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Naxos Distributes Exciting New DVD Label – ACCENTUS Music

November 8, 2010

ACCENTUS Music proudly announces the creation of a new independent DVD label on the classical music market.

With more than 20 years experience as producer and director, Paul Smaczny has created a new independent DVD label of the same name as his production company ACCENTUS Music, founded and based in Leipzig in March 2010.

Cooperating with a most experienced team of producers, directors, camera operators, audio producers and editors, high profile concert and opera recordings as well as feature-length documentaries and portraits are produced and many of them will be made available on DVD. The first four exceptional DVDs featuring some of the world’s most influential conductors, ensembles and soloists are already being released this autumn:

The ground-breaking DVD recording of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra is the only commercially available audio-visual recording of this popular orchestra under the baton of Claudio Abbado, despite their ten year relationship. The DVD was recorded at Lucerne Festival at Easter 2010. This stunning piece of video showcases the brilliance of the Venezuelan youth orchestra, Claudio Abbado’s passionate conducting engagement and an extraordinary new discovery: soprano Anna Prohaska.

The release of Daniel Barenboim’s Warsaw Recital marks not only the 200th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth, but also celebrates the 60th anniversary of the world-renowned pianist’s stage debut. Recorded live at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw on the eve of Chopin’s birthday the program includes some of the composer’s best known works.

Another DVD from ACCENTUS Music honors this exceptional Polish composer: a unique recording of Chopin’s Piano Concertos featuring the Russian star pianists Evgeny Kissin and Nikolai Demidenko. The concert provides a thrilling interpretation of Chopin’s masterpieces accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Antoni Wit.

The fourth release marking the launch of the ACCENTUS Music DVD label is a celebration of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, bringing his works—many of which have for a long time been shrouded in oblivion—back to the attention of the general public. The world-première recording of four of his cantatas marks the composer’s 300th anniversary. The concert was performed by Dorothee Mields, Gerhild Romberger, Georg Poplutz, Klaus Mertens, the Bachchor Mainz and L’arpa festante under the direction of Ralf Otto. This fascinating insight into the composer’s works, which attest to the technical and musical virtuosity of Johann Sebastian Bach’s eldest son.

Accentus Music DVDs Released in October 2010


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