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New DVD/Blu-ray: Beethoven 5 and Triple Concerto with Herbert Blomstedt and Gewandhauorchester

Posted on June 10, 2017

With this release, Accentus Music completes its Beethoven DVD trilogy that started with Beethoven’s Ninth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies performed by Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. It also leads the way to the release of all Beethoven Symphonies in this summer, recorded between 2014 and 2017 at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and conducted by the maestro, who is celebrating his 90th birthday in July.

For more information click here, you can watch the trailer here.

      

Upcoming production: Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bach’s Mass in B minor

Posted on June 8, 2017

Just a few weeks before his 90th birthday, the Swedish conductor, Herbert Blomstedt, will be gifting himself a special birthday present: conducting Bach’s “Opus ultimum”, the B Minor Mass, in the Leipzig Thomaskirche – the composer’s former workplace. The concert will close the Bachfest Leipzig and will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester, the Dresdner Kammerchor, and the soloists Christina Landshamer, Elisabeth Kulman, Wolfram Lattke and Luca Pisaroni on June 18. According to Blomstedt, Bach’s last complete vocal work is the climax of his creativity and is one of the most important works in his life: “It is like a reflection of doubt. It is enormously powerful music in the same way that a wedge is enormously powerful.”

A production of Accentus Music in co-production with NHK.

Kulturpalast Dresden – Highlights of the reopening concerts still available online

Posted on June 1, 2017

The Kulturpalast Dresden was reopened at the end of April after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus for the hall’s reconstruction with two festive concerts performed by the Dresden Philharmonic and the Festspielorchester Dresden. The broadcast of the concert-highlights is still available online until the end of June and will be broadcast again on Arte on June 8th and 14th at 5 am.

 

New album – Zhu Xiao-Mei plays Bach’s French Suites

Posted on May 15, 2017

The new recording of the French Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach is the fourth CD release of Zhu Xiao-Mei on the Accentus Music label and will be available on May 19 in Germany and soon in other countries. It will also be available on most digital platforms. For more information about the album please click here.

Zhu Xiao-Mei and Accentus Music plan to continue their collaboration with a recording of Bach’s English Suites by the end of this year.

 

    

“Ayham Ahmad – the Pianist of Yarmouk” wins Special Jury Mention Prize at Master of Art Film Festival

Posted on May 2, 2017

Accentus Music’s documentary  “Ayham Ahmad – The Pianist Of Yarmouk” (directed by Günter Atteln and Carmen Belaschk) tells the story of this Syrian refugee musician. The film, winner of the Golden Prague Film Festival, just received the Special Jury Mention Prize at the Master of Art Film Festival 2017 in Sofia. You can take a look at the video of the award ceremony to see a special appearance by Ayham Ahmad.

Reopening of Kulturpalast Dresden – Two Live-Streams on Arte Concert

Posted on April 27, 2017

After a multiannual construction-phase, the Kulturpalast Dresden, new home of the Dresdner Philharmonie, will be reopened this weekend. Accentus Music provides the live-streams of the ceremonial act on Friday and of the matinee-concert on Sunday – in co-production with ZDF/Arte and in cooperation with Arte Concert.

The program of the ceremonial act, Friday, April 28, 19h (click here for the live-stream on Arte Concert):

Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Ouverture op. 96
Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto e-minor op. 64
Franz Schubert  Three songs (arr. for baritone and orchestra)
An Sylvia D 891, Pilgerweise D 789 and Tränenregen from „Die schöne Müllerin“ D 795
Ludwig van Beethoven  Symphony No. 9  d-minor op. 125, 4th movement (Ode to Joy)

Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling (conductor), Julia Fischer (violin), Matthias Goerne (baritone), and others

 

The program of the matinee-concert on Sunday, April 30, 11h (click here for the live-stream on Arte Concert):

Carl Maria von Weber  »Der Freischütz«-Ouverture
Ludwig van Beethoven  Triple Concerto C-Dur op.56
Robert Schumann  Symphony No. 4  d-minor op.120

Dresdner Festspielorchester, Ivor Bolton (conductor), Nicola Benedetti (violin), Jan Vogler (cello), Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Accentus Music’s “Wozzeck” DVD with Christian Gerhaher wins BBC Music Magazine Award 2017

Posted on April 21, 2017

After receiving the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2017 this January, Accentus Music’s production of Alban Berg’s opera “Wozzeck” from the Opernhaus Zürich, released on DVD and Blu-ray, wins another prestigious prize: the BBC Music Magazine Award 2017 (DVD Jury-Award). “The production was a triumph” – these are the very words of the BBC Music Magazine.

Says Christian Gerhaher, who made his debut in the title role of Alban Berg’s masterpiece in this production:

I feel so incredibly satisfied that not only this Wozzeck-production, which was – and every director should please forgive me – the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation, with all of these people wonderfully collaborating with each other – the cast of singers, the director, the stage designer, the conductor, choir, orchestra and stage-workers, but especially now with this DVD-production as well. Here, I’ll dare to say that I am suddenly not disgusted by seeing my own face so harassingly near, that I am not seeing a stage filmed by a camera trying to create a new and different artistic creation, and that I am not bothered by the discrepancy of operatic work and home viewing. On the contrary, the result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. Again and again, It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago – I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!

For more information about the DVD/Blu-ray click here – you can watch the trailer here.

 

    

 

 

Zhu Xiao-Mei: Bach ist stärker als Mao – availabe online until 1st of June

Posted on April 12, 2017

As of today, almost 40.000 people watched our documentary “Zhu Xiao-Mei: Bach ist stärker als Mao” (directed by Paul Smaczny) on Arte Mediathek. This film will be available online until 1st of June.

The documentary tells the story of Zhu Xiao-Mei returning to China as an internationally acclaimed interpreter of Bach’s music, 35 years after leaving her country. The decision to return to China was not easy for her. The wounds of the Cultural Revolution, in which Mao laid waste to the country, laid too deep. Because her family was considered to be “bourgeois” and counterrevolutionary, she became the victim of public denunciations, experienced how musical scores were burned and saw how her teachers were humiliated and driven to suicide.

For more information click here.

Our new documentary about Gidon Kremer – a first look

Posted on March, 29

Gidon Kremer is one of the most exciting artists of our time. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, a quiet and thoughtful portrait of the great violinist and intellectual emerges. It will focus on Kremer’s current work with the Kremerata Baltica and will also take a look back at the stations of an unprecedented artistic career. This week, we are in Paris with Kremer and the orchestra, where they play two concerts with works by Arvo Pärt at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, with Pärt himself in attendance. Here are a few impressions!

Overcoming Boundaries and Building Bridges
Gidon Kremer – A Portrait

A film by Paul Smaczny
A production of Accentus Music and ZDF/Arte