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 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.”
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.
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…’