Every year in late summer some of the best musicians worldwide meet in Israel for The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival (JCMF), established by pianist Elena Bashkirova and advocate Yeheskell Beinisch. The highlights of 2016 performed by musicians like András Schiff, Emanuel Pahud, Baiba Skride, and Julian Steckel are still available online on Arte Concert:
Accentus Music is delivering the live video recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” on Saturday, June 17, at 19h30, within the event “Oper für alle” of the Opernhaus Zürich. The opera performance that will take place in the Opernhaus Zürich will be streamed simoultaneously open-air at the Sechseläutenplatz in Zürich as well as in Lugano at the Piazza of Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC). For more information follow this link.
A day later Accentus Music will film the premiere of Franz Lehár’s operetta “Land des Lächelns” (“The Land of Smiles”) performed by Piotr Bezcala as Sou Chong and Julia Kleiter as Lisa – in coproduction with ZDF and in cooperation with Opernhaus Zürich. Fabio Luisi will conduct the Philharmonia Zürich. Intendant Andreas Homoki is the stage director.
With this release, Accentus Music completes its Beethoven DVD trilogy that started with Beethoven’s Ninth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies performed by Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. It also leads the way to the release of all Beethoven Symphonies in this summer, recorded between 2014 and 2017 at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and conducted by the maestro, who is celebrating his 90th birthday in July.
For more information click here, you can watch the trailer here.
Just a few weeks before his 90th birthday, the Swedish conductor, Herbert Blomstedt, will be gifting himself a special birthday present: conducting Bach’s “Opus ultimum”, the B Minor Mass, in the Leipzig Thomaskirche – the composer’s former workplace. The concert will close the Bachfest Leipzig and will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester, the Dresdner Kammerchor, and the soloists Christina Landshamer, Elisabeth Kulman, Wolfram Lattke and Luca Pisaroni on June 18. According to Blomstedt, Bach’s last complete vocal work is the climax of his creativity and is one of the most important works in his life: “It is like a reflection of doubt. It is enormously powerful music in the same way that a wedge is enormously powerful.”
A production of Accentus Music in co-production with NHK.
The Kulturpalast Dresden was reopened at the end of April after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus for the hall’s reconstruction with two festive concerts performed by the Dresden Philharmonic and the Festspielorchester Dresden. The broadcast of the concert-highlights is still available online until the end of June and will be broadcast again on Arte on June 8th and 14th at 5 am.
The new recording of the French Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach is the fourth CD release of Zhu Xiao-Mei on the Accentus Music label and will be available on May 19 in Germany and soon in other countries. It will also be available on most digital platforms. For more information about the album please click here.
Zhu Xiao-Mei and Accentus Music plan to continue their collaboration with a recording of Bach’s English Suites by the end of this year.
After a multiannual construction-phase, the Kulturpalast Dresden, new home of the Dresdner Philharmonie, will be reopened this weekend. Accentus Music provides the live-streams of the ceremonial act on Friday and of the matinee-concert on Sunday – in co-production with ZDF/Arte and in cooperation with Arte Concert.
The program of the ceremonial act, Friday, April 28, 19h (click here for the live-stream on Arte Concert):
Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Ouverture op. 96 Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto e-minor op. 64 Franz Schubert Three songs (arr. for baritone and orchestra)
An Sylvia D 891, Pilgerweise D 789 and Tränenregen from „Die schöne Müllerin“ D 795 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 d-minor op. 125, 4th movement (Ode to Joy)
Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling (conductor), Julia Fischer (violin), Matthias Goerne (baritone), and others
The program of the matinee-concert on Sunday, April 30, 11h (click here for the live-stream on Arte Concert):
Carl Maria von Weber »Der Freischütz«-Ouverture Ludwig van Beethoven Triple Concerto C-Dur op.56 Robert Schumann Symphony No. 4 d-minor op.120
Dresdner Festspielorchester, Ivor Bolton (conductor), Nicola Benedetti (violin), Jan Vogler (cello), Alexander Melnikov (piano)
After receiving the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2017 this January, Accentus Music’s production of Alban Berg’s opera “Wozzeck” from the Opernhaus Zürich, released on DVD and Blu-ray, wins another prestigious prize: the BBC Music Magazine Award 2017 (DVD Jury-Award). “The production was a triumph” – these are the very words of the BBC Music Magazine.
Says Christian Gerhaher, who made his debut in the title role of Alban Berg’s masterpiece in this production:
“I feel so incredibly satisfied that not only this Wozzeck-production, which was – and every director should please forgive me – the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation, with all of these people wonderfully collaborating with each other – the cast of singers, the director, the stage designer, the conductor, choir, orchestra and stage-workers, but especially now with this DVD-production as well. Here, I’ll dare to say that I am suddenly not disgusted by seeing my own face so harassingly near, that I am not seeing a stage filmed by a camera trying to create a new and different artistic creation, and that I am not bothered by the discrepancy of operatic work and home viewing. On the contrary, the result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. Again and again, It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago – I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”
For more information about the DVD/Blu-ray click here – you can watch the trailer here.