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Sweetheart come – Letter to Michael in Dublin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 September 2016

Emma Hauck (c) Public Domain

David Fennessy’s choir work Letter to Michael will be performed today at “Composing the Island: Choirland | 100 years of Irish Choral Music”.

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David Fennessy on the piece:

”A few years ago I came across an extraordinary piece of art by a woman named Emma Hauck. She was admitted to a German psychiatric ward about a hundred years ago diagnosed with schizophrenia. Whilst a patient there she produced pages and pages of text – thousands of lines in pencil which were addressed to her husband who had ceased to visit her. She simply wrote the words ‘Sweetheart Come’ [Herzensschatzi komm]  over and over again or sometimes just the word ‘come’. Every page is thick with overlapping text and some are so condensed as to be illegible.

I was deeply moved by these repeated pleas and feel strongly that the desperate passion that can be seen on these pages could only really be expressed with voices. I imagine a dense layering of a simple line; each voice adding to the power of the plea…”

UE newsletter: September 2016

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 September 2016

We just sent out our latest newsletter:

– The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presents Weill’s and Brecht’s The Lindbergh Flight in St. Louis.

– The Zuger Sinfonietta premières Paul Leonard Schäffer’s instrumentation of Alban Berg’s 7 Early Songs for chamber orchestra.

– Belgian première of the new critical edition of The Makropulos Affair at the Opera Vlaanderen.

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Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 September 2016

Arvo Pärt (c) UE

Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt!

Othmar Schoeck Festival in Brunnen

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 September 2016

Othmar Schoeck conducts the orchestra of the Scala Milano in Lucerne 1941

Othmar Schoeck FestivalThe Othmar Schoeck Festival (1 to 11 September 2016) is currently running in Brunnen. A highlight of the festival will be an international symposium dedicated to Schoeck’s final opera Das Schloss Dürande [Dürande Castle] after Joseph von Eichendorff’s novella of the same name.

Find a detailed programme of the symposium on the website of the Bern University of the Arts:

Othmar Schoeck Symposium

An “almighty blast of Schoenberg” in Edinburgh

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 August 2016

Gurre-Lieder (c) Universal Edition

Surely there’s an irony in the fact that some of the sweetest love music ever written was penned by the man blamed for the collapse of romanticism. (Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 29 August 2016)

The grand finale of the Edinburgh International Festival’s Usher Hall concerts: on 28 August Donald Runnicles conducted Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder.

Read the full review on The Guardian 

Aleksey Igudesman: “Du Kunst Mich!”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 August 2016

Aleksey Igudesman and Julian Rachlin perform Klezmer’s Freilach” from Igudesmans book Klezmer & More – the video is from the Igudesman’s new TV series “Du Kunst Mich!”, which airs for the first time on ORF 2 next Monday, 29 of August, at 23:35.

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Hannigan conducts and sings Berg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 August 2016

Barbara Hannigan (c) Musacchio and Ianniello

When listening, one completely forgets that these single movements are in fact interludes and extracts from an opera. The captivating beauty of Berg’s absolute music belies the underlying substance of the opera.(Willi Reich on Lulu-Suite)

Tonight conductor and soprano Barbara Hannigan will sing with and conduct the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in performances of Alban Berg’s Lulu-Suite and works by Debussy, Sibelius, Haydn and Gershwin at the KKL Luzern.

Find out more on the website of the Lucerne Festival

Stockhausen’s Carré at the Ruhrtriennale

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 August 2016

Photo (c): Werner Scholz

CarréTonight and tomorrow, the Bochumer Symphoniker and ChorWerk Ruhr perform Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Carré for 4 orchestras and choirs at the Ruhrtriennale under conductors Rupert Huber, Matilda Hofman, Florian Helgath and Michael Alber.

We’ve uploaded the full score of Orchestra I for you.

View the score of Carré – Orchestra I

Find out more about the performance on the website of the Ruhrtriennale.

Renaud Capuçon at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 August 2016

Renaud Capuçon (c) Marc Ribes

When I play the Polyptyque by Frank Martin, I feel the same responsibility, the same exaltation as when I play Bach's Chaconne(Yehudi Menuhin)

Violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Kammerorchester Basel will perform Frank Martin’s Polyptyque today at the Gstaad Menuhin Festivalwhich celebrates the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin.

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Facing the music: David Sawer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 August 2016

David Sawer (c) Joanna Eldrege Morrisey

I’d buy a small West End theatre, give it great acoustics and initiate a contemporary music festival curated by composers.

The Guardian asked David Sawer about first record, his favourite piece of music, whether he had ever considered a career outside of music and whether he had any musical guilty pleasures.

Read the full interview on The Guardian

Through His Teeth in Freiburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 August 2016

Through His Teeth (c) Klaus Simon

Can this be the best British opera in years? (Anne Ozorio, Opera Today, 09.04.2014)

Conductor Klaus Simon sent us this photograph from the first rehearsals of Luke Bedford’s opera Through His Teeth. In the picture: Sirin Kilic, Georg Gädker and Siri Karoline Thornhill.

The German première of Luke Bedford’s highly acclaimed work will take place on 8 October at the E-Werk in Freiburg.

Luke Bedford, composer (c) Universal EditionThree years ago, in June 2013 we conducted a video interview with Bedford about his then upcoming opera. Intrigued by the composer’s words, we documented the work’s process of creation, providing readers with regular updates regarding the development of Trough His Teeth, ranging from the composing of the score and the writing of David Harrower’s libretto to the actual printing of the score and its production.

Find out more on our Through His Teeth blog

UE newsletter: Pintscher celebrates Boulez; Cerha in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 August 2016

UE newsletter: Pintscher celebrates Boulez; Cerha in Salzburg

Our latest newsletter is out now:

- Friedrich Cerha at the Salzburg Festival

- A Pierre Boulez celebration at the Edinburgh International Festival

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Mehta’s Kinderotenlieder: a “’Viennese’ and existential event”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 August 2016

The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reviews Zubin Mehta’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder [Songs on the Death of Infants] with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival: a Viennese’ and existential event” – read the full review on Der Standard.

For our book “Gustav Mahler: The Conductor’s Interviews” we talked to the conductor about Mahler. Find out more on our dedicated page or watch the interview with Mehta on YouTube.

Gustav Mahler: The conductor’s Interviews

Pärt and Mehta in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 August 2016

Arvo Pärt, Zubin Mehta (c) Universal Edition

Zubin Mehta and Arvo Pärt preparing for the performances of Swansong on August 6 and 7 at the Salzburg Festival. Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. 

G. F. Haas for children from 5 to 100

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 Juli 2016

das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Auf der bunten Blumenwiese geht ein buntes Tier spazieren ...

Georg Friedrich Haas das kleine ICH BIN ICH – after Mira Lobes children’s classic of the same title – will be premièred today at Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg. Johannes Kalitzke conducts the Klangforum Wien (speaker: Sabine Muhar).

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