Michael Barenboim’s new album received the Supersonic-award

Posted on February 28, 2018

“Michael Barenboim’s second album focusses on solo violin music from three centuries of Italian art. The extremely demanding program is not a problem for a violinist as outstanding as Michael Barenboim. He succeeds in penetrating the various pieces to perfection.”

Pizzicato  (click here to read the full article)

For more information about the album, click here.


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

Posted on February 21, 2018

Accentus Music’s DVD “Midori plays Bach” has been included in the Spring “Quarterly Critics’ Choice” of the German Record Critics’ Award. The recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin took place at the Köthen Castle, the location where Bach composed these works. The jury writes (excerpt): “Because Midori is literally walking around the castle, one experiences something completely new instead of a filmed concert situation. Next to her impeccable playing, this aspect makes the[..] DVD production extremely fascinating.” For more information about the DVD, click here.

       Midori in the Castle Köthen

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.

Now available on Vinyl: Zhu Xiao-Mei performs the French Suites

Posted on January 24, 2018

Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suites, performed by the pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei, will be available on 180 g vinyl in Germany on January 26th and soon in other countries. For more information about the critically acclaimed album, released in 2017, click here.


New album: Michael Barenboim performs Sciarrino, Tartini, Paganini and Berio

Posted on January 24, 2018

After his debut solo album with music by Bach, Bartók and Boulez, Michael Barenboim’s second album is also dedicated to works for solo violin and features compositions by Salvatore Sciarrino, Giuseppe Tartini, Luciano Berio, and Niccolò Paganini, sketching a short history of Italian solo violin literature. The album will be available on January 26th in Germany and soon in other countries. For more information, click here, and for more information about Barenboim’s first album, click here.


Beethoven CD Box set wins International Classical Music Award

Accentus Music’s new Beethoven cycle with conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig wins the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2018 as “Best Collection”. All nine symphonies, released in a box set containing five CDs, are live recordings made at the Leipzig Gewandhaus between May 2014 and March 2017. A total of 18 productions were nominated in this category. The award ceremony will take place in the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice, Poland, on April 6th, 2018.

For more information about this new Beethoven cycle, click here.

still available online: Franz Lehár’s “Das Land des Lächelns” at Zurich Opera House

Posted on January 10, 2018

Franz Lehár’s “Das Land des Lächelns” at Zurich Opera House was broadcast on Arte at the beginning of January. Until February 6th, the operetta can be viewed on Arte Concert, click here, or just play the video below. Director Andreas Homoki lets the plot take place in a Paris Variététheater from the 1920s. To emphasize the operatic elements, he purged the piece, cutting several secondary roles and shortening dialogues. For more information, click here.

Messa da Requiem – Christian Spuck’s choreography at the Zurich Opera House | on 3Sat

Saturday, March 24th, 8:15 p.m., 3Sat

With the Messa da Requiem, Christian Spuck brings one of Verdi’s key works to the stage. In a large-scale co-production between the Opera and Ballet Zurich, the German choreographer and director dares to attempt an unusual interpretation of Verdi’s funeral mass. 36 dancers, the choir, as well as four soloists, join under the direction of Fabio Luisi in thirteen large scenes dedicated to one of the most fundamental themes of humanity.

For more information about the production/DVD, click here.