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
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
Zhu Xiao-Mei ranks among the greatest pianists of our times and is one of the most renowned interpreters of J. S. Bach’s music. The Goldberg Variations stood at the beginning of her international career and represent the “greatest musical encounter” of her life. “It is a universal piece of music that knows no frontiers”; this is the message of her extraordinary playing which is being celebrated in concert halls around the world. more
The a cappella ensemble amarcord presents magnificent compositions from the European Renaissance by Dowland, di Lasso, Gabrieli, Gesualdo, Josquin and many others. more
“Wagner in Switzerland” is shot at unique historical sites and explores Richard Wagner’s life at Tribschen: Concerts at the composer’s villa are complemented by documentary elements offer insight into Wagner’s life at Tribschen. It features soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing his “Siegfried Idyll” at the very place where he premiered it on the staircase in 1870 as a birthday present to his wife Cosima.
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