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11 productions of Accentus Music are nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2017

Posted on November 17, 2016

The jury of 17 media out of 14 countries nominated five CDs, three Symphonic-DVDs, two Opera-DVDs, and one documentary for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). The final results will be announced on 20 January 2017.

Here are the nominated productions of Accentus Music:

 

Albums

        

Felix Mendelssohn – Elias                                      Akamus Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann

J. S. Bach – Goldberg Variations                           Zhu Xiao-Mei

Concert-Centenaire Vol. 3, Gabriel Fauré             Judith Ingolfsson, violin, Vladimir Stoupel, piano

Szymanowski/Lutosławski CD 2                            Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich

Szymanowski/Lutosławski CD 3                            Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich

 

Symphonic DVDs

    

L. v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 “Choral”                    Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt

G. Mahler – Symphony No. 5/
Songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”                           Lucerne Festival Orchestra,
Andris Nelsons, Matthias Goerne

Beethoven/Mendelssohn – Violin Concertos                    Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,
Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaj Znaider

 

 

Opera DVDs/Documentary

    

Vincenzo Bellini – I Capuleti e I Montecchi                                Opernhaus Zürich

Alban Berg – Wozzeck                                                               Opernhaus Zürich

Riccardo Chailly:  Music – A Journey for Life                             Paul Smaczny

 

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“The Pianist of Yarmouk” wins the Grand Prix Golden Prague!

Posted on October 18, 2016

We’re thrilled – our documentary in co-production with ZDF “The Pianist of Yarmouk” (directed by Günter Atteln and Carmen Belaschk) has been awarded with the Grand Prix at the International Television Festival Golden Prague! Here’s the jury’s explanation: ” ‘Ayham Ahmad: The Pianist of Yarmouk’ demonstrates the power of music to sustain an individual through horrific suffering. Reveals with elegance and subtlety, the use of music to make peaceful protest and to inspire others who are going through intolerable suffering. The film creates a sense of hope and optimism despite the tragic circumstances that are presented, because of a young man’s undying spirit, his love of music and his use of music to communicate a crucial message to the world.”

 

Diapason D’Or Arte and Choc de Classica for Accentus Music

Posted on April 13, 2015

Classica Magazine honored two of Accentus Music’s recent releases with its prestigious Choc de Classica: Zhu Xiao-Mei’s recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado. Furthermore, the moving Memorial Concert is also granted a Diapason D’OR Arte in April.

With closed eyes, Zhu Xiao Mei creates her universe. Close-up cameras dissect the flexibility of movements that follow the musical curves. One and a half hours go by as if by magic…“, such is the verdict of the editors of the French Magazine Classica. Awarding the Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado, played by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, they pointed out “the powerful images of musicians playing in tears, without cameras being too intrusive in that moment that belonged only to them… Then comes the crushing silence under the gaze of an emotional conductor, who was able to take his share of grief in a collective mourning.

Accentus Music is Label of the Year 2015 (ICMA)

Posted on January 20, 2015

The German label wins the award for Label of the Year at the 2015 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA)!

The German label, which was founded five years ago in Leipzig, Germany, was awarded the prestigious distinction by the jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). With this award the independent members of the jury, including print and radio journalists from across Europe, honour the exceptional work of the German label and production firm.

“With an impressing number of nominations and winning productions, Accentus is one label we have closely observed during the last few years and we certainly appreciated its careful and judicious release policy. The title Label of the Year is therefore truly deserved”, says jury president Remy Franck.

Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Herbert Blomstedt and Alan Gilbert – the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, New York Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra – Evgeny Kissin, Joshua Bell, Martha Argerich, Nikolaj Znaider, Zhu Xiao-Mei and Hélène Grimaud – they have all worked with Accentus Music, confirming the label’s reputation for extraordinary concert and opera recordings as well as documentaries and portraits of the highest technical and artistic quality.

Amongst the label’s most recent releases figure noteworthy productions such as the last concert recording with Claudio Abbado and the memorial concert with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for the great conductor as well as Bach recordings with the pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei. Daniel Barenboim’s Bruckner Cycle and Riccardo Chailly’s Leipzig Mahler Cycle, which will be completed by 2017,

stand out as unique examples of artistically homogenous documentations and already serve as the prominent point of reference for similar projects. A CD box set with Herbert Blomstedt’s new recordings of all of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra will be released just in time for the conductor’s 90th birthday in two years.

One of the most unique features of Accentus Music is the fact that the production of all releases is managed in-house. Each production carries Accentus’ very distinctive thumbprint and documents some of the most important events of recent musical history. In previous years, Accentus Music won international prizes including Echo Klassik award, FIFA Prix du Meilleur Portrait, International Classical Music Award, Gramophone Award, Golden Prague Award, BBC Music Magazine Award, Diapason d’Or and Choc Classica de l’année.

The ICMA award ceremony will take place in Turkey’s capital Ankara on 28 March 2015. Various artists who are closely linked to Accentus Music will take part in the ceremony, including pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei, who will receive a Special Achievement Award for her two most recent Bach recordings with Accentus Music, and conductor Alexander Liebreich. The musical accompaniment to the ceremony will be providedby the winners of this year’s ICMA Awards and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.

CD “The Art of Fugue” with Chinese pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei receives Choc de l’Année

Posted on December 3, 2014

Choc classica 2014-GRAND

We are proud to announce that our CD with J. S. Bach’s “The Art of Fugue”, played by world-renowned Chinese pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei, has received the “Choc de l’année 2014” last night at an award ceremony in the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

The “Choc de l’année” is awarded annually by French music magazine “Classica” and is considered the most prestigious award for classical music recordings in France.

The Classica magazine about the CD: “While the discourse intensifies and the texture becomes opaque over time, the pianist preserves this inner light. In doing so, she establishes a wonderful proximity between the listener and the composer, therefore making it accessible and poetic, which is very rare.”

Below is a picture from the awards ceremony with Zhu Xiao-Mei (left) and accentus music’s managing director Paul Smaczny (middle).

Accentus Music receives nine ICMA nominations!

Posted on November 20, 2014

We are honored and proud to announce that Accentus Music has received nominations for the 2015 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) for nine of its productions!

Nominated in the category “Video Performance” are

Mahler 5 – Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
A Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki
Brahms, Schönberg, Beethoven – Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Mihoko Fujimura
Bruckner 6 – Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle BerlinBruckner 7 – Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin
Mahler 9 – Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
J. S. Bach – The Goldberg Variations – Zhu Xiao-Mei

Nominated in the category “Video Documentaries” is Allan Miller’s film “Speak the Music – Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music“, which was recently released on DVD on the accentus music label.

And nominated in the category “Baroque Instrumental” is our CD “J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge” with renowned Chinese pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei.