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You’ll forgive Lang Lang everything after watching this - Article - 20 July 2016

Four hand with Martha Argerich on ZDF TV.  

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German TV zones in on string quartet leader, trapped in New York - Article - 17 May 2016

ZDF will tonight show a 30 minute documentary on Stefan Arzberger, the former leader of the Leipzig String Quartet who has been unable to leave New York for more than a year after being charged with attempted murder of a fellow-hotel guest. You can watch it here at 2215 Europe time.

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OMG: Guess who’s going to play ‘the world’s worst singer’ - Article - 6 January 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins is known as “the worst singer of all times”. Yet she sold out Carnegie Hall in 1944 and had a large camp following. It’s too good a story to stay off the big screen. The Florence Foster Jenkins Story goes into production this month … with Joyce DiDonato (pictured) in the title role. […]

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German band legend dies, aged 89 - Article - 15 August 2015

Max Greger, master of 150 recordings and stage partner of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, has died of cancer in a Munich hospital. He ran the house band for the ZDF television network.

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The pianist who played til her fingers bled - Article - 13 June 2015

photo Chris Slaughter This is the piano as it was left by Rui Urayama after she played a Bartok sonata at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition this week. You’ll be relieved to hear that Rui got through to the semi-finals. The piano was sent for treatment.

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Salzburg Easter era ends on an unprecedented high - Article - 7 April 2015

Stats are out for the festival, Peter Alward’s last as manager, and the indicators are all pointing upwards. Ticket sales hit 94.2 percent, up from 88 last year and the highest since 2002. Revenue was up 14.4 percent to 3.4 million Euros. Alward, a former EMI Classics boss, was brought in by a panicked Eliette von […]

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Music vid master dies, at 52 - Article - 6 January 2015

The endlessly inventive animator film producer Andras Erkel,  founder of Hungary’s Studio Baestarts, has died of brain cancer. After launching with a Simpsons music cartoon, he worked with MTV, HBO, Disney, Warner, BBC, ITV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, ZDF, WDR and Svensk Film.

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Who’s watching New Year’s Day from Vienna? - Article - 1 January 2015

The following countries are taking the feed. You may well wonder why, given the horrible history. EUROPE: Albania: RTSH Austria: ORF / 3sat Azerbaidjan: ICTIMAI Belgium: VRT / EEN, RTBF Bosnia-Herzegovina: BHRT Bulgaria: BNT Croatia: HRT Cyprus: CYBC Czech Republic: CT Denmark: DR Estonia: ERR Finland: YLE France: FR2 Georgia: GTVR Germany: ZDF/3SAT Gibraltar: GBC […]

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Thielemann goes for Broadway - Article - 17 December 2013

Dresden has announced its New Year’s Eve TV offering, designed to put Berlin in the shade. In the past few years, Thielemann has trounced Rattle in the ratings. This time round, instead of the usual Strauss confections, he is putting on the Broadway lights – and with a pair of great singers. Beat that, Berlin. […]

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Video: Netrebko, newly single, rehearses Trovatore in Berlin - Article - 25 November 2013

‘Its a damned difficult role,’ says the diva, who has announced her separation from baritone Erwin Schrott. In a huge bustle, she’s made to look a great deal larger than life. Watch a five-minute report here.  

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Better ratings news: Berlin is wiped off the map - Article - 3 January 2012

Depressed by the Vienna mass audience? The good news is that, for the second year running, the Berlin Philharmonic extravaganza on German ARD television has been overwhelmed in the ratings by the Dresden Staatskapelle on ZDF – and this despite a Netrebko no-show in the Meissen china showcase. Details on intermezzo. It’s a big win […]

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