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.
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.
In several rounds, the jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has chosen the releases competing in the finals for the awards 2018: two productions of Accentus Music are in the final selection in the categories “Best collection” and “DVD performance”. The finalists were selected out of 357 nominated releases. The winners will be announced on January 18th.
Mahler 8 – Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra (click here)
Blomstedt conducts Beethoven – The Complete Symphonies in a CD box set (click here)
“In these performances, Michael Volle’s outstanding voice, the excellent playing by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and a beautiful sound recording perfectly match and ensure an exceptional musical experience.”
Alain Steffen, Pizzicato (click here to read the full article)
Accentus Music’s film “Silenced – Composers in Revoultionary Russia”, directed by Anne-Kathrin Peitz and co-produced by WDR/Arte, won the “Czech Crystal” for the best documentary at the prestigious International Television Festival Golden Prague. Here is an excerpt of the jury’s explanation: “[..] this film tells the untold story of how composers were first harnessed by the Revolution, and then destroyed by it. It demonstrates the power of meticulous research, skilful direction and sensitive editing. It features musical performances of surprising Russian works [..]. But it also illustrates how people whose devotion to music cost them their livelihood and their reputation.”
For more information about the film, which is the second part of the three-part documentary series “Music, War and Revolution”, click here. The series will be broadcast on Arte in 2018.
We are very excited that our DVD with Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck”, recorded at the Opernhaus Zürich, staged by Andreas Homoki and with the exceptional Christian Gerhaher in the title role, has won another prestigious award: The Gramophone Classical Music Award 2017!
‘This is a finely honed production that follows its premise to an absurdist conclusion with slick theatricality and dispassionate zeal…’
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.
In the April issue of the BBC Music Magazine Accentus’ Elias album featuring Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, and conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann, was selected as BBC’s “Music Choice” of the month. The editor’s statement was without reservation: “There’s little doubt too that the sheer adrenaline of a live performance, aided by a vivid recording, makes this one of the most satisfying of all Elijahs.”
For more information about the recording click here.
On February 2, the German broadcaster ARD presented awards for the first time to producers who, as part of the ARD performance model, are honored for “particularly successful and innovative quality productions.” For their music documentary Satiesfictions (directed by Anne-Kathrin Peitz and Youlian Tabakov) Accentus Music received a development award in the “Documentary” section for a new production. Satiesfictions, co-produced with the WDR (West German Broadcasting) and in partnership with Arte, was supported by the Mitteldeutschen Medienförderung (Central German Media Fund).