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amarcord - The Book of Madrigals

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The a cappella ensemble amarcord presents magnificent compositions from the European Renaissance by Dowland, di Lasso, Gabrieli, Gesualdo, Josquin and many others.

Sounds of the Sidewalk On the Road with Buskers A four-part documentary series about virtuosos in the street

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You can find them standing in walkways, in front of bars or in the Paris metro, playing rock music, classical, Latin American or Caribbean rhythms on the world’s largest public stage: the street. This series Sounds of the Sidewalk” is dedicated to street musicians in Europe "on the road" with buskers, artists of life, dropouts, and virtuosos. In this format, stories of talents and the characters behind them are found on the street.

Festive Christmas Music Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie, Thomas Clamor Ruth Ziesak, soproano

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Christmas in the Erzgebirge region is one of Saxony’s most treasured traditions. Its unique celebrations include numerous customs focusing on music. The Renaissance town of Marienberg is at the very heart of the historic Erzgebirge: It forms the setting for a concert of classical and seasonal works with Germany’s prestigious Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie; an exquisite ensemble of wind instruments, pairing up with Germany’s leading youth choir, the Rundfunk-Jugendchor Wernigerode, as well as prominent soprano Ruth Ziesak.

Riccardo Chailly A Portrait

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Riccardo Chailly, born in Milan in 1953, is one of the most exciting musicians of our time. This first portrait features him working with “his” Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and rehearsing a new Bohème production at Palau de les Arts in Valencia.

Krzysztof Penderecki / 80th Birthday Gala Concert

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Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Krzysztof Urbański and many more.
A birthday gala for Poland’s best-known living composer: International stars celebrated the 80th anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki in 2013 with a special gala with himself in attendance. 

In Between - The Composer Isang Yun in North and South Korea

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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.

Mahler 9 Riccardo Chailly & Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

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A highlight of the Mahler cycle is the Ninth. It was the last symphony Mahler was able to complete in his lifetime and is one of the most complex compositions of his oeuvre.

W.A. Mozart – The Three Last Symphonies / Simon Rattle & Berliner Philharmoniker

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Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic take on a myth with their complete performance of the last three symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Giuseppe Verdi / Viva Verdi A Celebration Gala at NCPA in Beijing From the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

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Celebrating Verdi’s bi-centenary, the spectacular National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing hosted a unique Gala Concert, produced by Accentus Music: An international cast of renowned European and Chinese singers and the NCPA orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor Lu Jia presented a wide selection of Verdi opera classics. “Viva Verdi” was directed and staged by the multi talented Verdi specialist Hugo de Ana, acclaimed for exquisite scenery sets as well as for his extraordinary lighting design.

Brahms, Schönberg, Beethoven Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra Mihoko Fujimura

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In 2013, Lucerne was celebrating: the renowned Lucerne Festival turned 75 after it was launched in 1938 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. In addition, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra celebrated its tenth anniversary with its founder Claudio Abbado – who turned 80 in 2013. 

75 Years of Lucerne Festival

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The fascinating Story of a Unique Festival
A collage of historic images, recent concert recordings and interviews with protagonists of then and now, this one-hour documentary spans a wide arc from the founding days, through history’s trials and tribulations to the overwhelming success of recent years and offers an inside glimpse into the 75 years of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

Happy Birthday Claudio Abbado

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On the occasion of Claudio Abbado’s 80th birthday in June 2013, this special feature offers an inside look into his work with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.

J.S. Bach / Mass in B minor St. Thomas Boys Choir / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Georg Christoph Biller, Conductor

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The Mass in B Minor, Bach's last completed vocal work as well as the climax of his creativity, reveals the overwhelming wealth of his compositional skills. In the history of music it ranks highly, as the "Montblanc of church music" (Franz Liszt) - composed during Bach's time as cantor at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Performed in this important composer’s domain, the Mass in B Minor casted a spell over its listeners as the crowning glory of the Leipzig Bach Festival in 2013. Under the direction of Bach's successor Georg Christoph Biller, the St. Thomas Boys Choir and an outstanding soloist quintet perform with the prestigious Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, playing on authentic period instruments.

Mahler 5 Riccardo Chailly & Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

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After the successful recordings of Mahler 2, 4, 6 and 8, ACCENTUS Music will continue Riccardo Chailly’s highly acclaimed Mahler Cycle with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in 2013 with the production of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Edvard Grieg - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A Minor Riccardo Chailly & Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig Lars Vogt

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The internationally acclaimed pianist Lars Vogt, performing together with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under the baton of Riccardo Chailly one of the most popular classical works ever written: Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor.

