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Werther-DVD in the “Quarterly Critics’ Choice” of the German Record Critics’ Award

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.

New documentary about Charles Ives – first impressions

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:

  

  

Screening in Warsaw: “Land des Lächelns” and “Music in the Time of the Great War”

Posted on May 16, 2018

The Music Gardens Festival in Warsaw, Poland, will be screening two Accentus Music productions. On Wednesday, July 18th, at 7 p.m., “Music in the Time of the Great War“, a documentary directed by Andreas Morell will be presented. The screening of Franz Lehár’s “Land des Lächelns” from the Zurich Opera House with Piotr Beczala (photo) will take place on Wednesday, July 25th, 7 p.m.

Two Accentus productions are still available online: Simon Rattle conducts Haydn, Herbert Blomstedt conducts Beethoven

Posted on May 2, 2018

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker performed Haydn’s Schöpfung together with Elsa Dreisig (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), and Florian Boesch (bass) at the Lucerne Festival 2017. Follow this link to watch the concert on the 3Sat media library. For more information about the production, click here.

Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto together with Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), and Martin Helmchen (piano). Follow this link to watch the concert on the MDR media library. For more information about the production, click here.

Beethoven: Triple Concerto – Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester – Faust, Queyras, Helmchen | on MDR Television

Thursday, April 26th, 11:35 p.m., MDR Television

More than 200 years after its premiere at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the famous trio Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Martin Helmchen have congenially mastered the artistic challenge of Beethoven’s gemstone together with the Gewandhausorchester. Under Herbert Blomstedt’s sensitive direction, the soloists unite chamber music intimacy together with virtuoso sophistication – and prove once again that the Triple Concerto is an unduly underestimated, much too rarely programmed masterpiece.

For more information, click here.

Barbara Hannigan “Taking Risks” (WT) – First Trailer online

Posted on April 18, 2018

Accentus Music and the Gothenburg Symphony accompany Barbara Hannigan preparing her first opera production, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, as a conductor and recruiting the singer cast through a very personnel selection process. The documentary follows all stages of the production, starting with the entire casting process and the very first auditions in Stockholm, Paris, Zurich, and London. The first joint workshop of all chosen singers, the coaching, rehearsals, and the premiere of the semi-staged production of Stravinsky’s opera in Gothenburg in December 2018 will be filmed as well. Here’s the first trailer:

Barbara Hannigan – “Taking Risks” (Trailer) from Accentus Music on Vimeo.

Accentus Music’s Blomstedt/Beethoven cycle received the ICMA award in Katowice

Posted on April 11th, 2018

In the sold-out NOSPR concert hall in Katowice, 1800 people applauded on Friday evening, April 6th, the performing artists and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the 8th Gala concert of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Accentus Music’s new Beethoven cycle with conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig received the award as “Best Collection” . For more information about the Gala concert, click here.

Here’s the jury’s explanation: Herbert Blomstedt’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphonies is based on a highly responsible handling of these famous scores stemming from a deep love of musical truth. Overall, they sound coherent, natural and immensely rhetoric. The music is constantly flowing and always admirably transparent. The fast movements sound fresh, with splendid rhythmic bounce, while the slow movements have warmth and are strikingly beautiful. The orchestral playing is of high quality, and the recorded sound is very good.

For more information about the cd box set, click here.