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Friedrich Cerha celebrates his 85th birthday

Posted on 15 February 2011

Friedrich CerhaThis Thursday, Friedrich Cerha turns 85. Among the celebrations is a concert dedicated to his honour at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Various articles have already been spotted in the Austrian press, such as Die Presse, Der Standard and also at the ORF.

The new third act of Lulu comes to Oslo

Posted on 12 February 2011

Lulu OsloStefan Herheim's production of Lulu, first seen in Copenhagen last autumn, now comes to the Norwegian Opera in Oslo.

The production includes the new realisation of the third act by Eberhard Kloke.

Opening night is 16 February.

 

Video excerpts from the Copenhagen production:

The German première of the new third act will be given in Erfurt this June.

British première of Georg Friedrich Haas' 3rd String Quartet

Posted on 10 February 2011

Georg Friedrich HaasGeorg Friedrich Haas’ 3rd String Quartet, In iij. Noct., receives its British première this Saturday at Leeds University’s 2011 Contemporary Music Festival (link opens a PDF file).

The performance is given by the Kairos Quartett, long time champions of Haas’ string quartets and veterans of this unique work – performed as it is in absolute darkness.

Wolfgang Rihm's Das Gehege returns to Hamburg

Posted on 09 February 2011

Das Gehege HamburgWolfgang Rihm’s one-act opera Das Gehege returns to the Hamburg State Opera this Thursday (10th February) for a further three performances.

Das Gehege is presented in an evening-length programme called Trilogie der Frauen* [Trilogy of Women], which includes Schönberg’s Erwartung and Oscar Strasnoy’s Le Bal.

Watch a video presentation of the production

* not to be confused with Rihm’s own trilogy Drei Frauen, which consists of Aria/Ariadne, Das Gehege and the Penthesliea Monolog.

Stockhausen's Gruppen with the New York Philharmonic

Posted on 07 February 2011

Karlheinz StockhausenAlex Ross reports that the New York Philharmonic will be performing Stockhausen's Gruppen in June 2012 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The concert also includes Boulez' Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna.

The concert is not on the NYPhil website yet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled.

Friedrich Cerha in Salzburg

Posted on 03 February 2011

My colleagues have just made this poster to be displayed at the Mayrische Musikalienhandlung in Salzburg this spring, where Friedrich Cerha will be awarded the Music Prize of the State of Salzburg.

New Mahler interview with Sir Simon Rattle

Posted on 02 February 2011

Simon RattleThe latest addition to the illustrious list of conductors in our Mahler interview series is Sir Simon Rattle.

Sir Simon talks to UE about his own very personal relationship with Mahler’s music and the challenges for a conductor when performing his music.

Haas limited approximations on the radio

Posted on 02 February 2011

SWR2Georg Friedrich Haas’ new work for six microtonally-tuned pianos, limited approximations, can be heard on SWR2 Radio tonight (02.02.2011, 23:03 CET). The work was given its world première at the Donaueschingen Festival last autumn, where the SWR Symphony Orchestra awarded it the Composition Prize 2010. 

See more radio broadcasts here.

Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony online at the BBC

Posted on 01 February 2011

BBC Radio 3Today's Performance on 3 from BBC Radio 3 includes last week's concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Melanie Diener and Thomas Hampson are the soloists in Alexander Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony. Listen online for another 7 days.

Award for Mahler in Manchester

Posted on 27 January 2011

Mahler in ManchesterWe've just heard that the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé’s combined performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at The Bridgewater Hall has won a South Bank Sky Arts Award. Congratulations!

As part of the Mahler in Manchester Series, the orchestras commissioned a number of new works, including Friedrich Cerha’s Like a Tragicomedy and Luke Bedford’s At Three and Two.

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung honours Arvo Pärt

Posted on 25 January 2011

Every year, the Konrad Adenauer Trust pays tribute to an important cultural figure. This year’s homage was dedicated to Arvo Pärt.

Bartók one of Top Ten Classical Composers

Posted on 24 January 2011

The New York Times’ music critic Anthony Tommasini has published his Top 10 Classical Music Composers. Squeezing in at 10th place is UE composer Béla Bartók.

Dreigroschenoper in Munich

Posted on 19 January 2011

DreigroschenoperThe Volkstheater in Munich presents a new production of Kurt Weill's Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) this weekend.

Stage direction is by Christian Stückl.

Cunning Little Vixen in Glasgow

Posted on 19 January 2011

Cunning Little VixenThe Scottish Opera has revived David Pountney’s acclaimed production of Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen.

Opening night is this Friday in Glasgow.