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Ilan Volkov presents the New Century

Posted on 23 May 2012

Conductor Ilan Volkov introduces the New Century concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Volkov and the BBC SSO perform Schönberg, Berg and Webern on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Pass The Spoon – A sort of opera

Posted on 22 May 2012

Pass The Spoon

Pass the Spoon is a ‘sort of opera’ composed by David Fennessy in collaboration with visual artist David Shrigley and director Nicholas Bone.

Watch the full video now on the new website.

Golden Lion for Pierre Boulez

Posted on 21 May 2012

Pierre Boulez (Photo: Eric Marinitsch)

Pierre Boulez receives the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the Venice Biennale.

The director of the music sector, Ivan Fedele, stated:

“This is a recognition of the absolute value of an artist who has lived through the history of contemporary music, offering the entire world compositions that, in the opinion of musicologists and artists from around the world, are true masterpieces of modernity.

The Maestro’s work has also expressed itself in the theoretical field with exemplary books that have served as a guide and model for generations of young composers. Furthermore, as a conductor, Boulez has offered interpretations of the classical and contemporary repertoire that are now considered milestones.”

Congratulations maestro!

Read more on the Biennale website

The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival

Posted on 18 May 2012

Cunning Little Vixen, Glyndebourne Festival 2012

Glyndebourne Festival will open on May 20 and is running until August. It starts with a new production of Leos Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Melly Still. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Read an interview with Lucy Crowe (Vixen) in the Daily Telegraph.
Read an interview with Melly Still in the Sunday Express.

Following a successful partnership with the Guardian last year, and will stream Janácek's opera live from the Festival.

A Lulu world première in Giessen

Posted on 11 May 2012

Lulu Gießen 2012, photo: Rolf K. Wegst

Eberhard Kloke’s new arrangement of Lulu for chamber orchestra – including his new version of the third act – is given its world première in Giessen tomorrow night.

The smaller orchestration opens up Berg’s masterpiece to smaller theatres and stages that previously struggled with the size of the orchestra.

Colin Matthews’ Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde

Posted on 10 May 2012

Sir Mark ElderSir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra give the world première of Colin Matthews’ new version of Mahler’s Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde tonight.

The work is part of a complete performance of Das Lied von der Erde at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Matthews’ version has a slightly lighter orchestra than Mahler’s original, giving the tenor soloist (tonight Lars Cleveman) a greater prominence.

Happy Birthday Keith Jarrett

Posted on 08 May 2012

Happy Birthday Keith Jarrett!

Here is our special edition rerelease of the legendary ECM recording of Arvo Pärt's Fratres by Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett from 1984.

Arvo Pärt Tabula rasa

The Opera Group Rehearsing Birtwistle

Posted on 08 May 2012

The Opera Group and the London Sinfonietta perform Harrison Birtwistle's Bow Down this May.

Watch rehearsals with the composer here:

Watch on YouTube

New Music Theatre in Rheinsberg

Posted on 07 May 2012

Netzwerk Neues Musiktheater Rheinsberg

German speaking composers, librettists and authors should have a look at the Netzwerk Neues Musiktheater Rheinsberg.

The aim of the project is to establish a competence centre for 21st century music theatre at Schloss Rheinsberg.

The Netzwerk is coordinated by Cornelia Heger, who is also currently developing a new production of Vykintas Baltakas’ music theatre work Cantio.

Please share this information with your contacts.

Fennessy's Pass the Spoon at the Southbank

Posted on 03 May 2012

Pass the Spoon

David Fennessy's opera Pass the Spoon is on at the Southbank Centre in London this weekend.

Here's the trailer:

Watch on YouTube

50 years of Wergo

Posted on 03 May 2012

Wergo 50 years

Contemporary music for half a century. CD label Wergo is celebrating its 50th birthday with a special edition 5 CD set.

The CD set contains classic 20th century works by Cage, Nono, Schnebel, Stockhausen and Stravinsky.

The Stockhausen CD includes:

Kontra-Punkte, Refrain, Zeitmaße and the Schlagtrio.

Happy Birthday Wergo!

Happy Birthday Valery Gergiev

Posted on 02 May 2012

Happy Birthday Valery Gergiev!

Watch him here talking about the music of Gustav Mahler

Watch on YouTube

Mahagonny in Leipzig

Posted on 26 April 2012

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny_Leipzig Opera 2012

The Leipzig Opera presents a new production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny this Saturday.

Kerstin Polenske directs. Ulf Schirmer and William Lacey conduct.

Happy Birthday Luke Bedford

Posted on 25 April 2012

Happy Birthday Luke Bedford!

UE at the BBC Proms 2012

Posted on 20 April 2012 (comments: 1)

BBC Proms 2012

The BBC has launched its programme for the 2012 Proms.

The music of Pierre Boulez is featured in a number of concerts, including Dérive 2, Messagesquisse, Anthèmes 2, and Le Marteau sans maître. Daniel Barenboim and Boulez himself conduct.

Schönberg’s Gurrelieder are conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, with Angela Denoke and Simon O’Neill as the main soloists.

Look out also for Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V for trombone.

See the full programme here. All programmes are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and many on BBC Television.