First broadcast: Music, War and Revolution-Trilogy on Arte

When the First World War broke out in 1914, the musical world did not remain unaffected. Artists inevitably became involved, either as soldiers at the front or as composers of patriotic music or of musical memorials to a lost world. The three-part documentary series Music, War and Revolution (Musik in Zeiten von Krieg und Revolution) explores known and unknown as well as obvious and hidden connections between music, revolution and war. Beginning with what led to this great human tragedy, each episode addresses different perspectives of the relationship between war and politics.

Part One:
Music in the Time of the Great War / Musik in Zeiten des Großen Krieges

Sunday, September 9th, 11:20 p.m., Arte


Part Two:
Silenced – Composers in Revolutionary Russia / Verstummte Klänge – Komponisten im revolutionären Russland

Monday, September 10th, 0:15 a.m., Arte


Part Three:
Music and Power / Musik und Macht

Sunday, September 16th, 10:25 p.m., Arte


Kirill Petrenko, Yuja Wang and Berliner Philharmoniker at the 2018 Lucerne Festival

Posted on August 22, 2018

The start of a new era: Although Kirill Petrenko will not officially take up the post of Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic until 2019, he will lead the orchestra in two concerts this summer when the orchestra celebrates its 60th year on stage at the Lucerne Festival. Accentus Music will be recording the concert on August 30th at KKL Lucerne. Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Paul Dukas’ La Péri ou La Fleur d’immortalité, Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No. 4 in C major, and, together with the hyper-virtuoso Yuja Wang, Sergey Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra perform Ravel – Livestream on Arte Concert

Posted on August 7, 2018

Accentus Music will be recording the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing an all-Ravel program under the baton of its musical director Riccardo Chailly. Moreover, the concert on Friday, August 24th, 7:30 p.m., in KKL Lucerne will be streamed live on Arte Concert. The orchestra will be playing Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, La Valse, suites 1 and 2 from Daphnis et Chloé as well as the Boléro. 2018 marks the third year of Riccardo Chailly as the musical director of the Lucerne Festival and also the 30th anniversary of his debut at the Lucerne Festival.

The recording will be available online on Arte Concert until November 23rd, 2018.

New DVD/Blu-ray: Andris Nelsons’ inaugural concert in Leipzig

Posted on August 22, 2018

The DVD/Blu-ray of Andris Nelsons’ inaugural concert as the new Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig will be available in Germany on August 31st and soon thereafter in other countries. At the beginning of the year they performed the Scottish Symphony by Nelsons’ most famous predecessor, Felix Mendelssohn, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto together with violinist Baiba Skride, and Relief, a commissioned work by composer Steffen Schleiermacher. For more information, click here.


Premiere at Ruhrtriennale: “Universe, incomplete” celebrates Charles Ives

Posted on August 15, 2018

Accentus Music will be filming the new production “Universe, incomplete” of the Ruhrtriennale at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, which will be premiered on August 17th. The project is based on Charles Ives’ unfinished „Universe Symphony“ as well as other works of this extraordinary composer to complete what wasn’t finished. Director Christoph Marthaler, conductor Titus Engel and stage designer Anna Viebrock develop their own perspective on one of the great utopian works of the 20th century, consisting of notes, sketches and pages of musical score. The instrumental soloists, together with the Bochumer Symphoniker and an ensemble made up of actors, dancers and singers, will be performing this musical work in its entirety. For more information, click here.

Charles Ives

Dudamel conducts the Boléro – More than 1,1 million views on YouTube

Posted on August 7, 2018

At the closing concert of the Lucerne Festival 2010, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed Maurice Ravel’s probably most famous piece of music under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel: the Boléro. The video of this performance on Accentus Music’s YouTube page has been watched over 1,1 million times since it was made available online 11 months ago and has gained nearly 600 comments. For more information about the production, click here.

Two Accentus Music productions on Gramophone Magazine’s Top 10 Bruckner Recordings list

Posted on August 7, 2018

Gramophone Magazine has published a list of ‘Top 10 Bruckner Recordings‘. It includes the Bruckner 5 and the Bruckner 9 that were recorded live by Accentus Music with Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Accentus Music released the award-winning Bruckner 5 on DVD and Blu-ray, and the Bruckner 9 was released on CD by Deutsche Grammophon and Accentus Music in 2014. This performance of Bruckner’s Ninth was the last concert that Abbado conducted before passing away in January 2014. For more information about the Bruckner 5 on DVD/Blu-ray, click here, and watch the trailer here. For more information about the CD, click here.


Documentary in Production: A journey into the Music of the Baltic with the Kremerata Baltica

In our new documentary “When the evening and the morning meet” (WT) the directors Günter Atteln and Carmen Belaschk meet the musicians of the Kremerata Baltica as they tour through the Baltic countries. Gidon Kremer’s ensemble, founded in 1997, unites the most talented young musicians from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, and builds bridges between these countries. The musicians point out similarities and differences of their musical culture as they travel, conjure up spontaneous sessions, return home to their families, meet for example musicians like Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks, as well as Iveta Apkalna and visit music and song festivals in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Here are some impressions:

The Estonian singer and violinist Maarja Nuut in front of the Baltic Sea.   In Estonia

The Sinfonietta Riga and conductor Sigvards Kļava during a rehearsal in the cathedral of Riga, Latviania  During the Folklore Day in Vilnius, Lithuania

During the Folklore Day in Vilnius, Lithuania  Saulius Petreikis plays the Lithuanian folk instrument Sekminių Ragelis

Song and Dance Celebration in Riga, Latvia  Song and Dance Celebration in Riga, Latvia

Photo credit: Carmen Belaschk

Rudolstadtfestival 2017 on Arte: Amy Macdonald | Toots & The Maytals

Amy Macdonald: Sunday, August 12th, 11:45 p.m., Arte

Gold and platinum for millions of CDs sold as well as sold-out concert halls do not alter Amy Macdonald’s fundamental attitude: “I just want people to be happy when they hear my songs.” She was more than successful at doing that at the opening of the Rudolstadt Festival 2017 – 18,000 spectators were completely bowled over.

Amy Macdonald at Rudolstadtfestival 2017, Photo credit: Doris Joosten


Toots & The Maytals: Sunday, August 19th, 11:50 p.m., Arte

The Jamaican vocal trio Toots & The Maytals has beein in the reggae business for over 40 years, holding the record with 31 No. 1 singles in Jamaica. Frederick “Toots” Hibbert is a living legend. It was he who invented the term “Reggae”. “Toots & The Maytals” gave a concert at last year’s Rudolstadtfestival which will be broadcast on Arte. The Rudostadtfestival is the world’s biggest roots, folk, and world music festival.

Toots & The Maytals at Rudolstadtfestival 2017, Photo credit: Silvia Hauptmann