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UE on the Radio: composer portrait: Georg Friedrich Haas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 April 2013

Radio Newsletter 2013-05

We just sent out our radio newsletter 05/2013, featuring a broadcast of Ligeti’s Apparitions from 26 April, a special on Luciano Berio, the world première of Georg Friedich Haas’ Introduktion und Transsonation and a composer portrait of Georg Friedrich Haas.

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World première of Saxordionphonics in Witten

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 April 2013

The world première of Saxordionphonics for saxophone, accordion and chamber orchestra takes place today in Witten.

Vykintas Baltakas on this work:

Vykintas Baltakas (c) Marion KalterSaxordionphonics is founded on two structural principles. The first is a strictly rhythmical construct of two to three permuting notes which paces through the entire piece, forming a structural basis, with temporal distensions and condensations, dynamic and colorific variations. The other is a freer level which reacts musically to the first. It is especially scored for solo instruments; it is here where the musical development takes place, the relationship between the levels playing a dramaturgical part. They influence each other, the stronger one transforming the weaker one, when they are not actually rivalling.

For me, it was as if I were observing a shadow-play in space; depending on the time of day, the direction and strength of the light, perception of the space changes, as if the walls and the strict architectonic structure were mobile.

Vykintas Baltakas: Saxordionphonics (2013)
for saxophon, accordion and chamber orchestra | 15’
2 2 3 2 – 2 1 1 0 – perc, str
world prem. 28/4/2013, Witten; Marcus Weiss, sax; Teodoro Anzellotti, acc
WDR SO Köln, cond. Emilio Pomàrico

In tempore belli

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 April 2013

Today, the Spanish première of Cristóbal Halffter’s In tempore belli, Schachnovelle's interlude, takes place at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Here is an interview with Cristóbal Halffter on his upcoming opera Schachnovelle:

In tempore belli (2012)
for orchestra
Spanish première, 26/4/2013, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, cond. Georg Fritzsch

Happy Birthday Luke Bedford

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 April 2013

Luke Bedford (c) Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Manu Theobald Happy Birthday Luke Bedford!

Tonsättarweekend with Victoria Borisova-Ollas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 April 2013

Victoria Borisova-Ollas (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Standke

Some visual impressions from the very successful “Tonsättarweekend” at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, where Victoria Borisova-Ollas was honoured with a composer portrait from 18 – 21 April.

Tonsättarweekend with Victoria Borisova-Ollas in Stockholm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 April 2013

Victoria Borisova-Ollas, StockholmWe just caught sight of this poster in Stockholm. The first day of the Tonsättarweekend with Victoria Borisova-Ollas at the Konserthuset went well, tomorrow the composer portrait continues with performances of Angelus, Open Ground and Wunderbare Leiden. 

View the full programme of the portrait.

Neither in Bern

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 April 2013

Today the Swiss première of Morton Feldman’s only opera (or anti-opera) Neither takes place at the Stadttheater Bern. Stefan Schreiber conducts the Berner Symphony Orchestra with soprano Hélène Fauchère.

You can listen to an audio excerpt of the piece or read a work introduction by former interpreter Emilio Pomárico on our dedicated page. There’s also a fascinating article regarding the ‘co-elaboration’ between Feldman and Beckett available at The Modern Word which you shouldn’t miss out on.

Morton Feldman - Neither, Piano Vocal Score, (c) Universal Edition

Opera in 1 act | 55’
3 3 3 4 - 3 3 3 1 - perc(4), hp(2), pno, str
Swiss première, 19/4/2013, Stadttheater Bern; Hélène Fauchère, s; Berner SO, cond. Stefan Schreiber

Haas, Baltakas, Sotelo, Bedford

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 April 2013

Like a Tragicomedy in Madrid

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 April 2013

Nicholas Collon with Gertraud and Friedrich Cerha after the performance of Like a Tragicomedy at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid on 7 April. As you can see, they were very happy with the performance.

Gertraud and Friedrich Cerha, Nicholas Collon (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

You can read about – and listen to an excerpt of – Like a Tragicomedy on our homepage.

UE at the Frankfurt Music Fair

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 April 2013

Greetings from the Frankfurt Music Fair. Come and see us in hall 3.1 C42.

Musikmesse Universal Edition

Opening of the Wolfgang-Rihm-Forum at the University of Music in Karlsruhe

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 April 2013

Rihm-Forum (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Some impressions from the opening of the Wolfgang-Rihm-Forum at the University of Music in Karlsruhe on 5 April 2013. Cristine Ehman’s bust of Wolfgang Rihm, which is welded to the wall, features notes from the composer’s Opera Dionysos.

Cantio on the Radio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 April 2013

Cantio 2013 Berlin (c) Martin Christopher Welker

Today the RBB Kulturradio broadcasts a recording of Vykintas Baltakas’ Cantio from the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin on 17 January 2013.

The stream starts at 21:04 (CET) and is available on the RBB Kulturradio homepage:

rbb Kulturradio

Flesh and Blood

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 April 2013

David Sawer (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Standke

David Sawer at the world première of Flesh and Blood at the Barbican.

View the full vocal score

Flesh and Blood was a great success, a 23-minute “dramatic scene” by David Sawer on the subject of love and war, a soldier departing from his mother. If Howard Barker’s text is sometimes impenetrable, Sawer’s music reveals all, vivid and explicit enough to set an opera before us, with even these singers’ respective ages being reasonably close to realistic”

Excerpt from Colin Andersons review

Live broadcast: Scandal concert

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 April 2013

Don’t miss out on today's live transmission of the scandal concert at the Musikverein.


The concert starts at 19:30 (CET), the live stream is available at Radio Ö1.

Newsletter: Cristóbal Halffter's new opera: Schachnovelle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 April 2013

Newsletter HalffterFind our latest Newsletter here: a special on Cristóbal Halffter's forthcoming opera Schachnovelle.