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:
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.
It was a farewell and the end of an era: Sir Simon Rattle was in Lucerne as principal conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker one final time last summer. Together, they evoked the original state of the world with a performance of Haydn’s Schöpfung.
Sunday, April 15th, 6:25 p.m., Arte
Monday, April 23rd, 5 a.m., Arte (rerun)
In 1877 Brahms recommended his publisher Fritz Simrock to take on Dvořák, at the time a completely unknown composer from Prague. And sure enough, his first publication, the spirited Slavonic Dances, enjoyed a sensational success.
For more information about the production, click here.
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.
Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester perform Larcher, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”. Video available online until June 14th.
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”.
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.
Accentus Music’s new release, Jules Massenet’s opera “Werther” with Juan Diego Flórez in the title role, is now available in Germany and later this month in other countries. The opera was recorded at the Opernhaus Zürich in April 2017. For more information about the DVD/Blu-ray, click here.
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.
In Accentus Music’s new recording, the rarely heard, recently re-edited and newly published “Missa Solemnis” by Anton Bruckner, shines in a new light. This gem was performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz. For more information about the new album, including other works, click here.