Giuseppe Verdi / Nabucco From the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing with Plácido Domingo

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To celebrate Verdi’s 200th anniversary, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing premiered a spectacular new production of Nabucco in a breathtaking setting, presenting a globally renowned cast and crew. Nabucco was shown in China for the first time, starring the legendary Plácido Domingo in the lead role, marking his Chinese opera debut with a successful change to a Baritone. “A triumph.” (GBOpera)

Wagner in Switzerland / Wesendonck Lieder / Siegfried Idyll

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“Wagner in Switzerland” is shot at unique historical sites and explores Richard Wagner’s life at Tribschen: Concerts at the composer’s villa are complemented by documentary elements offer insight into Wagner’s life at Tribschen. It features soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing his “Siegfried Idyll” at the very place where he premiered it on the staircase in 1870 as a birthday present to his wife Cosima. A special treat will be mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman and pianist Eduard Kutrowatz interpreting the “Wesendonck Songs” in the original version for female voice and piano in the villa’s salon.

Crossing Borders Daniel Barenboim on Music A three part Documentary

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This three-part documentary accompanies Daniel Barenboim on his quest into the social meaning of music and the secrets of sound. It features him as a UN Messenger of Peace leading a spectacular concert in Gaza, working with the West-Eastern-Divan-Orchestra and conducting the Cairo Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. In addition, the programme opens up a fascinating cultural discourse by depicting Barenboim discussing Wagner, politics and music. Also featured discussing these subjects are figures, who have shaped contemporary history, among others Pierre Boulez, Joschka Fischer and Richard von Weizsäcker.

Giacomo Puccini / La Bohème

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The musical notes of this Puccini masterpiece provide the starting point and foundation for a new, highly successful collaboration between Riccardo Chailly and Davide Livermore. In their interpretation, there is "no moment, no movement, that goes against the musical meaning" (R. Chailly). The result is an energetic, authentic, and atmospherically strong Bohème, "in which every sacred phrase receives its own orchestral colour, its own dynamic and its own expression." (Corriere della Sera)

Mahler 6 / Riccardo Chailly & Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

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In September 2012, Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra continued their successful Mahler cycle and presented Mahler’s 6th Symphony at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Riccardo Chailly & Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig / Nikolaj Znaider

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The Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is featuring Nicolaj Znaider, whom the “Daily Telepraph” describes as “the most stimulating young musician playing today, drawing on musical intelligence, perception and dynamism to give performances of rare intensity."

Moving to Modern Times / Simon Rattle & Berliner Philharmoniker

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Wagner – Debussy – Ravel – Sibelius - Ligeti

At the Lucerne Festival 2012, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker continued their cycle: “Moving to Modern Times”. The evening started off with György Ligeti’s “Atmosphères” fading into Richard Wagner’s Overture to Lohengrin. Jean Sibelius’ 4th Symphony followed and the audience then enjoyed Claude Debussy’s “Jeux” and Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé”. Sir Simon Rattle challenged the audience by stretching the musical arc from Wagner to Ligeti: an exciting programme combination resulting in one of the highlights of this festival.

Mozart: Requiem / Beethoven: Egmont - Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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Lucerne Festival 2012 was dedicated to the relationship of music and hope. In the opening concert, Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchera presented Mozart's Requiem as well as the Beethoven's Incidental Music to Goethe's tragedy Egmont. With Juliane Banse, Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Maximilian Schmitt and René Pape as soloists and Bruno Ganz as narrator, this concert was once again a special musical experience of highest artistic quality.

John Cage - Journeys in Sound

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A Zen master or an expert on chance? A specialist in mushrooms or a per­formance artist? The inventor of new sounds or a cook? An author or an anarchist? John Cage was all of these things.

Mahler 4 - Riccardo Chailly and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

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The Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and its Music Director Riccardo Chailly have acquired legendary status with acclaimed concert tours and glorious reviews testifying to their continued success. Chailly and his orchestra began in May 2011 with celebrated concert performances of Mahler 2 and 8 at the prestigious International Mahler Festival in Leipzig.

Maurice Ravel - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major Riccardo Chailly & Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig / Hélène Grimaud

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A unique concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra led by Riccardo Chailly with soloist Hélène Grimaud performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. This piece is the perfect match for this enthusiastic ensemble – one of Europe’s finest orchestras with their energetic maestro and the passionate Grimaud. The “Tagesspiegel” enthusiastically praised how „Hélène Grimaud played this devilishly difficult piece with a lightness... which made you only want to hear it performed by her. She conveyed an encounter with Ravel’s music with an intensity and presence, which completely bewitched.“

St. Matthew Passion - St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig

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ACCENTUS Music proudly presents Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion - live from St. Thomas Church Leipzig. The concert will be performed by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the St Thomas Boys Choir and a team of acclaimed soloists conducted by Thomaskantor, Georg Christoph Biller.

DIE THOMANER - A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig

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In March 2012 the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig celebrates its 800th anniversary - promptly for this unique centenary anniversary the choir appears in a full-length documentary film on the big screen for the first time. Through their personal stories, a sensitive portrayal of the St. Thomas Boys emerges, which raises questions about the fascination of the traditional ensemble.

Tango Buenos Aires - Café de los Maestros & Friends

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The most renowned stars of the Argentinean tango scene perform in and at the same time celebrate the centenary of the famous ballroom “El Palacio” in Buenos Aires.

