Barbara Hannigan “Taking Risks” (WT) – First Trailer online

Posted on April 18, 2018

Accentus Music and the Gothenburg Symphony accompany Barbara Hannigan preparing her first opera production, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, as a conductor and recruiting the singer cast through a very personnel selection process. The documentary follows all stages of the production, starting with the entire casting process and the very first auditions in Stockholm, Paris, Zurich, and London. The first joint workshop of all chosen singers, the coaching, rehearsals, and the premiere of the semi-staged production of Stravinsky’s opera in Gothenburg in December 2018 will be filmed as well. Here’s the first trailer:

Barbara Hannigan – “Taking Risks” (Trailer) from Accentus Music on Vimeo.

Accentus Music’s Blomstedt/Beethoven cycle received the ICMA award in Katowice

Posted on April 11th, 2018

In the sold-out NOSPR concert hall in Katowice, 1800 people applauded on Friday evening, April 6th, the performing artists and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the 8th Gala concert of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Accentus Music’s new Beethoven cycle with conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig received the award as “Best Collection” . For more information about the Gala concert, click here.

Here’s the jury’s explanation: Herbert Blomstedt’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphonies is based on a highly responsible handling of these famous scores stemming from a deep love of musical truth. Overall, they sound coherent, natural and immensely rhetoric. The music is constantly flowing and always admirably transparent. The fast movements sound fresh, with splendid rhythmic bounce, while the slow movements have warmth and are strikingly beautiful. The orchestral playing is of high quality, and the recorded sound is very good.

For more information about the cd box set, click here.

Andris Nelsons as Gewandhaus Kapellmeister: His first concerts available online until summer

Posted on March 21, 2018

A new era in Leipzig has just begun: Andris Nelsons has started his tenure as the 21st Gewandhaus Kapellmeister. Three concerts of the festive weeks celebrating his inauguration and “275 Years Gewandhausorchester” are still available online on Arte Concert until early summer.

The inauguration concert:

Gewandhausorchester and Andris Nelsons perform Schleiermacher, Berg (Baiba Skride, violin) and Mendelssohn. Video available online until May 25th.


The jubilee concert “275 Years Gewandhausorchester”:

Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester perform Widmann and Bruckner. Video available online until June 6th.


“Grosses Concert”:

Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester perform Larcher, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”. Video available online until June 14th.

Livestream of the “Grosses Concert” with Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester

Posted on March 14, 2018

A new era in Leipzig has just begun: Andris Nelsons started his tenure as the 21st Gewandhaus conductor. The festive weeks of his inauguration and the celebration of “275 Years Gewandhausorchester” are slowly coming to an end. The last of three livestream following Nelsons start in Leipzig will be available on Friday, March 16th, at 8 p.m. on Arte Concert. A new work by Thomas Larcher, Mozart’s Symphony in G minor, KV 550, and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester and its new music director Andris Nelsons as part of the “Grosses Concert”.


New DVD/Blu-ray: Mahler 1 – Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Posted on March 14, 2018

Accentus Music’s new release of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 performed by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of Riccardo Chailly is already available in Germany and soon in other countries. The DVD/Blu-ray – with a painting by Neo Rauch on the cover – includes an interview with Riccardo Chailly on Mahler’s composition. For more information about the new release, click here.


Screening in Beirut: Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium

Posted on March 7, 2018

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Beirut Art Film Festival will be screening the documentary “Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium”, directed by Günter Atteln and Maria Stodtmeier. The screening will take place on Thursday, March 8th, at 8 p.m. at the Alice Mogabgab Gallery. For more information about the documentary, click here.