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Baroque Treasures - From Ospedale to Concordia
Baroque Treasures - From Ospedale to Concordia

This year's Easter concert performed by the Vienna Bach Consort promises to be more than just an artistic pleasure - step into the footsteps of the music experts of the 18th century: performed in the Klosterneuburg basilica and experience works that Antonio Vivaldi composed for the Ospedale to be sung, by the girls growing up there, in the church services of the Santa Maria della Pietà.

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Everybody Waltz
Everybody Waltz

With this festive concert the Johann Strauss Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary!

The Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra can rightly claim to be one of the most authentic ensembles for interpreting the music of the Strauss dynasty. In 1966 -- nearly 120 years after Johann Strauss I had founded the Strauss Orchestra, the great demand for high-Quality interpretations of light music led a group of musicians in Vienna who belonged to the small ensemble of the Austrian Radio Orchestra to found the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra. The aim of new orchestra was to cultivate the music of the Strauss dynasty, together with so-called 'light' Viennese music. It was formed of fortytwo musicians, that it to say the ensemble was the same size as that which, according to authentic accounts, was preferred by the members of the Strauss family.


Das Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester feiert sein 50. Jähriges Bestehen mit einem Jubiläumskonzert unter der musikalischen Leitung von Alfred Eschwé im Wiener Musikverein. Bekanntes Programm, das schnell ins Ohr geht: Von Ausschnitten aus der Operette "Waldmeister", bis hin zum berühmten Walzer op. 325 aus "Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald". Nicht bloß bunte Schmankerl vom "Walzerkönig" stehen am Programm, sondern auch die hervorragenden Kompositionen seines jüngeren Bruders Josef Strauss.


Programme:

Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Ouvertüre zur Operette «Waldmeister»
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Die Bajadere / Polka schnell op. 351
Josef Strauss : Dorfschwalben aus Österreich / Walzer op. 164
Josef Strauss : Die tanzende Muse / Polka mazurka op. 266
Josef Strauss : Transaktionen / Walzer op. 184
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald / Walzer op. 325
Paul Hertel : Happy Birthday Johann Strauss!
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Perpetuum mobile / Musikalischer Scherz op. 257
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Martha-Quadrille op. 46
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Klipp-Klapp-Galopp / Polka schnell, aus der Operette «Waldmeister» op. 466
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Kaiser-Walzer op. 437
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Éljen a Magyár! «Es lebe der Ungar!» / Polka schnell op. 332
Johann Strauss (Vater) : Radetzky-Marsch op. 228

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International Baroque Days 2017 - «Love knows no ending"
International Baroque Days 2017 - «Love knows no ending"
For five whole days the Austrian town Melk turns into the centre of classical music. Under the motto «Love knows no ending» one musical highlight will chase the other - matinees, enchanting night concerts, musical entertainment for kids, musical baroque and modern cross-over events with top performances of international stars as soprano Sophie Karthäuser, bariton Günther Groissböck, the acclaimed Tölz Boys' Choir, La Grande Chapelle and many more will fascinate the audience.
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Ralph Benatzky's Axel at Heaven's Gate
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.

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Springtime in Vienna 2017
Springtime in Vienna 2017

Conducted by Philippe Jordan the traditional Springtime concert of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra 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 featured by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
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Joseph Haydn's Creation
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
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Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
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.








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Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
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.
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Sound of Vienna
Sound of Vienna
Vienna is world-famous for its music, composers, virtuosos and conductors. It is the city of music. Tourists from all around the world come here to
enjoy Austria's capital, and countless music lovers from near and far 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.
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Rudolf Buchbinder - Celebrity, Enthusiast
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.

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Knickarts to you - Aleksey Igudesman
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. Unusual portraits from all kinds of art movements emerge, which have never been seen like this before.
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William Tell - From Lucca to Erl
William Tell - From Lucca to Erl

Gustav Kuhn is an opera obsessive, conductor and general manager of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which
he founded. He is also the head of the Accademia di Montegral which he set up and which is based near
Lucca in the Convento dell'Angelo. Up-and-coming, first-class musical talents are individually encouraged
here, receiving a well-rounded training. Martin Traxl visited Gustav Kuhn in his creative crucible
in Tuscany and his festival hall in Erl and followed the journey taken by Gioacchino Rossini's Guglielmo
Tell from the preliminary rehearsals in Lucca to the stage of the Erl Festival Hall. A fascinating glimpse
behind the scenes of Gustav Kuhn's festival operation.

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Guglielmo Tell
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.
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Christmas in Vienna 2016
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.

Soloists:
  • Noah Stewart
  • Angela Denoke
  • Vesselina Kasarova
  • Günter Haumer


Program 2016:  

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  
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Baroque Treasures - George Frideric Handel's Messiah
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.)

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Festival of Joy
Festival of Joy
The reason for this festival concert in Vienna's Heldenplatz is the capitulation of the National Socialist regime on May 8, 1945. The Festival of Joy was founded in 2013 to celebrate this day of liberation in worthy fashion. This open-air concert is intended to celebrate the liberation from National Socialist rule and all the victims of the National Socialists. The festival is organised by the Austrian Mauthausen Committee in cooperation with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance, the Vienna Israelite Community, the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service, the City of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Government. Under the direction of Christopf von Dohnànyi the Vienna symphony orchestra will play "A survivor from Warsaw" and Beethoven´s synphony Nr.3 "Eroica" together with baritone Thomas Hampson and members of the "Vienna Singverein".
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L'Elisir d'Amore - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
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-ofall-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.
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Bach to the Roots
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.


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Re-Sound Beethoven
Re-Sound Beethoven

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.



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Springtime in Vienna 2016
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.
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Christmas in Vienna 2015
Christmas in Vienna 2015
Every year the traditional Christmas concert in Vienna brings together a quartet of the best international vocalists. Angelika Kirchschlager, Valentina Nafornita, Piotr Beczala and Artur Rucinski recite joyful and atmospheric Christmas songs from all over the world, accompanied by the ORF Radio-Symphonic Orchestra Vienna, the Vienna Singing Academy and the Vienna Boys Choir. Conducted by Erwin Ortner, the concert will take place in the glamorous Wiener Konzerthaus.
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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.
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Tosca - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
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.
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Star Night at the Wörthersee 2015 Open Air
Star Night at the Wörthersee 2015 Open Air
With superstars Francine Jordi, Howard Carpendale, The Common Linnets and many more the Starnacht at the Wörthersee 2015 Open Air, taking place at the lakesidestage in Klagenfurt, will entertain the pop music fans as never before!
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Star Night Wachau 2015 Open Air
Star Night Wachau 2015 Open Air
This year the Star Night Wachau welcomes Special guest «The Voice of Modern Talking» Thomas Anders. Joined by well-known popmusic singer Roland Kaiser and many other great pop stars like Revolverheld, the Wachau will again fascinate and entertain the audience with this outstanding musical highlight!
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When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2015
When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2015

Get ready for this year's "When the Music Plays Winter Open Air 2015", 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., Bernhard Prink, Poxrucker Sisters, Münchner Zweitracht, Nockalm Quintett, Linda Hesse, Petra Frey, Ross Antony and many more! 

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When the Music Plays - Summer Open Air 2015
When the Music Plays - Summer Open Air 2015

Celebrating its 20th jubilee in 2015, Bad Kleinkirchheim will once again be the gathering place of the stars of folk and pop music! Enjoy the entertaining power and the musical hits of this outstanding open air event with the creme de la creme of well known pop music artists!


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Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni

In 2011 »Don Giovanni" of W. A. Mozart was produced at the Ruffini Stage in the quarry of St. Margarethen for the first time.The production by Thilo Reinhardt showed sensory effects and dramatic views. The set designer Paul Zoller created an imposing frame for the story of Don Giovanni with his 1.003 women. Musical director Johannes Wildner led a top-class ensemble of singers with Josef Wagner (Don Giovanni), Cristina Baggio (Donna Elvira), Mandy Fredrich (Donna Anna) and Thorsten Grümbel (Leporello).


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Aida - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
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.
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Springtime in Vienna 2015
Springtime in Vienna 2015
The traditional Easter concert from the Symphony Orchestra is entirely dedicated to the Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Following the musical direction of Philippe Jordan, the Viennese Symphony Orchestra brings orchestral works, like the Symphony No 3 in D major and orchestral arrangements of Schubert songs. The orchestral accompaniment promises a totally new listening experience. The German baritone Matthias Goerne supports the Symphony Orchestra. His voice will give the Schubert songs additional phonetic dramatic.
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Baroque Treasures - Antonio Vivaldi
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!
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Conchita - Unstoppable

»My Music, my conviction, my life as an artist»- The documentary accompanies Conchita Wurst - the Queen of Austria and winner of the ESC 2014 through her time after her overwhelming victory and the preparation for the upcoming ESC 2015.  The documentary gives a very personal insight into Conchita's way of fulfilling her dreams and her ambitious aim of winning a Grammy. Be it the recording of her new album, international performances of Conchita at concerts, talk shows, gay prides around the world, the famous Golden Globes or the legendary debut at the «Crazy Horse» show in Paris.

«Conchita Wurst - The Unstoppable» shows how the Queen of Austria manages to reconcile her tight schedule and thereby always remains faithful to herself and her convictions.

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The Fairy Queen
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.

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When the Music Plays - Summer Open Air 2014
When the Music Plays - Summer Open Air 2014

Once again, "When the Music Plays - Summer Open Air 2014" will see a summit meeting of folk and pop music stars! Arnulf Prasch and Stefanie Hertel will again be our guides through a top-class program filled with genuine pop highlights. Musically, Marc Pircher, Oliver Haidt, the "Grubertaler" and Lara Bianca Fuchs will be opening up the show. The «Amigos" and "Die jungen Zillertaler" and the big-band sounds of the "Fegerländer" will provide excitement, and the public can also look forward to hearing the "Mayrhofner" and "Saso Avsenik und seine Oberkrainer". Perfect pop melodies are promised for the grand finale by the "Paldauer" together with Geraldine Olivier, Claudia Jung, the Nockalm Quintett, Semino Rossi, "Die Seer", Nik P. and many more top pop stars.

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New Year's Day Concerts
New Year's Day Concerts
For decades, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has given a live concert on New Year's Day, playing predominantly compositions by the splendid Strauss family. It has become a tradition in 60 countries all over the world to welcome the New Year with the music from the Musikverein in Vienna. The orchestra is world famous, partly because of its many international tours. Conducted by Clemens Krauss, Willi Boskovsky, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta and Georges Prêtre the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was the first to play inimitable Viennese waltzes, polkas and marches in classical concerts, they have now become a yearly tradition. The concert takes place in the famous «Golden Hall» of the Musikverein. The Vienna State Opera Ballet dances to some of the pieces in the most beautiful Palais of Vienna. In the break of the concert, picturesque scenes from Austria are shown, accompanied by lovely stories about the Viennese music and traditions.
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Conchita - Queen of Austria LIVE Concert
Conchita - Queen of Austria LIVE Concert

Conchita Wurst - 1st Live Concert after ESC 2014!
With an amazing performance of her song "Rise Like A Phoenix", Conchita Wurst not only won the hearts of Europe at the ESC 2014, but also made an impressive statement about tolerance and acceptance!

Now the Queen of Austria gave her first live concert in Vienna after her overwhelming victory!

On Sunday, May 18th 2014, Conchita Wurst performed live at the Vienna Ballhausplatz and fascinated the audience, especially with her powerful song "Rise Like A Phoenix"! Before her fans could joyfully cheer their queen, Conchita Wurst was received by the Austrian Federal Chancellor, Werner Faymann, as well as the Federal Minister for Arts, Culture and Public Service, Josef Ostermayer.

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Europe Sings
Europe Sings
A musical peace project on the occasion of the 100th memorial of World War I - in front of the magnificent backdrop of Vienna's historic townhall, Europe's best choirs got together on Europe Day, May 9th, and created a unique vocal experience! The repertoire of the choirs from all over Europe impresses through their great diversity. Ranging from English madrigals and early Baroque musical works to classical music and music from romanticism up to contemporary compositions and vocal jazz the singers amaze with their varying facets. Conducted by the young Cornelius Meister and accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, this concert is a real highlight of international musical performances!
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Conchita - Queen of Austria
Conchita - Queen of Austria
«Conchita - Queen of Austria» gives insight into the fascinating world of the polarizing artist Tom Neuwirth and accompanies you through the hard preparation time including energy-sapping studio sessions and personal contact with hard critics in the weeks before the Eurovision Song Contest. Behind the scenes, Conchita is not only a disciplined worker but also a sensitive person with tactfulness in respect of her family and dearest friends. Despite some negative reviews from the public, Conchita vigorously pursues her way to Copenhagen and takes a journey to her Styrian home town Bad Mitterndorf, Tom Neuwirth's place of childhood, where, for the first time, she meets her parents and the inhabitants as Conchita. She also visits the place where Tom already lived out his feminine side as a child. Back in Vienna, a short Danish-language course held by three young Danishmen completes the preparation for the Eurovision host country. In Copenhagen, Conchita's dream comes true: she impresses the whole world with her song «Rise Like A Phoenix» and wins the 59th Eurovision Song Contest to crown herself as the Queen of Austria!
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Music After The War, Kosovo Between Trauma And New Beginnings
Music After The War, Kosovo Between Trauma And New Beginnings

In the summer of 2010, Austrian cellist Meinhard Holler first brought together Albanian and Serbian music students, as well as young German and Austrian musicians, for a chamber music workshop at the Styrian Castle Preding. But the real thrill ride got going when the whole group went on a concert tour in the homelands of the participants, including several Albanians and Serbs, most of whom live in Kosovo.

The focus of the film is on the passionate musical work of these young people, especially the relationship between the Albanian and Serbian participants, whose young lives were shaped by war and political conflict. Their personal memories of the Kosovo Conflict and explosive archive footage show a chapter of European history that still remains utterly unresolved.

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Baroque Treasures - Claudio Monteverdi
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.
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Salute to Vienna
Salute to Vienna
Since 1995, «Salute to Vienna» welcomes the spring with the enchanting music of Johann Strauss and other fantastic musicians. In 2013, the great operetta- gala took place in the famous Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna for the second time. «Salute to Vienna 2013» is presented by US-starmezzosoprano Frederica von Stade and Academy Award Winner Maximilian Schell. The Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by the renowned Strauss-specialist Maestro Peter Guth and the young Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez, electrifies with an enchanting medley of Viennese operetta: arias of «The Bat», «The Merry Widow», «The Land of Smiles» and «The Riviera Girl», as well as a firework of Strauss-waltzes will not fail to entertain the audiences. The British star-tenor Russell Watson appears as a special guest. Celebrated Austrian soprano Daniela Fally and multi-award-winning Russian tenor Dmitry Korchak will not fail to impress. The adorable sopranos Iva Mihanovic and Alexandra Reinprecht and Austrian baritone Daniel Serafin round up the fulminant setting. Enchanting musical and visual impressions are guaranteed by Austrian Vienna Boy's Choir and the State Opera Ballet of Vienna.
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Christmas in Vienna 2014
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.

Also available:
Christmas in Vienna 2009 - 2013
Christmas in Vienna 2004 - 2007

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Springtime in Vienna 2014
Springtime in Vienna 2014
The Easter Concert from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra will receive powerful vocal support this year in the form of tenor Johan Botha singing Wagner and Lehar. In addition,Springtime in Vienna will see a further première, as Simone Young becomes the first woman to take the conductor's stand at this traditional event. The television broadcast of this spirited programme from Musikverein in Vienna is in the reliable hands of director Agnes Mèth. In 2014 the orchestra travels with Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner and of course Ludwig van Beethoven.

Franz Schubert: «The Friends from Salamanca», D 326 (Overture)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance for violin and orchestra, No. 2 F major, Op. 50
Carl Maria von Weber: «Euryanthe», Op. 81 (Overture)
Otto Nicolai: «The Merry Wives of Windsor» (Overture)
Richard Wagner: «The Master-Singers of Nuremberg» WWV 96(Prologue and song of praise by Walther v. Stolzing)
Johann Strauß (the Son): «The Gypsy Baron» (Overture and Barinkay's song)
Franz von Suppé: «Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien» (Overture)
Franz Lehár: «Guiditta» : «Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert!»
Richard Heuberger: «The Opera Ball» (Overture)
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When the Music Plays - Winter Special 2014
When the Music Plays - Winter Special 2014

This time Arnulf Prasch and Stefanie Hertel present a very special kind of music. At the Alte Mühle in the holiday resort of »Kirchleitn» in Austria's St. Oswald/Bad Kleinkirchheim, they meet live musical guests and a jaunty chalet audience for shared singing and music making. Erwin Aschenwald and his »Mayrhofner», Saso Avsenik and his Oberkrainerand Marc Pircher play together live and sing together with the public. »This special program once again shows that musicians in the folk scene are always open to new things and simply love getting involved in this kind of musical get-together», says FlorianIllich, the editor-in-chief. At the chalet jamboree there are lots of more stars and their hits from the winter open air shows of recent years such as the Grubertaler, the Edelseer,Semino Rossi, the Seer, Roberto Blanco, the Nockalm Quintett, Nik P., Andreas Gabalierand others.

