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Happy 30th Birthday Yukiko Watanabe

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 Februar 2013

Yukiko Watanabe (c) Yukiko WatanabeHappy Birthday Yukiko Watanabe!

The winner of the Ö1 Talentebörse – Kompositionspreis 2011 on her work ver_flies_sen:

This piece's German title has three meanings, all of which are phonically unrelated in English: Fliese (= n.: tile), fließen (= v.i.: to flow, to stream) and verfließen (= v.i. pass by).

I had started writing the piece when I saw the beautiful picture O Hungaro (The Hungarian) by the Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão, in which she depicts a tiled swimming pool. The tiles – all of them of identical - seem to be contorted, due to the water.

That became the inspiration for my piece. First, I built the fundament – nine invisible layers, all of them moving in different tempi; then I placed suitable notes overtop.

The music is in constant motion, sometimes losing its shape inscrutably, like tiles in the water or vague old memories as one looks back on them.

Gustavo Dudamel: Mahler's 9th

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 Februar 2013

Entartete MusikOn his blog Entartete Musik, Gavin Plumley reviews Gustavo Dudamel’s recent recording of Mahler’s 9th Symphony, noticing “yearning tempo changes” and “the feeling of an unstoppable juggernaut”.

In September 2010, we interviewed Gustavo Dudamel for our new publication Gustav Mahler: The Conductors’ Interviews (you can watch all of the video-interviews here). Dudamel himself describes the music of the 9th as “perfect. You don’t have to do anything. The notes are there and the indications, ‘faster’, ‘slower’, ‘pianissimo’, ‘sostenuto’, ‘marcato’, everything. The only thing you can add is the energy and the vision.”

Furthermore, he remembers what Sir John Berbirolli once said about Jacqueline du Pré: “If you don’t exaggerate when you’re young, then what are you going to do when you’re old?”

Gustavo Dudamel on Mahler

Entartete Musik

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Diego Collatti at the Ö1 Spielräume Nachtausgabe

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Februar 2013

Diego CollattiViva el Tango!

Diego Collatti will be guest at the Ö1 Spielräume Nachtausgabe on 8 February at 23:03. The topic of his talk with Mirjam Jessa: “Tango – danced passion”.

Listen to a live transmission of the interview

World première of Wolfgang Rihm’s first string quintet

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 Februar 2013

Wolfgang Rihm

Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Arditti Quartett will perform the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s first string quintet Epilog on 10 February at the Eclat festival in Stuttgart.


Wolfgang Rihm: Epilog
for string quintet | 15’
10/2/2013, ECLAT-Festival, Stuttgart; Jean-Guihen Queyras, vc; Arditti Quartet 

Luciano Berio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 Januar 2013

Luciano Berio (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

On 1 February 2013, Dima Slobodeniouk conducts a memorial concert at the Auditorium Toscanini in Torino to honour the distinguished composer who passed away ten years ago († 27 May 2003). The Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino is performing three of Berio’s key works.

Luciano Berio: Eindrücke
for orchestra | 11’
Luciano Berio: Requies
for chamber orchestra | 17’
Luciano Berio: Sinfonia
for 8 voices and orchestra | 35’
Neue Vocalsolisten
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino; c. Dima Slobodeniouk

David Fennessy at the Southbank Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 Januar 2013

David Fennessy (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch3 of David Fennessy’s chamber works will be performed on 4 February at the Southbank Festival. Among the performers are Mira Calix (live electronics), John Reid (piano) and Oliver Coates (cello).

David Fennessy on The first thing, the last thing and everything in between
David Fennessy on The room is the resonator

Tom Service’s take on “Schönberg: the anti-revolutionary”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 Januar 2013

Tom ServiceTom Service on Schönberg’s anti-revolutionary qualities: “The most radical thing about Schoenberg's Second String Quartet is precisely that there isn't a big musical signpost declaring: 'No key signature ahead – beware!'”

Read the full article on the Guardian.

Listen to an excerpt of the String Quartet No.2

David Pountney talks about his new production of Alban Berg’s Lulu

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Januar 2013

Find out more at the Welsh National Opera

Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ Open Ground in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Januar 2013

Victoria Borisova-Ollas (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschThe Royal Scottish National Orchestra performs Borisova-Ollas’ Open Ground on 24, 25 and 26 February under Christoph Altstaedt, marking his debut with the orchestra.

In case you don't know the piece – you can listen to an excerpt here.

Sir Simon Rattle talks about in vain

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 Januar 2013

Watch Sir Simon Rattle's eloquent and precise description of Georg Friedrich Haas' in vain.

"One of the first great masterpieces of the 21st century."

French premiere of Vykintas Baltakas’ Lift to Dubai

Posted on 09 Januar 2013

Ensemble 2e2mEnsemble 2e2m gives the French premiere of Vykintas Baltakas‘ Lift to Dubai this Thursday at their concert in Paris.

Read more on the 2e2m website.

Happy Birthday Ian Wilson

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Dezember 2012

Ian Wilson (c) Steve RogersWe wish you all the best!

Happy Birthday Victoria Borisova-Ollas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 Dezember 2012

Victoria Borisova-Ollas, (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

We wish you a Happy Birthday!

Help NMC to release Birtwistle, Weir and Barry

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Dezember 2012

NMC RecordingsNMC Recordings are trying to release Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain, Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom and Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest in 2014/15.

Here is what they have to say: Of all contemporary music, opera is perhaps the genre that epitomises NMC’s unique role in promoting British composition at its most innovative. The financial and artistic risks inherent in new opera, the paucity of repeat runs and the unwillingness of many mainstream record labels to take up this repertoire require NMC to step into the breach and make these works permanently available to a global audience. NMC has recorded over a dozen contemporary British operas to date, and Gawain is perhaps the work that we are most frequently asked to release!

We'd like to support this – find out how you can support NMC.

Happy Birthday Nikolai Badinski

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 Dezember 2012

Nikolai Badinski (c) Henk Badinski

Happy 75th Birthday Nikolai Badinski!