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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Posted on May 23, 2018
Accentus Music’s new release of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing works by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky under the baton of Riccardo Chailly will be available on May 25th in Germany and soon thereafter in other countries. At the Lucerne Festival 2017, they performed pieces based on famous works of literature: excerpts from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. For more information, click here.
Sunday, June 24th, 11:55 p.m., Arte
The Jamaican vocal trio Toots & the Maytals has been 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 Rudolstadtfestival is the world’s biggest roots, folk, and world music festival.
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Posted on May 16, 2018
Accentus Music’s Werther-DVD with Juan Diego Flórez in the leading role at the Zurich Opera House has been included in the summer “Quarterly Critics’ Choice” of the German Record Critics’ Award. The reviewer Manuel Brug writes for the jury:
This opera is a true jewel of the repertoire: fragrant, yet sincere, and with a title role that lyric tenors drool over. Tatjana Gürbaca has staged “Werther” in Zurich with intelligence, innovation and intensity. Klaus Grünbergs’ staging is bright, with the focus on a narrow, box-like room that shrinks in perspective. The fervent utopian dream of a mad lover is strikingly contrasted with Massenet’s delicious melodic drizzle, from which Cornelius Meister removes the calories by sharpening the contours. Juan Diego Flórez portrays Werther both as a prototype and as an individual. At no point does he merely sing the music: this world-class singer is a perfect match for his role.
For more information about the DVD, click here.
Posted on May 16, 2018
Our new documentary about Charles Ives is currently in the making. Ives, perhaps the most famous “weekend composer” of musical history, is regarded today as the first composer of the modern age in America. The film explores the musical world according to Ives, with performances in churches, concert halls and out in the open. Right now the documentary’s director Anne-Kathrin Peitz and her team are in the USA; before that, they filmed at the circus and in a limestone cave in Germany. Here are some impressions: