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Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 3

Posted on 17 January 2012

After a day off, the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes continues with day 3 at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Tokyo String Quartet

Rihm’s brief Zwischen den Zeilen

Full score

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Lulu and a Vixen at the Welsh National Opera

Posted on 16 January 2012

David Pountney

Artistic Director David Pountney has just announced the 2012–2014 programme of the Welsh National Opera.

Under the title Free Spirits, the WNO is presenting Alban Berg’s Lulu and Leoš Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen in spring 2013.

The full programme is here (PDF file).

Francis Burt in discussion

Posted on 16 January 2012

Francis Burt (left) and Peter Burwik

Here’s a picture of composer Francis Burt in discussion with conductor Peter Burwik at the Austrian Society of Music on 12 Jan.

Burt, who celebrated his 85th birthday last year, spoke of his life, the important milestones in his career as a composer, his recently completed opera Mahan and his plans for the future!

Francis Burt biography and list of works

Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 2

Posted on 15 January 2012

It's day 2 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Zemlinsky Quartet

including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 10

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including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 6

Full score

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Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 1

Posted on 14 January 2012

The 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes is now underway in Paris, presenting the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm amongst a range of other works. To celebrate, we are posting the full scores of many of the works here and on

The festival begins today (Saturday 14 Jan) with three concerts.

Quatuor Thymos

including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 9


including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 2 and String Quartet No. 11

The full score of String Quartet No. 11 is here

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including Rihm’s “Streichquartett” and String Quartet in G

The full scores are here:


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String Quartet in G

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David Sawer in New York

Posted on 12 January 2012

David SawerDavid Sawer is in New York, where he is presenting his ballet Rumpelstiltskin at the 2012 Congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts.

Together with Stephen Newbould from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, David is participating in the “Pitch New Works Now” session of the conference.

Fingers crossed for the first US performance of Rumpelstiltskin, a work that the Times called “a tour de force of mostly ominous effects and gradually mounting frenzy”.


I was a little unclear in this post. The work was not itself performed, but presented to the delegates of the congress. Our crossed fingers refer to the hope that one of the delegates was so overwhelmed as to plan a new production of the ballet.

Apologies for any confusion.

Mahagonny at the Israeli Opera

Posted on 10 January 2012

Mahagonny Israeli Opera

Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny opens in a new production at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv this Thursday.

Watch conductor David Stern and director Omri Nitzan talking about the work and the production.

Watch on YouTube

Christmas Radio

Posted on 23 December 2011

Before we disappear amongst the Christmas wrapping, here are a few tips for your listening pleasure over the holidays.

Pierre Boulez’ Notations are on Radio SWR2 tonight (Friday) at 8pm German time.

David Sawer’s Stramm Gedichte will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:45pm London time.

Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat is sung by the NDR choir tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at 7pm German time on Radio NDR Kultur.

Once the new year kicks off, listen to the Arditti Quartet performing Vykintas Baltakas’ string quartet b(ell tree) on SWR2 on Wednesday 4th January at 11pm German time.

French speakers might like to listen to France Culture’s Villes Mondes Vienne episode, which was first broadcast on 13th November and contains an interview with Friedrich Cerha.

Merry Christmas!

Things people send us

Posted on 20 December 2011 (comments: 1)

The orchestras that perform our music are made up of very creative people, sometimes in more ways than one.

Here’s a brief look at some of the curious things people send us when sending performance material back to us.

Watch on Vimeo

Szymanowski 2nd String Quartet

Posted on 15 December 2011

Minetti Quartett

The Minetti Quartet performs Szymanowski’s 2nd String Quartet at the Musikverein in Vienna tonight.

Halffter in Vienna

Posted on 13 December 2011

Cristóbal Halffter and Wolfgang Haendeler

Cristóbal Halffter was in Vienna this week to talk about his forthcoming opera Die Schachnovelle (The Chess Story).

Pictured are Halffter and the opera’s librettist, Wolfgang Haendeler.

Die Schachnovelle, based on Stefan Zweig’s novel of the same name, opens at the Kiel Opera in May 2013.

Schreker: Der ferne Klang in Bonn

Posted on 07 December 2011

Schreker: Der ferne Klang (Theater Bonn)

Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang opens at the Bonn Theatre this Sunday in a new production by Klaus Wiese. It’s his second Schreker production in Bonn, following on from Irrelohe in 2010.

Read our article on Schreker by Christopher Hailey: Discovering a Distant Sound, and watch our video interview with Ingo Metzmacher talking about Schreker's music.

Play the Piano! Book 2 by Mike Cornick

Posted on 02 December 2011

Play the Piano! Book 2Book 2 of Play the Piano! – Mike Cornick’s piano tutor “for beginners and returning beginners” – is now available.

The reactions to Book 1 were extremely positive:

“The book goes to the top of the pile of piano tutorials currently available for the older beginner …excellent!”
(Michael McMillan, Pianist Magazine 2011)

There are some sample pages below. Visit the product page to listen to audio samples and download additional free performances pieces.

It’s a great book, perfect for adults who've always wanted to play the piano. Book 1 is here.

See all our sheet music editions by Mike Cornick here. German language editions of both books are also available under the title Piano Coach.

Sample pages. Click to view in fullscreen mode

The Umbrella Man

Posted on 22 November 2011

The Umbrella Man

The peaceful beauty of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel underlines the narrative of this short film by Errol Morris, now available on the New York Times website.

In The Umbrella Man, Morris talks to Josiah “Tink” Thompson, the author of the book “Six seconds in Dallas”, about the assassination of John F. Kennedy 48 years ago today.

Who was the Umbrella Man?

Update 24.11.11: To play the video, you need to click on the image above, then click on the almost invisible 'Play' button in the bottom left of the image on the New York Times website, and then once again once the video has loaded ...

Berio Stage Works Symposium in Paris

Posted on 17 November 2011

CdmcLuciano Berio’s Stage Works:
Opera and La Vera Storia

The Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine in Paris is hosting a two-day symposium on Luciano Berio and his stage works.

Read more on the Cdmc website.

Visit also the Centro Studi Luciano Berio.