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Places of Childhood
Places of Childhood

This series presents artists, their homelands and the places of their childhoods. What became of their
childhood friends and what has changed in the place where they were born? Films and photos of
the artists' families are as much a part of this series as the many memories with friends and witnesses
to their childhoods.


Episodes Available:

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


Coming Soon:
o Maria Bill
o Reinhold Messner
o Maria Happel

 

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Attila
Attila
Inspired by Friedrich Ludwig Zacharias Werner's drama "Attila, König der Hunnen" (1809), Giuseppe Verdi composed the enthralling score of his opera "Attila" : Verdi created rousing and immediately accessible choruses, arias and duets with expansive melodies for the bloodthirsty story of the battle between the heathen invaders and Christian Italy under the leadership of Rome. The work is bursting with energy and belongs unmistakably to Verdi's first successful period. The individual characters of the protagonists are less well defined but full of passion, a circumstance that elicited great enthusiasm when the work was first performed.

A recording from the Theater an der Wien, 2013.
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Orlando
Orlando
The hero, Orlando, loses his mind thanks to his unrequited love for Angelica, the Queen of Cathay. Angelica is in love with Medoro, who has left the shepherdess, Dorinda, because of her. However, the master of events is a friend of Orlando, the magician, Zoroastro. Freed from his love delusion with his help, disappointed, Orlando turns away from love and back to combat and glory.

"Orlando" represents the end of an era, but at the same time constitutes an interesting new beginning in Handel's oeuvre, since the composer moved away dramatically and musically from established artistic traditions, by for example, reducing the da capo arias or breaking up their strict form.

A recording from the Theater an der Wien in the Vienna Chamber Opera, 2013.
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Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor
The cycle of concertante opera performances in the Philharmonie in Gasteig reaches another peak with Gaetano Donizetti's masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor. In what is probably his most famous opera, the composer masters the clashing of high-grade pulsating passions confidently and with musical refinement. Italian opera had never been this venturous, never this attractive! Interpreting the mad scene in Lucia di Lammermoor has been a career highlight for every great soprano. Now, the exceptional singer Diana Damrau once again takes on the challenge of connecting vocal peak performance with dramatic vehemence. Her musical partner Joseph Calleja will ensure that there is plenty of vocal brilliance and an unforgettable bel canto experience. A dream cast for a legendary opera.
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20 Years Hansi Hinterseer Special
20 Years Hansi Hinterseer Special
After 20 amazing years on stage and on the occasion of his 60th birthday this spectacular TV-portrait shows Hansis successful and multifaceted life story. Starting with his early attempts on skiers to the winning of the world cup of the giant slalom and the silver medal at the ski world championship 1974, this documentary also reflects the difficult phases in Hansi Hinterseer's life. As the absolute favorite he fails at the Winter Olympics in 1976 and disappointed fans spit at him. Poor years follow, until the producer Jack White discovers Hansi's singing talent on a birthday party. This is the beginning of an incredible career which lasts until today. Hansi has already won 30 gold and platinum discs and his tours have been sold out. Be the guest on a captivating journey with Hansi Hinterseer and many special moments shared by his prominent friends and companions.
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Shadows of the Past - The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 1938-1945
Shadows of the Past - The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 1938-1945
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is still often called «Nazi-Orchestra», as the past has been haunting them for many years. Will the brown shadow of Austria's most important cultural export ever fade away? This extraordinary documentary highlights the consistency with which the Vienna Philharmonics charged a commission of historians to clear their past. The archives were opened to Prof. Rathkolb, Dr. Trümpi and Mag. Mayrhofer, the most established critics amongst historians in Austria. Director Robert Neumüller accompanied the team down to the deepest basement of the State Opera where sensational new files could be found. The closer you look, the more the shining image of the orchestra during the Nazi era crumbles. Especially their Jewish members had to face a tragic reality: They were dismissed, seven of them died, thereof five in concentration camps. Others were able to escape and could emigrate, such as concertmaster Arnold Rosé, whose daughter was arrested in Holland. She conducted the orchestra for women until her death in Auschwitz. The work of the historians revealed a lot of completely unknown shades. Archive material that has never been shown before gives fascinating insights into the Nazi past of Austria's most famous orchestra. Finally, the film dissolves the captivating mystery of the ring of honor which was brought to Baldur Schirach in 1967.
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Hansi Hinterseer - Music & Nature: Winter Dream in Schladming
Hansi Hinterseer - Music & Nature: Winter Dream in Schladming
This time Hansi Hinterseer is heading for the snow-covered region of Schladming and Dachstein. Together with Gina the dog, he encounters people who give him a greater understanding of the fascination that the region holds. The glacier's distinctive feature, the special giant ice caves and traditional culinary customs are the subject of this program. Furthermore, he meets the protagonists and organizers of the skiing world championships and casts an eye behind the scenes as the famous loden cloth is made. Naturally, many musical friends and colleagues are also there in Schladming and present their hits, among them Andy Borg, DJ Ötzi, Andreas Gabalier, Francine Jordi, the Kastelruth Spatzen, Simone, Ursprung Buam, Zellberg Buam, Tiroler Echo, Brandlalm Musi or the Edlseer.
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When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2013
When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2013

This year, Bad Kleinkirchheim once more is the gathering place of the stars of «Volkstümliche Musik» (folk music) and «Schlager« (traditional German language pop music) at the «When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2013», which takes place for the eleventh time. In a placid winter ambience, Arnulf Prasch presents a colorful music mix featuring stars of domestic «Volkstümliche Musik» like DJ Ötzi, Petra Frey, Stefanie Hertel, The young Zillertaler, the Edlseer and the Schürzenjäger.

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When the Music Plays - Summer Open Air 2013
When the Music Plays - Summer Open Air 2013
It has already become a famous tradition for all fans of folk music. This summer again, stars of «Volkstümliche Musik» (folk music) meet in Carinthia for the «Summer Open Air 2013». Like the «Winter Open Air» this event will not fail to impress!
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Star Night Wachau 2013 Open Air
Star Night Wachau 2013 Open Air
After a successful premiere in 2012, the beautiful Danube river valley in Lower Austria is again representing the surrounding this September. In the midst of the unique winelandscape of the Wachau valley, in front of the ruin Dürnstein, Alfons Haider presents national and international superstars.
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Star Night at the Wörthersee 2013 Open Air
Star Night at the Wörthersee 2013 Open Air
As last year the «Star Night at the Wörthersee» takes place on the lakesidestage in Klagenfurt. In the summery ambiance of that night, Alfons Haider presents, as every year, the superstars of pop music and «Schlager» (traditional German-language pop music).
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Christmas in Vienna 2013
Christmas in Vienna 2013
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 program arrangement runs the gamut from «Festive Christmas» to «International Christmas» to «Popular Christmas».
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2013
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2013
Each year, the majestic «Wolkenturm» in Grafenegg serves as a stage for many great concerts, to the gain of the Austrian music scene and far beyond. The evenings on the «Wolkenturm» are traditionally opened with the Midsummer Night's Gala, which brings some of the greatest stars on the international music scene to Grafenegg. The fi rst group of well-known artists this year consists of soprano Karita Mattila, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and Austrian percussion virtuoso Martin Grubinger, who will perform together with the Tonkünstler under Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
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Leo Fall - The Forgotten 'Enfant Terrible' of the Vienna Operetta
Leo Fall - The Forgotten 'Enfant Terrible' of the Vienna Operetta
Leo Fall, once a dazzling composer of operettas such as «The Dollar Princess», «The Merry Farmer», «The Rose of Stambul» and «Madame Pompadour» talks about his crazy life. In a fi ctitious discussion he refl ects on his unbelievable wealth, as well as his extravagance and compulsive gambling. He remembers his triumphs in Vienna, Berlin, London, New York and Buenos Aires, and offers deep insights into his private life that included an illegitimate daughter, his legal incapacitation and a cocaine-addicted wife who was unable to cope with life. Alongside his competitors, Lehár and Kálmán, Leo Fall was above all the most important composer of operettas at the heart of the thrilling intellectual and cultural life of early 20th century Vienna.
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Arik Brauer - A Childhood in Vienna
Arik Brauer - A Childhood in Vienna
Arik Brauer has many identities that are just as colourful as his pictures: Viennese, Jewish, Israeli, cosmopolitan, socially committed. As a painter, musician, architect, sculptor and performer on stage, he is also creative. In Helene Maimann's film «Arik Brauer - A Childhood in Vienna» he recalls the time that became a lifelong inspiration and fixed reference point for him. His wife Naomi, daughters Timna and Ruth, niece Jasmin and two of his closest friends, the actor and director, Otto Schenk, and the Tibetologist, Ernst Steinkellner, tell his story. Arik Brauer, who was born in 1929 in the middle of the coldest winter in the last century, spent his early years under extreme conditions, and not just as far as the weather was concerned. He survived the years of National Socialism as a Jewish child in Vienna, became a passionate communist, mountaineer and singer after the war ended and, as a student of art, undertook long journeys by bike through Europe and Africa.
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La cambiale di matrimonio (The Bill of Marriage)
La cambiale di matrimonio (The Bill of Marriage)
This early «stroke of genius» of the young Gioacchino Rossini speaks as a prelude to other Rossini one-act operas and foreshadows what is to come in «The Swan of Pesaro's» later works: The European merchant Tobia Mill wants to marry off his daughter Fanny for a considerable sum to his American business partner Slook, but Fanny loves the poor young Edoardo. After a while turbulence dissolves into pleasure as Slook agrees to the marriage contract. A recording from the Theater an der Wien in the Vienna Chamber Opera, 2012.
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La Straniera
La Straniera

It was on Feb 18th, 1968 when she made her debut as Rosina at the National Theater in Bratislava. Exactly 45 years later we are more than happy to present the great Edita Gruberova singing Bellinis rarely performed «La Straniera» at Vienna Musikverein! The performance with the same cast earned standing ovations at Philharmonie im Gasteig in 2012. «La Straniera» (The Stranger Woman) is an opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini, from a libretto by Felice Romani, based on L'étrangère (1825) by Charles-Victor Prévot, vicomte d'Arlincourt. It was composed in the autumn of 1828 and premiered in February 1829 at La Scala in Milan.  
A recording from the Vienna Musikverein, 2013. 

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Springtime in Vienna 2013
Springtime in Vienna 2013

The annual highlight of the season, Springtime in Vienna, marks Fabio Luisi's last season as chief conductor. On this occasion, the outgoing music director of the Wiener Symphoniker presents a program of personal favourites from his homeland, an evocative potpourri of concerted pieces, plus music from opera and film scores.

 

PERFORMERS

Fabio Luisi, conductor

Roberto de Biasio, tenor

Wiener Symphoniker

 

PROGRAMME

Giuseppe Verdi
Overture to the opera "Nabucco"

Giuseppe Verdi
Overture to the opera "I Vespri Siciliani" ("The Sicilian Vespers")

Giuseppe Verdi
"Quando le sere al placido", Rodolfo's aria from the Opera "Luisa Miller"

Giacomo Puccini
Intermezzo from act 3 of the dramma lirico "Manon Lescaut"

Giacomo Puccini
"E lucevan le stelle", Aria of Cavaradossi from act 3 of the opera "Tosca"

Gioacchino Rossini
Overture to the opera "Guillaume Tell"

Ottorino Respighi
"Feste Romane", symphonic poem

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Star Night Wachau 2012 Open Air
Star Night Wachau 2012 Open Air

Star Night Wachau 2012 Open Air

The Open Air event Star Night Wachau celebrates its premiere in 2012. After the great success of the «Star Night at the Wörthersee» which annually takes place in July in Carinthia, the beautiful Danube river valley in Lower Austria is representing a new surrounding this September. In the midst of the unique wine-landscape of the Wachau valley, in front of the ruin Dürnstein, Alfons Haider presents national and international superstars such as the British pop-princess Amy McDonald, Nino de Angelo, Adoro, Wolfgang Ambros, Nik P, Allessa and many more - a special event in an extraordinary ambiance.

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Hansi Hinterseer - Music & Nature: Berchtesgaden
Hansi Hinterseer - Music & Nature: Berchtesgaden
In the alpine areas of beautiful Berchtesgaden in Germany Hansi Hinterseer meets nature lovers and experts, who give the audience an understanding of this picturesque landscape. Of course, as always, featuring the superstars of «volkstümliche Musik» (folksy music) and «Schlager» (traditional German-language pop music).
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The Freemasons and Music
The Freemasons and Music
Freemasonry has been shrouded in a veil of secrecy, mystery and even suspicion since the outset. What lies behind it has undergone many centuries of development that has taken place under a pledge of secrecy. With their progressive ideas and principles, the Freemasons' lodges were always especially attractive for artists and musicians. Between Vienna, Rosenau, Cologne and Washington, this film attempts to get to the bottom of the secretive world of the freemasons through their famous composer members such as Haydn, Mozart, Lortzing and Liszt, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin, and succeeds in uncovering some surprising insights.
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Mörbisch Festival 2012 - The Bat
Mörbisch Festival 2012 - The Bat
«The Bat» is probably the best known work of the golden era of operetta in Vienna. This year the great tenor Herbert Lippert is playing «Eisenstein», Alexandra Reinprecht (both Vienna State Opera) is singing «Rosalinde», Daniela Fally, the new shooting star at the Vienna State Opera is starring «Adele» and Daniel Serafin is singing «Dr. Falke». After 20 years of successful work, the renowned doyen of Mörbisch Festival, Harald Serafin says goodbye with his role as «Frank», the prison warden.
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Christmas in Vienna 2012
Christmas in Vienna 2012
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 program arrangement runs the gamut from «Festive Christmas» to «International Christmas» to «Popular Christmas». A dream team of classical vocal artistry - Sophie Koch and Piotr Beczala - cast their spell on us, together with the new international star from St. Petersburg, Julia Novikova, the Danish baritone and darling of the Viennese public, Bo Skovhus, and the 150-plus artists of the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, the Vienna Singakademie and the St. Florian Boys Choir under the direction of Sascha Goetzel.
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Wall Street of Voices - International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
Wall Street of Voices - International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
In 2011 the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition, one of the oldest and most renowned singing competitions for young singers, celebrated a significant anniversary. For the past 30 years the Vienna Chamber Opera has given young singing talents the opportunity to make international contacts for their future careers in opera. 141 young singers, selected among over 3000 contestants in pre-rounds throughout the world, travelled to Vienna to make their dreams come true. Young filmmaker Michael Podogil and Rudolf Takacs follow several candidates, a jury member, and an opera agent from their arrival in Vienna through the finals and document the winners and the losers in heartfelt moments between hope, luck, and disappointment. The film also features interviews with among the most prominent casting directors in Europe and the United States, including Christophe Seuferle, current General Manager of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christina Scheppelmann, Artistic Director of Washington National Opera, Dominque Meyer, General Manager of the Vienna State Opera, and Peter Katona, Casting Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to name a few. 
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When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2012
When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2012

This year, Bad Kleinkirchheim once more is the gathering place of the stars of folk music and «Schlager» (traditional German-language pop music) at the «Wenn die Musi spielt - Winter Open Air 2012» , which takes place for the tenth time. In a placid winter ambience, Arnulf Prasch presents a colorful music mix featuring stars of domestic «volkstümliche Musik» like Marc Pircher, the Nockalm Quintett, Petra Frey, Die jungen Zillertaler and the shooting star of the industry, Andreas Gabalier, and many more.

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Star Night at the Wörthersee 2012 Open Air
Star Night at the Wörthersee 2012 Open Air
This year the «Star Night at the Wörthersee» takes place on the lakesidestage in Klagenfurt for the first time. In the summery ambiance ofthat night, Alfons Haider presents, as every year, the superstars of popmusic and «Schlager» (traditional German-language pop music). The musicalfireworks right on the Wörthersee feature among many other starschart-topping Andreas Gabalier, blockbuster act Opus and Johnny Logan.
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Hansi Hinterseer - Music & Nature: Salzkammergut
Hansi Hinterseer - Music & Nature: Salzkammergut
In the first program of the year, Hansi Hinterseervisits the Salzkammergut. The focus is on thelake Attersee, along with the bogs located in theregion. On this show he meets all sorts ofguests who introduce him to fishing aroundthe Attersee, drops by the Konrad Lorenz ResearchCentre in Almtal and searches for tracesof Gustav Klimt's time at the Attersee.Furthermore, he visits the Traunsee and theWolfgangsee - which guarantees wonderful musicalmoments with the superstars of folk music.
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Springtime in Vienna 2012
Springtime in Vienna 2012
On the occasion of the traditional Easter concert, the Vienna Symphonic
Orchestra takes the audience on a top class holiday adventure, under the
leadership of chief conductor, Bertrand de Billy. The orchestra travels with
Bizet, Offenbach, de Falla and of course Johann Strauß. It's a journey
embellished along the way with lively waltzes and polkas, a hallmark of
Viennese classical music.

