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Dionysos reviewed

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 November 2013

Tim Ashley of The Guardian has reviewed the recent publication of Wolfang Rihm’s Dionysos, available now on DVD and Blu-ray. The recording is from the world première of the opera, with which the Salzburg Festival opened in 2010.

The full review is available at The Guardian. Find out more about the DVD at EuroArts.

Wolfgang Rihm on the creation of Dionysos:

Video Interview: David Sawer on Flesh and Blood

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 November 2013

David Sawer talks about Flesh and Blood for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra:

Flesh and Blood has been shortlisted for the 2013 British Composer Awards in the “vocal” category. It received its world première on 15 February 2013 at the Barbican Hall, London, where it was performed by mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, baritone Marcus Farnsworth, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov.

View the full vocal score and find our more about David Sawer’s Flesh and Blood.

Georg Friedrich Haas in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 November 2013

Georg Friedrich Haas, Galerie Ruzicska (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler
Georg Friedrich Haas
at tGeorg Friedrich Haas, Mozarteum (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler he Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska in front of an installation by Maurizio Nannucci, and at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where Wohin bist du gegangen? was premièred yesterday, 27.11.2013, by the Klangforum Wien and the Salzburger Bachchor under Clement Power.

Music meets Wine

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 November 2013

Musik trifft Wein

Here is the new collaboration between col legno and Zantho for Wein & Co, entitled Musik trifft Wein. 

Exploring the connection between wine and music, two rather stylish packages have been created: a white edition (Grüner Veltliner) and a red edition (Blauer Zweigelt), both of which come with their own CD.

The music has been selected by Christian Seiler and Andreas Schett, and we are happy to see that they have included compositions by Schnyder and Rihm (on WHITE) and Cerha and Rihm (on RED).

The packages can be ordered at Wein & Co (WHITE and RED) or by writing directly to col legno.

World première of Wohin bist du gegangen? in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 November 2013

Dialoge LichtGeorg Friedrich Haas’ Wohin bist du gegangen? for choir and 17 instruments will be premièred today, 27 November, at this year’s Dialogues festival (27 November to 1 December) of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation in the concert session “Central Park in the Dark”.

Wohin bist du gegangen? is based on texts by the Persian poet Attar of Nishapur (ca.1136–ca.1220) in a free translation by the composer. The male and female voices are separated by the ensemble (with the men on one side and the women on the other). At the beginning of the work, the situation is akin to a traditional performance, but within only a few seconds the light is dimmed until the concert hall is in total darkness.

View the full programme of Dialogues Light.

Wohin bist du gegangen?
for choir and 17 instruments | 12'
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 - perc(2), acc, pno, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
world prem. 27.11.2013, Mozarteum; Salzburger Bachchor; Klangforum Wien, cond. Clement Power

Schreker, Schönberg and Berg at Sotheby’s

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 November 2013

Franz Schreker: Der Schatzgräber, the composer’s own annotated copy; Sotheby’s

At Sotheby’s “Music, Continental Books & Manuscripts” sale several items from the estate of Franz Schreker will be on sale. Among them: Schreker’s own annotated and marked-up scores of Der Ferne Klang and Der Schatzgräber, a full score of Schönberg’s Gurrelieder (also annotated by Schreker) and a first edition of Wozzeck, signed and inscribed by Berg to Schreker.

The auction starts tomorrow, 27 November, at 10:30 GMT. Find out more at Sotheby’s and at the Entartete Musik blog.

Making of String Quartet(s)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2013


Georges Lentz talks about String Quartet(s).


Georges Lentz’ String Quartet(s) will be premièred on 30 November at this year’s Rainy Days Festival (28. November to 01. December) in Luxembourg.

Watch James Eccles (vla) and Oliver Miller (vc) of The NOISE in an interview with composer Lyle Chan, a recording session of String Quartet(s), a trial performance of the work at Cockatoo Island, and Andrew Wholley’s promo clip for the piece by clicking on the pictures below.

Georges Lentz, The NOISE: String Quartet(s)Preview of String Quartet(s)

Georges Lentz, The NOISE: String Quartet(s)Interview: James Eccles and Oliver Miller

Georges Lentz, The NOISE: String Quartet(s)The recording of String Quartet(s)

Georges Lentz, The NOISE: String Quartet(s)Trial performance of String Quartet(s)

This footage was taken by Patrick Mullins and forms part of a series of documentation on Lentz’ work undertaken by Vexations 840, “a mysterious organization dedicated to classical music at its greatest”.

Rohan de Saram performs Berio’s Sequenza XIV at the ACF London

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2013

Rohan de Saram (c) Jane BakerRohan de Saram, former cellist of the Arditti Quartet, will perform works by Bach, Berio, Wellesz, Rusconi, Rogl, and Berauer on 27 November at the Austrian Cultural Forum London.

De Saram on Sequenza XIV:

I feel very honoured that Maestro Berio wrote this work for me. I feel also great sorrow that we did not have the opportunity to meet in August 2003, as planned, in order to finalise technical details. His last words to me were, “See you in August!"

