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The first 100 blog posts

Posted on 24 August 2011

How time flies. Here they are: the first 100 posts on the new UE blog. The list gives quite a good impression of the variety of the UE catalogue and the quality of the performances taking place around the world.

Here’s the list from day one

Cunning Little Vixen in Glasgow

Dreigroschenoper in Munich

Bartók one of Top Ten Classical Composers

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung honours Arvo Pärt

Award for Mahler in Manchester

Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony online at the BBC

Haas limited approximations on the radio

New Mahler interview with Sir Simon Rattle

Friedrich Cerha in Salzburg

Stockhausen's Gruppen with the New York Philharmonic

Wolfgang Rihm's Das Gehege returns to Hamburg

British première of Georg Friedrich Haas' 3rd String Quartet

The new third act of Lulu comes to Oslo

Friedrich Cerha celebrates his 85th birthday

‘in vain’ back in New York – Georg Friedrich Haas

Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel in San Francisco

Mike Cornick’s new piano tutor for adult beginners

An Alma Mahler world première

Zemlinsky’s Zwerg at the State Opera in Munich

The Musical Language of Pierre Boulez

Happy Birthday to the UE Website!

Christoph Marthaler’s Katya Kabanova returns to Paris

Gustav Mahler at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

Berio’s Recital for Cathy with Measha Brueggergosman

Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Jay Schwartz’ Narcissus & Echo at the Salzburg Biennale

The Guardian talks to Luke Beford about living in Berlin

A Zemlinsky world première

‘Early’ Music by Klangforum Wien

Alarm Will Sound at the MaerzMusik Festival

Feldman and Schönberg at the NYC Opera

Alarm Will Sound rehearsing Rihm in Berlin

Mahler live in Paris with Gergiev and the LSO

Robert Tear “absorbing” in Lulu 1979

Arts Council England makes widespread budget cuts

Kevin Spacey to play Pierre Boulez

Elena Denisova on Zemlinsky’s Serenade

Musikmesse 2011 Live Blog

An Italian Little Vixen

Haas’ 3rd String Quartet in Milan

Pierre-Yve Macé on Berio’s Sinfonia

Vykintas Baltakas conducting Redditio

UE at the BBC Proms 2011

Italian Critics’ Prize for Traiettorie

Wolfgang Rihm on the radio: Das Rot

Wolfgang Rihm: New catalogue of works

Vykintas Baltakas: New catalogue of works

Lunch with Steven Isserlis

Happy 85th Birthday Francis Burt!

Staud takes up residency in Dresden

The House of the Dead at Opera North tonight

Luke Bedford: Music for Children at the Wigmore Hall

Boulez at the ‘new’ new music festival in Cologne

Cerha Concerto for Percussion in Leipzig

Arvo Pärt wins Classic BRIT Award 2011

Luke Bedford’s new opera in rehearsal

100 years ago tomorrow

Gustav Mahler – 100 years after his death

30,000 views and counting

Video Streams from the Leipzig Mahler Festival

Seven Angels Video

Musikblätter - the new UE Newsletter

Schönberg recognised by UNESCO

Wolfgang Rihm on Schönberg’s Op. 31

New Berio documents online

Morton Feldman in Philadelphia

Baltakas World Première

A week of world premières

The Cunning Little Vixen in New York

A selection of performances this week

Staud world première in Paris

Listen to Rihm’s Dionysos from Amsterdam

Luke Bedford - Looking for Paradise

Vixen opens in New York

Full transcript of our Alan Gilbert interview now online

London Sinfonietta at the Aldeburgh Festival

Video trailer for Seven Angels

From the House of the Dead in Zurich

Dionysos in Amsterdam

Arvo Pärt performs his Vater unser for Pope Benedict XVI

July overview of top 20 music blogs

Edo de Waart on Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony

Seven Sevens

Shostakovich’s Opera The Nose in Aix-en-Provence

Pierre Boulez on ... explosante-fixe ...

