In the April issue of the BBC Music Magazine Accentus’ Elias album featuring Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, and conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann, was selected as BBC’s “Music Choice” of the month. The editor’s statement was without reservation: “There’s little doubt too that the sheer adrenaline of a live performance, aided by a vivid recording, makes this one of the most satisfying of all Elijahs.”
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After his first CD featuring Beethoven’s piano sonatas No. 21 (“Waldstein”) and No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”), Sunwook Kim’s third solo CD with Accentus Music presents an impressive interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s three most well-known piano sonatas: “Pathétique” (No. 8), “Moonlight Sonata” (No. 14), and “Appassionata” (No. 23). For more information about Sunwook Kim’s newest CD click here.
The recording will be available on February 17 in Germany an France, on March 3 in the UK, and on March 17.
CD 2: Sunwook Kim plays Franck and Brahms – more information here.
CD 1: Sunwook Kim plays Beethoven Sonatas No. 21 & No. 29 – more information here.
On February 2, the German broadcaster ARD presented awards for the first time to producers who, as part of the ARD performance model, are honored for “particularly successful and innovative quality productions.” For their music documentary Satiesfictions (directed by Anne-Kathrin Peitz and Youlian Tabakov) Accentus Music received a development award in the “Documentary” section for a new production. Satiesfictions, co-produced with the WDR (West German Broadcasting) and in partnership with Arte, was supported by the Mitteldeutschen Medienförderung (Central German Media Fund).
The Wozzeck-DVD with the outstanding Christian Gerhaher, Gun-Brit Barkmin and Philharmonia Zürich with Fabio Luisi wins in the category “Video Performance”. The third CD of the trilogy with works of Lutosławski and Szymanowski played by the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio (NOSPR), magnificent cellist Gautier Capuçon, and conducted by Alexander Liebreich wins in the category “Best Collection”. The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) trophies will be given out during the annual Award Ceremony on April 1st, this year taking place at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the city where Accentus Music is based.
The ICMA are the only truly independent and international awards for classical music in the world. The Jury comprises 16 leading media from 14 countries. This year, the jury selected 17 audio and video productions from a total of 321 nominations.
Arte Concert will broadcast the concert with Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester playing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and the Triple Concerto with the outstanding soloists Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) and Martin Helmchen (piano) live on Friday 13th, 19h55. You will find more information and can watch the concert here.
Michael Barenboim’s first solo CD, conceived like a solo recital, comprises the works of three composers that have had a profound impact on his musical upbringing. Together the works create an unexpected yet all the more exceptional listening experience: Bach’s Sonata in C major, BWV 1005; Bartók’s Sonata Sz. 117, BB 124; and Boulez’s Anthèmes I & II. For more information click here, you can watch a trailer here.
The CD is now available in the UK and later this January in Germany and on February 3rd in France.
This Sunday, 18 December, at 23h05, Arte will broadcast Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem (Libera Me) premiered on the 3rd of December at the Opernhaus Zurich. In a large-scale co-production by the Zurich Ballet and Opera, the German choreographer and director Christian Spuck brought an overwhelming interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem to the stage.
Fabio Luisi conducts the Philharmonia Zürich, the Opera choir, and the outstanding soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Veronica Simeoni, Francesco Meli and Georg Zeppenfeld.
A production of Accentus Music in co-production with NHK, Arte G.E.I.E., SSR SRG and SRF, in co-operation with Opernhaus Zürich.
The jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) selected the finalists for the awards 2017 out of 321 nominated releases – four productions of Accentus Music are among these. The winners will be announced on 19 January 2017.