On April 29, 2016, Zubin Mehta celebrated his 80th birthday. On this ocassion he gifted himself a special birthday present: In Mumbai, Mehta’s birthplace, he conducted two concerts performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which appointed him Musical Director for Life. Among other pieces, they played Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin in D major with soloist Pinchas Zukerman – one of Mehta’s closest friends and colleagues.
In 2014, the Lucerne Festival took place without Claudio Abbado for the first time. The young Latvian Andris Nelsons lead the orchestra playing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in the opening concert. Nelsons had already won the trust and respect of both listeners and performers in a memorial concert for Abbado before.
In August 2016, Riccardo Chailly premiered as the new music director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and hence as Claudio Abbados successor. Simoultaneously they completed Abbado’s unfinished Mahler cycle with the LFO in a breathtaking performance of the 8th Symphony as a “tribute to Claudio”.
Accentus Music has just recorded Anton Bruckner’s Missa solemnis as well as other sacred works written by the composer. These pieces were originally played during the inauguration ceremony of the provost Friedrich Mayr in St. Florian, Austria in 1854. The actual concert, which took place in the Konzerthaus Berlin, was performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor and was conducted by Lukasz Borowicz. The soloists were Johanna Winkel (soprano), Sophie Harmsen (alto), Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor) and Ludwig Mittelhammer (bass). The album with the new recording will be released towards the end of the year.
Friday, August 18, 22h25 SRF1
Sunday, August 27, 18h05 Arte
This August 18, Riccardo Chailly will be conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony, which is based on a poem written by Lord Byron. It is the second year of Chailly being the orchestra’s music director after the death of his mentor and predecessor Claudio Abbado. The concert will be broadcasted a week later on Arte.
Accentus Music is delivering the live video recording of “Klassik airleben”. The two open-air concerts will be free of admission and take place in Leipzig’s Rosental on June 23 and 24, 20h. The concerts will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester before the summerbreak, and will be streamed simultaneously on big screens in the Rosental park. Alexander Shelley will be conducting the orchestra, and the two baritones, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni, will be singing hits of the opera’s repertoire according to the motto “No Tenors Needed”. Click on this link for more information.
Every year in late summer some of the best musicians worldwide meet in Israel for The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival (JCMF), established by pianist Elena Bashkirova and advocate Yeheskell Beinisch. The highlights of 2016 performed by musicians like András Schiff, Emanuel Pahud, Baiba Skride, and Julian Steckel are still available online on Arte Concert:
Accentus Music is delivering the live video recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” on Saturday, June 17, at 19h30, within the event “Oper für alle” of the Opernhaus Zürich. The opera performance that will take place in the Opernhaus Zürich will be streamed simoultaneously open-air at the Sechseläutenplatz in Zürich as well as in Lugano at the Piazza of Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC). For more information follow this link.
A day later Accentus Music will film the premiere of Franz Lehár’s operetta “Land des Lächelns” (“The Land of Smiles”) performed by Piotr Bezcala as Sou Chong and Julia Kleiter as Lisa – in coproduction with ZDF and in cooperation with Opernhaus Zürich. Fabio Luisi will conduct the Philharmonia Zürich. Intendant Andreas Homoki is the stage director.
With this release, Accentus Music completes its Beethoven DVD trilogy that started with Beethoven’s Ninth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies performed by Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. It also leads the way to the release of all Beethoven Symphonies in this summer, recorded between 2014 and 2017 at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and conducted by the maestro, who is celebrating his 90th birthday in July.
For more information click here, you can watch the trailer here.
Just a few weeks before his 90th birthday, the Swedish conductor, Herbert Blomstedt, will be gifting himself a special birthday present: conducting Bach’s “Opus ultimum”, the B Minor Mass, in the Leipzig Thomaskirche – the composer’s former workplace. The concert will close the Bachfest Leipzig and will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester, the Dresdner Kammerchor, and the soloists Christina Landshamer, Elisabeth Kulman, Wolfram Lattke and Luca Pisaroni on June 18. According to Blomstedt, Bach’s last complete vocal work is the climax of his creativity and is one of the most important works in his life: “It is like a reflection of doubt. It is enormously powerful music in the same way that a wedge is enormously powerful.”
A production of Accentus Music in co-production with NHK.