Franz von Suppé: Overture from the operetta «Leichte Kavallerie»
Amilcare Ponchielli: "Tanz der Stunde" from "La Giaconda"
George Gershwin: «An American in Paris», symphonic tone poem

INT ERMISSION
Ambroise Thomas: Overture from the opera «Mignon»
Camille Saint-Saens: Baccanale from "Samson und Dalia"
Pablo De Sarasate: «Zigeunerweisen» for violin and orchestra Op. 20
Georges Bizet: L'Arlesienne First Suite, No. 1 (Prélude)
Georges Bizet: L'Arlesienne Second Suite, No. 4 (Farandole)

ENCORES
Jacques Offenbach: Can-can from the operetta «Orpheus aux Enfers»
Johann Strauss II: «Unter Donner und Blitz», quick polka Op. 324
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2012
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2012
This year's concert of the «Tonkünstler-Orchestra»will take place in June and like all other Grafeneggconcerts will not fail to impress. This major musical event at the beginning of the Grafenegg festivalhas become a by word for festive joie de vivrein recent years. Guesting at the «Wolkenturm»are Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano, MichaelSchade, tenor and Vadim Repin, violist.

PROGRAM
Georges Bizet: Prelude to the opera «Carmen»
Franz Waxman: «Carmen-Fantasie» for violin and orchestra;
Jules Massenet: «Pourquoi me reveiller» aria of Werther from the opera «Werther»
Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to the opera «Il barbiere di Siviglia»
Gioacchino Rossini:«Tanti affetti in tal momento» aria of Elena from the opera «La Donna del lago»
Gioacchino Rossini: «Non più mesta» aria of Cenerentola from the opera «La Cenerentola»
Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Suite for variety orchestra, second movement (dance nr. 1)
Jacques Offenbach:«Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach» Hoffman's couplet from the opera«Les contes d'Hoffmann»
Igor Strawinski: Suite from the ballet «Der Feuervogel» (copy 1945), Danse infernale
Fritz Kreisler:«Tambourin Chinois» for violin and orchestra
Leonard Bernstein: Overture to the musical «West Side Story»
Leonard Bernstein:«I feel pretty» from the musical «West Side Story»
Carlos Gardel:«Por una cabeza» Tango (adaptation for violin and orchestra: John Williams)
Richard Rodgers:«Oh what a beautiful morning» from the musical «Oklahoma»
Richard Rodgers:«We kiss in a shadow» duet Tuptim - Lun Tha from the musical «The King and I»
George Gershwin:«Summertime» from the opera «Porgy and Bess»(adaptation for mezzo-soprano, tenor, violin and orchestra: Michael Radanovics)

ENCORE
Edward Elgar: «Pomp and Circumstance» march op. 39/1 (short version)
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Let's Dance!
Let's Dance!
«Let's Dance» is the story of people who have one thing in common: the love of dance. Breakdancing, ballet and Latin dance are their passions, and all have one great goal: to appear on stage. Director Florian Gebauer accompanies a Latin formation, a breaker combo and students of the Vienna State Opera ballet school on the way to the decision on success and failure. In the process, he captures the passion to dance, shows personal moments and provides some interesting insights into the extensive rehearsal and preparation work. And of course the camera is there when the curtain finally rises.
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Christmas in Vienna 2011
Christmas in Vienna 2011
The traditional advent concert brings also in 2011 a quartet of international singing greats together. Angela Denoke, Liliana Nikiteanu, Ramon Vargas and Paul Armin Edelmann sing Christmas songs from all over the world. Alongside the Vienna Singakademie, St. Florian's Boys' Choir with their soloist, Alois Muehlbacher, will also be taking part this year. They will be accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, for the first time under the leadership of Sascha Goetzel. This atmospheric concert will be broadcast from the unique ambience of the Vienna Konzerthaus.

The programme includes Christmas classics such as «Silent Night», and the traditional «Hallelujah Chorus« from Handel's «Messiah». In addition, Christmas medleys and pieces from the various soloists' homelands will also be played and sung.
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Hinterseer - Music and Nature: Discovering the Grossglockner
Hinterseer - Music and Nature: Discovering the Grossglockner
Music, nature and great entertainment. Accompanied by other pop stars, Hansi Hinterseer presents the most beautiful landscapes the Alps have to offer. In this episode, the scenic highlights «Around the Glossglocker» are the main attraction. Protecting nature and the environment, the preservation of culture and traditions and respect for all living things is Hansi Hinterseer's way of life. The Tyrolean promotes his values with liveliness and a touch of humor. Protecting the environment is a top priority for Hansi Hinterseer, as well as the environmental organization WWF, who supports this program. Along with other pop stars, Hansi Hinterseer is accompanied by his loving dog Bella.
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2011
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2011

In honor of the Open Air Concerts 10th anniversary, Hansi Hinterseer has put together a special program for his fans and friends of pop music. Offering a perfect blend of top guests and top hits, video projections and a dazzling light show, the Hansi Hinterseer Open Air Concert creates an extraordinary atmosphere. The Open Air Concert 2011 is a guaranteed mood booster, encouraging everyone to join in on the popular hit songs; inspiring one to dream and desire, maybe even insinuating a little fl irt whilst singing and dancing to the music.

 

Together with his musical guests like Andrea Bocelli, Alpentrio Tyrol, The Original Tiroler Echo, Encho Keryazow, Rob Spence, Voigasplattler, Zellberg Buam and the people of Kitzbühl, Hansi Hinterseer has put together a performance for everyone to enjoy and remember in their memories as well as their hearts.

 

Program:

The concert features old and new songs - as well as songs from the album «Two Hearts», where the native Tyrolean has put together a compilation of upbeat songs, love songs and beautiful ballads. Successfully gaining more international fame day by day, the Tyrolean has chosen a wide range of songs infl uenced by his Tyrolean musical customs and traditions as well as international infl uences. «So sehr lieb ich Dich» and «Heut ist ein Tag zum Glücklich sein» are songs inspired by South American rhythms using instruments accompanying traditional folk songs. «Mei Heimat» and «Tirol gibt's nur einmal» full of love for his home and give one a tangible sense of nature.

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Across Borders - Music from the Balkans
Across Borders - Music from the Balkans

Turbo folk and Bach, soft pop and smoochies, Bukovina dub and brass bands - the music of the Balkans is as varied as its central figures. Ecstasy and despair are close bedfellows here - often there is

nothing between them. This documentary illuminates the scene in Vienna and Belgrade. In the process, political, ethnic and religious identity conflicts are uncovered, which sometimes date back to the war in the former Yugoslavia.

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Bastien and Bastienne
Bastien and Bastienne
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2006

With "Bastien and Bastienne" the twelve-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created an enchanting, jovial tale of confusion in love, which foreshadowed his future mastery. The young shepherd, Bastien, falls in love with a rich mademoiselle from the city. His beloved, Bastienne, seeks advice and help from the "sorcerer", Colas, and as a result acts as if she does not want anything more to do with Bastien. The ruse works - and true love wins the day.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Wilhelm Weiskern, Johann H. F. Müller and Johann Andreas Schachtner
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Jendrik Springer
Cast: John Dickie, Ileana Tonca, Johannes Wiedecke
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The Granny in the Apple Tree
The Granny in the Apple Tree
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2007

Andi and his brother Joerg are two completely normal boys who sometimes irritate both their mother and the neighbours with their games. However one day Andi discovers a game that uses his imagination - he invents a grandmother who sits in the apple tree in the garden and plots new adventures with him. Through the escapades that come about thanks to this new idea, he gets to know an older lady from the neighbourhood with whom he can really do things. Now he has two grandmas, the imaginary one in the apple tree and the real, new one from the neighbouring house.

Opera by Elisabeth Naske
Libretto by Theresita Colloredo
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Jendrik Springer
Cast: Waltraud Winsauer, Michaela Selinger, Laura Tatulescu, Simina Ivan, Hans Peter Kammerer, Rey Alan Lacuin
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Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
A recording from the Vienna State Opera,Vienna 2005

The fairytales from The Thousand and One Nights are among the world's loveliest. One of the stories is about the Oriental youth, Aladdin, who finds a magic lamp with a genie trapped inside that helps him to overcome the forces of evil. Eventually Aladdin succeeds not only in winning the Sultan's beautiful daughter as his wife, but also in helping all of the people to health, happiness and contentment. The successful Italian composer, Nino Rota, writer of famous film music such as «Death on the Nile» and «The Godfather», composed this opera for the young and young at heart.

Opera by Nino Rota
Libretto by Vinci Verginelli
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Jendrik Springer
Cast: Cosmin Ifrim, Adrian Eröd, In-Sung Sim, Ileana Tonca, Daniel Denschlag
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Ring of the Nibelungs for Kids
Ring of the Nibelungs for Kids
A recording from the Vienna State Opera,Vienna 2007

In 2007 the European premiere of «Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs for children» took place in the children's tent on the roof of the Vienna State Opera. Based on Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, the Japanese composer Hirofumi Misawa created an appealing opus, which places its emphasis on a mixtureof heroic epic and comedy. His free adaptation of the German heroic saga in combination with elements of Wagner's grand oeuvre, evokes fascination and interest in the historical backgrounds of the old saga as well as in Wagner's fantastic music! Never before has the story of old Germanic gods and Heros been told in a lighter way, brilliantly underlined by Misawa's music! A delightful, educational entertainment for young and old.

Opera by Hirofumi Misawa, based on Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs
Libretto by Matthias von Stegmann
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Jendrik Springer
Cast: Daniela Fally, Ildikó Raimondi, Herwig Pecoraro, Adrian Eröd, Janusz Monarcha,Teodora Gheorghiu, Sophie Marilley, Zoryana Kushpler, Christian Herden
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2011
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2011
This major musical event at the beginning of the Grafenegg festival has become a byword for festive joie de vivre in recent years. Guesting at the Wolkenturm are Genia Kuehmeier, Sol Gabetta and Sabine Meyer, three soloists who are among the leading artists in their respective fields on the world's biggest stages. The magnificent selection of masterpieces is directed by Michael Boder, who, as musical director at the Gran Teatredel Liceu in Barcelona and as an opera director has worked at the very summit of the international music scene over the past few years.

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Michael Boder
Soloists: Genia Kuehmeier, Sol Gabetta, Sabine Meyer
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Imagine Imagine
Imagine Imagine
Never-before-seen footage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

In the closing stages of editing Arena: Imagine IMAGINE, a remarkablediscovery was made in the archives of ORF and BBC.A film can marked «miscellaneous», which had been languishingunopened for over thirty years, was found holding rushes of JohnLennon, Yoko Ono and Mick Jagger. The intimate footage, found inVienna this year, captures John and Yoko in and around theirTittenhurst Park house in 1969. As they discuss art and play chess witha white board and pieces against a white background the footageperfectly encapsulates the world of John, Yoko and the Imagine song. One of the world's other rock legends, Mick Jagger, is also caught oncamera socialising and having fun with John and Yoko during filmingfor the notorious, yet never screened, Rock and Roll Circus documentaryabout a Rolling Stones tour in the late '60s.

"A fascinating voyage into the universe of imagination, creativity and theinspiration for verses of universal peace. (...) An excellent documentary,intelligent and well constructed, that holds your interest from beginningto end. An introspection into the heart of the veritable hymn for a newmillennium." (Infoculture, Canada 2004)

"A music doc - but one that certainly busted out of doc conventions andstructure (...) After watching the film, you won't be able to listen to thesong without thinking about it more carefully." (Wendy Mitchell, Indiewire, USA 2004)

Available as 1x52 min. / 1x89 min.
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2010
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2010
In 2010 the audience was able to look forward to seeing Helene Fischer, Andy Lee Lang, De Hoehner, Sigrid & Marina, the Original Tiroler Echo and artists Michael Raivard and Michel Lauzière - as well, of course, as host Hansi Hinterseer, who wowed them with a number of his hits.

Hansi Hinterseer on the event: «I am thoroughly delighted with the Open Air program for 2010. Helene Fischer, Andy Lee Lang, De Hoehner, Sigrid & Marina, my friends from the Original Tiroler Echo and our two artists Michael Raivard and Michel Lauzière inspired both the audience and me in equal measure. The evening was over far too quickly. In the sold-out tennis stadium under sunny skies and with the wonderful new stage the atmosphere was unbelievable - with visitors from all over the world, including Arizona and Australia.»

Program:
Taking part were the Original Tiroler Echo with «Almkinder», Andy Lee Lang with «Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On» and Helene Fischer with a medley of hits and «Du lässt mich sein, so wie ich bin». Sigrid & Marina treated the audience to «Zwei Senoritas» and De Hoehner performed «Schenk mir Dein Herz« and »Viva Colonia«. Artist Michael Raivard and musical artist Michel Lauzière thrilled the public with their unique skills. Supported by the Original Tiroler Echo, host Hansi Hinterseer sang and played a total of 20 songs -«Komm mit mir», «Viele Grüße aus Tirol», «Ich hab' ein Herz für die Berge», «Zeit ist kostbarer als Gold», «Ich möchte so gerne bei Dir sein», «Still, still, still», «Boarisch tanz i nur mit Dir», a Tyrolean medley, «Auf der Streif», «Musica», «Komm näher», «Du bist mein Leben», «Manchmal», «Dieses Herz» medley, «Schokolade im Sonnenschein», «Viva Tirol», «Hände zum Himmel», «Amore Mio», «Hey Baby tanz mit mir», and as a grand finale with all of the other artists, «So ein schöner Tag».
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2009
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2009
Stars, hits, thousands of fans and Hansi Hinterseer - again this year, these were the ingredients that made up the «Great Hansi Hinterseer Open Air» event. For the ninth time the public's favourite welcomed famous colleagues from the music world to the tennis stadium in his home town of Kitzbühel and once again ensured an entertaining night's TV - which can be seen on Saturday, 5th September 2009 at 8.15 pm on ORF 2. Viewers can look forward to seeing, among others, Johnny Logan, the Nockalm Quintett, Die Stoakogler, G.G. Anderson, Marianne & Michael, Oesch's Die Dritten, the Twinnies, the Duo Minasov, the Original Tiroler Echo - and, of course, their host, Hinterseer.

Hansi Hinterseer on the event: «For me this year again it was simply great to be able to feel this connection and sense of community at the ninth Open Air event in my home town of Kitzbühel, be it on the fans' walk, where over ten thousand walkers joined me, or our procession into the town, where my musical guests and I received such a warm welcome. At the fantastic concerts in the tennis stadium in particular we received terrific support from the packed stands.

Program:
Taking part in the event were the Original Tiroler Echo with «Tiroler Land, mein Heimatland», Die Stoakogler with a medley of hits and Marianne & Michael with «Heut' ist ein Feiertag». The Nockalm Quintett sang «Die Wahrheit», G.G. Anderson «Cheerio» and the Twinnies performed «Peinlich». Oesch's Die Dritten treated the audience to the «Ku-Ku-Jodel», Johnny Logan guested with «Hold Me Now» and «The Wild Rover» and the Duo Minasov thrilled the audience with their breathtakingly fast costume changes. Supported by the Original Tiroler Echo, host Hansi Hinterseer sang a total of 17 songs -«Komm mit mir», «Tiroler Berge», «Schön, dass Du da bist», «Nimm Dir die Zeit zum Leben«, «Ich fühl' mich wohl in Tirol», «Komm nach Tirol, Senorita», «Ich lieb' dieses Land», «Servus schöne Wirtin», «Tirol Medley», «Kufstein Lied», «Du hast mich heut' noch nicht geküsst», «Tanz nicht allein», «Fiesta de la Luna», «Viva Tirol», «Hände zum Himmel», «Amore Mio» and «Hey Baby, tanz mit mir».
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2008
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2008
Popular stars with their greatest hits, thousands of jubilant fans and a congenial host once again came together to present 2008's «Great Hansi Hinterseer Open Air» event. The public's favourite welcomed well-known musicians to the tennis stadium in his home town of Kitzbühel for the eighth time. Among others, Wencke Myhre, Francine Jordi, the Italian superstar Drupi, «Die Flippers», ChueLee, the Gruppe Wind, the Zellberg Buam, Rico Sanchez & The Gypsies and the Original Tiroler Echo were there, plus, of course, the blonde heart throb himself, who wowed the audience with a multitude of his hits.
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Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2007
Hansi Hinterseer Open Air 2007
A fantastic atmosphere, great music and entertaining performances were once again part of the «Great Hansi Hinterseer Open Air» event in 2007. Numerous ever-popular easy listening stars took up the invitation from host Hansi Hinterseer to enthral the Kitzbühel audience. Not only did Hansi Hinterseer, together with the Original Tiroler Echo perform several of his hits, but a crowd of top quality guests also provided excellent entertainment: joining in with the party were Tony Christie, Die Jungen Original Oberkrainer, the finalists in the «Musikantenstadl» up-and-coming musicians' competition, Oesch's Die Dritten, plus De Höhner, Rosanna Rocci, Helene Fischer, Peter Shun, Nik P and Andy Borg.
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The Hoff is Back
The Hoff is Back
«Baywatch» and «Knight Rider» star David Hasselhoff performed an exclusive concert in Pörtschach, Austria on July 10 on occasion of the «Starnacht am Wörthersee». «The Hoff» enchanted his fans with songs like «Do the Limbo Dance», «Crazy For You» and «This Time Around» and also presented new songs from his album «Romantics» in the midst of the beautiful scenery of the Carinthian Lake Wörthersee. As a very special treat, his daughters Taylor and Hayley performed with him on stage.

