Accentus Music launches new classical DVD label
Paul Smaczny has launched his own classical DVD label, Accentus Music, after 20 years as a producer and director with EuroArts Music.
Based in Leipzig, Germany, the label intends to release concert and opera recordings as well as feature-length documentaries and artist profiles, and will distributed in the United States by Naxos of America and in the UK by Select Music.
Four titles are already available. The first features Claudio Abbado conducting the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela at the 2010 Lucerne Festival in Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite, Berg’s Lulu Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique. Soprano Anna Prohaska also guests with ‘Ach! ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden’ from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Other titles include Daniel Barenboim’s all-Chopin solo recital in Warsaw earlier this year in February, and Evgeny Kissin and Nikolai Demidenko sharing the honors with live accounts of Chopin’s First and Second Piano Concertos, accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic, conducted by Antoni Wit.
Completing the first batch of releases, and marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, are four first recordings of cantatas by J.S. Bach’s eldest son, with soloists Dorothee Mields (soprano), Gerhild Romberger (alto), Georg Poplutz (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), and the Bachchor Mainz and L’arpa festante under the direction of Ralf Otto.