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It was a pleasure to present our most recent program highlights at Avant Première Music + Media Market.


"The Bowmaker’s Wood" offers insights into an initiative, aiming to save the precious plants used for the production of exclusive bows all over the world. In "Good Shepherds", Dame Jane Goodall narrates the journey of the Vienna Boys’ Choir around the world. The operetta "Gypsy Baron" is the most recent stage recording from the Vienna Volksoper, whereas "Pastorale.SOAP" offers Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s fresh approach to experiencing Beethoven’s music. Join the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra’s preparations for their next concerts in "Alla Zingara" and the struggles of three generations of ballet dancer boys living their dream in "Three Dances".


"Breaking Beethoven" celebrates the music of 2020’s jubilarian together with friends of the music industry. "Marianna von Martines" tells the story of a Viennese salonière, her own compositional oeuvre and her role in careers such as Beethoven’s. Last but not least, we invite you to enjoy a da capo of "Christmas in Vienna" in its 2020 edition.


If you missed the Avant Première Online Market Screening of our music + performing arts showcase, you can ► watch the highlights here.


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Breaking Beethoven

Documentary | 33/52 min.


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 as they have to redefine themselves in the course of the lockdown and learn to create a virtual stage for their audience. 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 through the city are drawn in interviews with stars such as Billy Joel, Hans Zimmer, Yuja Wang, Joshua Bell and Rebekka Bakken.


The Forgotten Composer - Marianna von Martines

Documentary | 45/52 min.


Viennese composer Marianna von Martines has only recently appeared in music research, although she was famous during her lifetime and, as a restless salonière, promoted and supported musicians like Ludwig van Beethoven. Her story is brought to life in an audiovisual journey of discovery by means of re-enactment, but also viewed from the perspective of today's Viennese composer, Johanna Doderer, and various music historians. A look at the social and musical history of 18th-century Vienna opens up a world in which female talents in music and the arts found it difficult or impossible to step into the limelight to pursue a career.

Christmas in Vienna 2020 - Family Edition

Concert | 60 min.


As the classical concert "Christmas in Vienna" could not take place at its traditional venue, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the "Christmas in Vienna" family decided to reinvent the traditional Christmas concert. Camilla Nylund, Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni and Saimir Pirgu meet the Vienna Boys Choir, the cello quartet "Die Kolophonistinnen" and the Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln for a house concert at the legendary Hotel Sacher and in the St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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