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.
Posted on May 2, 2018
In Accentus Music’s new release, the violinist Zhi-Jong Wang played the concertos by Jean Sibelius and Igor Stravinsky together with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sanderling. The new recording of these contrasting concertos is now available worldwide. For more information about the album, which was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios, click here.
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.
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.
Saturday, April 28th, 8:15 – 10 p.m., 3Sat
It was a farewell and the end of an era: Sir Simon Rattle was in Lucerne as principal conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker one final time last summer. Together, they evoked the original state of the world with a performance of Haydn’s Schöpfung.
For more information, click here.
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.
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.
Sunday, April 15th, 6:25 p.m., Arte
Monday, April 23rd, 5 a.m., Arte (rerun)
In 1877 Brahms recommended his publisher Fritz Simrock to take on Dvořák, at the time a completely unknown composer from Prague. And sure enough, his first publication, the spirited Slavonic Dances, enjoyed a sensational success.
For more information about the production, click here.
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.
Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester perform Larcher, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”. Video available online until June 14th.
Posted on March 14, 2018
A new era in Leipzig has just begun: Andris Nelsons started his tenure as the 21st Gewandhaus conductor. The festive weeks of his inauguration and the celebration of “275 Years Gewandhausorchester” are slowly coming to an end. The last of three livestream following Nelsons start in Leipzig will be available on Friday, March 16th, at 8 p.m. on Arte Concert. A new work by Thomas Larcher, Mozart’s Symphony in G minor, KV 550, and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester and its new music director Andris Nelsons as part of the “Grosses Concert”.