New York Philharmonic & Alan Gilbert - "A Concert for New York"

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ACCENTUS Music and New York Philharmonic announce the live recording and transmission of a very special concert: The New York Philharmonic, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, present “A Concert for New York” in remembrance and renewal the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle & Ian Bostridge

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“Night” was the motto of Lucerne Summer Festival 2011. Accordingly, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle explored in their Lucerne series “Moving to Modern Times” the phenomenon of the night by pairing up in an outstanding concert the late romantic Anton Bruckner with England’s greatest modern composer, Benjamin Britten.

Bruckner 5 - Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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“Abbado’s approach to the music of Bruckner is soft and songlike, at times tense and urgent, but constantly filled with warmth of feeling” – not only the Neue Zürcher Zeitung is full of praise when Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra play Bruckner.

Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra & Christine Schäfer

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For many music lovers, Christine Schäfer’s Mozart interpretations are a revelation. Her artistry is as powerful as ever, as this program featuring Concert Arias by Mozart, with Claudio Abbado conducting his hand-picked Lucerne Festival Orchestra, documents.

Mahler 10, Adagio - Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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Claudio Abbado and his exquisite Lucerne Festival Orchestra have taken Mahler’s most complex and compelling symphonies to a new level in audiovisual recording.

Daniel Barenboim - Liszt Piano Concertos

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ACCENTUS Music presents a concert recording featuring the Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim, and the honorary conductor of the orchestra, Pierre Boulez, at the Philharmonie Essen in June 2011.

Mahler 8 - Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

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The highlight of the International Mahler Festival in Leipzig in May 2011 was the final performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 - the so called “Symphony of a Thousand”. Riccardo Chailly commanded almost five hundred musicians in this monumental Mahler symphony, a work which the composer regarded as his Opus Summum.

Mahler 2 - Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

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At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival, to mark the centenary of Mahler’s death, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and their Music Director Riccardo Chailly performed his monumental Second Symphony in the Gewandhaus – together with two marvellous soloists and choral forces quite beyond compare.

The Philharmonics

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The soloists of The Philharmonics – an ensemble made up of musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic – perform Johann Strauß's waltzes arranged by Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern und Alban Berg in an original Viennese Coffeehouse.

A World Premiere with Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky and the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester

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At one of her rare appearances with orchestra, Martha Argerich, the grande dame of the piano, joined forces with world-famous cellist Mischa Maisky and the fabulous Lucerne Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin – Romantic Offering, a double concerto for piano, cello and orchestra dedicated to its very first soloists.

The Nobel Prize Concert 2010

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ACCENTUS Music is proud to present this year's official Nobel Prize Concert from Stockholm, Sweden. This event of world class is produced by ACCENTUS Music for Nobel Media AB. American star violinist Joshua Bell and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performed works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

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The world premiere of the opera "Metanoia" by Jens Joneleit opens the first season of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the Schiller Theater on 3 October 2010.

Gustavo Dudamel & Wiener Philharmoniker - The Closing Gala Concert from Lucerne Festival 2010

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The Closing Gala Concert from Lucerne Festival in Summer 2010 could not have been more colorful. Gustavo Dudamel and the Wiener Philharmoniker framed their concluding concert with the sound of drums: a drum roll and an insistent rhythm, respectively.

Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Mahler 9

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Claudio Abbado and his hand-picked players of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra take their acclaimed Mahler cycle to a new level with this audiovisual recording of the most complex and compelling of the symphonies, the intense, searching Ninth.

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach - Cantatas

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2010 marks 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.

Daniel Barenboim - The Bruckner Symphonies (4-9)

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"Sechs ausverkaufte Abende lang zehrt Barenboim von seinem Ruf als konditionsstärkster Interpret dieses Erdballs – und dem Klang seiner Staatskapelle. Als traumhaftes Wagner-Orchester mit grandiosem Einsatz hat sie einen Platz im Bruckner-Olymp verdient." Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin

Homage to Pierre Boulez on Occasion of his 85th Birthday

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Concerning to the 85th birthday of the famous composer, conductor and music theorist Pierre Boulez the Berlin state opera “Unter den Linden” devoted an extraordinary Homage.

Claudio Abbado, Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra & Anna Prohaska

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In 2010, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela was orchestra in residence at the Lucerne Festival at Easter. Under the baton of their strong supporter Claudio Abbado, the orchestra once again reached out to the audience on the opening concert, spreading its lively enthusiasm on a highest musical level for which it is famous and loved for.

Fryderyk Chopin - The Piano Concertos: E. Kissin & N. Demidenko

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The unique recording of Chopin’s Piano Concertos featuring Evgeny Kissin and Nikolai Demidenko marks Frédéric Chopin’s 200th anniversary. The Russian star pianists are accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit.

Daniel Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital

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Chopin Year 2010 coincides with the 60th anniversary of Daniel Barenboim’s stage début, and as a pianist he has decided to devote this year to the great Romantic master of the keyboard.