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Accentus Music
Founded2010 (2010)
FounderPaul Smaczny
GenreClassical
Country of originGermany
LocationLeipzig
Official websitewww.accentus.com

Accentus Music is a German classical record label and production company founded in March of 2010 in Leipzig Germany, where the company is based. The label produces audio recordings (CD) and video (DVD/Blu-ray).[1][2] The products include classical music recordings, high profile concert and opera performances as well as feature-length documentaries. Accentus Music's catalogue includes recordings of artists and ensembles such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.[3] The label has also had a close association with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Accentus works closely with major television production companies in Europe such as WDR, Arte, RBB, ZDF and numerous other broadcasters to produce special shows and documentaries for regularly scheduled programming. Accentus has over has over 160 commercial products available to date.[4] The company was honored in 2015 as "Label of the Year" in the International Classical Music Awards.[5]

History[edit]

Based in Leipzig, Germany, Accentus Music is an award winning record label, film and audio production company that was founded by film producer Paul Smaczny; he had worked for EuroArts the 20 years prior to Accentus.[6][7] Before initiating Accentus, he established himself as a documentary film producer and director winning an International Emmy Award 2006, FIPA D’OR Grand Prize 2007, 2007 Banff World Television Festival - Best Arts Documentary, Grand Prix Golden Prague and Temps d’Images Portugal Film Award.[8][9]

The company has its own staff of 12 producers, directors, camera operators, audio producers and editors. Establishing itself as a DVD/Blu-ray label on the classical music market in 2010, Accentus produces concert and opera recordings (audio and video) as well as feature-length documentaries and portraits. The DVD and Blu-ray releases include productions featuring artists such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin as well as many others.[10]

Accentus Music has made a reputation of documentary film making over the last decade in coordination/cooperation with television networks in Europe such as WDR, SWR, Arte, RBB as well as many others.[11][12][13] Productions by Accentus are regularly featured and film festivals around the world and have earned them numerous honors such as the 2017 "Czech Crystal", Gramophone Classical Music Award (2017), Label of the Year at the 2015 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) as well and many others.[14] Reviews of Accentus recordings are consistently featured in classical music publications and major journals including Der Spiegel, Fono Forum, Rondo, Wiener Zeitung,Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, the Guardian, Classic FM Magazine, Crescendo Magazine and International Record review.[15][16][17][18] The label has built and manages a YouTube channel which is viewed worldwide. Accentus also uses WildKat PR for their promotion and distribution.[19] The label's recordings and DVD's are offered through numerous sites such as Presto Classical and Naxos Records.[20][21][22][23]

Productions and distribution (partial lists)[edit]

Documentary[edit]

  • Maestras – The Long Journey Of Women To The Podium (2016)[24]
  • Music, War and Revolution – a three-part documentary series (2016)
  • Arvo Pärt – The Lost Paradise (2015)
  • Satiesfictions (2014)
  • Sounds of the Sidewalk – On the Road with Buskers (2013/14)
  • John Cage – Journeys in Sound (2012)
  • A Year in the Life of the Boys Choir Leipzig (2012)

Live music video[edit]

  • Lucerne Festival 2017 – Sir Simon Rattle’s farewell as principal conductor of Berliner Philharmoniker (2017)
  • Mahler 8 – The Lucerne Festival Orchestra and its new music director Riccardo Chailly (2016)
  • Berg’s Wozzeck with Christian Gerhaher at Zurich Opera House (2015)
  • Vincenzo Bellini: Norma – From China NCPA Beijing (2015)
  • St. Matthew Passion – St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig and Georg Christoph Biller (2012)
  • Tango Buenos Aires – Café de los Maestros & Friends (2011)

Awards and honors[edit]

Awards for label[edit]

Year Award Received
2015

ICMA Label of the Year[25]

Awards for individual CDs, DVDs, documentaries and projects[edit]

Year Title of production Genre Notes Awards
received
2018 Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies 5 CD set Produced by Accentus Music
2017 Szymanowski: Overture op. 12, Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto, Symphony No. 4 Concert Video:
DVD
Alban Berg: Wozzeck Performance Video (Opera):
DVD
2016 Silenced - Composers in Revolutionary Russia Documentary:
DVD
Produced for WDR/Arte
by Accentus Music
  • Golden Prague Festival 2017:
    Czech Crystal – Best Documentary
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7 Concert Video:
DVD
Produced by Accentus Music
2015 Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue
Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations
2015 Adam’s Passion – Arvo Pärt, Robert Wilson Documentary:
DVD
Produced for WDR/Arte
by Accentus Music

