Golden Prague Festival 2017: Two films of Accentus Music are on the shortlist

Posted on September 14, 2017

After winning the Grand Prix Golden Prague last year with our documentary “Ayham Ahmad – The Pianist Of Yarmouk” (G. Atteln, C. Belaschk), two Accentus Music films are on the shortlist of this year’s festival: “Silenced – Composers In Revolutionary Russia” (A.-K. Peitz, WDR/Arte) as well as “Images Of The East” (G. Kremer, M. Stocker; Kremerata Baltica). The jury’s final decision will be announced on September 30th.

Screenshot: Silenced          Screenshot: Images Of The East

Blomstedt/Beethoven CD Box set: The latest reviews

Posted on September 14, 2017

“Rarely have Beethoven’s symphonies sounded so stringent, so powerfully fluid, and so filled with tension. […] An exemplary cycle of recordings.”  Attila Csampai, Crescendo

 

“Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig play Beethoven with a tonal beauty and with a resoluteness that makes these incomparable recordings unassailable as a refernece standard.” HR2 Kultur

 

“Exceptionally good”  theartsdesk.com

 

Herbert Blomstedt’s Beethoven testament is overall coherent, natural and immensely rhetoric. The music flows continuously with a vivid pulsation and is always admirably transparent. The rapid movements are 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.”  Pizzicato
 

          

Our new documentary about Gidon Kremer – a second look

Posted on September 5, 2017

Gidon Kremer is one of the most exciting artists of our time. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, a portrait of the great violinist and intellectual emerges. It will focus on Kremer’s current work – e. g. with the Kremerata Baltica – and will also take a look back at the stations of an unprecedented artistic career. Last week, we were in Tokyo with Kremer – here are a few impressions!

To see photos of the filming in Paris in March click here.

Overcoming Boundaries and Building Bridges
Gidon Kremer – A Portrait

A film by Paul Smaczny
A production of Accentus Music and ZDF/Arte

 

    

    

     

Gramophone Awards 2017 – Wozzeck-DVD is on the shortlist

Posted on August 2, 2017

After receiving the International Classical Music Award and the BBC Music Magazine Award (DVD Jury-Award) in 2017, Accentus Music’s “Wozzeck”-DVD has been shortlisted for this year’s Gramophone Award (Opera). The winners of each recording category will be announced on September 1st. You can read the full review of “Wozzeck” in Gramophone Magazine here. For more information about the DVD itself click here.

 
  

Accentus Music records Gabriela Montero playing her new piano concerto

Accentus Music will be recording Gabriela Montero playing her latest composition –  her Piano Concerto No.1, the “Latin Concerto” – together with the pan-American YOA Orchestra of the Americas under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto. The performance will take place on July 21 in one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world: the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile. As an Honorary Consul of Amnesty International, Montero is one of the most outspoken musicians on matters of human rights, particularly on the well-documented abuses of power by the Venezuelan regime. With her 1st piano concerto, Gabriela Montero extends an invitation to share in a multi-layered and passionate expression of her beloved, native continent.

  

Accentus Music at Abbey Road Studios – Zhi-Jong Wang and Philharmonia Orchestra play Violin Concertos

Posted on July 14, 2017

This week, Accentus Music recorded Stravinsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos performed by Zhi-Jong Wang, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and conductor Thomas Sanderling at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios. Discovered at a young age by Yehudi Menuhin, Zhi-Jong Wang is considered one of the most promising violinists of her generation. The album will be released on the Accentus label in January 2018.

Here are some impressions of the recording sessions!

  

 

Recording of sacred works by Anton Bruckner played by Akademie für alte Musik Berlin and RIAS Kammerchor

Posted on June 27, 2017

Accentus Music has just recorded Anton Bruckner’s Missa solemnis as well as other sacred works written by the composer. These pieces were originally played during the inauguration ceremony of the provost Friedrich Mayr in St. Florian, Austria in 1854. The actual concert, which took place in the Konzerthaus Berlin, was performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor and was conducted by Lukasz Borowicz. The soloists were Johanna Winkel (soprano), Sophie Harmsen (alto), Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor) and Ludwig Mittelhammer (bass). The album with the new recording will be released towards the end of the year.

“Klassik airleben” – Two open-air concerts in Leipzig’s Rosental park

Posted on June 21, 2017

Accentus Music is delivering the live video recording of “Klassik airleben”. The two open-air concerts will be free of admission and take place in Leipzig’s Rosental on June 23 and 24, 20h. The concerts will be performed by the Gewandhausorchester before the summerbreak, and will be streamed simultaneously on big screens in the Rosental park. Alexander Shelley will be conducting the orchestra, and the two baritones, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni, will be singing hits of the opera’s repertoire according to the motto “No Tenors Needed”. Click on this link for more information.

Klassik Airleben 2014, photo credit: Gert Mothes