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New Vykintas Baltakas Website

Posted on 06 Juni 2012

Baltakas Website

Vykintas Baltakas’ new website is live.

Find information on the composer, his works, texts, photos and performances at

Follow Baltakas also on Twitter @baltakas and Posterous.

Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Posted on 01 Juni 2012

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 2012This year the prestigious Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, still one of the most important musical events in Italy, reaches its 75th edition.

Two works by Béla Bartók will be staged in one evening, the ballet The miraculous Mandarin (choreography by Jo Kanamori) and the opera Bluebeard’s Castle.

On 6 June Wolfgang Rihm’s Der Maler träumt and Arnold Schönberg’s Pelleas and Melisande in the version for chamber orchestra by Cliff Colnot can be heard for the first time in Italy.

New Chamber Opera Catalogue

Posted on 25 Mai 2012

We have just published a new comprehensive catalogue of chamber operas, music theatre works and reduced versions of operas.

Download a PDF file of the catalogue (21MB)

In Portrait: Harrison Birtwistle

Posted on 24 Mai 2012

The London Sinfonietta presents a portrait of Harrison Birtwistle at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London tonight. David Atherton conducts.

On the programme are Cortege, Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, 5 Distances for 5 Instruments and the the UK première of In Broken Images.

In the first half of the concert, Tom Service talks to Harrison Birtwistle about his music.

Watch Birtwistle in conversation with the Southbank Centre’s Gillian Moore.

Watch on YouTube.

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Posted on 24 Mai 2012

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Kunst hat Recht

Posted on 24 Mai 2012

Here’s the latest video from the Austrian initiative Kunst hat Recht (Art Has Rights).

“It has never been so easy to take someone’s art away”

More information (in German) at Kunst hat Recht.

Watch on YouTube.

Ilan Volkov presents the New Century

Posted on 23 Mai 2012

Conductor Ilan Volkov introduces the New Century concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Volkov and the BBC SSO perform Schönberg, Berg and Webern on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Pass The Spoon – A sort of opera

Posted on 22 Mai 2012

Pass The Spoon

Pass the Spoon is a ‘sort of opera’ composed by David Fennessy in collaboration with visual artist David Shrigley and director Nicholas Bone.

Watch the full video now on the new website.

Golden Lion for Pierre Boulez

Posted on 21 Mai 2012

Pierre Boulez (Photo: Eric Marinitsch)

Pierre Boulez receives the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the Venice Biennale.

The director of the music sector, Ivan Fedele, stated:

“This is a recognition of the absolute value of an artist who has lived through the history of contemporary music, offering the entire world compositions that, in the opinion of musicologists and artists from around the world, are true masterpieces of modernity.

The Maestro’s work has also expressed itself in the theoretical field with exemplary books that have served as a guide and model for generations of young composers. Furthermore, as a conductor, Boulez has offered interpretations of the classical and contemporary repertoire that are now considered milestones.”

Congratulations maestro!

Read more on the Biennale website

The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival

Posted on 18 Mai 2012

Cunning Little Vixen, Glyndebourne Festival 2012

Glyndebourne Festival will open on May 20 and is running until August. It starts with a new production of Leos Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Melly Still. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Read an interview with Lucy Crowe (Vixen) in the Daily Telegraph.
Read an interview with Melly Still in the Sunday Express.

Following a successful partnership with the Guardian last year, and will stream Janácek's opera live from the Festival.

A Lulu world première in Giessen

Posted on 11 Mai 2012

Lulu Gießen 2012, photo: Rolf K. Wegst

Eberhard Kloke’s new arrangement of Lulu for chamber orchestra – including his new version of the third act – is given its world première in Giessen tomorrow night.

The smaller orchestration opens up Berg’s masterpiece to smaller theatres and stages that previously struggled with the size of the orchestra.

Colin Matthews’ Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde

Posted on 10 Mai 2012

Sir Mark ElderSir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra give the world première of Colin Matthews’ new version of Mahler’s Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde tonight.

The work is part of a complete performance of Das Lied von der Erde at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Matthews’ version has a slightly lighter orchestra than Mahler’s original, giving the tenor soloist (tonight Lars Cleveman) a greater prominence.

Happy Birthday Keith Jarrett

Posted on 08 Mai 2012

Happy Birthday Keith Jarrett!

Here is our special edition rerelease of the legendary ECM recording of Arvo Pärt's Fratres by Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett from 1984.

Arvo Pärt Tabula rasa

The Opera Group Rehearsing Birtwistle

Posted on 08 Mai 2012

The Opera Group and the London Sinfonietta perform Harrison Birtwistle's Bow Down this May.

Watch rehearsals with the composer here:

Watch on YouTube

New Music Theatre in Rheinsberg

Posted on 07 Mai 2012

Netzwerk Neues Musiktheater Rheinsberg

German speaking composers, librettists and authors should have a look at the Netzwerk Neues Musiktheater Rheinsberg.

The aim of the project is to establish a competence centre for 21st century music theatre at Schloss Rheinsberg.

The Netzwerk is coordinated by Cornelia Heger, who is also currently developing a new production of Vykintas Baltakas’ music theatre work Cantio.

Please share this information with your contacts.