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Danish première of Rihm’s Sextett

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Juni 2015

Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music FestivalTonight at the Teater Republique in Kopenhagen: conductor Benjamin Schneider and the Ensemble Modern present the Danish première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Sextett for clarinet, horn and string quartet at the Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival.

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This concert will be followed by a performance of Pierre Boulez’ Troisième Sonate by pianist Jonas Olsson.

“Rihm in Salzburg”, episode 3

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 Mai 2015

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has published part 3 of their “Rihm in Salzburg” video series, watch it on YouTube:

Beyond the score in Amsterdam

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 Mai 2015

Beyond the Score: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez will be performed on 2 June by Asko | Schönberg and the Slagwerk Den Haag at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

The show was conceived by Gerard McBurney as part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Beyond the Score series, keypieces from the Boulez’ oeuvre will be performed live together with the showing of rare archival footage and new interviews with the composer and conductor.

New Bartók biography

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Mai 2015

Béla Bartók by David Cooper

His opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, is as psychologically penetrating and daring as anything by Schoenberg, but jump forward two decades to the mid-Twenties and the lushness has been purged away. The music is still intense but the intensity is channelled through angular lines, grinding dissonances, and a pitiless counterpoint as severely rational as Schoenberg’s so-called ‘12-note’ music. (Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 27 May 2015)

Ivan Hewett of The Telegraph has reviewed David Cooper’s biography of Béla Bartók.

Read the full review.


★★★★★ for Lulu

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Mai 2015

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s current production of Lulu at the Bayerische Staatsoper has received ★★★★★ from BR Klassik.

Read the [German] review on BR Klassik.

Watch a trailer for the production on YouTube:

“Rihm in Salzburg” documentary by the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Mai 2015

Have you yet seen the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester’s “Rihm in Salzburg” video series? Episodes 1 and 2 are already available online, episodes 3 and 4 will be published soon.

About “Rihm in Salzburg”: In 2014, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester commissioned the Piano Concerto No 2 by Wolfgang Rihm, together with the Salzburg Festival and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC. The world première took place at the Salzburg Festival on 25 August 2014, with Tzimon Barto on piano and Christoph Eschenbach – to whom the piece was also dedicated – as conductor.

Watch episode 1:

UE newsletter: Un re in ascolto in Kassel

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 Mai 2015

UE newsletter: Un re in ascolto in KasselOur latest newsletter is out now – in case you didn’t receive it: you can now view the full study score of Luciano Berio’s Un re in ascolto on our website.

Paul Esterhazy’s new production of the azione musicale in 2 parts will première on 23 May at the Staatstheater Kassel.

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Peter Brathwaite’s Degenerate Music show in Alderney

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Mai 2015

2015 Alderney Performing Arts Festival

Learning about this period of cultural barbarism appalled and saddened me in equal measure, and as I explored the banned music, I realised there was so much that deserved better exposure. So I decided to devise a show based on the 1938 Degenerate Music exhibition that would showcase some of the extraordinary richness suppressed by the Nazis. (Peter Brathwaite, The Guardian, 27 November 2014)

A poster for the Third Reich’s 1938 exhibition of ‘Degenerate Music’. Baritone Peter Brathwaite will be performing his Degenerate Music show together with pianist Nigel Foster on 24 May at the 2015 Alderney Performing Arts Festival.

Devised by Peter Brathwaite, the show is a critical song-based reconstruction of the infamous Düsseldorf exhibition of 1938, intended by the Nazi government to alert the German public to “inferior and ultimately dangerous” forms of music.

You can find an article on The Guardian on Brathwaite’s Degenerate Music Project.

Arvo Pärt honoured in Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Mai 2015

Tõnu Kaljuste, Arvo Pärt, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Joachim Gauck (c) Raigo Pajula

A special concert was dedicated to Arvo Pärt yesterday, 19 May, at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste performed a composer concert devoted to Arvo Pärt which was organized as part of Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ state visit to Germany in honour of the German President Joachim Gauck and First Lady Daniela Schadt.

Find out more on the website of Estonian Public Broadcasting.

Vykintas Baltakas on Klara Continuo

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 Mai 2015

Klara Late Night

Listen to three works by Vykintas Baltakas on the Late Night Lab at radio Klara tonight at 22:00.

On the programme: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Takao Hyakutome, vln), (co)ro(na) (musikFabrik, cond. Etienne Siebens) and Pasaka (Stephane Ginsburgh, pno).

Listen online

Lulu at De Nationale Opera

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 Mai 2015

“It’s almost as if ink becomes the black blood that is spilled throughout the production.”

Watch a behind-the-scenes interview with director William Kentridge on the stage design and the expressionistic woodcuts that are used in Kentridge’s production of Lulu, which premières on 1 June at the Dutch National Opera:

Watch King Roger

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 Mai 2015

Watch the live recording of King Roger (with English subtitles) now on the website of The Opera Platform.

The highly acclaimed production by Kasper Holten was recorded on 16 May at the Royal Opera House.

★★★★★ for the BCMG’s celebration of David Sawer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 Mai 2015

David Sawer (c) Azzurra PrimaveraThe BCMG’s concert on Saturday, 9 May, at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham has received a five-star review by The Times.

Three works by David Sawer were performed by Martin Brabbins and the BCMG at the “brilliantly programmed” concert, which was “a celebration of the brilliance of David Sawer”: Cat’s-Eye, Between and Good Night.

Read the full review on The Times.

UE newsletter May 2015: Robert Wilson and Arvo Pärt collaborate; a masterpiece at the ROH

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 Mai 2015

Universal Edition NewsletterOur latest newsletter is out now:

- Adam’s Passion by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson is premièred in Tallinn

- Kasper Holten’s production of King Roger receives rave reviews at the ROH and will be streamed live

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An evening with Wolfgang Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 Mai 2015

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

This Tuesday, 12 May, accordionist Alfred Melichar and the Ensemble Wiener Collage present an evening with Wolfgang Rihm at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. Rihm’s eight Fetzen will be performed together with Arnold Schönberg’s Serenade. Entrance will be free for students.