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Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 November 2012

The Austrian radio station Ö1 will stream various concerts of Wien Modern (live broadcasts as well as recordings), including the world premières of Friedrich Cerha's two new pieces for organ.

Listen to the live streams of the following concerts on Ö1:

György Ligeti: Atmosphères
live broadcast
5/11/2012, 19:30; ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, cond. Susanna Mälkki 

Jay Schwartz: Music for Orchestra II
recorded on 28 Oct, Wien Modern
6/11/2012, 23:03; Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, c. Bradley Lubman

Georg Friedrich Haas: 2. Streichquartett
recorded on 2 Nov, Wien Modern
12/11/2012, 23:03; Arditti Quartet

Beat Furrer: Aer
recorded on 3 Nov, Wien Modern
13/11/2012, 23:03; Klangforum Wien

Pierre Boulez: Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna
live broadcast
16/11/2012, 19:30; ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, cond. Cornelius Meister

Friedrich Cerha: 9 Präludien
Friedrich Cerha: 9 Inventionen

recorded on 3 Nov, Wien Modern
20/11/2012, 23:03; Martin Haselböck, org

All times are Central European Time!

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World première of Schönberg's Chamber Symphony op. 9 for orchestra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 Oktober 2012 (Kommentare: 2)

Composed in 1906, the Chamber Symphony op. 9 for 15 solo instruments represents a point of culmination in Arnold Schönberg’s artistic development. The reasons that motivated Schönberg as early as 1914 to arrange this Chamber Symphony for orchestra were not only related to practical performance aspects, however (enabling performance at larger concert halls), but were also connected to the fundamental problem that originated quasi-intrinsically from its hybrid position between orchestral and chamber music. The orchestral version from 1914 was never published and is now available for the first time as completely new orchestral material. A later orchestral version, which is further from the original, was produced by Schönberg when he was already in American exile.

The world première of the Chamber Symphony op. 9 for orchestra will take place on 1 November 2012, followed by performances on the 2 and 3. Philippe Jordan conducts the Münchner Philharmoniker.

Chamber Symphony No. 1, op. 9
for orchestra | 22’
prem. 01/11/2012, Munich; Münchner Philharmoniker, cond. Philippe Jordan

The Robert Schumann Prize goes to Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 Oktober 2012

Pierre Boulez, Venice, (c) Eric Marinitsch

Boulez will receive the award on 1 December in Mainz, Germany. Congratulations!

Szymanowski: 6 Songs of the Fairy Princess

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Oktober 2012

(c) Heikki Tuuli and OctaviaBased on a series of poems by his sister Zofia, Karol Szymanowski composed the colourful and glittering 6 Songs of the Fairy Princess in 1915. The princess of the six songs remains mysteriously undefined; Love is her only, recurrent theme.

By withdrawing into internal phantasy during a time of war, Szymanowski found an opportunity to retreat into a dream-world, and composing songs remained an important part of his lifelong work; in 1933 he arranged three of the six princess songs for voice and orchestra. However, it took nearly 80 years until the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo arranged the other three songs, so that now, for the first time, all of the Songs of the Fairy Princess Songs for voice and orchestra can be heard.

Sakari Oramo conducted the first complete performance of the six songs in April 2012; from 31 October until 1 November they will be performed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main by Anu Komsi and the hr-sinfonieorchester under Sakari Oramo.


6 Songs of the Fairy Princess
for high voice and orchestra | 15’
31/10/2012 – 1/11/2012, Frankfurt am Main; Anu Komsi, s; hr-sinfonieorchester, cond. Sakari Oramo

Tom Service on Steve Reich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 Oktober 2012

Tom Service BlogTom Service posted another interesting and informative guide on his blog, this time it’s about Steve Reich and his music. We highly recommend it, you can read the full article on The Guardian.

New ECM release of Adam's Lament

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 Oktober 2012

ECM - Arvo Pärt - Adam's LamentArvo Pärt’s vocal works have always been based on their text, especially since the Credo from 1968. Broken down into its separate parts, dissected and carefully transferred to the music, the text is both the source – the germ from which the work’s entire structure unfolds – and also the goal. ECM has included predominantly more recent or recently reworked compositions by Arvo Pärt on this CD. The title composition Adam’s Lament is one of his major works. The words of the monk Silouan with the key message of love and humility occupy great strength of poetic expression for the composer.

Happy 47th Birthday Georges Lentz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 Oktober 2012

Georges Lentz (c) Stanley Ciccone

Happy Birthday Georges Lentz!

Georg Friedrich Haas: 7 Klangräume

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 Oktober 2012 (Kommentare: 2)

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Lucerne Festival, Priska Ketterer

The 7 Klangräume by Georg Friedrich Haas will be performed on 27 October in New York. At the end of April 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart applied for the position of second Kapellmeister at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, hoping to inherit the position from Leopold Hofmann, the incumbent Kapellmeister. The City Council of Vienna accepted Mozart’s petition in a letter dated 9 May, 1791. The composer Georg Friedrich Haas used this strongly worded decree as a basis for the text in the vocal passages of his Sieben Klangräume accompanying the unfinished fragments of Mozart’s Requiem KV 626.

7 Klangräume (2005)
for choir and orchestra | 28'
27/10/2012 New York
Argento Chamber Ensemble, c. Michel Galante

Francis Burt (1926–2012)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 Oktober 2012

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Francis Burt’s passing away on 3 October. We refer to Francis Burt’s website for further information.

Happy Birthday Mauricio Sotelo!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 Oktober 2012

Mauricio Sotelo (c) Universal Edition/Wolfgang Schaufler

Happy Birthday Mauricio Sotelo!

Klangspuren Festival continues with Beat Furrer's Gaspra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 September 2012

Beat FurrerGaspra for ensemble will be performed on 25 September by the TIMF Ensemble under Soo-Yeoul Choi at the Klangspuren Festival.

Other UE composers that are represented at the Klangspuren Festival are Wolfgang Rihm, Pierre Boulez, Georg Friedrich Haas and Johannes Maria Staud.

Birthday Weekend

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 September 2012

Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt

Posted on 10 September 2012

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition/Eric Marinitsch

Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt!

50th anniversary of Eisler's death

Posted on 06 September 2012

Hanns Eisler (c) Universal EditionOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer, the International Hanns Eisler Society (IHEG) is organising the Eisler Days from 6 to 11 September with concerts, historic films, a symposium and a “Long Hanns Eisler Night”.

Hanns Eisler works published by Universal Edition

Happy Birthday Darius Milhaud

Posted on 04 September 2012

Darius Milhaud

Happy Birthday Darius Milhaud!

See a list of works by Milhaud published by Universal Edition.