His music career started 20 years ago in Austria - for his comeback show he returned to Austria and presented one hour of entertainment at it's best. A romantic evening with romantic songs as well as David's «sing-alongs» like «Is everybody happy», «Looking for freedom» and many more, always touching the hearts of people and transcending generations.

David Hasselhoff received over 45 Platin- und Gold Record-Awards worldwide.
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Rock Diaries
Rock Diaries
«Rock Diaries» is a tailor-made mobile TV format where interaction is a core-piece of the plot. A smart crossover between fiction and real life. The featured band is real, acting in their own TVseries. Furthermore, the series is starring national celebrities. It also refers to real events or happenings.
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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - A Portrait
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - A Portrait
Opera houses are keen to snap him up, while orchestras and star soloists bring out their best under his direction. Nikolaus Harnoncourt secured his place in the history of classical music long ago with his great love of music and exceptional performances. This documentary accompanies the 80-year-old world renowned conductor and aristocrat on his tireless search for musical perfection, presenting along the way some of his greatest moments in classical music. In a very personal interview Nikolaus Harnoncourt recounts his career and explains his musical credo, his relationship to his native land and his thoughts on ageing. Filmed rehearsals and interviews with his family and colleagues give an authentic insight into the life of the star conductor and convey an impression of his reasoned and yet emotional way of thinking and working.
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Anna Netrebko - The East-West Diva
Anna Netrebko - The East-West Diva
Salzburg, summer 2002, Great Festival Hall: A petite, dark-haired figure storms onto the stage and the auditorium holds its breath. What a voice! A great soprano, with a velvety timbre delightfully shaded by a slightly throaty tone. In the German-speaking world at least, this «Don Giovanni» was the breakthrough of opera singer «Donna Anna» Netrebko. After countless standing ovations, stadium concerts, video shoots and CD recordings, Anna Netrebko is the undisputed global diva of the opera world. She has fundamentally changed the genre with her image as a modern, down-to-earth, beautiful woman in tune with the zeitgeist. Who lies behind the silvery, bubbling laughter, the childishly playful stage rehearsals and the ever friendly yet general answers to interview questions?

For almost a year the Russian director Anna Mitrokhina followed Netrebko with her camera between Krasnodar, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow and New York exclusively for ORF. The resulting portrait shows Anna Jurjewna at home in her parents' garden in Krasnodar, where she sings folk songs with the family, on tour with her little son, Tiago, or cooking in her new apartment in Vienna. Her father, Yuri Netrebko, tells the viewer, «Right from kindergarten Anna was always the one who led everyone else in singing.» Massimo Giordano, the tenor, marvels at Netrebko's presence. «She has a very special energy and lives completely in the moment. This enables her to enter into an intense exchange of energy with the public.» The Diva herself confesses, «I always wanted to go on the stage. I really didn't mind what I did when I got there. The main thing was that I would be allowed on the stage.» 
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Discovering Haydn
Discovering Haydn
This symphonic documentary takes the 200th anniversary of composer Joseph Haydn's death as a starting point for a cinematic examination of arguably the most important pioneer of Viennese classical music. What emerges primarily is the biography of a highly talented man, born into a provincial family of simple means, who was caught between difficult circumstances and great but often fortunate or accidental achievements.

Haydn wrote most of his compositions at the ancestral seat of the Esterhazy family in Eisenstadt, a dramatically dominant palace, which, to the modern day visitor, is full of unexpected perceptions and encounters with the composer. Moving through this place, a visitor continually finds artefacts belonging to Joseph Haydn and other traces of his life and work discovering a fascinating world, which through the influence of Haydn's music, continues to be felt today.
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The Red Priest - Don Antonio Vivaldi
The Red Priest - Don Antonio Vivaldi
Who would have believed it? While taking an inventory of books at a library in the German city of Dresden, a musical masterpiece was accidentally discovered from one of history's most famous musical personalities. This work, which had been attributed to another composer for around 200 years, forms the starting point for a musical biography of the maestro Don Antonio Vivaldi. Alongside the world premiere of this piece, a setting of Psalm 110 «Dixit Dominus, RV 807», in Dresden's cathedral, the film also presents a colourful recreation of Vivaldi's life and work. From his birth in Venice, the film follows the life of the composer to Dresden and Leipzig and finally Vienna. Renowned Vivaldi experts, such as Professor Peter Ryom, reveal fascinating background information about the pieces. Well known interpreters of Vivaldi, such as the virtuoso Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra round out this «rediscovery» of the maestro with marvellous performances, including a never before recorded violin concerto.
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The Flying Dutchman - Fire and Ice
The Flying Dutchman - Fire and Ice
It seems the «Flying Dutchman», the mysterious seafarer from Richard Wagner's opera, has found someone worthy to carry on his legacy. Real-life Dutchman and modern-day adventurer Henk de Velde who has already circumnavigated the globe solo in his sailboat five times.

In a modern approach to this extraordinary historical material this opera documentary weaves together de Velde's adventures on the icy seas and Christine Mielitz's production of «The Flying Dutchman» at the Vienna State Opera.
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The Mythology of the Ring - Richard Wagner
The Mythology of the Ring - Richard Wagner
This intriguing search for devotees and connoisseurs of Richard Wagner's «The Ring of the Nibelung» takes us on a spectacular journey from the far flung coast of the Philippines to Manaus in the Amazonian rainforest and a tiny Berber village in the Sahara. As well as encounters with Prince Charles, Franz Welser-Möst and Achim Freyer, viewers also meet Star Wars fanatics and Lord of the Rings fans. But what parallels do these modern fables have with Wagner's epic? Is Wagner's grandiose theater work a global myth, that is relevant to us all or is it the music of the rich and powerful? Does power in the operas always equate with the person in possession of the ring? A funny and irreverent film about an awe-inspiring myth, which has touched countless people profoundly since its inception.
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Donauinsel Special - Europe's Biggest Open Air Festival
Donauinsel Special - Europe's Biggest Open Air Festival

With over 500.000 visitors per day, the Vienna Donauinsel Festival has become the largest open air festival in Europe. Since 1984 great lineups of international stars rock the Danube Island and entertain approximately three million party-goers each year. The most outstanding acts of the past few years including the top live acts 2014 are
available now:

 

2014: Conchita Wurst, Rita Ora, Macy Gray, Milow, Rea Garvey, Milk & Sugar, Count Basic, Kosheen, Thomas David, The Commodores, Cro, Revolverheld, Julian Le Play

 

2013: Amy Macdonald, Julian Le Play, Sportfreunde Stiller, Rea Garvey, Wolfgang Ambros, Zucchero, Philipp Poisel, Rainhard Fendrich, DJ Antoine, Wax, Hurts


2012: Marlon Roudette, Hubert von Goisern, James Morrison, Unheilig, Reinholt Bilgeri, Hot Pants Road Club, Tim Bendzko, The Bosshoss, Sunrise Avenue, Silbermond

 
Further recordings from 2005 up to and including 2011 are available.

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The Marriage of Figaro
The Marriage of Figaro
A recording from the Theater an der Wien, Vienna 2001

The 1786 première in Vienna's Burgtheater was personally directed by Mozart from his seat at the harpsichord. Its success was enormous at the time. Emperor Josef II had felt obliged to subject the libretto for the première to the censor, but the Vienna public was quite able to read between the lines.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Angelika Kirchschlager, Simon Keenlyside, Carlos Alvarez, Tatjana Lisnic, Melanie Diener
Directed by Michael Heltau
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Nabucco
Nabucco
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2001

This was a production which was greatly acclaimed by the media at both the musical and the visual levels and which has already found its way into the international history of Nabucco performance.

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Temistocle Solera
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Fabio Luisi
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Leo Nucci, Maria Guleghina, Miro Dvorský, Giacomo Prestia, Marina Domashenko
Directed by Günter Krämer
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Roméo and Juliet
Roméo and Juliet
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2001

«Roméo et Juliette» was Gounod's last great stage success. The Paris Universal Exhibition, which took place in the same year as the work was premiered - 1867 - contributed to the popularity of this opera beyond France's borders. The opera tells the story of Romeo and Juliet and their tragic end, which to a certain extent is a popular version of «Tristan and Isolde». The world premières of these two works took place only two years apart.

Opera by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michael Carré, based on «The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet» by William Shakespeare
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Conducted by Marcello Viotti
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Stefania Bonfadelli, Angelika Kirchschlager, Mihaela Ungureanu, Neil Shicoff, John Dickie, Michael Knapp, Adrian Erod
Directed by Jürgen Flimm
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Pünktchen & Anton
Pünktchen & Anton
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2010

Pünktchen lives with her wealthy parents in a large apartment. Unfortunately her busy parents have little time for their daughter. But Pünktchen has a good friend - Anton. He lives with his mother in miserable conditions. As a way of supplementing their housekeeping allowance, in the evenings he secretly sells shoelaces on the street. One evening, Pünktchen's parents catch their daughter begging alongside Anton on the street as she tries to help him...

Opera by Ivan Erod
Libretto by Thomas Hoft, based on the children's book by Erich Kästner
Orchestra: Orchestra of Vienna State Opera
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Daniele Fally, Roxana Constantinescu, Alexander Kaimbacher, Simina Ivan, Donna Ellen, Ildiko Raimondi
Directed by Matthias von Stegmann
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The Magic Flute for Kids
The Magic Flute for Kids
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2003

The day after the «Opernball» the Vienna State Opera always invites pupils from Austrian schools to see and hear Mozart's «Magic Flute». The film shows the engagement of all protagonists, especially of conductor Seiji Ozawa, to bring this music closer to the children.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Walter Fink, Arnold Bezuyen, Marlis Petersen, Genia Kuhmeier, Hans Peter Kammerer, Ileana Tonca, Herwig Pecoraro, Ioan Holender
Directed by Thomas Bogensberger
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Werther
Werther
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2005

The sensational success of Manon at its premiere at the Opéra Comique in Paris in 1884 confirmed Jules Massenet's status as one of the outstanding French opera composers of the late 19th century. The opera was based on the novel «Die Leiden des jungen Werthers» («The Sorrows of Young Werther») by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1774. It brought overnight fame to its young author, now generally acclaimed as Germany's greatest writer.  

Opera by Jules Massenet
Libretto by Edouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Philippe Jordan
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Marcelo Alvarez, Elina Garana, Adrian Erod, Peter Jelosits, Markus Pelz
Directed by Andrei Serban  
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Turandot 2002
Turandot 2002
A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 2002

Turandot has a unique place among Puccini's works because of its dramaturgical complexity, the intertwining of the exotic and the fairy-tale, of tragedy and comedy. At the heart of the opera is the psychological exploration of the eponymous character, who in her ambivalence of enchanting beauty and cruel nature differs from all of Puccini's earlier heroines.

Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Valery Gergiev
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Gabriele Schnaut, Robert Tear, Paata Burchuladze, Johan Botha, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Boaz Daniel, Vicente Ombuena, Steve Davislim
Directed by David Pountney
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Così fan tutte 1983
Così fan tutte 1983
A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1983

According to statistics drawn up by the Salzburg Festival, Così fan tutte is the third most-frequently performed work at the festival after Le nozze di Figaro and The Magic Flute, knocking even the far more popular Don Giovanni into fourth place. Few other operas have had such a loyal following among Salzburg audiences.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Margaret Marshall, Ann Murray, James Morris, Francisco Araiza, Kathleen Battle, Seso Bruscantini
Directed by Michael Hampe
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The Knight of the Rose 2003
The Knight of the Rose 2003
A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 2003

Rarely in recent years has a Salzburg Festival production provoked such opposing views. The international critics in particular were simply unable to agree. Enthusiastic acceptance and open rejection both appeared to be expressed with the same unyielding conviction.

Opera by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Semyon Bychkov
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Adrianne Pieczonka, Franz Hawlata, Angelika Kirchschlager, Fran Grundheber, Miah Persson
Directed by Robert Carsen
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The Abduction from the Seraglio 1967
The Abduction from the Seraglio 1967

A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1967

The video recording of «The Abduction from the Seraglio» from the Salzburg Festival 1967 preserves one of the most treasured Mozart productions in the Festival's history.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner and Gottlieb Stephanie
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Ingeborg Hallstein, Reri Grist, Luigi Alva, Gerhard Unger, Fernando Corena, Michael Heltau
Directed by Giorgio Strehler

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The Magic Flute for Kids 1982
The Magic Flute for Kids 1982

A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1982

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by James Levine
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Kurt Rydl, Peter Schreier, Zdzislawa Donat, Ileana Cotrubas, Christian Boesch, Gudrun Sieber
Directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

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The Magic Flute 1964
The Magic Flute 1964
A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1964

Kertész' interpretation of «The Magic Flute» differed greatly from that of his predecessors. Fluid tempi, a lithe and transparent sound and the great care of he took with instrumental colors gave this performance an unusually cheerful worldliness.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by István Kertész
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Walter Berry, Pilar Lorengar, Roberta Peters, Waldemar Kmentt, Walter Kreppel, Paul Schöffler, Renate Holm
Directed by Otto Schenk
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The Marriage of Figaro 1966
The Marriage of Figaro 1966

A recording from Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1966

The new production created for the opening of the Festival 1966, which remained on the program for five years, was Karl Böhm's last Salzburg Figaro.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Karl Böhm
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Ingvar Wixell, Claire Watson, Reri Grist, Walter Berry, David Thwa, Zoltan Kelmen
Directed by Günther Rennert

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The Marriage of Figaro 1963
The Marriage of Figaro 1963

A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1963

Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro has always been the most-performed opera at the Salzburg Festival. Mozart's musical comedy was first programmed in 1922 - and until 2009, it saw no less than 240 performances. In 1963, Figaro was sung by the Welsh bass-baritone Geraint Evans, who had a gorgeous voice and plenty of Mozart experience and was also an actor who kept his role in perfect balance, despite its many facets. This recording of Le Nozze di Figaro documents a performance that demonstrated like few others why the opera bears the subtitle «The Day of Madness».

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Lorin Maazel
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Graziella Sciutti, Geraint Evans, Hilde Güden, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Evelyn Lear
Directed by Gustav Rudolf Sellner

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Tonight at the Opera - Opus
Tonight at the Opera - Opus
The report of a unique evening, during which pop rock and classical music blended into one. The public was stirred by ballads such as «Eleven», «Vivian» and «Flying High». Naturally the night would not have been complete without the world-wide hit «Live is Life» as the symphonic highlight, of which in the past 25 years over 100 different versions have been produced. Since the Opuspocus Circus has never been one for standing still, a brand new song was also presented in the extraordinary atmosphere - «You Can Count On Me», a positive, up-tempo blend of pop rock and classical music...

Orchestra: Opuspocus Orchestra
Conducted by Christian Kolonovits
Vocals and Guitar: Herwig Rüdisser
Keys: Kurt Rene Plisnier
Drums: Günther Grasmuck
Guitar and Vocals: Ewald Pfleger
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The 21st Century Tenors
The 21st Century Tenors
This project brings together the best operatic soloists from Moscow's stages in a combined opera and operetta musical. Having been awarded the title «Russian National Treasures», they have already celebrated amazing success many cities including London, New York and Tokyo. Seven ancient archetypal characters sway their guests through solo numbers and ensemble pieces across different genres such as Russian folklore, romances, classical arias and melodies from the musicals. The Moscow state dance ensemble, translate the musical works of art into dance and movement. The unique program and a permanent company of seven operatic tenors, who all appear on the same stage at the same time, guarantee the viewers the fullest possible display of the unlimited creative possibilities of the singers and their songs.

Durations: 60 min. / 80 min.

