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UE Newsletter September 2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 August 2014

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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

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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):


UE Newsletter August 2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 August 2014

Universal Edition NewsletterWe’ve just sent out our latest newsletter:

Midori plays Staud at the Lucerne Festival

Rihm’s Horn Concerto premièred in Lucerne

Karol Szymanowski: 6 Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess at the Proms

Full study scores:

Staud’s Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)

Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Szymanowski’s 6 Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess

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Trio Catch plays Feldman in Darmstadt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 August 2014

Trio Catch (c) Trio Catch

Dana Barak, Nils Kohler and Trio Catch will perform Morton Feldman’s 3 Clarinets, Cello and Piano tonight at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music.

Find out more on the website of the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt.

Morton Feldman: 3 Clarinets, Cello and Piano
for 3 clarinets, violoncello and piano | 8'
12.08.2014, Orangerie; Dana Barak, Nils Kohler, cl; Trio Catch

From the archives: Universal Edition in 2004

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 August 2014

Universal Edition was 103 years old when we published the first edition of our 2004 new-look UE newsletter, the predecessor of the Musikblätter.

“Æstonishing” Arvo Pärt is at the centre of a whole series of concert events, Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 70th birthday is celebrated by the South Bank Centre and the Lucerne Festival, Luciano Berio’s artistic legacy is internationally honoured and the operas of Leoš Janáček experiences an unparalleled renaissance.

Read about this and more in our newsletter from autumn 2004:

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Wolfgang Rihm: Harzreise im Winter

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 August 2014

The Austrian première of Wolfgang Rihm’s musical setting of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Harzreise im Winter [Winter Journey in the Harz Mountains] was performed last Tuesday by baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber at the Salzburg Festival.

Read reviews on Der Standard and FAZ.

Spirit in Sound and Space – A Conversation Inspired by Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 August 2014

New York’s celebration of Arvo Pärt earlier this year offered an opportunity to explore the spiritual content of the composer’s music, and to discover how the spaces in which music is performed can amplify its emotional power. In this program, neuroscientist Robert Zatorre explains how music can engage the reward system deep in our brains – the same system that responds to food and sex. Architect Steven Holl describes making spaces for music, and shows how music influences his work. Theologian Peter Bouteneff talks about the thread of spirituality that weaves throughout Pärt’s masterpieces.

Spark is hosted by Julie Burstein, author and Peabody Award–winning creator of public radio’s Studio 360.

Recorded June 11, 2014

Credits: This event is a collaboration between The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.