Arvo Pärt Vater unser now available

New Audio Excerpt of Baltakas’ Commentum

How our group of Facebook fans grows

Harrison Birtwistle’s Aleatoric Pebble

Liebermann’s Furioso in Chicago

Rihm’s Song Cycles available again

Jay Schwartz: Music for Autosonic Gongs

Janácek’s Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms

Echo Classic Awards 2011

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in the Guardian

Feldman, Birtwistle and Mahler news

Mahler, Berg and Boulez in Salzburg

Mahler and Dudamel at the Proms

Richard Rodney Bennett at the Proms

Haas’ in vain in Salzburg and Lucerne

A crazy night in Verbier with Aleksey Igudesman

Posted on 24 August 2011

Heres a video of Aleksey Igudesmans recent concert in honour of Vadim Repin’s 40th birthday at the Verbier Festival.

A crazy night in Verbier

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Aleksey and his guests perform several works from his UE publications, including

La Cucaracha and Tango sin nombre (from Latin & More - Violin Duets)
Klezmers Freilach (from Klezmer & More - Violin Duets)
Irish Stew in the Morning (from Celtic & More - Violin Duets)

See this page for all editions by Aleksey Igudesman and visit his website here.

Birtwistle on Birtwistle

Posted on 22 August 2011

Our friends at Boosey & Hawkes have produced this marvellous film with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, in which he talks about his music (and his tomatoes).

Watch on the website.

For a list of works published by UE, see this page.
For a list of works published by Boosey & Hawkes, see this page.

Haas’ in vain in Salzburg and Lucerne

Posted on 12 August 2011

Georg Friedrich HaasGeorg Friedrich Haas’ 70 minute work for 24 instruments, in vain, is one of the most celebrated works in the composer’s catalogue.

It has been a highly praised in the New York Times (Vivienne Schweitzer wrote of “waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds”); it was the central part of an 8-hour ‘symposium’ concert by Klangforum Wien; and has already been performed 31 times since its world première in 2000.

Now, in a kind of pan-Alpine derby, the work is being performed twice in the same evening at two different major festivals (Saturday 13 Aug).

Emilio Pomàrico conducts Klangforum Wien at the Salzburg Festival, while at the Lucerne Festival Jürg Henneberger conducts Ensemble Phoenix Basel.

Listen to an excerpt of in vain on this page.

The Lucerne concert is part of a special focus on Haas this year, as part of which his opera Nacht (night is the central theme of the festival this year) can be heard (17 Sept) as well as his string quartets, including the world première of the String Quartet No 7 by the Arditti Quartet (10 Sept), and various ensemble works.

See all forthcoming performances of works by Georg Friedrich Haas in our online calendar.

Richard Rodney Bennett at the Proms

Posted on 12 August 2011

Richard Rodney BennettSir Richard Rodney Bennett’s Jazz Calendar, a ballet for 12 players, is performed at the BBC Proms Matinee concert tomorrow.

Nicholas Collon conducts the London Sinfonietta at the Cadogan Hall. Listen live on BBC Radio 3.

Read the Guardian’s recent article, A life in music: Richard Rodney Bennett

Mahler and Dudamel at the Proms

Posted on 05 August 2011

Gustavo Dudamel at the PromsGustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Symphony No 2 tonight at the BBC Proms with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. They are joined by soloists Miah Persson and Anna Larsson and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Listen live on BBC radio 3

Watch Gustavo Dudamel talking about Mahler in this interview with UE.

Watch on YouTube

Mahler, Berg and Boulez in Salzburg

Posted on 28 July 2011

Alban BergThe Vienna Philharmonic opens its 2011 Salzburg Festival residency tonight with a concert of music by Alban Berg and Gustav Mahler.

Pierre Boulez conducts and is joined by Anna Prohaska, Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Larsson and Johan Botha.

Alban Berg: Lulu Suite
Alban Berg: Der Wein
Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied

ORF OE1 RadioThe concert will be broadcast on Sunday 7 August at 11am on ORF OE1 Radio.

