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Aspen Music Festival features Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 July 2013

Arvo Pärt (c) Roberto Masotti

Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bells and Spiegel im Spiegel for violin and piano will be performed at the Aspen Music Festival. This year, the festival in the Colorado Mountains runs under the theme Conscience and Beauty.

Here’s an excerpt of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten:

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
for string orchestra and bell | 6’
21/07/2013, Benedict Music Tent; Aspen Festival Orchestra, cond. Leonard Slatkin

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
for violin and piano | 10’
7/8/2013, Harris Concert Hall; Anne-Marie McDermott, pno; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln

Wien Modern 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 July 2013

Wien ModernThe programme of Wien Modern #26 is now online. Highlights of the festival will be the world première of Luke Bedford’s Wonderful Four-Headed Nightingale by the Arditti Quartet (a piece that was commissioned by Wien Modern) on Monday, 28 October and the performance of Johannes Maria Staud’s orchestral work Maniai on 15 November.

Find out more: Wien Modern 2013

Happy Birthday Harrison Birtwistle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 July 2013

Harrison Birtwistle (c) Eric Marinitsch, Universal EditionHappy Birthday Harrison Birtwistle!

We are amazed to see how many of your works will be performed at the Salzburg Festival! A full list is available here, some of the highlights:

Harrison Birtwistle: Cortege
for 14 musicians | 15’
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - pno, bass tpt, b.d, vln(2), vla, vc, cb
31/7/2013, Kollegienkirche; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain
opera in 2 acts | 150’
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 3 - 2. Horn in F offstage, 4. Horn in F offstage, timp, perc, vib, hp, mar, cimb, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vla(2), vc(2), cb(2)
26/7/2013, Felsenreitschule; Christopher Maltman, Gawain; John Tomlinson, The Green Knight/Bertilak de Hautdesert; Laura Aikin, Morgan le Fay; Jennifer Johnston, Lady de Hautdesert; Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, King Arthur; Andrew Watts, Bishop Baldwin; Brian Galliford, Fool
Salzburger Bachchor, ORF RSO Wien, cond. Ingo Metzmacher
Further performances: 29/7/2013, 2, 8 and 15/8/2013

Harrison Birtwistle: Secret Theatre
for chamber ensemble | 28’
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1), pno, str(1 1 1 1 1)
31/7/2013, Kollegienkirche; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

Harrison Birtwistle: Tombeau in memoriam Igor Stravinsky
for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet | 3’
fl, cl, hp, vln(2), vla, vc
31/7/2013, Kollegienkirche; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

Happy Birthday Vykintas Baltakas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 July 2013

Vykintas Baltakas (c) Marion Kalter

Happy Birthday Vykintas Baltakas!

Find out more about the composer, whose latest work Eselsbrücke for ensemble will be premièred on 24 August by the Scharoun Ensemble at the Salzburg Festival, here.

Vykintas Baltakas: Eselsbrücke
for ensemble | 10’
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher

UE newsletter: Jay Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 July 2013

Jay Schwartz NewsletterOur latest newsletter, focusing on Jay Schwartz 2 upcoming world premières – watch an interview with the composer, view the full study scores for Zwielicht and M or listen to music by Jay Schwart.

If you want to receive up-to-date information about our composers and their works (in English or in German) sign up to our e-mail newsletter.

Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 July 2013

Hanns Eisler, Bertolt Brecht (c) Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19204-2132

Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler at the Academy of Arts, Berlin, on 21 March 1950. Eisler was born exactly 115 years ago, on 6 July 1898.

Find out more about Hanns Eisler and his collaborations with Brecht here. Their Lehrstück Die Maßnahme, for example, was one of the didactic works of Brecht which he modelled on the Japanese Noh theatre. Due to possible misunderstandings of the play’s political orientation, Brecht forbade its performance – the prohibition was lifted for his 100th birthday in 1998.

