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Transitus in Cologne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 September 2014

Wolfgang Rihm’sTransitus was commissioned by La Scala in Milan with the request that it should allude to the works of Richard Strauss. Tonight, on 5 September, the work will be performed for the first time in Germany, Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the WDR SO Köln.

The composer on how he deals with people who label Richard Strauss as a “conservative”:

Transitus scoreWhat am I supposed to deal with? – the label? – that people place it on Strauss and occasionally on me, too? In both cases, it depends on who is attaching the label; only then can you know what it means. What could it mean? “Conservative” could be a stance including thinking in avant-garde categories even today. If you look at it that way, of course I am not conservative. It’s too bad, actually, since the avant-garde nurtured me. But the designation “conservative” is mostly applied to someone who does not insensibly float along in the flow of the fashionable trends of the day. From that viewpoint, I can quite rightly and justifiably be called a conservative. And Strauss? – ask him yourself. He is still alive, in a senior citizens’ home in Darmstadt. He jogs over the cemetery there every day…

Read more.

View the full score of Transitus.

Wolfgang Rihm: Transitus
for orchestra | 15'
prem. 05.11.2014, Philharmonie, Cologne; WDR SO Köln, cond. Jukka-Pekka Saraste

New season at the Arnold Schönberg Center

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 September 2014

The Arnold Schönberg Center has revealed the programme for its next season, read it on issuu:

Mahler at the Proms

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 September 2014

Mahler at the BBC Proms

Here’s some trivia about about Mahler at the Proms.

Listen to the Prom’s Mahler collection on BBC Radio 3.

Arvo Pärt Days in Tallinn

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 September 2014

Arvo Pärt Days 2014The Arvo Pärt Days in Tallinn start today with performances of Adam’s Lament, Beatus Petronius, Salve Regina, Statuit ei Dominus, Alleluia-Tropus, Labbé Agathon, the Estonian Lullaby and the Christmas Lullaby:

Further concerts will take place on 3., 4., 6. 9, and finally on 11 September, the composer’s 79th birthday.

Find out more on our performance calendar.

Transfigured Night in Brussels

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 September 2014

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s rendition of Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht for string sextet will be performed at the Rosas Performance Space in Brussels on Friday, 5 September, by Samantha van Wissen, Boštjan Antončič and Nordine Benchorf to a recording by Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic.

Further performances take place on 06., 07., 09., 10. and 11.09.2014.

Watch the trailer on YouTube:

From the introductory text on the website of Rosas:

The original choreography as a group piece was created in 1995 as a part of an Arnold Schönberg evening in the Brussels Opera House De Munt / La Monnaie. By rewriting the group piece as a duet, both the narrative and the musical aspect come to the foreground. Expressive crescendos and diminuendos guide us through dramatic events, echoing an ever-modulating stream of emotions. A shameless romantic love story, in the pale light of a transfigured night.

UE Newsletter September 2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 August 2014

Newsletter Universal EditionHere’s our latest newsletter:

Feldman’s Neither at the Ruhrtriennale

Rihm and Haas at the Musikfest Berlin

Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich

The world première of Johannes Maria Staud’s opera Die Antilope (libretto: Durs Grünbein)

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Swiss première of Cerha’s Paraphrase über den Anfang der 9. Symphonie von Beethoven

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Midori and Staud in Lucerne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 August 2014

Johannes Maria Staud, Midori (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang SchauflerComposer-in-residence Johannes Maria Staud and “artiste étoile” Midori at the world première of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) on 27 August at the Lucerne Festival.

For those who couldn’t attend the concert: SRF 2 Kultur broadcasts a recording of the world première on 1 September at 20:00.

Listen live.

Midori plays Staud at the Lucerne Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 August 2014

Midori (c) Timothy Greenfield SandersTonight, “artiste étoile” Midori will introduce the new violin concerto Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) by composer-in-residence Johannes Maria Staud at the Lucerne Festival.

For more information on Johannes Maria Staud at this year’s Lucerne Festival go here.

Johannes Maria Staud: Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)
for violin solo, string orchestra and percussion | 18'
world prem. 27.08.2014, KKL Luzern; Midori, vln; Luzerner SO, cond. James Gaffigan

View the full study score:


Barto and Eschenbach première Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 August 2014

Wolfgang Rihm, Tzimon Barto and Christoph Eschenbach (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Composer Wolfgang Rihm, pianist Tzimon Barto and conductor Christoph Eschenbach at the general rehearsal for the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg.

