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Impressions from the Ernst Krenek Forum’s fifth anniversary

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 October 2013

Ernst Krenek Froum (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Laila Standke
Some photographic impressions from the celebrations of the Ernst Krenek Forum’s fifth anniversary on 5 October 2013:

In the picture: the panel discussion Musiktheater, quo vadis? (with Friedrich Cerha, Walter Kobéra, Birgit Meyer, Helene Sommer, and Marie-Therese Rudolph), Alma, the aron quartet performing Ernst Krenek’s String Quartet No. 7, op. 96, and the Ernst Krenek forum’s birthday cake.

Haas at the Miller Theatre

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 October 2013

Ensemble Signal (c) Ensemble SignalThe composer portraits season of the Miller Theatre at the Columbia University School of the Arts opens with a portrait of Georg Friedrich Haas, newly appointed Columbia University faculty member. On the programme: Haas’ de terrae fine, ATTHIS and tria ex uno.

Broadway World cites Melissa Smey of the Miller Theatre:

“I am so excited to open our 2013-14 season of Composer Portraits with the music of Georg Friedrich Haas. Haas's compositions are emotional and moving, and could be in no better care than in the hands of the talented musicians of Ensemble Signal. I am doubly thrilled to present this program to kick off Composer Portraits in our 25th Anniversary Season and to celebrate Haas's new appointment to the music faculty here at Columbia University. This concert exemplifies our mission to both expand public knowledge of contemporary music and share the incredible artistic riches of Columbia University with the wider world.”

Georg Friedrich Haas: de terrae fine
for violin solo | 17’
Olivia De Prato, vln
Georg Friedrich Haas: ATTHIS
for soprano and 8 instruments | 40’
Rachel Calloway, ms; Ensemble Signal, cond. Bradley Lubman
Georg Friedrich Haas: tria ex uno
for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and violoncello | 12’
Ensemble Signal, cond. Bradley Lubman
10.10.2013, Miller Theatre, New York

Wolfgang Rihm, Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 October 2013

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch
Congratulations to Wolfgang Rihm!

The composer has been appointed Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres [Commander of the order of Arts and Literature], the highest distinction of this French Order, by Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication.

Previous recipients of the award include T.S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, Christoph Eschenbach, Seamus Heaney, and Anne Sofie von Otter.

The Rest is Noise: post-war world weekend

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 October 2013

The Rest is NoiseTom Service and Gillian Moore of the Guardian write about about the post-war world weekend (5–6 October) of the Southbank Centre’s the Rest is Noise festival. Among the pieces performed will be Stockhausen’s Gruppen and Boulez’ Le marteau sans maître.

Find out more on Service’s and Moore’s blogs (including a post-war world playlist).

Ö1 Talentebörse composition prize 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 October 2013

Alejandro del Valle Lattanzio (c) by Winnie KüchlAlejandro del Valle-Lattanzio is the winner of the Ö1 Talentebörse composition prize 2013. Del Valle-Lattanzio was born in 1986 in Bogotá, Colombia, and studies electro-acoustic composition under Karlheinz Essl at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

The annual composition award, which is endowed with 10.000 Euro and was given for the third time by Ö1, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and Universal Edition, is offered to students of composition of the five Austrian universities of Vienna, Linz, Salzburg and Graz.

Furthermore, Universal Edition will publish a work by Alejandro del Valle-Lattanzio.

Happy Birthday Mauricio Sotelo

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 October 2013

Mauricio Sotelo (c) Gemma RomeroHappy Birthday Mauricio Sotelo!

Find out more about the composer and listen to his music.

José Angel Valente on Sotelo:

Which act is the more artistic: the remembrance of music long since heard? Or the dream of music that has never sounded? Little does it matter, for in his music Mauricio Sotelo does both. “The infiniteness of the universe is the infiniteness of God. Man is inspired by the infinity of worlds and suns. Only thus can man approach perception of the Godly. And that perception is a journey on which memory is our guide.”

Watch the full performance of Sotelo’s Luz sobre lienzo:

Arvo Pärt on Soundstreams

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 October 2013

Arvo Pärt on Soundstreams
Today, 1 October, the Canadian premières of Arvo Pärt’s L’abbé Agathon and Adam’s Lament take place, the whole concert will be streamed live. Tõnu Kaljuste conducts soprano Shannon Mercer and the Choir 21 at the Koerner Hall in Toronto.

Find out more on Soundstreams.

The Ernst Krenek Forum celebrates its fifth anniversary

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 September 2013 Ernst Krenek Forum celebrates its fifth anniversary on 5 October at the Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche and at the Ernst Krenek Forum.

Ernst Krenek (c) PfeiferAfter the exhibition opening of Ernst Krenek and Thomas Mann, there will be a discussion entitled Musiktheater, quo vadis?. Marie-Therese Rudolph hosts the discussion, Friedrich Cerha, Walter Kobéra (Neue Oper Wien), Birgit Meyer (Oper Köln) and Helene Sommer (Volksoper Wien) will be the panel members.

At 20:00, the aron quartet performs Ernst Krenek’s String Quartet No. 7, op. 96.

Find the full programme on the homepage of the Erst Krenek Forum.

A spooky Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 September 2013

The Royal Opera House has released a “spooky new trailer” for Keith Warner’s upcoming production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck – which opens on Halloween.

