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Luke Bedford’s new opera in rehearsal

Posted on 13 Mai 2011

Seven Angels RehearsalsRehearsals are underway here at the Jerwood Space in London for Luke Bedford’s new opera Seven Angels.

The Opera Group is conducted by Nicholas Collon, John Fulljames is directing.

Seven Angels premières in Birmingham with the BCMG on 17 June, followed by a tour of Cardiff, Glasgow, Brighton, Oxford and London as well as a special appearance at the Latitude Festival in July.

Arvo Pärt wins Classic BRIT Award 2011

Posted on 13 Mai 2011

Arvo Pärt Classic BRIT AwardGreetings from London, where Arvo Pärt has just won the Classic Brit Award in the category Composer of the Year.

“I’m greatly moved and I’d like to thank the Classic BRIT Awards and my country,” Pärt said in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday.

The full ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on ITV1 at 10pm on Sunday 29 May.

Cerha Concerto for Percussion in Leipzig

Posted on 12 Mai 2011

Friedrich CerhaShooting Star Martin Grubinger performs Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion tonight and tomorrow in Leipzig. Riccardo Chailly conducts the Gewandhausorchester.

Reviewing the world première for the Neue Musikzeitung, Gerhard Rohde wrote:

“The richness of rhythmic finesse and complexity is astounding, giving the work an overwhelming physical liveliness. The sophisticated sound that Cerha invents for both the orchestral part and for the formidable percussion ensemble is also fascinating.”

Boulez at the ‘new’ new music festival in Cologne

Posted on 06 Mai 2011

Acht BrückenCologne’s ‘new’ new music festival Acht Brücken (Eight Bridges) starts this weekend, and is dedicated to the music of Pierre Boulez.

Boulez himself conducts the opening concert, with works by Ravel, Schönberg and Stravinsky.

Further highlights of the festival include performances of Le Marteau sans maître and sur Incises with Ensemble intercontemporain; Répons, performed by the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble with Reinbert de Leeuw; and the grand finale concert with MusikFabrik conducted by Pascal Rophé, where Pli selon pli will be heard.

Luke Bedford: Music for Children at the Wigmore Hall

Posted on 06 Mai 2011

Igor, The Bird Who Couldn't SingThis Saturday, Luke Bedford’s new piece for the Wigmore Hall (where he is composer-in-residence) will be given its world première.

Igor, The Bird Who Couldn’t Sing – for clarinet, piano and narrator – is based on the children’s book by Satoshi Kitamura. Clarinettist Michael Collins and friends are the performers.

See also Luke’s Willy and Hugh, a previous commission for the Wigmore Hall, and based on Anthony Browne’s bestseller children’s book of the same name.

The House of the Dead at Opera North tonight

Posted on 05 Mai 2011

The new Opera North production of Janacek’s From The House of the Dead opens in Leeds tonight. Watch director John Fulljames and tenor Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts discuss the work during rehearsals.

Watch on YouTube

Staud takes up residency in Dresden

Posted on 30 April 2011

Johannes Maria Staud & Tobias NiederschlagJohannes Maria Staud is in Dresden ahead of the world première of his new work for orchestra, Tondo. Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden tomorrow morning.

This Saturday afternoon, the Staatskapelle's artistic programmer Tobias Niederschlag and Staud talked about his music in a public podium discussion (and relaxed in the sun afterwards).

Happy 85th Birthday Francis Burt!

Posted on 28 April 2011

Francis Burt (r) and Josef DurekUE congratulated Francis Burt on his 85th birthday today, and UE editor Josef Durek presented him with the printed score of his new ensemble piece, hot off the presses.

Mohn und Gedächtnis (für Paul Celan) is a commission by Klangforum Wien and will be given its world première by them this November in Vienna.

Lunch with Steven Isserlis

Posted on 28 April 2011

Steven IsserlisI had lunch today with the wonderful Steven Isserlis, who’s in Vienna performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Amongst so many other things, we talked about his gorgeous works for children audiences: Little Red Violin and Goldipegs and the three cellos, which he wrote together with Anne Dudley. I can exclusively reveal that there's another one on the way.

Steven also reminded me of the three piano pieces by his grandfather, Julius Isserlis, who lived in Vienna in the 1920s. Another gem in the UE catalogue waiting to be discovered.

Vykintas Baltakas: New catalogue of works

Posted on 26 April 2011

We've just published our new catalogue of works by Vykintas Baltakas.

Download a PDF file of the catalogue here

Wolfgang Rihm: New catalogue of works

Posted on 26 April 2011

We've just published our new catalogue of works by Wolfgang Rihm.

Download a PDF file of the catalogue here

Wolfgang Rihm on the radio: Das Rot

Posted on 26 April 2011

Wolfgang RihmOn the radio tonight, a recording from the recent Klavierfestival Ruhr, with tenor Taylan Memioglu and Dan Deutsch at the piano.

Hear Wolfgang Rihm’s song cycle, Das Rot, to poems by Karoline von Günderrode, in a concert also including Henze and Schumann. 20:03 (Paris time) on WDR3.

Read more at the WDR website.

Italian Critics’ Prize for Traiettorie

Posted on 18 April 2011

TraiettorieThe Traiettorie Festival for new music in Parma has just won the Franco Abbiati Prize of the Italian Music Critics Association for the best musical initiative in 2010.

Congratulations to all at the Fondazione Prometeo and thank you for all your hard work for new music.

Find them on Facebook and Twitter.

UE at the BBC Proms 2011

Posted on 15 April 2011

BBC PromsThe BBC has just released the programme for the Proms 2011 Festival, and once again there’s lots of UE to be seen and heard.

We’re there already at the First Night of the Proms on 15 July with Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, right through to the Last Night of the Proms on 10 September, with Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin.

Amongst the other works performed are:

Bartók’s Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Proms 15 and 43)
Richard Rodney Bennett’s Jazz Calendar with the London Sinfonietta
(Proms Saturday Matinee 1)
Alban Berg: Der Wein (Prom 19)
Harrison Birtwistle: Narration: A Description of the Passing of a Year
(Proms Saturday Matinee 3)
Braunfels: Fantastic Appearances of a Theme of Hector Berlioz (Prom 68)
Kodály: Dances of Galánta (Prom 15)
Kodály: Háry János (Prom 65)
Wolfgang Rihm: Gesungene Zeit (Prom 69)
Steve Reich: Clapping Music (Prom 36)
Webern: Passacaglia, Op. 1 (Prom 62)

and lots of Mahler:
Symphony No. 9
(Prom 14)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection' (Prom 29)
Das klagende Lied (original version) (Prom 32)
Blumine and Symphony No. 1 in D major (Prom 63)

The full Proms programme is on the BBC website.

Vykintas Baltakas conducting Redditio

Posted on 15 April 2011

Vykintas BaltakasThe musician’s perspective.

Here’s a video of Vykintas Baltakas conducting Redditio, his latest work for ensemble, which was premièred at the Transit Festival 2010 by Champ d’Action.

Watch on YouTube.

Baltakas’ own blog is here.