its own particular “truth” about this exceptional Korean musician. This documentary retraces the trajectory of a life that has been interpreted in many different ways, taking the viewer into the worlds of North and South Korean music and accompanying us on an exciting exploration of two political systems between which Isang Yun spent his whole life trying to mediate from his base in Berlin.
A film by Maria Stodtmeier
A production of Accentus Music, in Coproduction with ZDF/arte, supported by Mitteldeutsche Medienföderung.
28 April 2014, 00:05 - 01:00, arte