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Jay Schwartz: Music for Saxophone and Piano

Posted on 30 October 2011

Jay SchwartzWe’ve just published an early work by Jay Schwartz: Music for Saxophone and Piano.

Thomas Snydacker and Liz Ames perform the piece tonight at the Arizona State University.

The piece was written for the saxophonist Harry Kinrose White, who will also be performing the work in Zurich this autumn. More details in our performance calendar.

Haas world première in Munich

Posted on 30 October 2011

Pinakothek der ModernePart two of Georg Friedrich Haas’ SCHWEIGEN – II. Lampedusa for soprano and mezzo-soprano – is given its world première this Sunday at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Soloists from the Neue Vocalsolisten perform as part of the Escalier du Chant project by the artist Olaf Nicolai.

Rihm at the ZaterdagMatinee in Amsterdam

Posted on 28 October 2011

Christian MiedlThe iconic ZaterdagMatinee concert series in Amsterdam begins a special season dedicated to Wolfgang Rihm this Saturday.

During the forthcoming concert series, works by Rihm will be included in eight of the matinee concerts presented by the Dutch Radio at the Concertgebouw.

The series begins with the world première of Rihm’s Der Maler träumt for baritone and ensemble given by Christian Miedl and the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, alongside a performance of Male über Male 2 with clarinettist Jörg Widmann. Reinbert de Leeuw conducts. Music by Schreker and Widmann will also be performed.

Read more on the NTR website.

The concert is broadcast live on Dutch Radio 4 at 14:15 (Amsterdam time) on Saturday 29 Oct, and there’s a live video stream on the NTR website.

Besides Feldman – new CD

Posted on 25 October 2011

Besides Feldmancol legno’s new CD, Besides Feldman, is now available. The project, led by musician and producer Patrick Pulsinger, was part of the Feld(man) Forschung series at the Wien Modern 2010 festival.

The Viennese weekly newspaper Der Falter talks of the “considerable attraction” of the music.

Order at col legno

Listen to excerpts on Amazon

Morton Feldman’s works are here.

Cerha’s Paraphrase for Beethoven and Chailly

Posted on 21 October 2011

Riccardo Chailly, GewandhausorchesterThe Gewandhausorchester is in Vienna this week with its chief conductor Riccardo Chailly. For full details of the continuing tour of their Beethoven series, see the Gewandhaus website.

Tonight, they present the Austrian première of Friedrich Cerha’s Paraphrase on the beginning of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Listen to an excerpt here

Jonathan Nott’s 500th concert in Bamberg

Posted on 20 October 2011

Jonathan NottJonathan Nott celebrates his 500th concert with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra tonight, including Schubert’s 7th and Mahler’s 4th.

In honour of the occasion, the concert will be broadcast live on the internet from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra website.

Watch our interview with Jonathan Nott, in which he talks about the music of Gustav Mahler

Watch on YouTube

Vykintas Baltakas in New York

Posted on 14 October 2011

Jack Quartet

Vykintas Baltakas features at the SONiC Festival at the Miller Theatre in New York this Sunday.

The JACK Quartet gives the US première of his string quartet b(ell tree).

Read more and listen to an excerpt here.

Wolfgang Rihm in Donaueschingen

Posted on 13 October 2011

Donaueschingen FestivalThe 2011 Donaueschingen Festival starts tomorrow with a concert given by the RSO Baden-Baden and Freiburg together with the Ensemble MusikFabrik.

Emilio Pomàrico conducts the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Séraphin”-Symphonie. The work is the latest incarnation of a “complex” of works that carry a reference to Antonin Artaud and his work.

To learn more, see this Rihm-Artaud-Overview, showing how the works are connected (PDF file – with thanks to Ulrich Mosch from the Sacher Foundation in Basel).

Visit the Donaueschingen pages at the SWR website, including videos from last year’s festival.

SWR2The concert will be broadcast live on SWR2 Radio at 8pm Paris time on 14 October. Listen online.

Vykintas Baltakas at the Usedom Music Festival

Posted on 10 October 2011

David GeringasVykintas Baltakas’ Commentum for cello and piano receives its German premiere tonight at the Usedom Music Festival.

Artist in Residence David Geringas is accompanied by Ian Fountain.

See the full score of Commentum and listen to an excerpt on this page.

Here is Vykintas Baltakas’ blog. His Twitter feed is here.

Johannes Maria Staud in Strasbourg

Posted on 06 October 2011

festival musicaJohannes Maria Staud is featured at the closing weekend of this year’s Festival Musica in Strasbourg.

This Thursday, On Comparative Meteorology for orchestra is given its French premiere by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg conducted by Pascal Rophé.

On Saturday, the SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart performs Contrebande (On Comparative Meteorology II), conducted by Anton Zapf.

Georg Friedrich Haas in LA

Posted on 04 October 2011

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

The US premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ chants oubliés for chamber orchestra takes place tonight in Los Angeles.

Otto Tausk conducts the LA Phil New Music Group at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The title refers to late works by Franz Liszt (Valses oubliés, Romance oubliée) – Liszt’s technique of presenting one-part melodies in a different sound environment (often that of the piano) is applied here to the possibilities of the chamber orchestra.

Happy Birthday Steve Reich

Posted on 03 October 2011

Steve Reich. Photo Wonge Bergmann

Steve Reich is 75 years old today. Many happy returns!

UE is proud to publish some of Steve Reich’s most seminal works, including Clapping Music, Piano Phase and Violin Phase. See this page for details.

Our friends at Boosey & Hawkes have published an excellent video documentary about the man and his music.

Visit the Steve Reich website here.

Arte Contemporanea per Arvo Pärt

Posted on 30 September 2011

Arvo Pärt, Photo: Roberto Masotti

AD LUCEM. Arte Contemporanea per Arvo Pärt

This Saturday (1 Oct) an exhibition of contemporary art dedicated to Arvo Pärt and curated by Angela Madesani opens at the Studio La Città in Verona.

A tribute concert will take place on Saturday 8 Oct with the composer in attendance.

Friedrich Cerha: Baal

Posted on 29 September 2011

Friedrich Cerha: Baal

Friedrich Cerha’s opera Baal opens tonight at the Neue Oper in Vienna.

See our news item here.

Guy Dammann on Pierre Boulez in The Economist

Posted on 26 September 2011

The EconomistFollowing hot on the heels of Tom Service’s article in the Guardian, Guy Dammann’s profile of Pierre Boulez appears in this week’s Economist, giving readers a concise overview of the composer and conductor.

Guy Dammann’s blog is here.