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
Music, especially the music of Bach, made it possible for Zhu Xiao-Mei to cope with the worst challenges of her existence. The pianist experienced all of the consequences of the Mao regime and the Cultural Revolution: years of indoctrination and “reeducation,” five years confined to a labor camp, a shattered family, hardships and harassment. In 1980, she emigrated and ultimately made Paris her new home.
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 “Ayham Ahmad – The Pianist Of Yarmouk” tells the story of this Syrian refugee musician. After his arrival in Munich, we follow the life of a man who sang out against the suffering in his country until his instrument was destroyed.
On November 13 2015, at 20:15, arte and arte concert did a delayed live broadcast of Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” from the Staatsoper Berlin at the Schillertheater.
The opera, which represents the pinnacle of the Italian opera buffa, is staged by the Artistic Director of the Staatsoper, Jürgen Flimm. On the rostrum: Gustavo Dudamel. The production features an exciting cast with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Graf Almaviva, Dorothea Röschmann in the role of Gräfin Almaviva and Anna Prohaska as Susanna. more
Berg’s “Wozzeck” is an indispensable work in the repertoire of any opera house. In Zurich, critics and audience celebrated director Andreas Homoki, General Music Director Fabio Luisi and baritone Christian Gerhaher for their intriguing interpretation of this masterpiece of operatic history. more
There is probably no other orchestra that is so intensely involved with Gustav Mahler and has established such an outstanding “Mahler sound”: The long-standing engagement of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA with his symphonies is unprecedented. This tradition was carried on this summer: In his concerts with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, the young famed Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons conducted Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.
At this summer’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented a new Haydn symphony that never existed before: Rattle gathered together ten of the most original and avant-garde-like instrumental movements by Joseph Haydn to fashion a Symphonie imaginaire. In addition to this astonishing Haydn Pasticcio, Rattle conducted Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, soloists were Daishin Kashimoto (violin) and Amihai Grosz (viola). more
From July 2nd until July 5th, Accentus Music is responsible for the live streams of eight concerts from the TFF Rudolstadt on the Arte Concert website:
Thu, July 2nd, 21:00 – Coetus
Fri, July 3rd, 18:00 – Ramzailech
Fri, July 3rd, 21:00 – Rhiannon Giddens
Sat, July 4th, 22:00 – Celtic Social Club
Sun, July 5th, 01:00 – Nomadic Massive
Sun, July 5th, 16:30 – Džambo Aguševi Orchestra
Sun, July 5th, 18:00 – Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force
Sun, July 5th, 21:00 – Patrice more
A Romeo and Juliet opera without the poetic balcony scene and with a woman singing the role of Romeo: Vincenzo Bellini’s reworking of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy is in many respects remarkable. Not least because the young composer presents in his opera “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” perhaps the most moving final scene of opera repertoire to date: Romeo and Juliet are both alive and conscious, allowing them to sing a duet before dying together.
Both have been giants in the international scenery of music and arts for decades: Arvo Pärt (born 1935), one of the most played contemporary composers of our time, and Robert Wilson (born 1941), one of the most sought-after stage directors worldwide. Pärt, Estonian, whose compositions stand out due to their clear harmonies and unmistakable beauty, and Wilson, Texan, a Master of Lighting, whose personal experiences function as the motivation and inspiration for his staging. more