Rudolstadtfestival 2017 on Arte: Amy Macdonald | Toots & The Maytals

Amy Macdonald: Sunday, August 12th, 11:45 p.m., Arte

Gold and platinum for millions of CDs sold as well as sold-out concert halls do not alter Amy Macdonald’s fundamental attitude: “I just want people to be happy when they hear my songs.” She was more than successful at doing that at the opening of the Rudolstadt Festival 2017 – 18,000 spectators were completely bowled over.

Amy Macdonald at Rudolstadtfestival 2017, Photo credit: Doris Joosten


Toots & The Maytals: Sunday, August 19th, 11:50 p.m., Arte

The Jamaican vocal trio Toots & The Maytals has beein in the reggae business for over 40 years, holding the record with 31 No. 1 singles in Jamaica. Frederick “Toots” Hibbert is a living legend. It was he who invented the term “Reggae”. “Toots & The Maytals” gave a concert at last year’s Rudolstadtfestival which will be broadcast on Arte. The Rudostadtfestival is the world’s biggest roots, folk, and world music festival.

Toots & The Maytals at Rudolstadtfestival 2017, Photo credit: Silvia Hauptmann

New documentary in production: “Of Vineyards and Shoeboxes” (WT)

Several major concert halls have opened their doors over the past few months, thereby making the public aware of an almost unknown guild: that of the acoustician. Without their precise calculations, architects would be lost, and prestigious buildings such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg or the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles would be doomed to sink into oblivion.

For the documentary “Of Vineyards and Shoeboxes” (WT), director Günter Atteln and his team just accompanied the acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota to Moscow, visiting the construction of the new philharmonic hall in Zaryadye park together with Valery Gergiev. Situated in the heart of Moscow next to the Red Square, the hall will accommodate 1.500 spectators. The shooting will continue until autumn.



Klassik Airleben 2018 – Andris Nelsons conducts Gershwin and soundtracks by John Williams

Friday, June 29th, and
Saturday, June 30th, 8 p.m., Rosental Leipzig

Accentus Music will provide the live video signal for “Klassik airleben” at Leipzig’s Rosental meadow. The two open air concerts will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester before the summer break. Accentus provides the live signal for the video screens that are installed around the meadow so that all of the expected 30.000 concert goers can see the artists at work.

Andris Nelsons will be conducting excerpts of soundtracks by John Williams (Harry PotterIndiana JonesStar Wars, E.T.) and George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto with Jean-Ives Thibaudet as the soloist. Both concerts will be free to the public. Click on this link for more information.

Klassik airleben 2014, photo credit: Gert Mothes

Werther DVD is “Opera Choice” of BBC Music Magazine in July

The BBC Music Magazine has awarded the Werther DVD by Accentus Music, which features Juan Diego Flórez in the lead role, as “Opera Choice” of the month in its July issue. Reviewer Christopher Cook writes:

Director Tatjana Gürbaca and designer Klaus Grünberg have transformed Massenet’s Masterpiece into a compelling drama that glues you to the edge of your seat from start to finish. [..] Juan Diego Flórez gives the performance of his career as a hero who knows that death is where passion is fulfilled. Anna Stéphany’s Charlotte, by turns terrified, tender and tearful, is with him all the way.

For more information about the production, click here.

“Opera for all” in Zurich with Franz Lehár’s “Das Land des Lächelns”

Saturday, June 16th, 8 p.m., Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich

Accentus Music is delivering the live video signal of Franz Lehár’s “Das Land des Lächelns” on Saturday, June 16th, at 8 p.m., as part of the “Opera for all” event by the Zurich Opera House. The performance of the operetta, which features Piotr Beczala in the leading role, will take place in the Zurich Opera House and will be streamed simultaneously open-air at the Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich. For more information about “Opera for all” follow this link. For more information about the production “Das Land des Lächelns”, which will soon be released on DVD, click here.

Werther-DVD receives “Choc de Classica”

Posted on June 13, 2018

Accentus Music’s Werther-DVD featuring Juan Diego Flórez in the leading role at the Zurich Opera House has been awarded with the “Choc” award by the French music magazine “Classica” in its June issue. The reviewer, Pierre Flinois, writes (excerpt):

An overwhelming interpretation by Juan Diego Flórez under the impetuous musical direction of Cornelius Meister: Massenet wins everything for his voyage. [..] The staging transcends the protagonists, in stark contrast to the beautiful box of light wood created by Klaus Grünberg, whose doors and hatches open to reveal a starry sky. Magic. 

For more information about the production, click here.


New documentary about Charles Ives – Filming completed

Posted on June 6th, 2018

The filming of our new documentary “The Unanswered Ives” (WT), directed by Anne-Kathrin Peitz, is now completed. Ives is regarded today as the first composer of the modern age in America. The documentary will shed light on Charles Ives’ life and work in all its facets and inconsistencies. “The Unanswered Ives” explores the musical world according to Ives by scenes filmed in Germany and the USA, with performances, among others, in a church, a circus, an old theater and a limestone cave. Furthermore, musicologists, musicians as well as Ives grandson, Charles Tyler, give their own answers to the question which has hardly yet been answered today: who was Charles Ives? Here are some impressions:






Gramophone Editor’s Choice: Mahler 1-DVD with Riccardo Chailly

Posted on May 30, 2018

Accentus Music’s new release of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 performed by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of Riccardo Chailly is Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Peter Quantrill writes in the June issue of the Gramophone magazine: “Multi-miked sound matches picture, taking you right inside Mahler’s orchestration”. Read the full review here. For more information about the DVD/Blu-ray, click here.

Werther-DVD receives the Diapason D’Or Arte

Posted on May 30, 2018

Accentus Music’s Werther-DVD with Juan Diego Flórez in the leading role at the Zurich Opera House has been awarded with the Diapason D’Or Arte. Emmanuel Dupuy, editor-in-chief of Diapason magazine, writes (excerpt):

In Zurich, Tatjana Gürbaca offers a more personal reading, perhaps with a superior suggestive force. It takes place in the beautiful scenery designed by Klaus Grünberg; wooden boxes aligned to the vanishing point, pierced with multiple openings making the characters appear where we do not expect them. The costumes situate the action in the cramped society of the 1950s; something hitchcockian oozes from its dreamy closets, its ominous shadows, its skewed looks and from a very physical acting. If Gürbaca shows us the anti-hero as an immature character, it is because Flórez throws himself into the incarnation […] with a natural poet look, an art of unparalleled halftone, [and] a clear, crystal-like diction.

For more information about the DVD/Blu-ray, click here.