Available on
DVD & Blu-ray

2015 Barbara Hannigan – Concert and Documentary Concert/Documentary:
DVD
Produced by Accentus Music

Available on
DVD & Blu-ray

  • Festival International du Film sur l’art (FIFA) 2015: Award for Best Portrait
2014 Satiesfictions –
Promenades with Erik Satie
Documentary:
DVD
Produced for WDR/Arte
by Accentus Music

Available on
DVD & Blu-ray

  • Diapason d'Or
  • Documentary and Short International Movie Awards (DSIMA) Jakarta 2015: Platin Award – Best European Documentary
  • Vierteljahresbestenliste der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2015
2013 Isang Yun - In between North and South Korea Produced for by Accentus Music

Available on
DVD & Blu-ray

  • Golden Prague Festival 2013: Special Mention for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement
  • Mumbai International Film Festival: Best Documentary (2014)
2012 John Cage –
Journeys in Sound
Produced for WDR/Arte
by Accentus Music
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 Concert Video:
DVD
Produced by Accentus Music
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 Concert Video:
DVD
Produced by Accentus Music

References[edit]

  1. CZECH CRYSTAL - DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMES DEDICATED TO MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE, wedsite
  2. Gramophone Music awards 2017, Wozzeck honored, produced by Accentus
  3. Clements, Andrew. The Guardian. Review - "Classical album of the week: Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream/Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony. 5 Jul 2018
  4. Listing if Accentus CDs and DVDs from NAXOS retail site
  5. 2015 ICMA awards
  6. CZECH CRYSTAL - DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMES DEDICATED TO MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE, wedsite
  7. Interview: ECHO Klassik 2013 - Paul Smaczny nach der Preisvergabe
  8. Scherzinger, Martin. Music in Contemporary Philosophy. Routledge Publishing, 2016, pp. 164
  9. Kleinert, Annemarie. Music at Its Best: The Berlin Philharmonic: from Karajan to Rattle. Books on Demand. 2009, pp. 147
  10. Accentus Music, Leipzig, website profile
  11. Accentus Music, Leipzig, website "Partners"
  12. „Musikalisch wollte er sich zwischen alle Stühle setzen“ Frankfurter Rundschau 15.05.2016
  13. John Cage - Journeys in Sound, program on ARD TV Germany, 11.08.2017, 21:00
  14. Accentus Music, Leipzig, website "awards and honors"
  15. Mandel, Mark. OPERA NEWS. "PUCCINI/HAO: Turandot" RECORDINGS - EDITOR'S CHOICE, MARCH 2017 — VOL. 81, NO. 9
  16. Review. BBC Music Magazine. Poulenc: Figure humaine; Un soir de neige; Sept chansons. Accentus Music. 20 January 2012
  17. BBC Music Magazine. Monthly Choice. Daniel Barenboim conducts Bruckner's Symphony No. 7, Accentus Music. 9 July 2014
  18. Saltzwedel, Johannes Saltzwedel, Review. Der Spiegel. Anton Bruckner: "Symphony No. 1" (Accentus Music). 29/07/2013
  19. ACCENTUS Music at WildKat PR
  20. Accentus Music with Presto Classical
  21. Accentus Music with Naxos Direct-Naxos Records
  22. Marketwired press release about Accentus Music in Roster of Distributed Labels by Naxos, November 08, 2010
  23. Buschmann, David. Review: Penderecki, Krzysztof - A Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki, Klasik.com, June, 13, 2015
  24. D'Arcy, David. review. 'Almodóvar’s Women and a One-Man Pussy Riot'. Observer. 04/07/17 4:13 pm
  25. ICMA Winners 2015, Label of the Year: Aceentus
  26. International Television & Film Awards 2014: The Arts, Bronze Medaille- John Cage - Journeys in Sound
  27. The 2012 BBC Music Magazine Awards, DVD Award, MahlerSymphony No. 9 Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado Accentus Music ACC20214
  28. 2012 Gramophone Award: DVD performance, Bruckner Symphony No 5, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, Accentus ACC20243

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