175 Years Mozarteum
Founded in 1841 with the help of Mozart's widow Constance and his two sons as a student orchestra for the new Mozarteum, over the many years of its existence the Mozarteum Orchestra has grown into an internationally renowned cultural ambassador of the city of Salzburg, where Mozart was born. In honour of its 175th anniversary, this film, directed by Peter Beringer, portrays in close-up an orchestra known for its performances of symphonies and operas. In constant tension between everyday life and high art, the film searches for roots of the fascination generated by this orchestra and its significance for the music scene in Austria.
Ralph Benatzky's Axel at Heaven's Gate
The Axel of the story is a reporter desperate to secure an interview with Mills that will make or break his career, but who finds that all his efforts are thwarted by both the actress and the shenanigans of the studio moguls. Showing opera stars Bettina Mönch as Gloria Mills and Andreas Bieber as Axel amongst others with outstanding sounds from the Volksoper Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorenz C. Aichner, in combination with its special black-and-white visual design, this operetta is an exceptional Music experience.
Axel at Heaven's Gate is much more than a period piece and well worth discovering as it makes its return to Vienna at the Volksoper Wien; indeed it is a work that offers a tantalising glimpse of what might have been had it not been for the war; one that might have seen Viennese operetta continue to prosper alongside the still young medium of cinema.
Springtime in Vienna 2017
The Vienna Symphonic Orchestra's traditional Springtime concert, conducted by Philippe Jordan and recorded live from the Great Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus will take you on a Musical journey through selected masterpieces of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. The musical highlights of this exceptional concert will be presented by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Joseph Haydn's Creation
Tremendous choirs for the heavenly host, enthralling musical portrayals of the creation of light and luminarie, the paradise, nature, animals and a stunning duet of the first people - this is Joseph Haydn's Creation. A young cast of aspiring voices, the Kammerchor Wien and the Haydn Philharmonie conducted by Nicolas Altstaedt make «Joseph Haydn's Creation» a multifaceted musical pleasure from the walls of the Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt (Burgenland/Austria).Photo credit: © Nancy Horowitz
Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Since its world premiere in Venice 1851, the opera «Rigoletto» took the audience by storm until today. The story of court jester Rigoletto and his beloved daughter Gilda is as thrilling as a crime and as tragic as no other opera before. Guiseppe Verdi built a grotesque world in-between carnival, life and death. Through his masterpiece Verdi provides an insight into the causes of revenge, social exclusion and the construct of misinterpreted love and creates a drama that touches people's hearts and minds until today. Spanish soprano Elena Sancho Pereg as Gilda, Bariton Vladislav Sulimsky, Italian singer Davide Damiani, three star tenors Yosep Kang, Arthur Espiritu and Jesus Leon accompanied by the Philharmonia Chor Wien and the Slowenian Symphonic Orchestra, this opera creates an outstanding musical highlight in the picturesque open-air setting of the impressive «Ruffini Stage» at the St. Margarethen Quarry.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
To crown the Styriarte 2016's Beethoven cycle the Colombian Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducted Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the original sound of the Concentus Musicus Vienna ensemble with distinguished soloists (Regula Mühlemann, Elisabeth Kulman, Steve Davislim and Florian Boesch) and the outstanding Arnold Schoenberg Choir. The Styriarte concert, which was performed on 23rd July 2016 as part of the 10th ORF Steiermark Klangwolke in Graz, was recorded and broadcast live on Radio Steiermark, ORF III, 3sat and via public viewing in all of Styria. The concert received a standing ovation.
Sound of Vienna
Vienna is internationally renowed for its music, composers, virtuosos and conductors. It is the ultimate city of music. Tourists from accross the globe come here to enjoy Austria's capital, and countless music lovers from around the world send their talented kids here to study music. This film penetrates into the secrets of the art of musical instrument making. A musical survey of workshops, rehearsal rooms, concert halls, stages and museums, as well as high-tech Studios and labs. And neither classic- nor modern music go short.
Rudolf Buchbinder - Celebrity, Enthusiast
He has always been the youngest, the most gifted, the child genius. In December 2016 Rudolf Buchbinder will celebrate his 70th birthday and immodestly wishes to see the climax of his pianist's career at the end of his career.
The film portrays the world-famous pianist and his deep relationship with «his» classic works and shows him for example in his position as successful artistic director of the Grafenegger music festival, where he presents the biggest stars of the music world. Interviews prove how much his colleagues appreciate him. Amongst them conductors like Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Andriss Nelsons, Mariss Jansons and many others.
Knickarts to you - Aleksey Igudesman
It's a provocative way of presenting art and culture: Aleksey Igudesmann - composer, cosmopolitan and stand-up comedian, presents an unknown artist in every episode. But instead of a classic portrait,
Aleksey starts a not entirely serious dialogue and mixes fantasy and reality in an entertaining way. All kinds of art movements are portrayed in a whole new light.
William Tell - From Lucca to Erl
Gustav Kuhn is an opera obsessive, conductor and general manager of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which
In summer 2016 one of the most famous overtures by Gioacchino Rossini was performed in Erl, Austria - that of his last opera, Guglielmo Tell (William Tell).