Orchestra: Orchestra Philharmonica Arad, Romania
Ballet: Russian Seasons Ballet
Conducted by Gavriel Heine
Cast: Alexander Bogdanoy, Maksym Paster, Dmitry Sibirtsev, Eduard Semenov, Alexander Skarko, Mikhail Urusov, Alexander Zakharov
Directed by Nikolaj Androssow
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Bethlehem 2000 - Concert in St. Catherine's Church
Bethlehem 2000 - Concert in St. Catherine's Church
A recording from the Katharinenkirche, Bethlehem 1999

Program:
W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in F major, K 138; Concert for Violin in D major, K 218;
J. S. Bach/Charles Gounod: Ave Maria for Soprano & Orchestra;
W. A. Mozart: Coronation Mass, K 317

Orchestra: Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Wolf-Dieter Mauer
Soloists: Lidia Baich, Sona Ghazarian, Gabriele Sima, Herbert Lippert, Alfred Sramek
Choirs: Viennas Boys' Choir, Vienna Chamber Choir
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Karajan - The Knight of the Rose
Karajan - The Knight of the Rose
A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1984.

Opera by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted and directed by Herbert von Karajan
Cast: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Kurt Moll, Agnes Baltsa, Gottfried Hornik, Janet Perry, Wilma Lipp, Heinz Zednik, Helga Müller-Molinari
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Karajan - Mass from St. Peter's Cathedral Vatican 1985
Karajan - Mass from St. Peter's Cathedral Vatican 1985
On June 29th 1985, an event of singular artistic importance took place. In the presence of Pope John Paul II, Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed Mozart's Coronation Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome. With Kathleen Battle, Trudeliese Schmidt, Gösta Winbergh and Ferruccio Furlanetto, soloists of highest international reputation had been selected to participate. The choir of the Vienna Singverein completed the cast of great performers. Those who were there became witness to a meeting of a truly great Pope with one of the greatest conductors of all times, who - together with a world-class assembly of musicians - created an inspiring atmosphere on that memorable evening in Vatican City. An evening never to forget, even when only watching it on TV.
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Karajan - Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Karajan - Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
The second orchestra of importance in Karajan's life was the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. An artistic friendship spanning decades developed, driving the orchestra to great achievements while at the same time inspiring the sensitive conductor. This congeniality of souls can especially be heard in the works of Anton Bruckner, a composer from Upper Austria. His Symphony No. 8 in C-minor, recorded live at the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, is a document of absolute superlative.
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Karajan - Dvorak: Symphonies No. 8/9
Karajan - Dvorak: Symphonies No. 8/9
Herbert von Karajan's Dvorak-interpretations with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, most notably symphonies No. 8 and 9, are legendary. Symphony No. 9 «From the New World» stands very much in the tradition of Beethoven, but is completely riddled with a slavic tune and a melancholy way that Karajan and the Viennese implied so inimitably. Dvorak's 8th and 9th symphonies captured for eternity - recorded at the Musikverein.

Durations: 40 / 45 min.
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Karajan - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies No. 4/5/6
Karajan - Tchaikovsky: Symphonies No. 4/5/6
Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy - similar to Mozart or Beethoven - was almost always working along the fine line between what is now called classical music and light music. His compositions are even known to people who have never set foot in a concert hall or never went to see a ballet performance, because his catchy tunes are widely used in the world of advertising. Just think of «The Nutcracker» or «Swan Lake». His three most popular symphonies are numbered 4, 5 and 6 in his work-catalogue. Whenever Karajan interpreted them, the audience responded with outright rage. Among all the thrilling and exciting performances the Maestro has left behind, the three Tchaikovsky symphonies Karajan recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Musikverein in 1984 absolutely stand out.

Durations: 44 / 51 / 49 min.
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Karajan - French Program: Debussy & Ravel
Karajan - French Program: Debussy & Ravel
Besides his passion for Beethoven, Brahms or Tchaikovsky, Karajan also harbored a special connection to French composers. Thanks to his French wife Eliette, his villa in southern France and last but not least his personal elegance, he developed an intensive relationship to impressionists Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

A concert taped at the Berlin Philharmonie from 1985 testifies to that affection through Debussy's compositions «La Mer» and «Prélude à l'aprèsmidi d'un faune» as well as Ravel's «Daphne and Chloe».

Durations: 17 / 25 / 110 min.
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Karajan - Brahms: Symphonies No. 1/2
Karajan - Brahms: Symphonies No. 1/2

Johannes Brahms only composed four symphonies. During 1986/87, Karajan recorded both No.1 and No. 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As with works of Beethoven, Bruckner and Strauss, Karajan's interpretations of Brahms fall in the category of «eternal validity». Both concerts were obviously planned as part of a complete cycle of Brahm's works, only to be interrupted by Karajan's death, thus leaving it a torso. For Brahms-aficionados, the torso still poses a highlight of all times.

 

Durations: 48/44 min.

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Karajan - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Karajan - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky's «Pictures at an Exhibition» in the orchestration of Ravel is one of the most popular works in concert literature. His interpretations of an exhibition that really existed in his days are so well put that you can literally see witch «Baba Yaga» or the «Biddies» hatch out of their eggs in front of your imaginary eyes. And if you feel that the walls of the Berlin Philharmonie are starting to sway because of the intensity of sound when standing in front of the Big Gate of Kiev - then you know, that this concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the highlights of Karajan's entire career. Even those, whose access is by video only, will testify to that phenomenon. If you want to know why Karajan is considered a «Magician of Sound»: Watch this! His sheer talent becomes the event here.
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Karajan - Richard Strauss: A Hero's Life / Don Quixote
Karajan - Richard Strauss: A Hero's Life / Don Quixote
During 1985 and 1986, two Richard Strauss concerts with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra were taped: «Don Quixote» and «A Hero's Life». The subjects couldn't stand in a harsher contrast within each other: The endearing hero who fights windmills on one hand, the bombastic protagonist, who shows any kind of soft manners only in side-matters, on the other. Hardly have Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra produced two other works with such a differentiated, opulent and beautiful sound.

Durations: 49 / 46 min.
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Karajan - New Year's Day Concert 1987, Vienna
Karajan - New Year's Day Concert 1987, Vienna
Herbert von Karajan conducted the world-famous New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra only once in 1987. In doing this he ennobled an institution that until then had perpetually been in the hand of a single colleague. Clemens Krauss, Willi Boskovsky and Lorin Maazel had always been responsible for a complete series. Then Karajan came, conducted and succeeded! Since then the star conductors change annually - from Muti to Kleiber, from Mehta to Abbado. Today, one anxiously anticipates who will be the superstar of next year's New Year's Concert. The main opinion is that Karajan put the ideal balance of light-footed joy and musical brilliance in this Viennese Music. Contributions to this success were Kathleen Battle with the «Frühlingsstimmen Walzer», the State Opera Ballet and the famous white horses, the Lippizaner. The New Year's Concert 1987 - it is really a great moment of musical history!
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Peace Concert - Roads to Friendship
Peace Concert - Roads to Friendship

In an unique effort Riccardo Muti together with world-known soloists, the singers of the La Scala Choir and many of Europe's leading musicians joined forces to form the «United European Philharmonic Orchestra». A spectacular and masterful performance in classical music.  

Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 «Eroica» in E-flat major;
Giuseppe Verdi: «Va Pensiero», slave's chorus from the Opera «Nabucco»;
Gioachino Rossini: «Tutto cangia, il ciel s'abbella» from the Opera «William Tell»;
Ludwig van Beethoven: «Ode an die Freude» (EU Anthem)

 

 

Orchestra: United European Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Soloists: Barbara Frittoli, Oriana Kurteshi, Marianna Kulikova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Roberto Frontali, Natale de Carolis
Choir: Coro Filarmonico della Scala

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Christmas in Vienna 2009
Christmas in Vienna 2009
Traditional compositions: «Engel auf den Feldern singen»; Christmas Carols from Slovenia, Georgia and the US

In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon
Soloists: José Cura, Bernarda Fink, Tamar Iveri, Boaz Daniel
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singakademie
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Christmas in Vienna 2010
Christmas in Vienna 2010
The traditional advent concert 2010 brings together a quartet of international singing greats. Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Juan Diego Flórez and Bo Skovhus sing classical and traditional Christmas songs. The Vienna Boys' Choir and Vienna Singakademie are also performing. They are accompanied by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the musical directorship of Karel Mark Chichon.

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir, Wiener Singakademie
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2010
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2010
Once again in 2010 the Wolkenturm in Grafenegg was the setting for the Summer Gala Concert. Several superstars of the classical music world performed a range of beautiful and atmospheric melodies. Those taking part included the Tonkünstler Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and star international soloists. The Swedish mezzo soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter, the award-winning young trumpeter, Alison Balsom, and Rudolf Buchbinder ensured that the Summer Gala Concert offered a varied start to the Grafenegg season. On the program were works by Johann Strauss, Joseph Haydn, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Edvard Grieg and Georges Bizet. To conclude, the artists presented the audience a very special highlight, joining together on stage to perform an arrangement of George Gershwin's «They Can't Take That Away From Me»- a musical tour de force for mezzo soprano, piano and trumpet.

Program:
Johann Strauss: Overture to the operetta «The Gypsy Baron»;
Joseph Haydn: Trumpet concerto in E flat, Hob. VIIe:1, Third movement;
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16, First movement;
Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, «Aspåkers Polska»;
Benny Andersson: «Hemma» from the musical Kristina från Duvemåla;
Richard Strauss: «Dance of the Seven Veils» from the opera Salome op. 54;
Georges Bizet, «Habanera» also known as «Love is a rebellious bird» from the opera Carmen;
Manuel de Falla: «Siete Canciones populares españolas»/«Seven Spanish Folksongs»;
José Pablo Moncayo: «Huapango»;
Astor Piazzolla: «Libertango»;
Kurt Weill, «I am a stranger here myself» from One touch of Venus;
George Gershwin: Concerto in F for solo piano and orchestra, Third movement

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Soloists: Alison Balsom, Anne Sofie von Otter, Rudolf Buchbinder
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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2009
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2009

With compositions from:
Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Gioachino Rossini, Pietro Mascagni, Giacomo Puccini, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, Edward Elgar

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Soloists: Lang Lang, Janine Jansen, Tamar Iveri

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Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2008
Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2008
With compositions from:
Emil Nikolaus Reznicek, Franz Lehár, Pablo De Sarasate, Camille Saint-Saens, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi, Camille Saint- Saëns, Édouard Lalo, Gioacchino Rossini, George Gershwin, Edward Elgar, George Frideric Handel

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Soloists: Michael Schade, Sarah Chang, Katia Labèque, Marielle Labèque
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Summer Gala Concert 2007 - Gafenegg 2007
Summer Gala Concert 2007 - Gafenegg 2007

With compositions from:
Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Antonin Dvorák, Amilcare Ponchielli, Astor Piazzolla, Aram Khachaturian, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Max Bruch, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Ludwig van Beethoven, George Frideric Handel, Edward Elgar and traditional compositions

Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchestra, Lower Austria
Conducted by Alfred Eschwé
Soloists:  Genia Kühmeier, Johan Botha, Bryn Terfel, Julian Rachlin, Rudolf Buchbinder

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Springtime in Vienna 2010
Springtime in Vienna 2010

On this occasion the Vienna Symphony Orchestra whisked its public away to a special kind of «www»- namely the «Wiener Wasser Welten» or Vienna Water Worlds. Under the leadership of chief conductor, Fabio Luisi, this year the Vienna Symphony Orchestra put together a program themed around water for its traditional Easter concert. In addition to polkas and waltzes from the Strauss family, the program also includes Paul Dukas'«The Sorcerer's Apprentice». Handel's «Water Music» and Smetana's «Moldau» (Vltava) continue the theme, as does what is probably the most popular water-related work, «The Blue Danube» by Johann Strauss.    

 

Program:
Paul Dukas «The Sorcerer's Apprentice», Scherzo after a ballad by Goethe, symphonic poem;
Johann Strauss «Thermal Springs», Waltz op.245;
Johann Strauss «Vöslauer Polka», op.100;
Josef Ivanovici «Waves of the Danube», Waltz;
George Frideric Handel «Water Music», Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349;
Bedrich Smetana «Moldau» / «Vltava»;
Jules Massenet «Méditation» from the opera Thaïs;
Johann Strauss «Danube Maiden», Waltz op. 427;
Johann Strauss «The Blue Danube», Waltz op. 314;
Johann Strauss «Thunder and Lightning Polka», Galop, op.324

Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Orchestra
Conducted by Fabio Luisi

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Springtime in Vienna 2009
Springtime in Vienna 2009

A «symphonic cruise» through sea, wind, swell and waves from the Hebrides to the North Sea. The orchestra travels with the «Flying Dutchman» (Overture Richard Wagner) in a «Dialogue Between Wind and Waves» (Claude Debussy) and «Without Stopping» (Eduard Strauss) in a «Barque on the Ocean» (Maurice Ravel) over «Swells and Waves» (Johann Strauss). It's a journey embellished along the way with lively waltzes and polkas, a hallmark of Viennese classical music.

 
 

Program:
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: The Hebrides Overture op. 26;
Eduard Strauss: «Without Stopping», Polka op. 112;
Johann Strauss: «Swells and Waves», Waltz op. 141;
Maurice Ravel: «Une Barque Sur l'Océan» (A Barque on the Ocean) from «Miroirs»;
Johann Strauss: «North Sea Pictures», Waltz op. 390;
Richard Wagner: Overture from the Opera «The Flying Dutchman»;
Josef Strauss: «On a Holiday!», Fast Polka op. 133;
Johann Strauss: «Travel Adventures», Waltz op. 227;
Claude Debussy: «Dialogue du vent et de la mer» (Dialogue Between Wind and Waves) from «La mer»;
Johann Strauss: «Lagoon Waltz» op. 411 based on melodies from the Operetta «A Night in Venice»;
Johann Strauss: «Tritsch-Tratsch», Fast Polka op. 214

 

Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Orchestra
Conducted by Fabio Luisi

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Inside the Infernal Comedy
Inside the Infernal Comedy

The deceitful criminal history of Jack Unterweger, the prisoner convicted of killing a woman who subsequently became a literary sensation and was considered to be a model of rehabilitation, is the true source and subject of the musical theatre piece for Baroque orchestra, two sopranos and an actor.

This role is perfect for John Malkovich. Together with the two sopranos, Laura Aikin and Aleksandra Zamojska, he is rehearsing at Vienna's Ronacher Theatre for the European Premiere of the «infernal comedy»- the press hoopla around John Malkovich is somewhat reminiscent of the press throng that surrounded the serial killer, Jack Unterweger, during his second trial. Observations at the rehearsals for this unusual and genre-leaping theatre evening are interwoven with background information.

John Leake, who spent 3 years researching the Unterweger case in minute detail («entering Hades») is in conversation with Michael Sturminger, the author and director of the Infernal Comedy. Martin Haselböck, the conductor of the Vienna Academy Orchestra, illuminates the beginnings and musical conception of this utterly new form with classical 18th century arias and the fate of a 20th century serial killer to create a profound evening of musical theatre. The truth and nothing but the truth.
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Wolfgang Who?
Wolfgang Who?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a trade mark, a name with worldwide recognition. Yet: the man behind the name and the music remains a mystery. "Wolfgang Who?" tells in two parts the story of the remarkable musician.
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Manon Lescaut
Manon Lescaut
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2005

«Manon Lescaut» was Giacomo Puccini's first great musical success. The opera was premièred in Turin in 1893 and performed in the German language for the first time in Vienna in 1908. With highly expressive cantilenas, Puccini tells of the fate of Manon, who is driven to a fatal ending by her longing for expansive luxury and true love.

Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Domenico Oliva, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, Giulio Ricordi and Giuseppe Adami
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Barbara Haveman, Boaz Daniel, Neil Shicoff, Wolfgang Bankl, Saimir Pirgu
Directed by Robert Carsen
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Koukourgi
Koukourgi
A recording from Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt 2010

The debut performance of Koukourgi fell victim to the revolutionary reign of terror in Paris in 1792/93. Cherubini was forced to break off from composing the piece on the eve of the so-called September massacres when he was only halfway through the fi nale. The incomplete score was long believed to have been lost and was only rediscovered a few years ago in Krakow.

Heiko Cullmann, the musicologist and chief dramaturge at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, has succeed in making the manuscript accessible to the public in a new version for the stage. If we think of his tragic opera, Medea, we think of Cherubini as an artist who excels at portraying wounded souls. With Koukourgi, however, he created music full of wit and spirit. During a period that offered little by way of enjoyment, he produced a feather-light score of almost unlimited richness of form. The libretto humorously blends irony, the magical and the historical, private yearnings and political utopias. The plot takes place in China in days of old. When Fohi the nobleman learns of the love affair between his adopted son, Amazan, and his natural daughter, Zulma, he banishes him. Fohi's castle is then seized by enemy tartar soldiers, although Zulma succeeds in fl eeing to the camp of the timid Commander Koukourgi. She asks him - of all people - to rescue her father. Koukourgi places Amazan at the head of his troops, and thanks to Amazan's bravery, the battle is won and Fohi is freed. But it is not Amazan who is offered Zulma's hand in marriage; instead it is the pathetic and cowardly Koukourgi, who dozed through every battle. In despair, Amazan launches himself into a new fi ght against the Tartars ...

