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Annecy Classic Festival on (Aug 19-29), with Denis Matsuev, Yuja Wang, more

Adding to its coverage of the European summer festival scene, will webcast eleven concerts from the fourth annual Annecy Classic Festival in France (Aug 19-29), the majority of them live. The Annecy festival on commences August 19, with Zoltán Kocsis conducting the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in a program of Dvorák and Liszt, with pianist Denis Matsuev – co-director of the festival – in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Other highlights include Robert King conducting Handel’s Messiah (Aug 21), pianist Roger Muraro playing Wagner and Liszt (Aug 23) and two concerts of Yuri Temirkanov leading the St. Petersburg Philharmonic – one an all-Russian program featuring cellist Alexandre Kniazev and pianist Yuja Wang (Aug 28) and the other of Rossini, Brahms and Elgar with Matsuev (Aug 29). Other top artists performing at Annecy this summer include violinist Laurent Korcia and pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and David Fray, among others. Annecy, an Alpine town lying between lake and mountains, has preserved its authenticity and charm through the centuries; since 2010, the Annecy Classic Festival has staged concerts in the town’s most historic sites. A detailed list of this summer’s Annecy concerts on appears below.

Éliane Richepin founded the Annecy International Music Centre in the 1970s with the aim of not only creating an academy made up of established artists and great teachers of world renown, but also of launching and supporting promising young musicians. Particularly committed to promoting the next generation of pianists, she also created “The Night of the Piano” in 1980. In 1997, the event became the Annecy Festival & Academy under the direction of Pascal Escande, who invites internationally known artists as well as organizing masterclasses and educational initiatives. Escande co-directs the Festival with pianist Denis Matsuev. The events take place every summer in key venues in the City of Annecy and its surroundings, from the Château-Musée to the Église Ste Bernadette, as well as at the Cathédrale St. Pierre and the High School of Music. The Festival is now an essential part of Annecy’s summer events.

Since 2010, the Annecy Classic Festival and the webcasts have been supported by the Andrey V. Cheglakov Foundation, as well as by institutional partnerships with the City of Annecy, its Urban Community and the Haute Savoie Departmental Council. With the new dimension of webcasts, the Festival allows a wider public to enjoy an exceptional level of music, as Annecy becomes a major player in the national and international cultural landscape.

Just added: Grigory Sokolov on (Aug 25, 2014)

Just added to the on-demand library is a very rare performance film of one of the world’s greatest and most elusive pianists: Grigory Sokolov. The Russian allowed the renowned director Bruno Monsaingeon to film him in recital at the Berliner Philhamonie, and at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris in November 2002, which was also the last time his performance was filmed live. With minimalist lighting that seems to amplify the mystery surrounding him, Sokolov performs works by Beethoven (Sonatas Nos. 9, 10 and 15) and Prokofiev (Sonata No. 7), as well as the poetic works of Armenian composer Komitas and encores by Chopin, Bach and Francois Couperin.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1950, Sokolov won a gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition at age 16, with the jury headed by no less than Emil Gilels. Since then, Sokolov has followed a purist path, bringing Old World values into the 21st century. His repertoire has ranged from Bach and other Baroque masters to Chopin, Schumann and Brahms to the Russian Romantics, Ravel and Prokofiev, among many others – with his discography of live recordings a small treasure. Writing about Sokolov in 2006, British journalist, author and piano specialist Jessica Duchen said: “A few years ago, I heard Grigory Sokolov play for the first time, and everything that I had ever learned, thought or felt about the piano and performance upon it went up in smoke. Sokolov, although a well-kept secret, is for many the greatest pianist alive today. Youthful celebrities with fast fingers, designer gear and slick photos pall beside such gigantic artistry, for Sokolov is a pianistic Dostoyevsky, his music-making vast in scope, visionary and revelatory, squeezing out every last drop of meaning.”

Director Bruno Monsaingeon plays an essential role in the musical landscape. A violinist himself, he has directed many documentaries about classical music. His encounters with music legends such as Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter and Yehudi Menuhin have spawned magnificent portraits of these artists, with his work preserving the musical past for future generations.

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Annecy Classic Festival 2014 on

August 19, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Zoltán Kocsis conducts Liszt and Dvorák, with Denis Matsuev

August 20, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Zoltán Kocsis conducts Glinka, Brahms and Beethoven, with Laurent Korcia

August 21, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Robert King conducts Handel’s Messiah – concert webcast in delayed streaming

August 22, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
The Zaide Quartet plays Mozart, Janácek and Schumann, with Beatrice Rana – concert webcast in delayed streaming

August 23, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Roger Muraro plays Wagner/Liszt – concert webcast in delayed streaming

August 24, 3:30 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
“Happy birthday, Mister Spivakov!”, with the Moscow Virtuosi and Denis Matsuev

August 25, 5:00 a.m.
Grigory Sokolov recital at the Berlin Philhamonic
Schubert, Beethoven , Rameau and Brahms
August 25, 1:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
“La Nuit du Piano ER,” with Benjamin Grosvenor, David Fray, Anna Fedorova and Li Siqian – concert webcast in delayed streaming

August 26, 12:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Faycal Karoui conducts Gershwin, Bernstein and Marquez, with Denis Matsuev

August 27, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Faycal Karoui: Opera Night with Lianna Haroutounian, Géraldine Chauvet and Aquiles Machado

August 28, 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Yuri Temirkanov conducts Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, with Alexandre Kniazev and Yuja Wang

August 29, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Annecy Classic Festival
Yuri Temirkanov conducts Rossini, Brahms and Elgar, with Denis Matsuev

New! Chromecast for HD TVs

More than 1,400 programs and 100 live events per year are available for viewing via on HD televisions – no matter the brand – thanks to the new Chromecast feature of the medici tv application for iOS and Android. Chromecast is a thumb-sized media-streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on an HD TV. Set up is with a simple app, then viewers can send their favorite online shows, movies, music and more to their HD TVs via a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Chromecast works with Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows. Browsing for what to watch, controlling playback and adjusting the volume can be done with any device. See here for more information on Chromecast for
New app

The latest innovation from is a thoroughly updated new app for Android and Apple devices that offers music lovers a free virtual seat at the greatest classical performances and one-of-a-kind events from around the world. The previous edition of the app had already been named one of the top five classical apps by New York’s WQXR, which pointed out that the app “allows you to peek inside great European concert halls.” Part of the all-devices strategy, this new, improved app for tablets and smart phones gives users the ability to intuitively navigate through more than 1,300 HD videos, including both performances and documentaries. Available for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play store, the app gives users access to more than 100 live concert webcasts each year from top classical artists and the finest music institutions across the globe – without ads and in the ideal video quality according to your internet connection. Users can watch a live event and then watch it again whenever and wherever they want. More than 60,000 music lovers have downloaded the app since it was first created, enjoying an enriched experience of classical music unrivaled on the web. Read more about apps here:

Since its official launch in May 2008, has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of 180,000 music and arts lovers from 182 countries. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems, now offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and at Google Play for Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Consumers of Samsung Smart TVs can now access the application worldwide in 170 countries on the 2011, 2012 and 2013 models, as well as all future ones. More than 70 client universities around the world take advantage of, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

In addition to webcasts of more than 100 live events each year, has partnered with the world’s top artists and music institutions to offer subscriptions that give music lovers the opportunity to watch more than 1,300 video-on-demand programs. They include concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, masterclasses, artist portraits and archival material by such legendary musicians as Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Georg Solti and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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