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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.”

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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.

Composer portrait: Georg Friedrich Haas on SR2 KulturRadio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 June 2013

SR2 KulturradioIn this week’s episode of Movement, titled “Begrenzte Annäherung” – “Vergeblich”? [limited approximation – in vain?], Wolfgang Korb talks with Georg Friedrich Haas about the composer’s music.

The programme starts on 27 June at 20:04 (CET/CEST), SR2 offers a live stream. Recordings and excerpts of the following pieces will be played:

limited approximations
Pi-hsien Chen, Christoph Grund, Florian Hoelscher, Akiko Okabe, Sven Thomas kiebler, Julia Vogelsänger, pno; SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, cond. Silvain Cambreling

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Lucerne Festival, Priska Ketterer3 Hommages: “Hommage à Ligeti”
Marino Formenti, pno

… wie stille brannte das Licht
Sarah Wegener, s; Cornelis Witthoefft, pno

… wie stille brannte das Licht
Sarah Wegener, ms; Musikfabrik, cond. Roland Kluttig

String Quartet No. 2
Kairos Quartett

Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich
Lukas Schiske, perc; Klangforum Wien, cond. Silvain Cambreling

Schola Heidelberg, cond. Walter Nußbaum

Concerto for baritone saxophone and orchestra
Marcus Weiss, sax; WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln, cond. Emilio Pomárico

in vain
Klangforum Wien, cond. Silvain Cambreling

Centro Studi Luciano Berio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 June 2013

Centro Studi Luciano Berio NL

The Centro Studi Luciano Berio’s latest Newsletter is online, you can find it here. Also, do not miss out on their new page Per Luciano and their list of upcoming concerts, which has more than 20 entries for the next 4 months.

German première of Seven Angels in Hamburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 June 2013

Luke Bedford Luke Bedford’s Seven Angels will have its German première today, on 21 June 2013 at the Opera stabile in Hamburg.

The chamber opera received rave reviews when it premièred in 2011:

“Atmospheric music, often lyrical and pleasantly marinated in tonality … succulently scored.” (The Times)

“Bedford’s score is impeccably crafted and it is sensitively played by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.” (Daily Telegraph)

"A score of substance and ultimate quality combined with beautiful words with extraordinary creative and artistic direction from the creative team and magnificent staging from John Fulljames." (Paul Guest/Ceasefire magazine)

View the full score of Seven Angels.

Watch the trailer for the world première, which took place on 17 June 2011 in Birmingham:

Luke Bedford: Seven Angels
for 7 singers and 12 instruments | 85’
1 0 1 1 - 0 1 1 0 - perc, pno, vla(4), cb
prem. 21/6/2013, Opera stabile, Hamburg
artists of the Internationales Opernstudio, cond. Alexander Winterson
Further performances: 22, 25, 26, 28 and 30/6/2013

100 years Gurre-Lieder

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 June 2013

Arnold Schönberg - Egon Schiele100 years after their world première, the Gurre-Lieder will be performed in the 100th season of the Wiener Konzerthaus: Kent Nagano will conduct the Wiener Symphoniker on 21 and 22 June. Schönberg worked on his Gurre-Lieder from 1900-1911, a period in which he left the work’s style far behind. Still, at its 1913 première in the Vienna Musikverein the piece enjoyed overwhelming success; Schönberg’s pupil Webern wrote: What a moment of my life! Unforgettable… The sensation of this tumultuous noise thrills me to the point where I swoon…

Arnold Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder
for solos, choir and orchestra | 130’
8 5 7 5 - 10 6 6 1 - timp, perc, hp(4), cel, bass tpt, bass tbn, str
21 and 22/6/2013, Konzerthaus, Wien; Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Singakademie, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, Herren des Chores des Slowakischen Nationaltheaters, cond. Kent Nagano

UE Newsletter June 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 June 2013

UE NewsletterWe just sent out our latest newsletter, featuring video interviews with Luke Bedford about his chamber opera Seven Angels, and with David Sawer about The Lighthouse Keepers. Furthermore, the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s A Tribute will soon take place at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Read the full newsletter and enjoy,

BBC Radio 3: Tom Service introduces Luke Bedford

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 June 2013

London Sinfonietta (c) Briony CampbellThis week on the BBC Radio 3 internet stream: Tom Service introduces a concert of works by Luke Bedford. The concert in question took place on 22 May and featured the world première of Renewal and the British première of Wonderful No-headed Nightingale, both of which were performed by the London Sinfonietta under Sian Edwards.

Zemlinsky’s Mermaid on Ö1

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 June 2013

Ö1 LogoThe Austrian première of Zemlinsky’s Die Seejungfrau [The Mermaid] in Antony Beaumont’s critical edition will be broadcast by Ö1 on 16 June at 11:03 CET/CEST (i.e. Berlin, Paris, Vienna).

The concert took place at the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Markus Poschner – filling in for James Conlon – conducted the Wiener Symphoniker. You can listen to a transmission of the concert via live stream, the recording will be available for one week after it’s been broadcast:

Alexander Zemlinsky: The Mermaid
Recorded on 7 June 2013 at the Konzerthaus, Vienna
Critical edition by Antony Beaumont (2011)
Wiener Symphoniker, cond. Markus Poschner
Ö1 | Listen live
Sunday, 16.06.2013, 11:03

Rihm's Klangbeschreibung 2 in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 June 2013

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschThe revised version of Wolfgang Rihm’s Klanbeschreibung 2 will be premièred tomorrow, 15 June, at the Cité de la musique in Paris. François-Xavier Roth conducts the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the EXAUDI vocal ensemble.

Bálint Varga about Klangbeschreibung 2:

This piece is not a setting of Nietzsche’s poem “Der Wanderer und sein Schatten – ein Buch”; Rihm is not concerned with the intelligibility of the words. Instead, he takes single words and groups of words from the poem, to be sung by the four women’s voices. Entering into this unique world of instrumental and human sounds, the listener seems to be attending a ritual; instruments reply to one another, echo one another or serve to prompt the entries of the hovering women’s voices, either solo or in ensemble. Chords leave a single pitch remaining, sustained lengthily, only to segue to further sonic events where other instruments or voice(s) have their say. Rihm remarks, “Every sound is a sculpture of itself.”

IX. Hungarian Dance Festival opens with Kodály

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 June 2013

Kodály (c) Szabó AttilaThe IX. Hungarian Dance Festival opens with choreographer Velekei László’s new ballet Kodály, which will be premièred by the Ballet Company of Győr on Monday, 17 June in Győr. The two-act ballet features music by Zoltán Kodály, including his Dances of Galánta.

László Velekei about Kodály: “In my new choreography, I will not only address the audience with the play of bodies and emotions. Experience, good or bad, as well as sharing emotions within a community is always elevating. It will reinforce us, it will help us, therefore we will not be left alone. Disaffiliating from apathy, enterprise something daring; knowing ourselves hold out with the other and build something different and new.”