Georg Friedrich Haas in America

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 July 2013

Haas (c) Lucerne Festival, Priska Ketterer.jpgVivien Schweitzer of the New York Times has reviewed the Austrian Cultural Forum’s welcome concert for Georg Friedrich Haas, whose tenure as a professor at Columbia University starts in September.

Read the full article on the New York Times.

Find out more about Atthis and listen to an excerpt.

Rihm's String Quartet No. 3 on the Radio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 July 2013

Dionysos-Entwurf von Jonathan MeeseTonight on Rai Radio 3, 23:00 (cet/cest): Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet No. 3 | “Im Innersten”, recorded on 17 October 2012 and performed by the Quartetto di Cremona.

Listen live

Tom Service’s excellent Guide to Wolfgang Rihm on the Guardian.

Lucas Fels at the Frankfurter Musikhochschule

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 July 2013

Lucas Fels (c) IMD2012, Daniel PufeCongratulations to Lucas Fels on becoming the new professor of Interpretation Practice and Promotion of New Music at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK).

Having collaborated with Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm (who dedicated his Styx and Lethe for violoncello and orchestra to him), Beat Furrer (check out this Kairos recording) and others, Lucas Fels has established himself as one of the most distinguished cellists of our time. Furthermore, he’s a founding member of the ensemble recherche and since 2006 a member of the Arditti Quartet.

Wolfgang Rihm in conversation with Lucas Fels:

Kurt Weill: American

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 July 2013

(c) Kurt Weill Foundation for Music New YorkTonight at 9 p.m. (cet/cest): “Kurt Weill: American”, a 3-part series on Red River Radio by Michael Lasser.

From the programme: “To mark the 85th anniversary of Weill's best-know work, The Threepenny Opera, and the 15th anniversary of the Lotte Lenya Competition for young musical theater singers, Fascinatin' Rhythm host Michael Lasser will be joined by Kurt Weill Scholar and Foundation President Kim Kowalke for a series of three special programs that explore the composer's place in American popular music.”

Listen live

Georg Friedrich Haas at Columbia University

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 July 2013

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

“July 1, 2013 marks Georg Friedrich Haas’s first day as a resident of the United States, where he will join the composition faculty at Columbia University. This move puts him squarely in the historical tradition of European composers such as Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, and Igor Stravinsky, all of whom moved to the United States and became part of the musical life of America.”

The austrian cultural forum new york celebrates this with a concert dedicated to Haas on 2 July. On the programme: Georg Friedrich Haas’s Atthis, Berg, Webern, and Schönberg.

Find out more about Atthis and listen to an excerpt.

Georg Friedrich Haas: Atthis
for soprano and 8 instruments | 40’
Sharon Harms, s; Argento Chamber Ensemble, cond. Michel Galante

Für Alina - animated

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 June 2013

Something nice for the weekend: Joosep Maripuu created an animated video for Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina. You don’t have to speak Estonian to enjoy this:

If you want listen to Pärt’s music live, you might find this helpful:

Arvo Pärt: Upcoming Performances

"The Aldeburgh festival closes with a fresh and fluent tribute to Britten's centenary year"

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 June 2013

Snape Maltings Concert HallWolfgang Rihm’s A Tribute was premièred on the last day of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival by Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra. Andrew Clements on the orchestral piece: “not specifically a tribute to Britten, but ‘a homage to English music in general’ […] It’s a teasing, almost sentimental piece.”

Read the full review on the Guardian.

Happy Birthday Jay Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 June 2013

Jay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschMeet Jay Schwartz in person and say happy birthday at the world première of Zwielicht (Cologne version) for soloists, mixed choir, three trombones and organ on 11 July.

Claudio Abbado – An Interview

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 June 2013 (comments: 1)

Celebrating Claudio Abbado’s 80th birthday today, we made a video for an interview with the conductor that we did for our book Gustav Mahler: The conductors’ Interviews.

The conductor talks about the first time he heard Mahler’s music, his experiences with Bruno Walter, Zubin Mehta and Herbert von Karajan, and the death of Mahler’s brother, the “first stroke of fate” in the composer’s life.

The Interview is in German with English subtitles.