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Werther DVD is “Opera Choice” of BBC Music Magazine in July

The BBC Music Magazine has awarded the Werther DVD by Accentus Music, which features Juan Diego Flórez in the lead role, as “Opera Choice” of the month in its July issue. Reviewer Christopher Cook writes:

Director Tatjana Gürbaca and designer Klaus Grünberg have transformed Massenet’s Masterpiece into a compelling drama that glues you to the edge of your seat from start to finish. [..] Juan Diego Flórez gives the performance of his career as a hero who knows that death is where passion is fulfilled. Anna Stéphany’s Charlotte, by turns terrified, tender and tearful, is with him all the way.

For more information about the production, click here.

Gramophone Editor’s Choice: Mahler 1-DVD with Riccardo Chailly

Posted on May 30, 2018

Accentus Music’s new release of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 performed by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of Riccardo Chailly is Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Peter Quantrill writes in the June issue of the Gramophone magazine: “Multi-miked sound matches picture, taking you right inside Mahler’s orchestration”. Read the full review here. For more information about the DVD/Blu-ray, click here.

Werther-DVD receives the Diapason D’Or Arte

Posted on May 30, 2018

Accentus Music’s Werther-DVD with Juan Diego Flórez in the leading role at the Zurich Opera House has been awarded with the Diapason D’Or Arte. Emmanuel Dupuy, editor-in-chief of Diapason magazine, writes (excerpt):

In Zurich, Tatjana Gürbaca offers a more personal reading, perhaps with a superior suggestive force. It takes place in the beautiful scenery designed by Klaus Grünberg; wooden boxes aligned to the vanishing point, pierced with multiple openings making the characters appear where we do not expect them. The costumes situate the action in the cramped society of the 1950s; something hitchcockian oozes from its dreamy closets, its ominous shadows, its skewed looks and from a very physical acting. If Gürbaca shows us the anti-hero as an immature character, it is because Flórez throws himself into the incarnation […] with a natural poet look, an art of unparalleled halftone, [and] a clear, crystal-like diction.

For more information about the DVD/Blu-ray, click here.

          

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

Posted on May 16, 2018

Accentus Music’s Werther-DVD with Juan Diego Flórez in the leading role at the Zurich Opera House has been included in the summer “Quarterly Critics’ Choice” of the German Record Critics’ Award. The reviewer Manuel Brug writes for the jury:

This opera is a true jewel of the repertoire: fragrant, yet sincere, and with a title role that lyric tenors drool over. Tatjana Gürbaca has staged “Werther” in Zurich with intelligence, innovation and intensity. Klaus Grünbergs’ staging is bright, with the focus on a narrow, box-like room that shrinks in perspective. The fervent utopian dream of a mad lover is strikingly contrasted with Massenet’s delicious melodic drizzle, from which Cornelius Meister removes the calories by sharpening the contours. Juan Diego Flórez portrays Werther both as a prototype and as an individual. At no point does he merely sing the music: this world-class singer is a perfect match for his role. 

For more information about the DVD, click here.

Accentus Music’s Blomstedt/Beethoven cycle received the ICMA award in Katowice

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.

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

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.

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 – two productions of Accentus Music are in the final selection

Posted on December 12, 2017

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)