“Ayham Ahmad – the Pianist of Yarmouk” wins Special Jury Mention Prize at Master of Art Film Festival

Accentus Music’s documentary  “Ayham Ahmad – The Pianist Of Yarmouk” (directed by Günter Atteln and Carmen Belaschk) tells the story of this Syrian refugee musician. The film, winner of the Golden Prague Film Festival, just received the Special Jury Mention Prize at the Master of Art Film Festival 2017 in Sofia. You can take a look at the video of the award ceremony to see a special appearance by Ayham Ahmad.

Accentus Music’s “Wozzeck” DVD with Christian Gerhaher wins BBC Music Magazine Award 2017

 

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.

 

    

 

 

Accentus’ recording of Mendelssohn’s Elias selected as “Music Choice” by BBC Music Magazine

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.

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ARD presents Accentus Music with Award for documentary “Satiesfictions”

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).

More information about “Satiesfictions” here.

Two Accentus Music productions win ICMA Awards 2017!

The Wozzeck-DVD with the outstanding Christian Gerhaher, Gun-Brit Barkmin and Philharmonia Zürich with Fabio Luisi wins in the category “Video Performance”. The third CD of the trilogy with works of Lutosławski and Szymanowski played by the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio (NOSPR), magnificent cellist Gautier Capuçon, and conducted by Alexander Liebreich wins in the category “Best Collection”. The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) trophies will be given out during the annual Award Ceremony on April 1st, this year taking place at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the city where Accentus Music is based.

The ICMA are the only truly independent and international awards for classical music in the world. The Jury comprises 16 leading media from 14 countries. This year, the jury selected 17 audio and video productions from a total of 321 nominations.

 

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ICMA 2017: four productions of Accentus Music are in the final selection

The jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) selected the finalists for the awards 2017 out of 321 nominated releases – four productions of Accentus Music are among these. The winners will be announced on 19 January 2017.

 

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Alban Berg – Wozzeck                                                        Opernhaus Zürich

G. Mahler – Symphony No. 5/                                             Lucerne Festial Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Matthias Goerne
Songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”    

Riccardo Chailly:  Music – A Journey for Life                      directed by Paul Smaczny

Szymanowski/Lutosławski CD 3                                         Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich


Lutosławski/Szymanowski CD with Alexander Liebreich, Gautier Capuçon and NOSPR received the “Supersonic”-award of Pizzicato

“Both Lutoslawski performances on this CD are terrific and electrifying. Alexander Liebreich proves an expert of this music and gets an incredible intensity from the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Gautier Capuçon’s playing is no less powerful and concentrated. The recording made in the new concert hall in Katowice is gorgeous. Due to a strikingly perfect balance and a spacious sound this is for sure one of the best concerto recordings I ever heard.”       

Remy Franck, Pizzicato         (click here to read the full article)

 

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Karol Szymanowski                                             

Concert Overture in E major op.12

Witold Lutosławski
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Symphony No.4

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR)
Alexander Liebreich, conductor
Gautier Capuçon, cello

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11 productions of Accentus Music are nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2017

The jury of 17 media out of 14 countries nominated five CDs, three Symphonic-DVDs, two Opera-DVDs, and one documentary for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). The final results will be announced on 20 January 2017.

Here are the nominated productions of Accentus Music:

 

Albums

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Felix Mendelssohn – Elias                                      Akamus Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann

J. S. Bach – Goldberg Variations                           Zhu Xiao-Mei

Concert-Centenaire Vol. 3, Gabriel Fauré             Judith Ingolfsson, violin, Vladimir Stoupel, piano

Szymanowski/Lutosławski CD 2                            Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich

Szymanowski/Lutosławski CD 3                            Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich

 

Symphonic DVDs

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L. v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 “Choral”                    Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt

G. Mahler – Symphony No. 5/
Songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”                           Lucerne Festival Orchestra,
Andris Nelsons, Matthias Goerne

Beethoven/Mendelssohn – Violin Concertos                    Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,
Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaj Znaider

 

 

Opera DVDs/Documentary

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Vincenzo Bellini – I Capuleti e I Montecchi                                Opernhaus Zürich

Alban Berg – Wozzeck                                                               Opernhaus Zürich

Riccardo Chailly:  Music – A Journey for Life                             Paul Smaczny

 

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“The Pianist of Yarmouk” wins the Grand Prix Golden Prague!

We’re thrilled – our documentary in co-production with ZDF “The Pianist of Yarmouk” (directed by Günter Atteln and Carmen Belaschk) has been awarded with the Grand Prix at the International Television Festival Golden Prague! Here’s the jury’s explanation: ” ‘Ayham Ahmad: The Pianist of Yarmouk’ demonstrates the power of music to sustain an individual through horrific suffering. Reveals with elegance and subtlety, the use of music to make peaceful protest and to inspire others who are going through intolerable suffering. The film creates a sense of hope and optimism despite the tragic circumstances that are presented, because of a young man’s undying spirit, his love of music and his use of music to communicate a crucial message to the world.”

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Diapason D’Or Arte and Choc de Classica for Accentus Music

Classica Magazine honored two of Accentus Music’s recent releases with its prestigious Choc de Classica: Zhu Xiao-Mei’s recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado. Furthermore, the moving Memorial Concert is also granted a Diapason D’OR Arte in April.

With closed eyes, Zhu Xiao Mei creates her universe. Close-up cameras dissect the flexibility of movements that follow the musical curves. One and a half hours go by as if by magic…“, such is the verdict of the editors of the French Magazine Classica. Awarding the Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado, played by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, they pointed out “the powerful images of musicians playing in tears, without cameras being too intrusive in that moment that belonged only to them… Then comes the crushing silence under the gaze of an emotional conductor, who was able to take his share of grief in a collective mourning.

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