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. more
Claudio Abbado and his exquisite Lucerne Festival Orchestra have taken Mahler’s most complex and compelling symphonies to a new level in audiovisual recording. Following the acclaimed production of Mahler’s 9th in 2010, Claudio Abbado has now continued the cycle with the Adagio from the 10th, Mahler’s final composition. In 2012 he will be bringing the highly acclaimed cycle to a close then presenting Mahler’s “opus magnum”, his Symphony No. 8.
Music by two great composers of the 19th century, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner, were combined in one concert: two superb orchestral works – A Faust Overture and Siegfried Idyll – by Richard Wagner and the Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2 of Franz Liszt. With Daniel Barenboim on the piano, and the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Pierre Boulez, this event was a very special musical highlight of the Liszt year 2011. more
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. more
At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival, to mark the centenary of Mahler’s death, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and its Music Director Riccardo Chailly performed his monumental Second Symphony in the Gewandhaus – together with two marvellous soloists and choral forces quite beyond compare. more
The soloists of The Philharmonics – an ensemble made up of musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic – performed Johann Strauß’s waltzes arranged by Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern und Alban Berg in an original Viennese Coffeehouse. more
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 commissioned work by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin – Romantic Offering, a double concerto for piano, cello and orchestra dedicated to its very first soloists. more
As part of the official Nobel Week, the world’s most renowned artists are gathering each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. The 2010 concert became a special highlight in the series with the young and brilliant world famous American violinist Joshua Bell performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major under Sakari Oramo, the Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. more
The world premiere of the opera “Metanoia” by Jens Joneleit opened the first season of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the Schiller Theater on 3 October 2010.