Watch the trailer here:

Alban Berg: Wozzeck
Opera in 3 acts (15 scenes) | 90'
4 4 5 4 - 4 4 4 1 - timp(2), perc(4), cel, hp, str, stage: "Heurigenmusik" - fiddle (2-4), cl, acc, guit, bass tuba, military band - 3 2 2 2 - 2 2 3 1 - perc, pno, chamber orch - 1 2 3 2 - 2 0 0 0 - str(1 1 1 1 1)
31.10.2013, Royal Opera House, London; Simon Keenlyside, Wozzeck; Karita Mattila, Marie; Gerhard Siegel, Captain; John Tomlinson, Doctor; Endrik Wottrich, Drum Major; John Easterlin, Andres; Allison Cook, Margret; Jeremy White, First Apprentice; Grant Doyle, Second Apprentice; Robin Tritschler, Idiot; Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, cond. Mark Elder

The Telegraph’s Classical Music Guide: Boulez’ Dérive 1

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 September 2013

Pierre Boulez (c) Peter Fischli, Lucerne Festival

Strike a gong, and the sound burgeons outwards, but even as it swells, the sound is already dying. So it is with Boulez’s music.

The TelegraphIvan Hewett of The Telegraph writes about Dérive 1 for 6 instruments in his Classical Music Guide. The piece will be performed by Variable Geometry on 10 October at the Royal College of Music in London.

Other pieces mentioned: Notations II for piano (“In December 1945, when he wrote this piece, Boulez was the archetypal angry young man”), Notations II for orchestra (“The angry 20-second shout becomes a hectic two-minute dance”) and Improvisation 1 sur Mallarmé: Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd’hui (“Boulez’s later version for big orchestra is fascinating, but it’s just too luxuriantly beautiful”).

Find the full article on The Telegraph.

Pierre Boulez: Dérive 1
for 6 Instruments
fl, cl(A), vib, pno, vln, vc
10.10.2013, Royal College of Music, London; Variable Geometry, cond. Jean-Philippe Calvin

Baltakas’ Saxordionphonics at the Festival “Contrasts”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 September 2013

Logo Festival “Contrasts”Vykintas Baltakas’ Saxordionphonics will be performed for the first time in the Ukraine on 29 September at the Festival “Contrasts” (26 September – 28 October), which takes place in Lviv.

The composer about the piece:

The work is founded on two structural principles. The first is a strictly rhythmical construct of two to three permuting notes which paces through the entire piece, forming a structural basis, with temporal distensions and condensations, dynamic and colorific variations. The other is a freer level which reacts musically to the first. [read more]

View the full study score.Vykintas Baltakas (c) Marion Kalter

Find information on the composer, his works, texts, photos and performances at

Vykintas Baltakas: Saxordionphonics
for saxophon, accordion and chamber orchestra | 15'
2 2 3 2 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, str(6 6 5 4 3)
29.09.2013, S. Lyudkevych Concert Hall, Lviv; Dieter Kraus, sax; Roman Yusipey, acc; Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Stanislav Velyanyk

Carte-Blanche: Luciano Berio Remembered

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 September 2013

Luciano Berio: Sequenza xivb, score (c) Universal Edition

Luciano BerioA four-hour event entitled “Luciano Berio Remembered” will take place on 27 September at the McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal (free admission). Almost all of the sequenze as well as several of Luciano Berio’s shorter works, such as Lied, Gute Nacht, Les mots sont allés ..., and Rounds will be performed.

Find the full programme on the homepage of the Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal.

Tom Service: Matthias Pintscher on Boulez’ Pli selon pli

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 September 2013

Tom Service Tom Service in an interview with Matthias Pintscher on Pierre Boulez Pli selon pli

Pli selon pli is definitely one of Pierre's most directly emotional works. The final movement, Tombeau, ends with the word 'mort' ('death') and then there's this huge crescendo in the ensemble. It leaves you completely emotionally torn, asking questions - what condition are we in? How do we go forward? We are so shaken by it, and now it's our turn to move on, or to try to. It's overwhelming.

Tom Service talks to 42-year-old composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher about Pierre Boulez’ Pli selon pli, which will be performed on 5 October at Glasgow’s City Halls. Pintscher conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and soprano Marisol Montalvo.

Read the full article on The Guardian.

“I believe as a countertenor you need to have a stable psyche”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 September 2013

Andreas Scholl c. James McMillan for DeccaThere's a certain kind of modesty, and the willingness to take a risk in reducing the composotorial tools, to focus on the essence of the piece.

Andreas Scholl, world-famous countertenor, recently gave an interview to the Australian daily newspaper The Age, talking about his upcoming performances at the City Recital Hall in Sidney on October 4, 5, 8 and 9 with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Among the works performed will be Arvo Pärt’s Wallfahrtslied, Es sang vor langen Jahren, Alfred Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 3 and pieces by Vivaldi and Bach.

On the strings: Helena Rathbone, vln; Rebecca Chan, vln; Christopher Moore, vla; Timo-Veikko Valve, vlc; Maxime Bibeau, cb  

Find the full article on The Age.

Two great composers...

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 September 2013

Schostakowitsch, Takács (c) OENB, Universal EditionJenő Takács (1902–2005) and Dmitri Schostakowitsch (1906–1975) were both born on 25 September, though four years apart.

Find out more about Dmitri Schostakowitsch.

Find out more about Jenő Takács.