When the First World War broke out in 1914, the musical world did not remain unaffected. Artists inevitably became involved, either as soldiers at the front or as composers of patriotic music or of musical memorials to a lost world. The three-part documentary series Music, War and Revolution (Musik in Zeiten von Krieg und Revolution) explores known and unknown as well as obvious and hidden connections between music, revolution and war. Beginning with what led to this great human tragedy, each episode addresses different perspectives of the relationship between war and politics.
Music in the Time of the Great War / Musik in Zeiten des Großen Krieges
Sunday, September 9th, 11:20 p.m., Arte
Silenced – Composers in Revolutionary Russia / Verstummte Klänge – Komponisten im revolutionären Russland
Monday, September 10th, 0:15 a.m., Arte
Music and Power / Musik und Macht
Sunday, September 16th, 10:25 p.m., Arte
Posted on August 22, 2018
The start of a new era: Although Kirill Petrenko will not officially take up the post of Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic until 2019, he will lead the orchestra in two concerts this summer when the orchestra celebrates its 60th year on stage at the Lucerne Festival. Accentus Music will be recording the concert on August 30th at KKL Lucerne. Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Paul Dukas’ La Péri ou La Fleur d’immortalité, Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No. 4 in C major, and, together with the hyper-virtuoso Yuja Wang, Sergey Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Posted on August 7, 2018
Accentus Music will be recording the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing an all-Ravel program under the baton of its musical director Riccardo Chailly. Moreover, the concert on Friday, August 24th, 7:30 p.m., in KKL Lucerne will be streamed live on Arte Concert. The orchestra will be playing Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, La Valse, suites 1 and 2 from Daphnis et Chloé as well as the Boléro. 2018 marks the third year of Riccardo Chailly as the musical director of the Lucerne Festival and also the 30th anniversary of his debut at the Lucerne Festival.
The recording will be available online on Arte Concert until November 23rd, 2018.
Posted on August 15, 2018
Accentus Music will be filming the new production “Universe, incomplete” of the Ruhrtriennale at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, which will be premiered on August 17th. The project is based on Charles Ives’ unfinished „Universe Symphony“ as well as other works of this extraordinary composer to complete what wasn’t finished. Director Christoph Marthaler, conductor Titus Engel and stage designer Anna Viebrock develop their own perspective on one of the great utopian works of the 20th century, consisting of notes, sketches and pages of musical score. The instrumental soloists, together with the Bochumer Symphoniker and an ensemble made up of actors, dancers and singers, will be performing this musical work in its entirety. For more information, click here.
Posted on August 7, 2018
At the closing concert of the Lucerne Festival 2010, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed Maurice Ravel’s probably most famous piece of music under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel: the Boléro. The video of this performance on Accentus Music’s YouTube page has been watched over 1,1 million times since it was made available online 11 months ago and has gained nearly 600 comments. For more information about the production, click here.
In our new documentary “When the evening and the morning meet” (WT) the directors Günter Atteln and Carmen Belaschk meet the musicians of the Kremerata Baltica as they tour through the Baltic countries. Gidon Kremer’s ensemble, founded in 1997, unites the most talented young musicians from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, and builds bridges between these countries. The musicians point out similarities and differences of their musical culture as they travel, conjure up spontaneous sessions, return home to their families, meet for example musicians like Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks, as well as Iveta Apkalna and visit music and song festivals in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Here are some impressions:
Photo credit: Carmen Belaschk
Several major concert halls have opened their doors over the past few months, thereby making the public aware of an almost unknown guild: that of the acoustician. Without their precise calculations, architects would be lost, and prestigious buildings such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg or the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles would be doomed to sink into oblivion.
For the documentary “Of Vineyards and Shoeboxes” (WT), director Günter Atteln and his team just accompanied the acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota to Moscow, visiting the construction of the new philharmonic hall in Zaryadye park together with Valery Gergiev. Situated in the heart of Moscow next to the Red Square, the hall will accommodate 1.500 spectators. The shooting will continue until autumn.
Posted on June 13, 2018
Accentus Music’s Werther-DVD featuring Juan Diego Flórez in the leading role at the Zurich Opera House has been awarded with the “Choc” award by the French music magazine “Classica” in its June issue. The reviewer, Pierre Flinois, writes (excerpt):
An overwhelming interpretation by Juan Diego Flórez under the impetuous musical direction of Cornelius Meister: Massenet wins everything for his voyage. [..] The staging transcends the protagonists, in stark contrast to the beautiful box of light wood created by Klaus Grünberg, whose doors and hatches open to reveal a starry sky. Magic.
For more information about the production, click here.
Posted on June 6th, 2018
The filming of our new documentary “The Unanswered Ives” (WT), directed by Anne-Kathrin Peitz, is now completed. Ives is regarded today as the first composer of the modern age in America. The documentary will shed light on Charles Ives’ life and work in all its facets and inconsistencies. “The Unanswered Ives” explores the musical world according to Ives by scenes filmed in Germany and the USA, with performances, among others, in a church, a circus, an old theater and a limestone cave. Furthermore, musicologists, musicians as well as Ives grandson, Charles Tyler, give their own answers to the question which has hardly yet been answered today: who was Charles Ives? Here are some impressions:
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