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Luigi Cherubini's birth, his incomplete work, «Koukourgi», had its world premiere at Stadttheater Klagenfurt on 16 September 2010.
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Musically-Culinary
Musically-Culinary
These rather unconventional documentaries follow the trails of famous composers. Vivaldi, Verdi, Strauss, Mozart, Puccini or Rossini - not only are their musical gems being featured, but also their respective culinary passions.

 

Besides portraying their homelands with its people and picturesque sceneries, the documentaries focus on the culinary preferences of these famous men.  From simple pleasures to lush and exquisite specialties - their tastes were at least as different as their compositions turned out to be!

 
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The Sound of Hollywood
The Sound of Hollywood

This documentary uses previously unpublished materials and contemporary witnesses to tell the story of the astonishing career of composer Max Steiner.Shaped by the musical world of Vienna, Max Steiner brought the music of Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler to Hollywood, where he established a new musical genre for the nascent «talkies»:symphonic film music.He produced musical scores for over 300 films, including classics such as «Gone with the Wind» and «Casablanca», was recognised with three Oscars and still has an influence on film music composers - such as the Austrian composer Gerrit Wunder - today.

Available in 1x45min and 1x50min

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt - 25 Years Styriarte
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - 25 Years Styriarte

The styriarte music festival was first held 25 years ago. At the time the idea was to bring Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the pioneering conductor, closer to his home town. This worldwide star has remained at the heart of the festival to the present day and plays a key role in shaping the programme with productions that have caused an international sensation. »styriarte» has become the star conductor's «home game». Over the course of the years he has recorded cycles by Schumann, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert here, and brought musical projects to fruition that would not have been possible elsewhere. The documentary shows the chronology and highlights of the past 25 years and, among other things, provides a glimpse of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe's enthralling and enjoyable rehearsals for Bedrich Smetana's symphonic cycle, «My Fatherland».

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The Best Selling Monks - A Miracle with Side Effects
The Best Selling Monks - A Miracle with Side Effects
Over a million copies of the «Chant Music for Paradise» CD have been sold over the past two years. The monks from Heiligenkreuz Abbey have topped the charts across the world with their Gregorian chants and left stars such as Madonna and Amy Winehouse trailing in their wake. But how did this unusual joint venture between commerce and prayer come about? And what effect has their unexpected worldwide popularity had on the monks' lives? The documentary pursues these questions and looks behind the scenes of their success. It scrutinises the view of the world held by Heiligenkreuz Abbey, an institution that is considered to be ecclesiastically conservative, reveals PR and marketing mechanisms and discusses the question of the extent to which the success a CD of this kind can be sustained.

«The Best Selling Monks - A Miracle with Side Effects» is the extraordinary story of the clash between money and prayer.
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Singing for Life - Voices from the Townships
Singing for Life - Voices from the Townships

In the whole of Africa there are only two opera houses with year-round programmes - one in Cairo, and the other in Cape Town. Opera in Africa has no tradition whatsoever. Furthermore, the role of classical music in everyday life is minimal. Nevertheless, people sing constantly and at every imaginable opportunity. South African television is full of programmes in which choirs perform for one another and with choir championships and choir documentaries. You could almost believe that every South African is involved in a choir in some way. This documentary shows three South African singers with impressive voices who originate from the townships around Cape Town. They grew up surrounded by poverty, criminality and hopelessness, but thanks to their voices have carved out a new future for themselves and thus found a means of escaping their situation. The film observes the singers not only at rehearsals, auditions and performances but also provides an intimate glimpse of their everyday lives.

 

Available in 1x44 min. and 1x52 min.

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Gerry Friedle - My Life with DJ Ötzi
Gerry Friedle - My Life with DJ Ötzi

A biographic documentary about the international top selling chart breaking music artist. Writer/Producer Hannes M. Schalle and Director Karl Kases are telling this amazing story of a motherless child, a homeless fighting his way to the top of the international music charts and also show the making-of the new Album «Hotel Engel» including the latest music videos. Other famous personalities like Franz Beckenbauer, Niki Lauda, Rainhard Fendrich amongst many others are interview guests as well as his current manager Wolfgang Kaminski and his former manager Herbert Fechter.

DJ Ötzi wurde am 7. Jänner 1971 in St. Johann in Tirol, Österreich, als Gerhard Friedle geboren. Als österreichischer Entertainer , Pop/Schlager Sänger und Volksmusiker ist er mit über 16 Millionen verkauften CDs weltweit einer der erfolgreichsten Musiker aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum. Seine großen Hits waren die Titel "Anton aus Tirol", "Hey Baby", "Live is life" und "Ein Stern, der deinen Namen trägt". Das neue Album "Hotel Engel" ist DJ Ötzis persönlichstes Album und beinhaltet die neuen Hit-Songs "Noch in 100TSD Jahren" von Dieter Bohlen und "Tränen" von Florian Ast. Im Zuge der Produktion des Albums entstand der Film "Gerry Friedle: Mein Leben mit DJ Ötzi", der die erstaunliche Karriere und das Leben des erfolgreichen Künstlers porträtiert.  

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Concert for Europe 2006
Concert for Europe 2006

Program:
Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture op. 96
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K 550, 1st movement 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: This Depiction Is Enchantingly Lovely from "The Magic Flute"
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2, op. 61, 2nd movement
Gioachino Rossini: Overture from "Wilhelm Tell"
Giuseppe Verdi: Donna è mobile from "Rigoletto"
Juventino Rosas: Sobre las Olas
Manuel de Falla: Interlude et Danse from "La Vida Breve"
Johann Strauss: Spanish March op. 433
Johann Strauss: Viennese Spirit - Wiener Blut op. 354

Encores:
Agustín Lara: Granada
Josef Hellmesberger: Valse Espagnole
Joseph Strauss: Ohne Sorgen!

 

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by Placido Domingo
Soloist: Juan Diego Flórez

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50 Years Concentus Musicus
50 Years Concentus Musicus
The documentary begins by taking a look at how the ensemble, which specialises in performing music from past centuries on authentic historical instruments, got its start. We accompany the group to several performance venues, including London, Vienna and Graz. Celebrated singers, such as Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade and Herbert Lippert, recount anecdotes describing their personal connection and collaboration with the orchestra. Current excerpts from rehearsals featuring works by Mozart, Purcell and Haydn round out the programme.
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Tosca
Tosca
A recording from the Bregenz Festival, Bregenz 2007

Love, jealousy, intrigue and deception are the explosive ingredients that make Gioachino Puccini's «Tosca» one of the most successful operas of all time. Staged as a story of love and life in a dictatorial surveillance state, director Philipp Himmelmann has created a unique interpretation for the Seebühne in Bregenz.

In his 22nd adventure even world's best known secret agent James Bond stopped by to attend «Tosca» at this amazing and picturesque location.

Opera by Gioachino Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa based on the novel by Victorien Sardou
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Ulf Schirmer
Choirs: Bregenz Festival Choir, Britten Festival Choir
Cast: Nadja Michael, Zoran Todorovic, Gidon Saks
Directed by Philipp Himmelmann
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King Without a Crown - Basso Star René Pape
King Without a Crown - Basso Star René Pape
His genre not only encompasses the great Wagner roles but also includes young roles with sex-appeal, from Don Giovanni to Escamillo. The documentary shows the balancing act between the star and the private person René Pape in portraying the singer in the thrilling world of opera with all its joys and tensions and in his everyday life. The opera-singer as jet-setter traveling from one country to another. On the tour accompanying René Pape from Berlin to Dresden, Madrid, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna we meet artists like Daniel Barenboim and Placido Domingo. In 2002 he was nominated "Singer of the Year" in the United States.
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In the Heart of the Light - The Night of the Prima Donnas
In the Heart of the Light - The Night of the Prima Donnas
In 2001, 12 renowned divas of song from all over the world gathered in the world-famous Greek amphitheater in Taormina, Italy, under the direction of André Heller. This «Festival of the Last Prima Donnas» celebrated the talents of American soprano Jessye Norman, the «Voice of America» Ami Koita, Dee Dee Bridgewater, regarded as the «new Ella Fitzgerald», Israeli pop singer Noa and her Palestinian counterpart Amal Murkus, as well as Esma Reszepova, known as the «Edith Piaf of the Gypsies», and Neapolitan singer Lina Sastri «the incarnation of Italy's songs».
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Seiji Ozawa - Maestro, Teacher, Student
Seiji Ozawa - Maestro, Teacher, Student
Seiji Ozawa guides the artistic fate of one of the most renowned opera houses in the world as musical director of the Vienna State Opera for five years. To do this, Ozawa ended his more than 30 year involvement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood festival. The film also shows Ozawa away from his work, for example in his house in Tokyo, in which a TV team was welcomed for the first time, or on the ski slopes.
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Karajan - Beethoven - 9 Symphonies
Karajan - Beethoven - 9 Symphonies
Beethoven and Karajan - a lifelong love affair; decades of struggle. The result: new unexpected interpretations time and time again. The studio productions of Telemondial were recorded in the years 1982 - 1986 in the Berlin Philharmonie with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. They bring the possibly most popular symphonies into the concert halls of the world in perfect balance between obliging architecture and innovative magnitude that was such a great concern to the contemporary Beethoven. You can characterize these 9 Beethoven symphonies as the heart of Karajan's legacy.

Miscellaneous running times.
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Karajan - Requiems by Verdi, Brahms & Mozart
Karajan - Requiems by Verdi, Brahms & Mozart
Herbert von Karajan also often confronted himself with spiritual music. Especially the Mozart, Verdi and Brahms Requiem were always performed in the utmost quality, whereas before all else Verdi's Messa di Requiem demands excellent opera voices.

In the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna in 1984 with the Vienna Philharmonics, the soloist quartet Anna Tomowa-Sintow, José Carreras, José van Dam and Kurt Moll was available. The Mozart Requiem in 1986, again in the Vienna Musikvereinssaal with the Vienna Philharmonics, Anna Tomowa-Sintow could be heard again as the soprano, Vinson Cole as tenor, Paata Burchuladze as bass and Helga Müller Molinari as alto. Whereas the Brahms German Requiem, again in the Vienna Musikvereinssaal in 1985 with the Vienna Philharmonics, Kathleen Battle, soprano, Jose van Dam, baritone, along with the Vienna Singverein guaranteed an unforgettable event.

Durations: 91 / 81 / 56 min.
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Karajan - Falstaff
Karajan - Falstaff
Time and time again Karajan conducted Falstaff at the Scala, in Vienna or Salzburg. But the presumably longest performance came out in summer of 1982 in Salzburg. In the centre of the audience's enthusiasm was the sheer unbelievable Guiseppe Taddei, whose mischievousness in combination with vocal abundance was unique.

A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1982

Opera by Guiseppe Verdi
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted and directed by Herbert von Karajan
Cast: Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Raina Kabaiwanska, Janet Perry, Christa Ludwig, Trudeliese Schmidt, Francisco Araiza, Piero de Palma, Federico Davià, Heinz Zednik
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Pianist and More - Markus Hinterhäuser
Pianist and More - Markus Hinterhäuser
The Austrian Markus Hinterhäuser, extraordinary pianist and Concert Director at the Salzburger Festspiele, is impossible to categorize. He has established himself as an allround-artist and creative lateral thinker - you won't find any of the well-known, common composers at one of his increasingly rare concerts. One is much more likely to come across Morton Feldman, John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, or Galina Ustvolskaya. A very intimate portrait, showing this exceptionally talented man at work as well as his private sides following him to La Spezia, his birthplace in Italy.
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Broadway and Film Melodies
Broadway and Film Melodies
A recording from the Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna 1995.  

Program:
George Gershwin: Strike up the Band - Overture;
Henry Mancini: Pink Panther, Songs for Audrey;
Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady - Medley;
Henry Mancini: Portrait of the Beatles;
Leonard Bernstein: Westside Story - Symphonic Dances  

Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93
Recorded in Vienna, 1970.

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
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Voices of God
Voices of God
A unique event took place in Morocco in May 1999. Some 100 musicians answered a call from André Heller and went to Marrakesh to hold a music festival for and with each other, under the title «Voices of God». It took place in a magnificent interior courtyard of a clay palace from the 16th century. The splendidly costumed musicians took their places, only coming forward to present their art to a select group of Bedouins and their fellow musicians.

Voices of God refers to spiritual music in the broader sense. Heller: "Music is a rite, its sound invokes the invisible, but also casts a spell on people and the environment." Thus this confrontation of various cultures turned out to be more than just a festival of music but also one of beauty and the senses. An arena-like stage laid out with carpets was set up in front of the massive tower of the Badia Palace. Here the splendidly costumed musicians took their places, only coming forward to present their art to a select group of Bedouins and their fellow musicians. These included such famous artists as the "Sabri Brothers" from Pakistan, the Bulgarian "Angelité" choir, the "Black Lodge Singers" from central Africa, American Indians, Inuit women, a Fado singer from Portugal, the cantor of the big synagogue in Paris, the "Tuva Ensemble" from Siberia and even the Bad Goisern Alm Quartett.  

Also available: Making of: 29 min.
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Jubilee Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Jubilee Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1992 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.    

Program:

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished", D 759
Gustav Mahler: Rückert Lieder 3-7
L. v. Beethoven: Corolian Ouverture op. 62
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"
Maurice Ravel: "Boléro"

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Soloist: Christa Ludwig

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Karajan - Jubilee Concert - 100 Years Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Karajan - Jubilee Concert - 100 Years Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - a unique lifelong cooperation, slightly clouded only by minor disharmonies. Karajan was appointed head of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at an early stage of his famed international career, when he succeded Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1954. The Vienna State Opera, the Salzburger Festspiele and the Vienna Philharmonic were later stops on his illustrious path through the world of music.  

The long-term relationship between Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra still remains a one-of-a-kind phenomenon. Not surprisingly, Karajan chose Beethoven's «Eroica» to be performed at the anniversary concert «100 Years Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra». Without a doubt, Karajans «Eroica» marks a highlight in the history of classical concerts - and certainly one of Karajan's own career.
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Karajan - Osaka Concerts
Karajan - Osaka Concerts
Herbert von Karajan had an exceptionally close relationship to Japan. He had his first appearance as a guest conductor with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 1954. A few months later - after Furtwängler's death - he came to Tokyo and Osaka in 1984 on his first world tour with his Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. At this celebrated appearance in the Symphony Hall Osaka he performed Mozart's Divertimento No. 15, Richard Strauss's Don Juan and Respighi's Pini di Roma. If you want to experience how popular Karajan was in Japan, you have the best possibility to do so with this recording.
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A Night in Venice
A Night in Venice
A recording from the Mörbisch Festival, Mörbisch 1999.

Operetta by Johann Strauss
Libretto by Friedrich Zell and Richard Genée
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Burgenland
Conducted by Rudolf Bibl
Choir: Mörbisch Festival Choir
Cast: Marc Clear, Evelyn Schörkhuber, Gideon Singer, Wilhelm Gartner, Mirjana Irosch, Ingrid Habermann, Christian Baumgärtel, Marjus Heinrich, Christine Bath
Directed by Helmut Lohner
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Karajan - Famous Overtures
Karajan - Famous Overtures
The compositions of Ludwig von Beethoven as well as those of Richard Wagner or Richard Strauss stand in the center of Herbert von Karajan's oeuvre. He recorded the most popular Beethoven overtures in the season 1985/86 in the Berlin Philharmonie, i.e. Fidelio, Egmont and Leonore Nr. 3. This concert of superlatives is complemented by Brahms' Tragic Overtures. Karajan proves himself as a deserving successor of his great idol Wilhelm Furtwängler.
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Karajan - Opening Concert Chamber Music Hall Berlin 1987
Karajan - Opening Concert Chamber Music Hall Berlin 1987
The Opening of the Berlin Chamber Music Hall in October 1987 would remain one of the last appearances of Karajan in Berlin. On this occasion, Karajan conducted Vivaldi's «Four Seasons». The part of the solo violin was played by one of the best violinists in the world, who also was the favourite musical partner of Karajan at the time: Anne-Sophie Mutter. A passionate young musician, she became - next to Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - the third star of the evening. Karajan directed the concert while playing the cembalo himself.
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Karajan - Don Carlos
Karajan - Don Carlos
A recording from the Easter Festival, Salzburg 1986

What once was said of the Troubadour applies for Verdi`sDon Carlos: All you need is the four world best singers and then this opera is no problem: the wonderful Agnes Baltsa in the title role of Eboli and Karajan`s favorite tenor José Carreras; the singer of Elisabeta, Fiamma Izzo d`Amico, who impassioned with her voice in tender lyric - just like a young Freni - and represented the ideal contrast to the singer of KIng Philip. Furlanetto is today`s leading international bass-baritone and continues the tradition of Cesare Siepi and Nicolai Ghiaurov as his predecessors.

