Zhu Xiao-Mei: How Bach Defeated Mao

23.10.2016 23h35 (58 minutes)

Music, especially Bach’s music, gave this artist the strength to survive unimaginable challenges. Zhu Xiao-Mei belongs to the “Lost Generation” that endured the worst excesses of Mao’s regime: several years of “re-education”, five years in a work camp, her family destroyed, endless deprivation and political intrigue… “Zhu Xiao-Mei: How Bach defeated Mao” is a portrait of […]


Beethoven Violin Concerto – Nikolaj Znaider, Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester

23.10.2016 18h25 (50 minutes)

Muscular yet elegant, eloquent and charismatic – terms that flow from journalists’ pens when referring to Nikolaj Znaider. The Danish artist once again affirmed his reputation as one of the most distinguished violinists of our time with his performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s violin concerto with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of its musical […]


Beethoven 5 – Pablo Heras-Casado, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

03.10.2016 00h15 (35 minutes)

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth , the “Symphony of Fate”, is one of the most popular works of classical music and marked a highlight of the Lucerne Festival 2013. Under the musical direction of Pablo Heras-Casado, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra – once founded by Claudio Abbado – performed the piece with such power and emotion that […]


Mahler 8 – Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra

28.08.2016 17h40 (1h35)

“To be responsible for this outstanding artistic project that Claudio Abbado has initiated is not only a privilege but it has touched me deeply.” These are the very words Riccardo Chailly uses to describe his new job in Lucerne. The conductor, who left his post as music director of the Gewandhaus Leipzig and became principal conductor […]


Alban Berg – Wozzeck

06.06.2016 02h10 (90 minutes)

Opera in three acts (15 scenes) after Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck” Fabio Luisi, Conductor Andreas Homoki, Stage Director Philharmonia Zürich, Chor der Oper Zürich Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck) Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie) The soldier Wozzeck (Christian Gerhaher) flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the captain humiliates […]


Kirill Gerstein plays Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano cocerto

05.06.2016 18h30 (45 minutes)

“Gerstein’s blistering technique is matched only by his deeply soulful connection to standard repertoire,” the Time out New York says about the Russian pianist. With the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Gerstein testified to these qualities: He put emphasis on expression and effect in Sergei Rachmaninov‘s Second Piano Concerto. Thus, the […]



05.06.2016 11h00 (120 minutes)

LIVE  from the Semperoper Dresden! Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61 Concerto for cello and orchestra in A minor, op.129 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op.67 Jan Vogler, cello Dresden Festival Orchestra Ivor Bolton Five years since its creation, the Dresden Festival Orchestra and its […]


Satiesfictions on arte

23.05.2016 00h50 (55 minutes)

Always armed with a bowler, wisecracks and affectations, he is not only on the outside one of the strangest fellows in French music history: Erik Satie was not just a composer, he was also a designer, church founder, PR pioneer, master of aperçus, author, wayfarer, professional self-publicist and inventor of “Musique d’ameublement.” The music documentary […]


Zubin Mehta – His 80th birthday concert – Live from the NCPA Mumbai

17.04.2016 17h45 (120 minutes)

“I’m a pucca Indian. Mumbai is my home,” says Zubin Mehta about his birthplace. The Musical Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is traveling to India with “his” inspiring 110-member orchestra and on April 17th, 2016 they celebrate Maestro Mehta’s 80th birthday (albeit a little early) with a fantastic concerts at the National […]


Ayham Ahmad – The pianist from Yarmouk

09.03.2016 00:00 (30 minutes)

Surrounded by ruins in Syria’s capital Damascus, Ayham Ahmad sings accompanied by an out-of-tune piano about migration, hunger, and death. Threatened by Assad’s regime and ISIS, the Piano Man is silenced and must flee – to Germany. The documentary film The Pianist from Yarmouk tells the story of this Syrian refugee musician. After his arrival […]