Part of the inspiration for Sequenza XIV came from Luciano's interest in the Kandyan drum rhythms of Sri Lanka, Kandy being the ancient capital of Ceylon, the Sri Lanka of today. Several times after my performances of Il Ritorno degli Snovidenia, with Maestro Berio conducting, he wanted to know about the musical instruments of the country I came from, Sri Lanka, particularly the Kandyan drum which I have played myself since I was a boy. [...]

Read the full text.

Find out more on the website of the Austrian Cultural Forum London. The event is free, but seating is limited.

Luciano Berio: Sequenza XIV
for violoncello | 13'
Egon Wellesz: Sonate
for violoncello
27.11.2013, Austrian Cultural Forum London; Rohan de Saram, vc

Rihm, Cerha and Welser-Möst at the Konzerthaus

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 November 2013

Wolfgang Rihm, Franz Welser-Möst, Friedrich Cerha (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler Wolfgang Rihm, Friedrich Cerha (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Wolfgang Rihm, Franz Welser-Möst and Friedrich Cerha after the performance of Cerha’s Étoile, performed by Martin Grubinger and The Percussive Planet on 21 November at the Konzerthaus, Vienna.

View the full score of Étoile or watch a video interview in which Friedrich Cerha talks about his music.

In Memory of Benjamin Britten

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 November 2013

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, score; Universal Edition Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, score; Universal Edition
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, score; Universal Edition

In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. Why did the date of Benjamin Britten’s death – 4 December 1976 – touch such a chord in me?

During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss. Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, arose in me. I had just discovered Britten for myself. Just before his death I began to appreciate the unusual purity of his music – I had had the impression of the same kind of purity in the ballads of Guillaume de Machaut. And besides, for a long time I had wanted to meet Britten personally – and now it would not come to that.

Arvo Pärt

Celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten, here are the first three pages of Arvo Pärt’s autograph of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (Cantus Benjamin Britteni mälestuseks), a piece commemorating the great English composer.You can click on the images to see high resolution zoomable scans.

By the end of this day, the piece will have been performed more than 1150 times in the last 20 years, there are more than 150 entries in our performance database for 2013 alone.

Happy Birthday Hans Zender!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 November 2013

Hans Zender (c) Wolfram LamparterHappy Birthday Hans Zender!

Hans Zender was this year’s composer in residence at the Klangspuren Schwaz.

View a list of works by Zender that are published by Universal Edition and listen to his music.

An extensive (German) review of Zender’s opera Stephen Climax, which is based both on James Joyce’s Ulysses and on the life of Saint Simeon Stylites, is available on the homepage of the German newspaper Die Zeit.

Franz Welser-Möst and Wolfgang Rihm with the Cleveland Orchestra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 November 2013

Franz Welser-Möst, Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition

Franz Welser-Möst and Wolfgang Rihm before and after yesterday’s world première of Verwandlung 5 with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Musikverein, Vienna. Further performances of the orchestral piece will take place next week at the Semperoper in Dresden.

Wolfgang Rihm: Verwandlung 5
for orchestra | 11'
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc, str
German prem. 27.11.2013, Semperoper, Dresden; Staatskapelle Dresden, cond. Franz Welser-Möst
Further performances: 29.11.2013, 01.12.2013

Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 November 2013

Franz Welser-Möst (c) Roger MastroianniFranz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra will première Wolfgang Rihm’s Verwandlung 5, commissioned by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, today, 20 November, at the Musikverein in Vienna. Also on the programme: Symphony No. 6 by Schostakowitsch and Beethoven’s Eroica.

Wolfgang Rihm: Verwandlung 5
for orchestra | 11'
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc, str
world prem. 20.11.2013, Musikverein, Vienna; Cleveland Orchestra, cond. Franz Welser-Möst

in vain in the UK

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 November 2013

Georg Friedrich Haas: in vain, KairosIvan Hewett has reviewed the UK première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ in vain at the hcmf: you can find the review on The Telegraph.

Don’t miss out on the next performance of the piece for 24 instruments: Emilio Pomàrico will conduct the London Sinfonietta on 6 December at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

A (fantastic) recording of in vain is available on Kairos.

Georg Friedrich Haas: in vain
for 24 instruments | 70'
2 1 2 1 - 2 0 2 0 - perc(2), hp, acc, pno, sax, vln(3), vla(2), vc(2), cb
06.12.2013, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; London Sinfonietta, cond. Emilio Pomàrico

Alain Galliari publishes a study on Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto “to the Memory of an Angel”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 November 2013

Alain Galliari: Concerto à la mémoire d’un ange. Alban Berg 1935

The French musicologist Alain Galliari, who wrote a large biography on Anton von Webern in 2007, has recently published his study Concerto à la mémoire d’un ange. Alban Berg 1935 (Fayard), which focuses on Berg’s famous last work. The study presents a delicate reading of the Violin Concerto “to the Memory of an Angel” [Dem Andenken eines Engels], based both on the biographical data of the composer and on the characteristics of the musical language of the work, which seeks the reality behind the legend and opens new perspectives on the secret significance of the work, and on the last months of the composers life.

General Manager of the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler in Paris, Alain Galliari has also published a book on the religious inclination of Franz Liszt (Franz Liszt et l’Espérance du Bon Larron, Fayard, 2011) and an essay on the topic of Redemption in Wagner’s librettos (Richard Wagner ou Le Salut corrompu, Le Passeur Editeur, 2013).