Pierre Boulez receives the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the Venice Biennale.
The director of the music sector, Ivan Fedele, stated:
“This is a recognition of the absolute value of an artist who has lived through the history of contemporary music, offering the entire world compositions that, in the opinion of musicologists and artists from around the world, are true masterpieces of modernity.
The Maestro’s work has also expressed itself in the theoretical field with exemplary books that have served as a guide and model for generations of young composers. Furthermore, as a conductor, Boulez has offered interpretations of the classical and contemporary repertoire that are now considered milestones.”
Read more on the Biennale website
Glyndebourne Festival will open on May 20 and is running until August. It starts with a new production of Leos Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Melly Still. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The smaller orchestration opens up Berg’s masterpiece to smaller theatres and stages that previously struggled with the size of the orchestra.
The work is part of a complete performance of Das Lied von der Erde at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
Matthews’ version has a slightly lighter orchestra than Mahler’s original, giving the tenor soloist (tonight Lars Cleveman) a greater prominence.
Happy Birthday Keith Jarrett!
Here is our special edition rerelease of the legendary ECM recording of Arvo Pärt's Fratres by Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett from 1984.
German speaking composers, librettists and authors should have a look at the Netzwerk Neues Musiktheater Rheinsberg.
The aim of the project is to establish a competence centre for 21st century music theatre at Schloss Rheinsberg.
The Netzwerk is coordinated by Cornelia Heger, who is also currently developing a new production of Vykintas Baltakas’ music theatre work Cantio.
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The CD set contains classic 20th century works by Cage, Nono, Schnebel, Stockhausen and Stravinsky.
The Stockhausen CD includes:
Happy Birthday Wergo!
The BBC has launched its programme for the 2012 Proms.
The music of Pierre Boulez is featured in a number of concerts, including Dérive 2, Messagesquisse, Anthèmes 2, and Le Marteau sans maître. Daniel Barenboim and Boulez himself conduct.
Schönberg’s Gurrelieder are conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, with Angela Denoke and Simon O’Neill as the main soloists.
Look out also for Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V for trombone.
This Saturday, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts the complete recording of Luke Bedford’s opera Seven Angels (video intro here). Nicholas Collon conducts the BCMG in a production by the Opera Group directed by John Fulljames last summer.
Listen online this Saturday 14 April at 22:00 London time (23:00 Paris, Berlin, Vienna) on BBC Radio 3.
To celebrate the first broadcast, we’ve uploaded the full piano reduction of the opera. Click below for a full screen view (also available on ISSUU.com).