We’ve just received the recording of the world première of Vykintas Baltakas’ new work for cello and piano, Commentum.
David Geringas and Ian Fountain gave the first performance at the Vilnius Festival. Their next performance will be in October at the Usedomer Musikfest in Germany.
Our new catalogue of works by Vykintas Baltakas is here.
Watch Pierre Boulez talking to Emmanuel Pahud about his … explosante-fixe … on the occasion of its performance with the Berlin Philharmonic in September 2010.
Shostakovich’s opera The Nose opens at the Aix-en-Provence Festival tonight in the celebrated production by William Kentridge.
Kazushi Ono conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lyon.
The performance at 5pm on 14 July will be broadcast live on radio classique.
This staging is a coproduction between the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the New York Met, and the Opéra National de Lyon, where it can be seen this October.
Watch a video trailer from the New York performances
and an interview with William Kentridge
Anthony Tommasini’s review of the New York production is here.
Seven sevens for the 7th
Georg Friedrich Haas
7 Klangräume (2005)
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen (1988, 1991)
7 Passions-Texte (2001-2006)
7 Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (1959)
7 Words (1971)
Seven Angels (2009-2011)
The Seven Last Words (1995)
Here’s conductor Edo de Waart talking about Alexander Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, on the occasion of his performance this spring with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
At 11 o’clock this morning, Arvo Pärt will be performing his Vater unser (Our Father) for Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.
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There's also an audio excerpt of Pärt himself performing with the soprano Heldur Harry Põlda.
The Dutch performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera Dionysos have just come to an end, to much critical acclaim in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Opera has published a video presenting the work, including interviews with Rihm and with stage director Pierre Audi.
“When the New York Philharmonic plays Mahler, I enjoy this deep feeling of pathos”
The full transcript of our Gustav Mahler video interview with Alan Gilbert is now online (as is the video itself).
“Music Director Alan Gilbert, director/designer Doug Fitch, and the New York Philharmonic invite you into the woods, with Avery Fisher Hall transformed into a fantastical forest filled with talking frogs, singing mosquitoes and badgers, and one very fetching little fox.”
See production photos on the NYPhil’s Facebook page.
Luke Bedford is in Birmingham for tonight’s world première of his new opera Seven Angels, based on Milton’s Paradise Lost. The libretto is by Glyn Maxwell. Read his article in the Guardian about the work.
Andrew Clements chose Seven Angels as one of his picks of live music this week, also in the Guardian.
Director John Fulljames and Luke Bedford spoke to the BBC’s In Tune programme yesterday. Listen again here (about 1:06 in).