The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance will be screening the documentary “The Lost Paradise – Arvo Pärt, Robert Wilson”, directed by Günter Atteln, on Saturday, March 3rd, 12 a.m., at the Segal Theatre, 365 5th Ave, New York. For more information about the festival, click here, for more information about the documentary, click here.
Accentus Music’s new DVD/Blu-ray is the first audiovisual release of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of its new music director Andris Nelsons. In May 2017, they performed works by Antonín Dvořák. The DVD/Blu-ray is now available in Germany, at the beginning of March in the UK and at the beginning of April in the US. For more information about the release, click here.
“Michael Barenboim’s second album focusses on solo violin music from three centuries of Italian art. The extremely demanding program is not a problem for a violinist as outstanding as Michael Barenboim. He succeeds in penetrating the various pieces to perfection.”
Accentus Music’s DVD “Midori plays Bach” has been included in the Spring “Quarterly Critics’ Choice” of the German Record Critics’ Award. The recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin took place at the Köthen Castle, the location where Bach composed these works. The jury writes (excerpt): “Because Midori is literally walking around the castle, one experiences something completely new instead of a filmed concert situation. Next to her impeccable playing, this aspect makes the[..] DVD production extremely fascinating.” For more information about the DVD, click here.
From 17 to 21 February Accentus Music will be present at the IMZ Avant Première Music and Media Market in Berlin.
This year, Accentus Music – together with the Gothenburg Symphony and Barbara Hannigan, who will also be present – will be hosting a special presentation on Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm of the new documentary film project Barbara Hannigan – Taking Risks. The film follows Hannigan as she prepares herself for her first opera production as a conductor of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and recruits the cast of singers through a personal selection process. This opera production is the start of her new project Equilibrium.
Visitors to Avant Première will be able to find Accentus Music in the booth area. The screening of the trailer will be held on Tuesday between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
At the beginning of the week, violinist Michael Barenboim was a guest on “ZDF-Morgenmagazin”. After a short interview conducted by Dunja Hayali, he performed Paganini’s “Caprice No. 9” (click here, to watch his performance). This piece is also part of Michael’s recently released second solo CD with Accentus Music. For more information about his new album, click here.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suites, performed by the pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei, will be available on 180 g vinyl in Germany on January 26th and soon in other countries. For more information about the critically acclaimed album, released in 2017, click here.
After his debut solo album with music by Bach, Bartók and Boulez, Michael Barenboim’s second album is also dedicated to works for solo violin and features compositions by Salvatore Sciarrino, Giuseppe Tartini, Luciano Berio, and Niccolò Paganini, sketching a short history of Italian solo violin literature. The album will be available on January 26th in Germany and soon in other countries. For more information, click here, and for more information about Barenboim’s first album, click here.
Accentus Music’s new Beethoven cycle with conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig wins the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2018 as “Best Collection”. 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. A total of 18 productions were nominated in this category. The award ceremony will take place in the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice, Poland, on April 6th, 2018.
For more information about this new Beethoven cycle, click here.