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.
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.
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
In the April issue of the BBC Music Magazine Accentus’ Elias album featuring Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, and conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann, was selected as BBC’s “Music Choice” of the month. The editor’s statement was without reservation: “There’s little doubt too that the sheer adrenaline of a live performance, aided by a vivid recording, makes this one of the most satisfying of all Elijahs.”
For more information about the recording click here.
After his first CD featuring Beethoven’s piano sonatas No. 21 (“Waldstein”) and No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”), Sunwook Kim’s third solo CD with Accentus Music presents an impressive interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s three most well-known piano sonatas: “Pathétique” (No. 8), “Moonlight Sonata” (No. 14), and “Appassionata” (No. 23). For more information about Sunwook Kim’s newest CD click here.
The recording will be available on February 17 in Germany an France, on March 3 in the UK, and in the USA on March 17.
CD 2: Sunwook Kim plays Franck and Brahms – more information here.
CD 1: Sunwook Kim plays Beethoven Sonatas No. 21 & No. 29 – more information here.
On February 2, the German broadcaster ARD presented awards for the first time to producers who, as part of the ARD performance model, are honored for “particularly successful and innovative quality productions.” For their music documentary Satiesfictions (directed by Anne-Kathrin Peitz and Youlian Tabakov) Accentus Music received a development award in the “Documentary” section for a new production. Satiesfictions, co-produced with the WDR (West German Broadcasting) and in partnership with Arte, was supported by the Mitteldeutschen Medienförderung (Central German Media Fund).
The Wozzeck-DVD with the outstanding Christian Gerhaher, Gun-Brit Barkmin and Philharmonia Zürich with Fabio Luisi wins in the category “Video Performance”. The third CD of the trilogy with works of Lutosławski and Szymanowski played by the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio (NOSPR), magnificent cellist Gautier Capuçon, and conducted by Alexander Liebreich wins in the category “Best Collection”. The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) trophies will be given out during the annual Award Ceremony on April 1st, this year taking place at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the city where Accentus Music is based.
The ICMA are the only truly independent and international awards for classical music in the world. The Jury comprises 16 leading media from 14 countries. This year, the jury selected 17 audio and video productions from a total of 321 nominations.
Arte Concert will broadcast the concert with Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester playing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and the Triple Concerto with the outstanding soloists Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) and Martin Helmchen (piano) live on Friday 13th, 19h55. You will find more information and can watch the concert here.
Michael Barenboim’s first solo CD, conceived like a solo recital, comprises the works of three composers that have had a profound impact on his musical upbringing. Together the works create an unexpected yet all the more exceptional listening experience: Bach’s Sonata in C major, BWV 1005; Bartók’s Sonata Sz. 117, BB 124; and Boulez’s Anthèmes I & II. For more information click here, you can watch a trailer here.
The CD is now available in the UK and later this January in Germany and on February 3rd in France.