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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – 80th Anniversary Gala Concert with Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta Israel Philharmonic Orchestra IPO

On December 26th 2016 the Israel Philharmonic celebrated its 80th anniversary with an all-Beethoven program.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and its inaugural concert, on 26 December 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. 80 years later on the same day, Zubin Mehta, the orchestra’s musical director for life, conducted the IPO in a veritable Jubilee Concert. more

Maestras – The Long Journey Of Women To The Podium

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Being a female conductor means being an exception. Even today. When a woman stands on the podium she is, in most cases, somehow “the first”: the first to lead a world-class orchestra, the first to conduct the “Last Night of the Proms” in London, the first to win the German Conductor Prize. For decades, this sensational character has been tradition. At the same time it seems that the world of the maestro is now in a state of upheaval.

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Music, War and Revolution – a three-part documentary series

Music, War, and Revolution Breakdancer The Saxonz, St. Petersburg Eremitage

When the First World War broke out in 1914, the musical world did not remain unaffected. Artists inevitably became involved, either as soldiers at the front or as composers of patriotic music or of musical memorials to a lost world. The three-part documentary series Music in Times of War and Revolution explores known and unknown as well as obvious and hidden connections between music, revolution and war. more

The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival JCMF Oktett Baiba Skride, Itamar Zorman, David Strongin,
Benny Peled,  Adrien La Marca, Madeleine
Carruzzo, Julian Steckel, Tim Park  Photo Credit: Dan Porges

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. In 2016, the 19th Festival was dedicated to interrelated composers like Brahms/Schumann or Schubert/Beethoven – played by outstanding artists like Sir András Schiff, Baiba Skride, Menahem Pressler or Emmanuel Pahud in the halls of the Jerusalem YMCA. more

Antonín Dvořák – Rusalka at NCPA Beijing

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“Rusalka” is based on the Czech version of the classical fairy tale of a mermaid that falls in love with a human prince and wants nothing more than to become a human and live happily ever after. But in Dvořák’s opera, this happily ever after never happens as the story ends in tragedy. more

Berliner Philharmoniker at Lucerne Festival 2016 | Brahms, Dvořák, Anderson

LUCERNE FESTIVAL Sommer 2016

Even if the music world is often dominated by rivalry, examples of genuine friendships can certainly be found. Take Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák: a pair whose friendship was free of self-interest. “That fellow has more ideas than all the rest of us. Even what he tosses into the trash could serve as a main theme for anyone else,” Brahms once remarked about his Czech colleague, 8 years his junior – and he didn’t just stop at nice compliments.

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Midori plays Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas at the Castle of Köthen

Midori recording Bach at the Castle of Köthen, Partitas Sonatas DVD

Midori’s recent interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin has earned her many accolades by audiences and the media worldwide. In August 2016, Midori performed these pieces, known as some of the most challenging for any violinist, for an audio-visual recording at the Castle of Köthen (Schloss Köthen) where Bach served as Court Chapel Master between 1717 and 1723. more

Mahler 8 – The Lucerne Festival Orchestra and its new music director Riccardo Chailly

Lucerne Festival Orchestra Riccardo Chailly Andreas Schager Ricarda Merbeth Mahler 8

“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 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan last year, follows in this new position Arturo Toscanini and Claudio Abbado, thus becoming the third chief conductor of this unique orchestra.

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Dresden Music Festival | Vogler, Bolton, Festival Orchestra

Abschlusskonzert Musikfestspiele Dresden

Five years since its creation, the Dresden Festival Orchestra and its top-class musicians have developed into one of the highlights of the festival circuit and music scene. In 2016, the ensemble placed emphasis on the 19th century in yet another example of its dedication to historically informed practice. more