And since, as is well known, the Accademia di Montegral is also a bel canto academy, the entire opera and with it a multifaceted cosmos of musical highlights were also presented. From the five solo cellists at the start of the overture, and the famous galloping march, to the great prayer of thanksgiving at the end of the opera, not only does Rossini create a supposedly
Swiss panorama of nature and the free spirit of the titular hero, but also revolutionises the operatic genre itself. Rossini's «Tell» is the highpoint of the «Opera seria» and the starting point of an almost 100-year tradition of great romantic operas.
Christmas in Vienna 2016
For more than 20 years «Christmas in Vienna» is one of the most prestigious classical concert productionsin Europe. Every year the traditional Christmas concert takes places in the glamorous Wiener Konzerthaus and brings together a quartet of the best international vocalists.They recite atmospheric Christmas songs from all over the world, accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Vienna Singing Academy and the Vienna Boys Choir. A repertoire of classic and popular music from around the world also determine the 2016 program as an annual climax during Christmas season.
Glöckchen Ouvertüre // Leonhard Cohen (*1934) Hallelujah // Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868): Domine Deus // Charles Gounod (1818-1893) Sanctus // Michal Lorenc (*1955) Ave Maria // Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Lullaby - Guten Abend, gut´ Nacht // Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750) Jauchzet, Frohlocket // George Bizet (1838-1875): Au fond du temple saint // Pietro Yon (1886 - 1943) Gesu Bambino // Ernesto Lecuona (1895 - 1963) Malagueña //
Traditional Spiritual I Want Jesus to Walk with Me // Hristo Nedyalkov (1932 - 2013) Simna Pesnitschka // Oh Heiland reiß die Himmel auf // Es ist ein Ros entsprungen // Fröhliche Weihnacht // Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) // I wonder as I wander // José Benito Barros (1915-2007) Navidad negra // Corramos Corramos Leise rieselt der Schnee // Heißa Buama // Feliz Navidad
Baroque Treasures - George Frideric Handel's Messiah
The Bach Consort ensemble presents the festive Easter Concert for the third time. In 2016 the concerttakes place in the Klosterneuburg Monastery. Handel's Messiah is returning to its original premièreseason: Easter time. On the 273rd anniversary of its first performance in London, Handel's Oratorio willring out in the Collegiate Church in Klosterneuburg. Conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, the Bach Consortensemble will play with the Salzburg Bach Choir and renowned international soloists such as Kammersänger(an Austrian honorific title for excellent singers) Michael Schade, Hanna Herfurtner, GaiaPetrone and Christian Immler. Handel's Messiah outlines the message of the Christian salvation history:the prophecy, incarnation of Jesus, suffering, death, resurrection and promise of his return. Handel,the great musical dramatist, unfolds the events with theatrical force and touching empathy.
Also available: Highlights »Messiah - Risen from the dead« (65 min.)
L'Elisir d'Amore - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Gaëtano Donizetti's comic opera, «The Elixir of Love» is a tumultuous new production. The shy peasant,
Nemorino falls in love with the flamboyant landowner Adina. But Adina only has eyes for the handsome
Sergeant Belcore. That is until the travelling jack-of-all-trades, Dulcamara, arrives in town and the gullible
Nemorino buys a love potion from him - which in reality is nothing more than a bottle of red wine. When
Nemorino is prepared to put his life at risk just to get hold of more of the mysterious miracle potion, the
tide turns: Adina's heart makes the arduous journey to peasant Nemorino.
When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2016
Get ready for this year's "When the Music Plays
Winter Open Air 2016", taking place in the wonderful
winter ambience Bad Kleinkirchheim! This
amazing mixture of stars of folk -and pop music will
create an outstanding musical experience for true
folk music fans!
We will enjoy the event with special guests like Nik P., Nockalm Quintett, Wahnsinns3, Zellberg Buam, Zillertaler Mander, Schürzenjäger, Melanie Payer, Oberkrainer Polka Mädels andmany more!
Bach to the Roots
In the concert film «Bach to the Roots», the Vienna Bach Consort ensemble conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, brings music with Latin-American roots to the Vienna Konzerthaus. The two worlds of Argentine folk music and European baroque music are contrasted with one another in impressive fashion. Dubrovsky brings their musical roots to the audience, highlights what they have in common and, as the musical programme unfolds, embarks upon an entertaining, enigmatic and insightful search for clues from Leipzig to the roots of baroque music as far as Africa. The musical contributions come from the Zacherl Factory, the Konzerthaus and the Hofburgkapelle in Vienna. Whilst the mezzo soprano, Bernarda Fink, and tenor, Francisco Brito, perform baroque works in the South American tradition, and present Argentine music according to European performance practice.
The documentary film, « Re-Sound Beethoven» whisks the viewer away with the orchestra of the Vienna Academy and its musical director, Martin Haselböck, on a musical journey to the original venues in Vienna of the premières and debut performances of Beethoven's symphonies and other important compositions. How were Beethoven's orchestral works performed in his lifetime, and what differences are there to today's practice? Based on numerous anecdotes and descriptions of the performances of Beethoven's works, a picture is painted of the musical life of Vienna at the beginning of the 19th century.
