In celebration of Herbert Blomstedt’s 90th Birthday in July 2017, Accentus Music releases a new Beethoven cycle that captures the spirit of the long-standing partnership between the legendary conductor laureate and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. All nine symphonies, released in a box set containing five CDs, are live recordings made at the Leipzig Gewandhaus between May 2014 and March 2017. The box set will be available on June 30 in Germany and soon in other countries. For more information click here.
The secular repertory of the Renaissance seems made to order for the five singers of amarcord. In the incomparable setting of the Villa Godi in northern Italy, the group recorded some of the best-known and most beautiful madrigals of the 16th century, creating a bridge to the present day. The members of amarcord are accompanied by Hille Perl (viola da gamba) and Lee Santana (theorbo), as well as the virtuoso percussionist Michael Metzler. For more information click here.
On April 29, 2016, Zubin Mehta celebrated his 80th birthday. On this ocassion he gifted himself a special birthday present: In Mumbai, Mehta’s birthplace, he conducted two concerts performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which appointed him Musical Director for Life. Among other pieces, they played Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin in D major with soloist Pinchas Zukerman – one of Mehta’s closest friends and colleagues.
In 2014, the Lucerne Festival took place without Claudio Abbado for the first time. The young Latvian Andris Nelsons lead the orchestra playing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in the opening concert. Nelsons had already won the trust and respect of both listeners and performers in a memorial concert for Abbado before.
In August 2016, Riccardo Chailly premiered as the new music director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and hence as Claudio Abbados successor. Simoultaneously they completed Abbado’s unfinished Mahler cycle with the LFO in a breathtaking performance of the 8th Symphony as a “tribute to Claudio”.
Accentus Music has just recorded Anton Bruckner’s Missa solemnis as well as other sacred works written by the composer. These pieces were originally played during the inauguration ceremony of the provost Friedrich Mayr in St. Florian, Austria in 1854. The actual concert, which took place in the Konzerthaus Berlin, was performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor and was conducted by Lukasz Borowicz. The soloists were Johanna Winkel (soprano), Sophie Harmsen (alto), Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor) and Ludwig Mittelhammer (bass). The album with the new recording will be released towards the end of the year.
Friday, August 18, 22h25 SRF1
Sunday, August 27, 18h05 Arte
This August 18, Riccardo Chailly will be conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony, which is based on a poem written by Lord Byron. It is the second year of Chailly being the orchestra’s music director after the death of his mentor and predecessor Claudio Abbado. The concert will be broadcasted a week later on Arte.
Accentus Music is delivering the live video recording of “Klassik airleben”. The two open-air concerts will be free of admission and take place in Leipzig’s Rosental on June 23 and 24, 20h. The concerts will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester before the summerbreak, and will be streamed simultaneously on big screens in the Rosental park. Alexander Shelley will be conducting the orchestra, and the two baritones, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni, will be singing hits of the opera’s repertoire according to the motto “No Tenors Needed”. Click on this link for more information.
Every year in late summer some of the best musicians worldwide meet in Israel for The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival (JCMF), established by pianist Elena Bashkirova and advocate Yeheskell Beinisch. The highlights of 2016 performed by musicians like András Schiff, Emanuel Pahud, Baiba Skride, and Julian Steckel are still available online on Arte Concert:
Accentus Music is delivering the live video recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” on Saturday, June 17, at 19h30, within the event “Oper für alle” of the Opernhaus Zürich. The opera performance that will take place in the Opernhaus Zürich will be streamed simoultaneously open-air at the Sechseläutenplatz in Zürich as well as in Lugano at the Piazza of Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC). For more information follow this link.
A day later Accentus Music will film the premiere of Franz Lehár’s operetta “Land des Lächelns” (“The Land of Smiles”) performed by Piotr Bezcala as Sou Chong and Julia Kleiter as Lisa – in coproduction with ZDF and in cooperation with Opernhaus Zürich. Fabio Luisi will conduct the Philharmonia Zürich. Intendant Andreas Homoki is the stage director.