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Josephe Méry and Camille du Locle based on the Play by Friedrich Schiller
Orchestra: Belrin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted and directed by Herbert von Karajan
Cast: José Carreras, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Fiamma Izzo D'Amico and Agnes Baltsa
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The Gypsy Baron
The Gypsy Baron
A recording from the Mörbisch Festival, Mörbisch 2000

Operetta by Johann Strauss
Libretto by Ignatz Schnitzer based on the novel by Maurus Jókai
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Burgenland
Conducted by Rudolf Bibl
Choir: Mörbisch Festival Choir
Cast: Peter Edelmann, Heinz Zednik, Martina Serafin, Harrie van der Plas, Helmut Berger-Tuna, Romana Noack, Andreas Schlagerl, Brigitte Pinter
Directed by Heinz Marecek
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Fidelio
Fidelio
A recording from the Bregenz Festival, Bregenz 1995

Opera by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner and Friedrich Treitschke based on the novel by Jea Nicolas Bouilly
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Ulf Schirmer
Choirs: Choir of the Russian Academy, Chamber Opera Choir Sofia, Bregenz Festival Choir
Cast: Mark Holland, Pavlo Hunka, Stig Andersen, Jane Thorner-Mengedoth, Walter Fink, Mariette Kemmer, Robert Wörle
Directed by David Pountney

Duration: 84 min. / 115 min.
Making of: 25 min.
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Christmas in Vienna 2005
Christmas in Vienna 2005
Artistically speaking, "Christmas in Vienna" is a top-notch traditional Christmas concert intended as a purely classical platform for celebrating the holidays. In addition, this event provides a glimpse of some of Vienna's historic sites, including the Stephansdom cathedral or the Figaro House, while telling very touching Yule-tide tales involving prominent personalities. The participation of baritone Thomas Hampson, one of the finest singers in the contemporary music scene, guarantees the highest level of artistic quality. He is joined by sopranos Ildikó Raimondi and Federica von Stade, making up a cast to ensure a truly memorable event.  

Traditional compositions:
Es hat sich halt eröffnet; Maria durch ein Dornwald ging; A Spotless Rose Is Growing; Heissa Buama stehts g'schwind auf; Engel auf den Feldern singen; Andachtsjodler

In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Manfred Honeck
Choir: Vienan Boys' Choir
Soloists: Thomas Hampson, Ildiko Raimondi, Toni Stricker

Available in 1x60min and 1x90min
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We are the World - World Choir Games 2008
We are the World - World Choir Games 2008
About a dozen choirs will present music, lyrics and inclinations of the choral scene from all over the world - from Swedish a cappella to traditional or classical ensembles from Croatia or Italy, from Australian pop-oriented choirs to a children's choir from China. This is an exceptional musical journey not only for your ears but also for your eyes: watch singers in incredible elaborate traditional costumes and musicians playing on long-established priceless instruments as well as breathtaking dance performances by folk dance groups. Let you drag along into this record-breaking choir festival and experience first hand how its slogan «Singing together brings nations together» has become a unifying force for the entire world.
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Music for Peace
Music for Peace
Please ask for details for this program.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, KV 626
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, KV 626
The concert of Mozart's Requiem in D minor in full-length by the outstanding performance of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus Vienna marked the glamourous conclusion of the Mozart Year 2006. Written by one of the greatest composers of musical history, the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is apparent all the time during this exceptional musical experience. Although being his last composition, it is one of his most powerful and recognized works; however he never was able to complete it because of his sudden death. Mozart's assistant and student, Franz Xaver Süßmayr, took on the task of completing the piece.
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Philharmonic Dynasties - The Big Family of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonic Dynasties - The Big Family of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Is the most famous symphony orchestra in the world in reality a family business? After taking a closer look, one might get that impression. The intertwining, genealogic history of the Vienna Philharmonic's members dates back to the orchestra's very beginnings. The chair on which clarinettist Peter Schmidl now sits was once occupied by his father, and his father before him. Similarly, solo-cellist Franz Bartolomey can also look back on an extensive family tradition. The Vienna Philharmonic is truly unique in the world in building on the family histories of its members to create such a rich artistic legacy.
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Concert for Europe 2004
Concert for Europe 2004
Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture from "The Marriage of Figaro"
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 7 and 5
Jean Sibelius: Valse Triste from "Kuolema" (Death) op. 44
Friedrich Smetana: The Moldau from "Ma Vlast" (My Fatherland)
Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana"
Frederic Chopin/Alexander Glazunov: Polonaise from "Chopiana Suite"
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, 4th movement
Maurice Ravel: Bolero
Johann Strauss: Viennese Spirit - Wiener Blut

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Bobby McFerrin
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As If My Life Were Normal - Mezzo-Soprano Angelika Kirchschlager
As If My Life Were Normal - Mezzo-Soprano Angelika Kirchschlager
Mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, a native of Salzburg, Austria, lives her life spanning the gap between professional success and dedication to her family. In the last ten years, she has become one of the most renowned Austrian singers, as well as the dedicated mother to her school-aged son, Felix, for whom making music is the most natural thing in the world.

The ORF television crew, which accompanied her for nearly a year, was allowed to take a very intimate look at Ms. Kirchschlager's professional and private life.
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Karajan - Don Giovanni
Karajan - Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni is the most popular Mozart opera. But it is very difficult to find an ideal cast. In 1987 in Salzburg this was the case with Samuel Ramey in the title role and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello. A few years later the Italian bass baritone Furlanetto followed in the title role. It is very important that Don Giovanni as well as his valet are high quality artists. The primadonna trio Anna Tomowa-Sintow as Donna Anna, Agnes Baltsa - who sang Elvira for Karajan only - and Kathleen Battle as Zerlina is unique. Here you can really study the wide spektrum of feminine nature. You cannot perform this piece better than with this trio! Gösta Winbergh, who at the same time began to sing Wagner, gave the ideal balance between lyric and dramatic art.

A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1987.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Cast: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Kathleen Battle, Agnes Baltsa, Gösta WInbergh, Alexander Malta, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Paata Buchuladze
Directed by Werner Hampe
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La Bohème
La Bohème
A recording from the Bregenz Festival, Bregenz 2002

Three gigantic bistro tables on the shore of Lake Constance form the stage for this production of La Boheme. The Bregenz Festival has mounted Puccini's timeless tale of the longings and dreams of a group of young artists in Paris on the largest floating stage in the world. Audience and critics from all over the world have acclaimed this production.

Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica based on the novel by Henri Murger
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Ulf Schirmer
Choirs: Bregenz Festival Choir, Moscow Chamber Choir
Cast: Alexia Voulgaridou, Elena de la Merced, Rolando Villazon, Ludovic Tézier, Toby Stafford-Allen, Markus Marquardt
Directed by Richard Jones and Antony McDonald,
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Gala Concert - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Gala Concert - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
A recording from the Grosser Konzerthaussaal, Vienna 1991

Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in D major «Prague Symphony», K 504 Concert for Piano and Orchestra in A major, K 488 Symphony in E flat major, K 543

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Sándor Végh
Soloist: Radu Lupu
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Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 in E Flat Major «Romantic»
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 in E Flat Major «Romantic»
A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1990.

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
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Franz Schubert - Mass in G major, D 167
Franz Schubert - Mass in G major, D 167

A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1990

 

Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
Soloists: Barbara Bonney, Jorge Pita, Andreas Schmidt

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Puccini and Lucca
Puccini and Lucca
Puccini's life took place in Tuscany, between Abetone in the north and Siena in the south. His culinary passion was devoted to the simple but pure produce of the region. Excerpts of opera-classics like «La Boheme», «Tosca» and «Turandot»- shot at the opera-festival of Torre del Lago - complement this musicalculinary tour through Puccini's life and palatine.
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Mozart's Little Treasures
Mozart's Little Treasures

A recording from the Parish Church, Baden 1990

 

Program: 
W. A. Mozart: "Alma Dei creatoris", K 277 "Sancta Maria, mater Dei", K 273 "Inter natos mulierum", K 72 "Sub tuum praesidium", K 198 "Ave verum corpus", K 618

Orchestra: Vienna Court Music Ensemble
Conducted by Uwe Christian Harrer
Choirs: Vienna Boys' Choir, Vienna State Opera Choir

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The Vienna Court Music Ensemble in Vienna 1992
The Vienna Court Music Ensemble in Vienna 1992
PROGRAM: Michael Haydn: Te Deum in D major (11 min.) W.A. Mozart: Regina Coeli in C major K 276 (8 min.) Franz Schubert: Mass in A flat major D 678 (47 min.)
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Silk Road - Songs Along the Road and Time
Silk Road - Songs Along the Road and Time
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Curt Faudon brings to life a never before seen, intimate view of the Vienna Boys' Choir, the most famous boys' choir in the world. Being a combination between fly-on-the-wall documentary and cinematic elements this multi-layered feature film takes us on a journey around the world and even back into time, experiencing the boys' nomadic lifestyle through their very own eyes. Kicking off the story is the choir's Silk Road project, a children's opera which tells the tale of a 2000 year old ghost and a talking camel, based on original songs from Turkey, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia and China. While rehearsing the songs, meeting with Asian artists and learning the opera dialogue they attend school, go on their «normal» tours during the academic year and sing under famous conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst and Riccardo Muti. The fictional narrative focuses on a boy who thinks he is a middling chorister muddling along, trying to fly under the radar. He only discovers in the course of the rehearsals that he is much better than he thinks to be. The boy's friends, coming from the US, Slovakia and even from Japan, give their best to help him overcome his shyness before the opening night of the opera.

Interlaced with a tongue-in-cheek filmed collage we go back in time and witness the imperial choir singing at the Augsburg Reichstag in 1518 with Albrecht Dürer and Martin Luther present as well as acts in front of Napoleon III of France and Maria Theresa of Austria and other historical performances in the choir's 500-year history, brought to life by rich costumes and state-of-the-art special effects. Experience a touching coming-of-age-story, breathtaking musical performances and awe-inspiring international locations along the Silk Road with tidbits of mystery and a very special guest appearance: a talking camel.

Available in 1x51 min and 1x86 min.
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Concerts of Symphonic Entertainment
Concerts of Symphonic Entertainment

The ORF Symphony Orchestra performs various pieces by Leos Janacek, Antonin Dvorak, Bohuslav Martinu, Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Alexander Borodin, Camille Saint-Saens, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Jacques Offenbach, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Kurt Schwertsik, John Adams and Philip Glass.

 

Orchestra: ORF Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg and Dennis Russell Davies
Soloists: Marianne Faithfull and Dennis Russel Davies

Duration: approximately 90 min. each

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Karajan - Herbert von Karajan Profile
Karajan - Herbert von Karajan Profile
In 1982 Karajan founded Telemondial, and with the best studio technicians he once again started to produce sound recordings. Next to important studio productions of popular concert repertoires Karajan decided to integrate some of his favourite operas like "Don Giovanni", "Don Carlos", "The Night of the Rose" or "Falstaff".

This film documentary by Gernot Friedl follows the life and work of the great conductor, revealing both his charisma - the Karajan phenomenon - and also the more controversial sides of his personality and musical approach. Extracts from opera and concert works by Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Bach, Puccini, Johann Strauss (the younger), Mahler, Verdi, Richard Strauss and Schonberg testify to the wide-ranging repertoire which Herbert von Karajan developed during his life as a conductor.

Available in 1x45 min / 1x61 min / 1x89 min.
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Dance on the Spot
Dance on the Spot
Austria boasts a very active young dance scene, which has assumed a remarkably independent role within the international world of dance. The Vienna Dance Biennial of 1982 to 1994 contributed a great deal to the importance that dance has acquired in Austria over the years; the Internationale Tanzwochen Wien and the ImPuls Tanz festival, now held for fifteen years, have added further impact to the scene. All these events have fostered the country's role in dance and have attracted new audiences.
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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Famous Conductors in Historical Recordings
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Famous Conductors in Historical Recordings
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra the ORF presents a selection of historical mono recordings in black and white. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Claudio Abbado, Karl Böhm, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, Sir Georg Solti and George Szell.

Claudio Abbado:
A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1969;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
48 min.

Karl Böhm:
A recording from the Vienna Festival Opening, Vienna 1963, and the Olympic Games Opening, Innsbruck 1964;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration; A Hero's Life;
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in G minor, K 550;
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92
141 min.

Lorin Maazel:
A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1964;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concert No. 3 in G major, K 216, Soloist: Lorin Maazel;
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concert No. 4 in G major
52 min.

Zubin Mehta:
Recorded in Vienna, 1969;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program:  Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 4
56 min.

Eugene Ormandy:
A recording from the Vienna Festival, Vienna 1963;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93;
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concert in C major, K 467, Soloist: Rudolf Serkin
65 min.

Georg Solti:
A recording from the Vienna Festival, Vienna 1964;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Béla Bartók: Concert for Orchestra;
Richard Strauss: Don Juan - Tone Poem for Large Orchestra;
Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta
93 min.

George Szell:
A recording from the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 1966, and the Vienna Festival, Vienna 1964;
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: William Walton: Symphonic Variations on a Theme by Hindemith;
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in G major "A Little Night Music", K 525;
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concert No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73; Soloist: Friedrich Gulda;
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3
153 min.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartets
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartets
A recording of six concerts from the Konzerthaus, Vienna 1989.

Ludwig van Beethoven:
1st concert: op. 18/4, op. 131, op. 18/1
2nd concert: op. 18/3, op. 74, op. 130
3rd concert: op. 127, op. 59/1
4th concert: op. 18/2, op. 95, op. 132
5th concert: op. 18/5, op. 133, op. 59/2
6th concert: op. 18/6, op. 135, op. 59/3

Orchestra: Alban Berg Quartet
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Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 2
Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 2
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Joseph Haydn - The Creation
Joseph Haydn - The Creation

A recording from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1990.

 

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti
Soloists: Lucia Popp, Francicso Araiza, Olaf Bär, Samuel Ramey, Iris Vermillion
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir

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Karajan - Best of
Karajan - Best of
There are very few vivid legends such as Herbert von Karajan! His name is a synonym for musicality, perfection and passion. Comparable perhaps only with Enrico Caruso or Maria Callas, but with the exception that the conductor (born on April 5th, 1908 in Salzburg and died on July 16th, 1989) could eternally preserve a great part of his oeuvre thanks to the television era.
 
His career is accompanied by very early recordings and even the very young Karajan is documented on film. His last life decade was dedicated to quality documentation on a very high level of his most important oeuvres for future generations. In 1982 he founded Telemondial, contracted the king of the record managers Uli Märkle of the Deutsche Grammophon and with the best studio technicians he once again started to produce sound recordings of the most important symphonies of Beethoven, Dvorak, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Mozart. His orchestra were his two favorite ensembles: The Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. Next to these studio productions of popular concert repertoires Karajan decided to integrate some of his favourite operas like "Don Giovanni", "Don Carlos", "Der Rosenkavalier" or "Falstaff". The most popular Karajan events such as the New Year's Eve Concerts in Berlin and the famous New Year's Concert with the Vienna Philharmonics of 1987 complete this "Karajan legacy".
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Karajan - Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61
Karajan - Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61
From the 1984, 1985 and 1986 concert seasons, one Beethoven-performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under their longtime director Karajan stands out above all others. Beethoven's Concert for Violin in D-Major, performed by Anne- Sophie Mutter, turned out to be downright unsurpassable. A truly timeless masterpiece, that perfectly balances the simplicity of chamber music through the soloist's highest virtuosity with the overall tone of Beethoven's arguably most popular composition. Throughout his life, Karajan always maintained a sense for perfection and aesthetics. Together with «his» Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the young Anne-Sophie Mutter, he left behind a recording that can only be called consummate and perfect.
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The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow
Premiered in Vienna in 1905, "The Merry Widow" is now being performed under the direction of Helmut Lohner in the Austrian town of Mörbisch in Burgenland, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary on stage. In comparison with other works of its genre, the «Merry Widow» has been performed the most often; it contains a wealth of cleverly arranged melodic ideas, including: "Da geh ich ins Maxim", the "Vilja" song, "Ja das Studium der Weiber ist schwer" and "Lippen schweigen".
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Karajan - New Year's Eve Concerts Berlin 1983/84/85/88
Karajan - New Year's Eve Concerts Berlin 1983/84/85/88

In 1983 the concert's repertoire covered Rossini's William Tell Overture, Smetana's Vltava from Má Vlast, Sibelius's Valse triste, Josef Strauss's Delirium Waltz as well as Johann Strauss II's Overture to The Gipsy Baron. A year later Karajan totally dedicated his New Years Eve Concert to the oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E major with Anne-Sophie Mutter as well as the Magnificat with such outstanding singers as Judith Blegen, Francisco Araiza and Robert Holl made this concert to a reflective event in memory of the perhaps greatest of all German composers. On Dec 31st 1985, Karajan once again conducted this concert, which was designed to exactly stroll along the border of serious music on one hand and more lightly flavored tunes on the other. After Weber's overture to «Freischütz», a series of popular and catchy tunes were presented. Leoncavallo's Intermezzo from «Pagliacci», Puccini's interlude from «Manon Lescaut» preceded Rhapsody Nr. 5 by Franz Liszt. Ravel's «Bolero» marked the absolute highlight of the concert. The Silvester Concert 1985/86 offered a perfect introduction for newcomers into classical music. Three years later it was again Karajan's baton guiding the Berlin Philharmonic. This time, the repertoire consisted of two highly complex piano concerts. Besides Sergej Prokoffief's Symphony No. 1, the arguably most popular piano concert of all was performed: Piotr Ilitsch Tchaikovsky's Concert No.1 in B-minor. Jewgenij Kissin, then considered a «Wunderkind», displayed an inspired performance on piano. The Berlin Philharmonic Silvester Concert 1988 offered a musical experience of the extraordinary.