Watch Pierre Boulez talking to UE about the music of Gustav Mahler

Watch on YouTube

Feldman, Birtwistle and Mahler news

Posted on 25 July 2011

Triadic MemoriesFrom this weekend’s blogs and tweets:

Alex Ross reports on a performance of Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories at a floating concert hall in New York.

MahlerNews reports on Twitter that Michael Tilson Thomas’ DVD “Keeping Score: Mahler” has won a German Record Critics’ Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik).

And Norman Lebrecht spots Harrison Birtwistle watching cricket at Lords.

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in the Guardian

Posted on 25 July 2011

Richard Rodney Bennett“I didn’t ever decide I was going to be a composer. It was like being tall. It’s what I was. It’s what I did”

Read about writing for the screen, Agatha Christie and wanting to be Boulez … (A life in music: Richard Rodney Bennett – Nicholas Wroe)

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett was 75 this year and is featured at this year’s BBC Proms, including a performance of Jazz Calendar.

See the details of the Proms on the BBC website.

Echo Classic Awards 2011

Posted on 22 July 2011 (comments: 1)

Echo Classic Awards 2011The winners of the 2011 Echo Classic Awards have been announced.

We’re delighted to see five important releases of UE works among the winners. They are:

Opera Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century)
Eugen d'Albert: Der Golem
Stefan Blunier / Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Chor des Theaters Bonn

D'Albert: Der Golem

Order at JPC

World Premiere Recording of the Year
Braunfels: Jeanne d'Arc

Manfred Honeck/ Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Braunfels: Jeanne d'arc

Order at JPC

Symphonic Recording of the Year (19th century)
Mahler: Symphony No 8
David Zinman/ Tonhalle Orchester Zürich

Zinman Mahler 8

Order at JPC
Watch David Zinman talking about Mahler in our video interview

Symphonic Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century)
Szymanowski: Symphony No 3 - The Song of the Night
Pierre Boulez/ Wiener Philharmoniker

Szymanowski Symphony No 3

Order at JPC

Male Singer of the Year
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Thomas Hampson

Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Thomas Hampson

Order at JPC

We’re also happy to see some of our friends being recognised, including:

Teodoro Anzellotti (Instrumentalist of the Year, accordion)
Truls Mørk (Instrumentalist of the Year, cello)
Andris Nelsons (Conductor of the Year, for his Firebird)
musikFabrik (Chamber Music Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century))

Congratulations to all involved! See the full list of winners here.

Janáček’s Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms

Posted on 21 July 2011

Janáček’s Sinfonietta comes to the BBC Proms tonight in a concert by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Listen live on BBC Radio 3.

For those who can’t wait:

Watch (or rather listen) on YouTube

Jay Schwartz: Music for Autosonic Gongs

Posted on 20 July 2011

Back in the olden days (2007!), when we had our first video camera, we recorded an interview with Jay Schwartz talking about his Music for Autosonic Gongs, in which he explains how they work.

Here’s an overview of works by Jay Schwartz

Rihm’s Song Cycles available again

Posted on 19 July 2011 (comments: 1)

Rihm 3 Liederzyklencol-legno’s 2003 CD with Christoph Prégardien and Siegfried Mauser, 3 Liederzyklen, is available again. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung celebrates the rerelease of this “brilliant recording”.

The CD contains:

Ende der Handschrift. 11 späte Gedichte von Heiner Müller
Nebendraußen. 8 Gedichte von Hermann Lenz

Rilke: 4 Gedichte

Order online at col legno

Listen to an excerpt of Nature morte, from Ende der Handschrift

Listen on SoundCloud

Liebermann’s Furioso in Chicago

Posted on 18 July 2011

Rolf LiebermannKwamé Ryan joins the Grant Park Orchestra at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago this Wednesday for a performance of Rolf Liebermann’s Furioso.

Furioso was first heard at the Darmstadt Festival in 1947. Listen to an excerpt on this page.

Harrison Birtwistle’s Aleatoric Pebble

Posted on 18 July 2011

Courtesy of NMC Recordings

Watch on YouTube

Performance material available on request