Sounds of the Sidewalk On the Road with Buskers A four-part documentary series about virtuosos in the street
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
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.
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.
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Daniel Müller-Schott,
Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Krzysztof Urbański and many more.
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
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.
Giuseppe Verdi / Viva Verdi A Celebration Gala at NCPA in Beijing From the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
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
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.
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
J.S. Bach / Mass in B minor St. Thomas Boys Choir / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Georg Christoph Biller, Conductor
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.
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
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
Giuseppe Verdi / Nabucco From the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing with Plácido Domingo
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
Elisabeth Kulman, Soloists of
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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
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.
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
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
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
Wagner – Debussy –
Ravel – Sibelius - Ligeti
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.
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.
Mahler 4 - Riccardo Chailly and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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
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
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
DIE THOMANER - A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig
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.
New York Philharmonic & Alan Gilbert - "A Concert for New York"
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
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
Bruckner 5 - Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado Lucerne Festival Orchestra
“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
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
Mahler 8 - Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig
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
International Mahler Festival, to mark the centenary of Mahler’s death, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and their Music Director Riccardo
performed his monumental Second Symphony in the Gewandhaus – together
marvellous soloists and choral forces quite beyond compare.
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
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.
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.
Gustavo Dudamel & Wiener Philharmoniker - The Closing Gala Concert from Lucerne Festival 2010
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
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.
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.
"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
Claudio Abbado, Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra & Anna Prohaska
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
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.