Program 1983:
Rossini's William Tell Overture, Smetana's Vltava from Má Vlast, Sibelius's Valse triste, Josef Strauss's Delirium Waltz and Johann Strauss's Overture to «The Gipsy Baron» Program
54 min.

1984:
Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E major and the Magnificat with performances by Anne-Sophie Mutter Judith Blegen, Francisco Araiza and Robert Holl Program
56 min.


1985:
Weber's overture to «Freischütz», Leoncavallo's Intermezzo from «Pagliacci», Puccini's interlude from «Manon Lescaut», Rhapsody No. 5 by Franz Liszt and Ravel's «Bolero» Program
55 min.

1988:
Sergej Prokoffief's Symphony No. 1 and Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky's Concert No. 1 in Bminor with a performance by «Wunderkind» Jewgenij Kissin
61 min.

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Karajan - Phenomenon Karajan
Karajan - Phenomenon Karajan
In this portrait Uli Märkle, the Telemondial manager and long time Karajan companion, illustrates the cooperation with the Maestro, whose total dedication to music became next to proverbial. Uli Märkle also describes a humorous and in many questions interested contemporary with a liking for westerns and «Bratwürstel». The new found film cuts show Karajan with Nicolai Ghiaurov as Don Giovanni in Salzburg, Jess Thomas as Siegfried and Grace Bumbry as Carmen. But also rehearsals out of Telemondial concert productions, that were first presented at the inauguration of the Karajan Centrum, are integrated in this ORF production.  

This Karajan portrait also includes interview clips that Heinz Fischer Karwin recorded with the famous conductor.
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Christmas in Vienna 2006
Christmas in Vienna 2006
Traditional compositions:
Macht hoch die Tür/Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt/Angels From the Realms; O Jubel, o Freud/Grünet Felder, grünet Wiesen/Kommet, ihr Hirten; Süüta Küünal/Huayno Peruano Navideño; Still, weil's Kindlein schlafen will; Fröhliche Weihnacht überall/Mary's Boy Child In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir
Soloists: Grace Bumbry, Juan Diego Florez, Annely Peebo, Adrian Eröd
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The Vienna Court Music Ensemble in Salzburg 1990
The Vienna Court Music Ensemble in Salzburg 1990

A recording from the Kollegienkirche, Salzburg 1990.

Program:
Michael Haydn: Te Deum in D major (11 min.);
W.A. Mozart: Regina Coeli in C major K 276 (8 min.);

Franz Schubert: Mass in A flat major D 678 (47 min.)

Orchestra: Vienna Court Music Ensemble
Conducted by Horst Stein
Soloists: Uwe Peper, René Pape, Herbert Tachezi

Choirs: Vienna Boys' Choir, Vienna Stage Opera Choir

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Johann Strauss the Elder - Life is a Dance
Johann Strauss the Elder - Life is a Dance

Johann Strauss the Elder, one of the original fathers of the Vienna Waltz, celebrated his 200th anniversary in March 2004. He was the genius of music to revolutionize 19th century light music in collaboration with Josef Lanner, leaving thus an imprint on the spirit of the Biedermeier period. Nobody would have guessed at that time that Strauss the Elder was later to stand in the shadow of his son: After all, also Strauss the Elder and his own orchestra swept a massive audience away in standing ovations.

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Franz Schubert - Mass in A flat major, D 678
Franz Schubert - Mass in A flat major, D 678

A recording from the Kollegienkirche, Salzburg 1990.

 

Orchestra: Vienna Court Music Ensemble

Conducted by Horst Stein

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The Marriage of Figaro 1995
The Marriage of Figaro 1995

A recording from the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1995

«The Marriage of Figaro» was the first of three operas created by Mozart in collaboration with Lorenzo da Ponte. The piece was first performed in 1786 in Vienna and counts still among the greatest masterpieces of the music theater.

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte based on the novel by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Choir: Vienna Choral Society of the Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Solveig Kringelborn, Dorothea Röschmann, Bryn Terfel, Susan Graham, Trudeliese Schmidt, Scot Weir
Directed by Luc Bondy

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Silent Night, Holy Night
Silent Night, Holy Night
The Vienna Boys Choir sing a selection of the most beautiful Christmas carols, interspersed with pieces played by the Tobi Reiser ensemble, a well known Austrian music group.
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Parsifal - Indiana Jones & Richard Wagner
Parsifal - Indiana Jones & Richard Wagner
Several years back, kown director Christine Mielitz staged a most controversial production of Richard Wagner's «Parsifal» at the Vienna State Opera. Werner Boote attempts to document the origins of the opera and vividly tells us some real- life backstage stories surrounding the history of «Parsifal«.

In a gripping search to uncover the legendary Grail in Spain, the documentary team may have found the true Holy Grail. An adventure story that seems to be taken from Indiana Jones translates the fascination of the «Parsifal» opera into film.
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The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman
A recording from the Vienna State Opera, Vienna 2003

This opera, which is generally considered to be Richard Wagner's most accessible work, has had an enduring resonance even beyond the circle of die-hard Wagner fans for over 150 years. The spooky legend of the seafarer who is damned to travel the oceans of the world eternally, and a range of musical highlights such as the «Sailor's Song», have ensured that the work has enjoyed lasting, unbroken popularity.

Opera by Richard Wagner
Libretto by Richard Wagner
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
Choir: Vienna State Opera Choir
Cast: Franz Grundheber, Matti Salminen, Nina Stemme, Torsten Kerl, Margareta Hintermeier, John Dickie
Directed by Christina Mielitz
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Sona Ghazarian Sings Christmas Carols
Sona Ghazarian Sings Christmas Carols
Some of the most beautiful Christmas carols have been recorded by the ORF for a Christmas Eve broadcast. They are sung by Sona Ghazarian, the well-known popular singer of the Vienna State Opera. She is accompanied by the Vienna Boys Choir and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under Prof. Froschauer.
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Gala Concert from Graz
Gala Concert from Graz

A recording from the Stefaniensaal, Graz 2003.

Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, op. 84;
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D 485;
Joseph Lanner: Styrian Dances

Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Our Vienna State Opera - Remembering the Rebirth of an Opera House
Our Vienna State Opera - Remembering the Rebirth of an Opera House
The reopening of the Vienna State Opera with Beethoven's «Fidelio» in November 1955 was the beginning of a new era in Austria. Hit in an American bomb attack at the very end of World War II it later on became a symbol for the cultural rebirth and strength of a country. This documentary presents a crucial point in history by gathering almost all the main witnesses of this era and exquisite archive-footage as well as using reinactments and CGI-animations.
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The Vienna Boys Choir
The Vienna Boys Choir
During the day they ride skateboards, listen to techno, love soccer and don’t like going to school. In the evening they sing on the stages of international concert halls: the Vienna Boys’ Choir. In 1998 they celebrated their 500 year jubilee – with singing, of course. There is hardly any other institution that is associated with Austria in such an unreservedly positive way as this boys’ choir that has such a rich tradition. The film captures the atmosphere in which the boys live; their leisure time and sports at the Vienna Augarten Palace, their professional work beginning with early musical training and progressing to concert appearances, special voice lessons for solo performances at the Vienna State Opera, geography classes in preparation for a world tour. This film accompanies one of the four choirs from their summer holiday home at Lake Wörther in Carinthia to Carnegie Hall in New York.
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Silent Night, Holy Night: A Message of Peace
Silent Night, Holy Night: A Message of Peace
When assistant priest Joseph Mohr wrote the text to «Silent Night» in 1816 and teacher Franz Xaver Gruber set it to music two years later, no-one imagined that it would become the most well known Christmas carol in the world, sung today in over 350 languages and dialects around the globe. In a time of acute poverty and political disturbance following the Napoleonic wars, Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber wanted to reassure people in their area, many of whom were sailors, by producing a simple Christmas carol with guitar accompaniment for the local sailor's church. This documentary follows the development of the song, by searching out the traces and places of its composition and setting it in the wider historical context. Original documents, re-enactments and interviews with experts shed light on the true origins of «Silent Night», beyond the many legends which surround it.

Available in 1x23 min. / 1x44 min.
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Christmas in Vienna 2007
Christmas in Vienna 2007
This event provides not only a glimpse of the impressive historic Konzerthaus, but also some of Vienna's famous other sites, including the St. Stephen's Cathedral or the Figaro House, while telling very touching Yule-tide tales involving prominent personalities.  

Traditional compositions:
O du fröhliche; Es ist eine Zeit für uns angekommen/ Jetzt geh nur, mei liabs Fritzl; O laufet, ihr Hirten/Schlaf, schlaf, holdseliges Jesulein/Der Heiland ist geboren/Alpenländische Weihnacht

In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon
Choir: Wiener SIngakademie
Soloists: Elina Garanca, Jose Cura, Eteri Lamoris, Armin P. Edelmann
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Hear the World
Hear the World
Placido Domingo and Clemens Hellsberg are ambassadors for Hear the World, a Swiss foundation dedicated to increasing worldwide awareness of the importance of hearing. The film documents cultural events involving the subject of hearing and deafness, from classical music and dance to drumming for the hearing impaired. It portrays the daily life of individuals who have made outstanding creative achievements despite being deaf or hearing-impaired.
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Karajan - Totensonntags-Concerts 1983/84/85
Karajan - Totensonntags-Concerts 1983/84/85
In the 1980s, The «Totensonntags-Konzerte» (All Souls' Day Concerts) of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra marked the undisputed highlights of Berlin's concert life. Three times these magical moments of classical music were captured on video. In these three concerts, Karajan conducted works of two composers he had cherished for all his life: Richard Strauss and Anton Bruckner. All three of them - inspiring performances, brilliantly arranged and conducted as they are - have set a benchmark for all following generations of bandmasters.

1983: Richard Strauss "Alpensinfonie" ("An Alpine Symphony"), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; 55 min.
1984: Richard Strauss "Tod und Verklärung" ("Death and Transfiguration"), op.24 and "Metamorphosen", Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; 58 min.
1985: Anton Bruckner Symphony No.9, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; 62 min.
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Childhood in Limelight
Childhood in Limelight
They are world renowned and a symbol of Austria: away from the spotlights, however, the life of the Vienna Boys' Choir is much less glamorous. Everyday life in the choir's boarding school is characterised by strict discipline - the school's timetable includes hours of practice and vocal exercises - and the young boys struggle constantly with bouts of home-sickness, often not seeing their parents for months at a time. This music documentary follows the boys around for a year, looking behind the scenes of their touring and boarding-school life and capturing their very personal stories in intimate pictures.
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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Riccardo Muti
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Riccardo Muti

A recording from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival, Salzburg 1991.

 

Program:

W.A. Mozart: Symphony in D major, K 136 Symphony in G minor, K 550 Symphony in C major, K 551 - "Jupiter Symphony"

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Riccardo Muti

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Jubilee Concert of the ORF Symphony Orchestra
Jubilee Concert of the ORF Symphony Orchestra
PROGRAM:
Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow: Coq d'Or Suite
Francis Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
Igor Strawinsky: The Firebird Suite
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Concert for Europe 2005
Concert for Europe 2005

Program:
Johann Strauss: Viennese Spirit - Wiener Blut

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky: Overture 1812
Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma"-NIMROD, Adagio
Georges Bizet: Prelude from "Carmen"
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1, 1st movement
John Philip Sousa: Semper Fidelis - Stars and Stripes Forever
Josef Hellmesberger: Danse Diabolique
Johann Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Soloist: Lang Lang

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Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished", D 759
Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished", D 759
Recorded in Vienna, 1969.

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Josef Krips
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Golden Sounds - The Vienna Musikverein
Golden Sounds - The Vienna Musikverein
Felix Breisachs film offers a guided tour around the magnificent building erected by Theophil Hansen and inaugurated on January 6, 1870. By way of example, the roof of the Musikverein houses the precious archive of the Society of Friends of Music, one of the world's five largest and most important music collections. The importance of the building is highlighted in numerous interviews - with the musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic, for example, who consider the Musikverein their natural home.
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Karajan - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D Major, op. 123
Karajan - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D Major, op. 123
One year later, after the violin concerto, he recorded Beethoven's «Missa Solemnis», again with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. For this recording, he recruited an international cast of singers, of which José van Dam and Letta Cuberli stand out. Interestingly enough, he called on the choir of the Vienna Musikverein to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Christmas in Vienna 2004
Christmas in Vienna 2004
Traditional compositions: Stacherl, sollst g'schwind aufsteh'n; Es hat sich halt eröffnet; Il est né le divin enfant; The First Noel; O du fröhliche/Es wird scho glei Dumpa In a wonderfully Christmassy musical program!

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Erwin Ortner
Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir
Soloists: Ildiko Raimondi, Adrian Eröd, Keith Ilkaia-Purdy
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Karajan - Gala Concert 750 Years Berlin 1987
Karajan - Gala Concert 750 Years Berlin 1987
On May 1st 1987, a memorable concert took place in Berlin. The official kick-off to the celebrations of Berlin's 750th anniversary was a concert performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. The concert aired live on TV, with the Berlin Philharmonic performing «Also sprach Zarathustra» by Richard Strauss as a dramatic symphony with opulent sounds and lyrical intermezzos as well as «Divertimento No.17 in D- major», Köchel catalogue No. 334, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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The Bat
The Bat
A recording from the Mörbisch Festival, Mörbisch 1996

Operetta by Johann Strauss
Libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée, sung in German
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Burgenland
Conducted by Rudolf Bibl
Choir: Mörbisch Festival Choir
Cast: Peter Edelmann, Silvana Dussmann, Ute Gferer, Marion Rainer, Paul Armin Edelmann, Artur Stefanowicz, Thomas Lind, Waldemar Kmentt, Thaddäus Podgorski
Directed by Elmar Ottenthal
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Concert for Europe 2007
Concert for Europe 2007

The Concert for Europe, having happened for the fourth time in spring 2007, is Europe's greatest classical music open air. Combining world famous classical music played by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with the magnificent scenery of the Schönbrunn Palace gardens, the Concert for Europe annually enchants up to 140.000 visitors on site. - Conductors like Bobby McFerrin, Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo and Valéry Gergiev, as well as the palace garden's unique imperial ambiance, contributed to the fact that the "Concert for Europe" in just four years has taken a well deserved place at the top of the world's classical open airs.

Program:
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky: March from «The Nutcracker»; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from «The Nutcracker»; The Arabian Dance from «The Nutcracker»; The Chinese Dance from «The Nutcracker»; The Mirliton Dance from «The Nutcracker»; Russian Dance Trepak from «The Nutcracker»; Scene (Act 2) from «Swan Lake»; Pas de deux (Act 2) from «Swan Lake»; Final scene (Act 4) from «Swan Lake»;
Igor Strawinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - 2nd part

Encores:
Aram Khachaturian: Sabre Dance;
Johann Strauss: Viennese Spirit - Wiener Blut;
Joseph Strauss: Ohne Sorgen!

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Valery Gergiev

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New Year's Day Concerts Highlights
New Year's Day Concerts Highlights

For decades, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has given a live concert on New Year's Day, playing predominantly compositions by the splendid Strauss family. It has become a tradition in 60 countries all over the world to welcome the New Year with the music from the Musikverein in Vienna. The orchestra is world famous, partly because of its many international tours. Conducted by Clemens Krauss, Willi Boskovsky, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta and Georges Prêtre the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was the first to play inimitable Viennese waltzes, polkas and marches in classical concerts, they have now become a yearly tradition. The concert takes place in the famous «Golden Hall» of the Musikverein. The Vienna State Opera Ballet dances to some of the pieces in the most beautiful Palais of Vienna. In the break of the concert, picturesque scenes from Austria are shown, accompanied by lovely stories about the Viennese music and traditions.


New Year's Day Concert 2002, conducted by Seiji Ozawa
New Year's Day Concert 2006, conducted by Mariss Jansons
New Year's Day Concert 2008, conducted by Georges Prêtre

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