Christmas in the Erzgebirge region is one of Saxony’s most treasured traditions. Its unique celebrations include numerous customs focusing on music. The Renaissance town of Marienberg is at the very heart of the historic Erzgebirge: It forms the setting for a concert of classical and seasonal works with Germany’s prestigious Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie. more
A birthday gala for Poland’s best-known living composer: International stars celebrated the 80th anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki in 2013 with a special gala with himself in attendance. Outstanding artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit and Polish musicians honored Penderecki with a concert presenting a unique selection of his works at the Teatre Wielki in Warsaw. more
A highlight of the Mahler cycle is the Ninth. It was the last symphony Mahler was able to complete in his lifetime and is one of the most complex compositions of his oeuvre. For Riccardo Chailly the Ninth was the key to Mahler’s symphonic universe, as he once stated in an interview: “When I decided to try to understand the world of the ten symphonies, and strangely enough, I did start very, very early with the Ninth and the Tenth, it disclosed a universe which had no barriers for me anymore.” more
Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker take on a myth with their complete performance of the last three symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
To this day we still don’t know for what occasion they were written, when they were first performed, or even whether the composer himself ever heard them. more
In 2013, Lucerne was celebrating: the renowned Lucerne Festival turned 75 after it was launched in 1938 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. In addition, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra celebrated its tenth anniversary with its founder Claudio Abbado – who turned 80 in 2013. Every year in Lucerne he gathers world-famous soloists who are willing to “do the craziest things I ask of them in the interest of the compositions: to fly or to go through the fire”. more
The fascinating Story of a Unique Festival: A collage of historic images, recent concert recordings and interviews with protagonists of then and now, this one-hour documentary spans a wide arc from the founding days, through history’s trials and tribulations to the overwhelming success of recent years and offers an inside glimpse into the 75 years of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. more
On the occasion of Claudio Abbado’s 80th birthday in June 2013, this special feature offers an inside look into his work with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.
The close connection between the orchestra and its conductor is documented by excerpts from rehearsals and concert recordings as well as personal interviews with the maestro talking about composers, his approach to their works and the collaboration with the orchestra. more
After the successful recordings of Mahler 2, 4, 6 and 8, ACCENTUS Music continued Riccardo Chailly’s highly acclaimed Mahler Cycle with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in 2013 with the production of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. more
The internationally acclaimed pianist Lars Vogt, performing together with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under the baton of Riccardo Chailly one of the most popular classical works ever written: Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor.
In September 2012, Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra continued their successful Mahler cycle and presented Mahler’s 6th Symphony at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.