Springtime in Vienna 2016
Conducted by Manfred Honeck the traditional Springtime concert of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra will take you on a wonderful journey through Austria with selected masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. The musical highlights of this exceptional concert will be featured by the passionate musical artist and pianist Helene Grimaud.
The Vienna Boys' Choir - A Polyphonic Youth
Angelic voices in sailor suits: That's the image of the Vienna Boys' Choir rooted in the minds of people
around the world. On sold-out concert tours they delight the masses. Their performance at the
Vienna New Year's Concert reaches an audience of billions. In Austria they are part of the cultural identity
anyway. Yet hardly anyone can imagine what the not quite normal everyday life of a Vienna Choir
Boy is like.The documentary «The Vienna Boys' Choir -- A Polyphonic Youth» shows a very special
point of view: From the perspective of a Choir Boy.
Tosca - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
«Floria Tosca» is one of the signature roles of the versatile soprano Martina Serafin, whose beautiful voice has lately been heard in all the major opera houses around the world. Vocal quality of the highest level can be expected from the international singers hired by the new director of the opera, Maren Hofmeister. The musical director is Michael Güttler, the principal conductor of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. For the first time the orchestra of the State Opera of the Prague National Theatre will perform in St. Margarethen.
Aida - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Love knows no bounds. It doesn't care about social status, regulations or laws. Love follows its own path. Also, if this leads into ruin as with the graceful Aida and Radames. Hollywood director Robert Dornhelm succeeded with his opulent staging of Verdi's masterpiece in showing opera stars like Kristin Lewis (Aida), Martin Muehle (Radames), Annunziata Vestri (Amneris) under the musical direction of Alfred Eschwé.
Baroque Treasures - Antonio Vivaldi
The virtuosic performance of Vienna Bach Consort conducted by its genius maestro Ruben Dubrovsky at Vienna's St. Stephan's Cathedral will carry its audience along to original sound impressions of Vivaldi's time. The magnificent setting of St. Stephan's Cathedral and the artistic peak of orchestra and conductor will be enhanced by the appearance of the adorable Vivica Genaux. The US-mezzosoprano is famous for her extraordinary interpretation of baroque repertoire. This concert captivates with its exceptional relation of sacral music and acoustic impressions. Vienna Bach Consort featuring mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, conducted by Ruben Dubrovsky: an exceptional music experience!
The Fairy Queen
By dropping the spoken scenes of the whole semi-opera and highlighting the ear-candy songs, fabulous dance scenes, clever effects and on stage-silliness of Purcell's work Harnoncourt father and son let the audience sit back and enjoy the memorable «masques» en suite. Taken on its own, the colourful series of scenes turns out to be a Baroque version of the «Everyman» play, where in a magical night a young couple encounters the heralds of nature. They remind the young persons of who they are, where they come from and where they are headed. And as you can see: The imagination knows no bounds in the realm of the Fairy Queen.
Baroque Treasures - Claudio Monteverdi
Claudio Monteverdi's sacral concert «Selva Morale e Spirituale», written in 1641, merges the rythms of folk music with psalms from the Old Testament. The overwhelming acoustics of Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral and the usage of historic instruments such as the theorbe or the zink create an authentic and unique sound experience. Led and conducted by Maestro Rubén Dubrovsky, the Vienna Bach Consort, one of the most important Baroque ensembles in Austria, will not fail to impress. The orchestra focuses on the intensive dialog with baroque music and accounts for the rediscovery of many important Baroque works, such as those by Johann Josef Fux or Francesco Bartolomeo Conti. The powerful vocal support by the very talented soloists Soetkin Elbers and Theresa Dlouhy (soprano), Jakob Huppmann and Markus Forster (counter-tenor), Tore Tom Denys and Markus Miesenberger (tenor) as well as Gerd Kenda and Joel Frederiksen (basso) makes this concert a remarkable pleasure.
Christmas in Vienna 2014
For many years «Christmas in Vienna» has been a fixed star in the round of Viennese Advent concerts, and this year again combines a balance of the well-known and the less well-known, classical and popular, expansive music with intimate settings and religious and secular music. The highly coveted soloists are Natalia Ushakova, Vesselina Kasarova and Artur Rucinski and together form this year's highlights. The program arrangement runs the gamut from «Festive Christmas» to «International Christmas» to «Popular Christmas». This atmospheric concert is broadcast from Vienna's Konzerthaus.
Places of Childhood
This series presents artists, their homelands and the places of their childhoods. What became of their
EP 01: Places of Childhood - Piotr Beczala
EP 02: Places of Childhood - Ildiko Raimondi
EP 03: Places of Childhood - Angelika Kirchschlager
EP 04: Places of Childhood - Bo Skovhus
EP 05: Places of Childhood - Pia Douwes
EP 06: Places of Childhood - Peter Simonischek
EP 07: Places of Childhood - Willi Resetarits
EP 08: Places of Childhood - Michael Schade
EP 09: Places of Childhood - Robert Meyer
EP 10: Places of Childhood - Erika Pluhar