In 2014, all signs pointed to a new beginning at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. For the first time, the festival would take place without the incomparable Claudio Abbado, with the young Latvian Andris Nelsons leading the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Nelsons had already won the trust and respect of both listeners and performers in a moving memorial concert for Abbado in Lucerne.
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarasthustra, Macbeth & Till Eulenspiegel
This C Major DVD features rising star conductor Andris Nelsons leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a program of popular Richard Strauss orchestral works: Till Eulenspiegel, Macbeth and Also Sprach Zarathustra.
It was a deeply affecting and appropriate farewell. The spirit of Claudio Abbado, the great conductor and founder of orchestras who died in January 2014, was present in music, words and silence. Thousands upon thousands came to the Basilica di Santo Stefano in Bologna and the Piazza della Scala in Milan to pay their last respects.
Andris Nelsons is either silently anchored to his chair, deeply reflective and monosyllabic or he's pouring every ounce of energy into his surroundings. It is either/or and there is nothing in-between. There is no 'normal,' and whatever normal may mean, it doesnt happen in his life. In fact, it never did. From his childhood Nelsons was exceptional and still is exceptional. He's an exceptionally talented musician who now lives an extremely unusual life conducting the world's greatest orchestras.
A dynamic young Latvian conductor, he leads the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in a high-profile program featuring Ives, Adams, Stravinsky and Dvorak. Stuttgarter Zeitung raved, 'One rarely experiences such a natural connection between conductor and orchestra...Andris Nelsons and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra are a sensation!' This concert cemented Nelsons' state as the 'real deal' among up-and-coming conductors.
2012 brings the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Britten's War Requiem, one of the most powerful pacifist statements in music. The anniversary performance is conducted by the CBSO's Music Director, Andris Nelsons, featuring the Canadian soprano Erin Wall, English tenor Mark Padmore singing the role written for Peter Pears, and German baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann.
Arkiv Music: Conductor Andris Nelsons brings out the best in the festival chorus and orchestra. It is a Lohengrin one does not easily forget and puts Bayreuth back in the vanguard of Wagner interpretation.
Grammy Award winning pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the superstar conductor Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a stunning performances of Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto. The program is completed (arguably perfected) with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, works by Dvorak and Beethoven, and the absolute gift of Yefim Bronfman playing Chopin's Etude in F major op. 10/8. "What a find!" The Wall Street Journal
For the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin, the renowned Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen invited the Staatskapelle Berlin to give a truly special program: the rare combination of Chopin‘s two piano concertos in one concert. For this purpose Daniel Barenboim, the orchestra‘s principal conductor, handed over the reins of „his“ ensemble to up-and-coming young conductor Andris Nelsons, assuming the role of piano soloist instead.
Franco Zeffirelli’s magnificent staging of Puccini's final opera — a fairy tale set in a mythical China — is one of the most popular in the Met repertory. In this Live in HD production, Maria Guleghina takes on the title role and Marcello Giordani is Calaf, the unknown prince. Marina Poplavskaya and Samuel Ramey co-star, and Andris Nelsons conducts in his Met debut.