Ta-ta-ta-taaam! Let’s celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday on December 14, 2020. The brand-new film "Breaking Beethoven" featuring artists Billy Joel, Rebekka Bakken and Hans Zimmer among others, is the most recent addition to a rich line-up of documentaries and concerts, honoring this outstanding musical genius.

Breaking Beethoven

52/30 min.


Ludwig van Beethoven's life was an eternal interplay between limitless creative power and uninspired treasure. His music is omnipresent to this day: it stands for man's deep yearning for freedom. So, it is no surprise that Beethoven's anniversary year 2020, on the occasion of his 250th birthday, wanted to offer numerous events - from small house concerts to large symphony cycles. The documentary, Breaking Beethoven, embarks on the quest for the lost Beethoven jubilee year with star violinist Aleksey Igudesman. We encounter artists such as Hyung-ki Joo, Julian Rachlin, Valentina Nafornița and Georg Breinschmid. Strolling through empty concert halls, standing in front of closed opera houses, we can only imagine all those places where Beethoven's music was meant to have been played. Beethoven's traces are drawn in interviews with stars such as Billy Joel, Hans Zimmer, Yuja Wang, Joshua Bell and Rebekka Bakken.

Re-Sound Beethoven

58 min.


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.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

70 min.


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.

Springtime in Vienna 2016

90 min.


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.

Springtime in Vienna 2014

90 min.


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.

Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2008

97 min.


In 2008 the piano duo Katia and Marielle Labeque, the young violinist Sarah Chang and the tenor Michael Schade are guests on the open-air stage, which was brilliantly opened in 2007. The musicians will be accompanied by the Tonkünstler Orchestra under the direction of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Summer Gala Concert - Grafenegg 2007

94 min.


Alongside the artistic director of the Grafenegg Music Festival, Rudolf Buchbinder, Genia Kühmeier, Johan Bohta, Bryn Terfel and Julian Rachlin will be on the new stage. They will be accompanied by the Tonkünstler Orchestra under the direction of Alfred Eschwé.

Find here more Beethoven masterpieces conducted by Herbert von Karajan:

Herbert_von_Karajan.pdf (PDF | 800 KB)
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