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:



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.

Andris Nelsons as Gewandhaus Kapellmeister: His first concerts available online until summer

Posted on March 21, 2018

A new era in Leipzig has just begun: Andris Nelsons has started his tenure as the 21st Gewandhaus Kapellmeister. Three concerts of the festive weeks celebrating his inauguration and “275 Years Gewandhausorchester” are still available online on Arte Concert until early summer.

The inauguration concert:

Gewandhausorchester and Andris Nelsons perform Schleiermacher, Berg (Baiba Skride, violin) and Mendelssohn. Video available online until May 25th.


The jubilee concert “275 Years Gewandhausorchester”:

Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester perform Widmann and Bruckner. Video available online until June 6th.


“Grosses Concert”:

Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester perform Larcher, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”. Video available online until June 14th.

Accentus Music at IMZ Avant Première in Berlin with special guest Barbara Hannigan

Posted on February 14, 2018

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.


Michael Barenboim performs Paganini on ZDF-Morgenmagazin

Posted on January 31, 2018

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.

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya at the Pierre Boulez Hall

Posted on December 12, 2017

Jordi Savall and his ensembles Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya have performed their program “Jerusalem” in Berlin’s new Pierre Boulez Hall. Together with musicians from across the Levant and beyond, they explored the history of Jerusalem based on Jewish, Christian and Arabic music. The concert can be viewed online on Arte Concert until March 5th.


Mahler 8 DVD wins Clef d’or award

Posted on December 12, 2017

Accentus Music has received the Clef d’Or 2017 in the DVD category by French music magazine ResMusica for the DVD with Mahler’s Eighth from last year’s Lucerne Festival. For more information about the jury’s decision, click here, and for more information about the DVD, click here.


ICMA 2018 – 8 productions of Accentus Music are nominated

Posted on November 21, 2017

The jury of 17 media out of 14 countries nominated three CDs of Accentus Music, the Beethoven CD box set as well as four DVDs for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) 2018. The final result will be annouced on January 18th. For more information, click here.




J.S. Bach – The French Suites – Zhu Xiao-Mei (click here)
Sunwook Kim – Beethoven Piano Sonatas 8, 14, 23 (click here)
Bach: Solo Cantatas and Sinfonias – Michael Volle, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (click here)

CD box set

Blomstedt conducts Beethoven – The Complete Symphonies in a CD box set (click here)



Verdi: Messa da Requiem – a choreography by Christian Spuck – Opernhaus Zürich (click here)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 ǀ Triple Concerto – Gewandhausorchester, Blomstedt  (click here)
Mahler 8 – Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra (click here)
St. Matthew Passion – Gaechinger Cantorey, Hans-Christoph Rademann (click here)