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Edinburgh International Festival: The Makropulos Case

Posted on 11 August 2012

Richard Farnes conducts the première of the new production of Leoš Janácek's The Makropulos Case at the Edinburgh International Festival by acclaimed director Tom Cairns, with an exceptional cast of soloists.

Watch on YouTube: Behind the scenes of The Makropulos Case

Voicing Pierrot

Posted on 30 Juli 2012

Jane ManningVoicing Pierrot
A practical, analytical and personal guide to the vocal part of Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire

Jane Manning’s new book is a practical and highly personal view of the work, based on her 47 years’ experience.

The book is a wide-ranging an insightful guide for the potential performer, and a CD of the instrumental parts is provided to aid practice.

“… a precious gift of experience: mandatory reading not only for all future performers of the work but for lay listeners who seek insight into vocal artistry in general …” (Bayan Northcott, 2012)

Jane Manning
Voicing Pierrot

First published in 2012 by
Southern Voices
38 Diamond Street
Amaroo, ACT 2914

UK contact address
45 St. Vincent Crescent
Glasgow G3 8NG

Available from
Alba Musick
55 Otago Street
Glasgow G12 8PQ

UE composers at the Documenta (13) in Kassel

Posted on 25 Juli 2012

Not to be missed at this year’s dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel: a subtle and impressive sound installation by the Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller called “Forest (for a thousand years)” using Arvo Pärt’s choral piece Nunc dimittis.

Watch on YouTube

Two other UE composers always present in Kassel are Gustav Mahler and Ernst Krenek, immortalised by the steps either side of the State Theatre.

Szymanowski’s Hagith in Buenos Aires

Posted on 24 Juli 2012

Hagith - Teatro Colón

Baldur Brönnimann conducts Karol Szymanowski’s opera Hagith and Schönberg’s Erwartung at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Read Jorge Aráoz Badí’s review in La Nacion – fascinating to read that the Argentine première of Erwartung 53 years ago was coupled with Luigi Dallapiccola’s Volo di notte.

Here is an interview with Baldur Brönnimann on the Clarín website.

Happy Birthday David Fennessy

Posted on 23 Juli 2012

David Fennessy (photo: Eric Marinitsch)

Happy Birthday David Fennessy!

Hans Sommer Orchestral Songs on CD

Posted on 23 Juli 2012

Hans Sommer Orchesterlieder

A real discovery! (Neue Musikzeitung)

A new CD with orchestral songs by Hans Sommer (1837–1922, born 175 years ago this month) has been emphatically received by the world’s music press.

Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo-soprano
Bo Skovhus, baritone
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Weigle

A coproduction with Bavarian Radio

The CD contains Hans Sommer’s Sapphos Gesänge Op. 6, the Goethe-Lieder and other orchestral songs. See our page on Hans Sommer for all the works available, including audio excerpts.

Selected press reviews are available on Elisabeth Kulman’s website.

Buy the CD now from Tudor Records.

Happy 85th Birthday Michael Gielen

Posted on 20 Juli 2012

Happy 85th Birthday Michael Gielen (20.07.2012)

Watch Michael Gielen talking about his relationship to the music of Gustav Mahler in our video interview (in German).

Watch on YouTube

Liszt and the Organ

Posted on 12 Juli 2012

Christian Schmitt This Sunday on ARTE TV: Liszt and the Organ

The programme features a performance of Liszt’s Ad nos, ad salutarem undam in the arrangement for organ and orchestra by Marcel Dupré which is published by UE.

Martin Haselböck edited the work for our new edition, and he conducts the performance with Christian Schmitt at the organ and the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.

If you’re in ARTE territory, you can watch online up to seven days after the broadcast.

Our work introduction is here.

Rihm Lieder Master Class in St. Moritz

Posted on 10 Juli 2012

Rihm Lieder Master Class

The Stiftung pro Musica e Cultura in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is holding a Lied Master Class with Wolfgang Rihm this September.

Visit the Stiftung pro Musica e Cultura website for more information, and download their flyer (PDF) in English and German.

Kurt Weill Edition Releases Johnny Johnson

Posted on 09 Juli 2012

Johnny Johnson

The Kurt Weill Edition has just released its latest volume, Johnny Johnson (Series I, Volume 13), edited by musicologist Tim Carter of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Johnny Johnson marked Weill’s first contribution to the American musical theater. The anti-war musical opened in November 1936 on Broadway, where it enchanted audiences and critics alike. Lee Strasberg directed, and the cast included a young Elia Kazan.

More details about the new edition of Johnny Johnson

Read more about the Kurt Weill Edition

Kurt Weill works published by Universal Edition

A guide to Richard Rodney Bennett’s music

Posted on 04 Juli 2012

Richard Rodney Bennett - Mines of Sulphur

In the latest instalment of his Guide to Contemporary Classical Music in the Guardian, Tom Service presents the music of Richard Rodney Bennett.

The image shows the piano reduction of Bennett’s opera Mines of Sulphur.

See also the previous articles on Harrison Birtwistle and Arvo Pärt.

Happy Birthday Leoš Janáček

Posted on 03 Juli 2012

Luke Bedford CD now available

Posted on 02 Juli 2012

Luke Bedford Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale

Now available!

Luke Bedford’s new portrait CD has just been released by col legno.

The CD, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, contains an excellent cross-section of the composer’s output to date.

Order now at col legno

Listen to excerpts here

Listen on SoundCloud


1. Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale (2011)
for violine solo, viola solo and 15 players
Jonathan Morton (violine), Lawrence Power (viola)
The Scottish Ensemble

2. into Johannesburg:
By the Screen in the Sun at the Hill on the Gold (2008)
für 18 players
Ensemble Modern, conductor: Sian Edwards

3. Chiaroscuro (2002/2005)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Fidelio Trio: Darragh Morgan (violin), Robin Michael (violoncello) and Mary Dullea (piano)

4. Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper (2002)
for eight players
Ensemble Modern, conductor: Franck Ollu

5. Or Voit Tout en Aventure (2005–2006)
for soprano and 16 players
Claire Booth (soprano), London Sinfonietta, conductor: Oliver Knussen

Order now at col legno

Vykintas Baltakas’ Cantio in Berlin

Posted on 02 Juli 2012

Vykintas Baltakas Cantio 2004

Vykintas Baltakas’ music theatre work Cantio will be performed at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin in January 2013.

Cornelia Heger will direct the stage production, and the composer himself will conduct the Lithuanian Ensemble Network. The production is a cooperation between K&K Kulturmanagement & Kommunikation Berlin, Ultraschall and the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Read more on the composer’s website and download a PDF file of our brochure.

Stockhausen and Boulez 360 in New York

Posted on 29 Juni 2012

The New York Philharmonic moves into the Park Avenue Armory in New York tonight for a Philharmonic 360 concert – “Spatial Music from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Stockhausen’s Gruppen”.

The 55,000-square-foot Thompson Drill Hall (photo) has been turned into a unique concert space, with the orchestra in three groups surrounding the audience.

Alan Gilbert, Magnus Lindberg and Matthias Pintscher conduct the New York Philharmonic.

Pierre Boulez: Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna
Mozart: Finale of Act I from Don Giovanni
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen
Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question