ACCENTUS Music Mahler 9 DVD with Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra wins International Classical Music Award 2012

Monday 20th February 2012

Today, the jury of the International Classical Music Awards announced that ACCENTUS Music’s production of Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 has won its prestigious award in the category of ‘DVD Performance’. The jury deciding the awards is comprised of staff from top European classical music media including Crescendo (Belgium), Fonoforum (Germany), PIZZICATO (Luxembourg), Musik & Theater (Switzerland) and Orpheus (Russia). Remy Franck, President of the Jury, said of the winners: “The winners come from a nomination list comprising 250 CD and DVD productions and are the expression of the highest artistry. In a musical world showing an increasing number of recordings, our choice honors outstanding productions of superior quality and provides reliable guidance to the music lovers.”

Having also been nominated for an esteemed BBC Music Magazine 2012 Award (public voting still open until 29th February) this DVD has received widespread critical acclaim. In 2011, Andrew Clark in the Financial Times wrote “this DVD of last summer’s fabulously fluid performance with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is an important release” and Gramophone Magazine reviewer David Gutman wrote: “When the music finally ends and, as in any truly great account of this highly affecting score, one feels that life itself is ebbing away, all present are held in awed silence.”

The ICMA ceremony will be on May 15th at La Cité, Nantes’ Congress and Cultural Center with a Gala concert at the same place. This concert with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire conducted by Music Director John Axelrod will be broadcast live by France Musique and by many other radio stations of the EBU network.  For more information please click here: www.icma-info.com