Read (German) reviews of the concert on Die Presse and Drehpunkt Kultur.

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Ö1 will broadcast a recording of the concert on 7 September at 11:03. Listen live.

Taka Kigawa performs Boulez’ Complete Solo Piano Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 August 2014

Taka Kigawa at (le) poisson rougeIn honour of Pierre Boulez’ 90th birthday next year, the internationally acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa, “an expert negotiator between freedom and restriction” (La Nacion, 5.3.2014), will perform the composer’s Complete Solo Piano Music next Monday at (le) poisson rouge in New York. Boulez’ 12 Notations, Première Sonate, Deuxième Sonate, Troisième Sonate (including Sigle), Incises and une page d’éphéméride are on the programme.

The New York Times has previewed Kigawa’s Complete Solo Piano Works recital this Monday: “[Kigawa] has long made the solo piano works of Pierre Boulez a specialty in performances that bring out the exhilarating energy and myriad colorings in these fiercely difficult scores.”

Update: read reviews of the evening on The New York Times and the New York Classical Review by clicking on the corresponding links.

Rihm’s Horn Concerto premièred by Stefan Dohr

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 August 2014

Wolfgang Rihm, Stefan Dohr and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

For Wolfgang Rihm the horn is the “instrument of melos” par excellence. He has now written a horn concerto for Stefan Dohr, the principal horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, in which Dohr can show what his instrument is capable of: wide, seemingly endless arches and an impressive delivery of force. However, the virtuosity lies not only in the fast passages, but also in depth: the invention of sounds.

Stefan Dohr (c) Monika RittershausLislot Frei of the SRF has recently reviewed Wolfgang Rihm’s Horn Concerto, which was premièred on 19 August by Stefan Dohr and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (cond. Daniel Harding) at the Lucerne Festival. Read the review on SRF [German].

Find out more about Universal Edition at Lucerne here.

mete moi meli, mete melissa - ATTHIS in Cologne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 August 2014

Sarah Wegener, Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Sarah Wegenermete moi meli, mete melissa
[“no honey for me, no bees”]

Sarah Wegener and the Ensemble musikFabrik will perform Georg Friedrich Haas’ ATTHIS for soprano and 8 instruments on 23 August at the WDR Funkhaus in Cologne. The work recently received rave reviews for Opera Cabal’s “mesmerizing production” (NY Times) at the Kitchen in New York.

View the full score of ATTHIS on Universal Edition.

View Ensemble musikFabrik’s short documentary on Haas’ “Ich suchte, aber ich fand ihn nicht.”, who premièred the piece in 2011:

Listen to the Darmstadt Lectures

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 August 2014

Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

All lectures from the 47th Darmstadt Summer Course (2 to 16 August 2014) can now be listened to online via voicerepublic.

Katharina Herkommer and Jörg Lohner from nmzMedia have created a short documentary about the central theme of this year’s summer course – Performance Matters – which you can watch here:

Pärt and Milhaud released on Brilliant Classics

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 August 2014

Many classical music listeners will be familiar with the name Darius Milhaud, but how familiar are they with his output? The owner of a bold, individual style, Milhaud was active for much of the 20th century, a modernist who is counted among the group of composers known as ‘Les Six’ (a term coined by the music critic Henri Collet in 1920) and who was much influenced by jazz, polytonality as well as the sounds of Brazil.

Brilliant Classics will release two new double CDs on 25 August: view the full track lists and introductory texts of Arvo Pärt: Für Anna Maria, Complete Piano Music and Milhaud: Orchestral Music on the website of Brilliant Classics.

Arvo Pärt (c) Brilliant Classics

Darius Milhaud (c) Brililant Classics

Happy Birthday Johannes Maria Staud!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 August 2014

Happy 40th birthday Johannes Maria Staud!

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Universal Edition, Jonathan Irons

Johannes Maria Staud is this year’s composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival, which runs from 15 August until 14 September. Among the works performed by the composer will be the world premières of his new violin concerto Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) (performed by “Artiste étoile” Midori and the Luzerner SO) and his opera Die Antilope (libretto: Durs Grünbein).

We wish you all the best!

View the full score of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II):