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Haas’ in vain in Salzburg and Lucerne

Posted on 12 August 2011

Georg Friedrich HaasGeorg Friedrich Haas’ 70 minute work for 24 instruments, in vain, is one of the most celebrated works in the composer’s catalogue.

It has been a highly praised in the New York Times (Vivienne Schweitzer wrote of “waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds”); it was the central part of an 8-hour ‘symposium’ concert by Klangforum Wien; and has already been performed 31 times since its world première in 2000.

Now, in a kind of pan-Alpine derby, the work is being performed twice in the same evening at two different major festivals (Saturday 13 Aug).

Emilio Pomàrico conducts Klangforum Wien at the Salzburg Festival, while at the Lucerne Festival Jürg Henneberger conducts Ensemble Phoenix Basel.

Listen to an excerpt of in vain on this page.

The Lucerne concert is part of a special focus on Haas this year, as part of which his opera Nacht (night is the central theme of the festival this year) can be heard (17 Sept) as well as his string quartets, including the world première of the String Quartet No 7 by the Arditti Quartet (10 Sept), and various ensemble works.

See all forthcoming performances of works by Georg Friedrich Haas in our online calendar.

Richard Rodney Bennett at the Proms

Posted on 12 August 2011

Richard Rodney BennettSir Richard Rodney Bennett’s Jazz Calendar, a ballet for 12 players, is performed at the BBC Proms Matinee concert tomorrow.

Nicholas Collon conducts the London Sinfonietta at the Cadogan Hall. Listen live on BBC Radio 3.

Read the Guardian’s recent article, A life in music: Richard Rodney Bennett

Mahler and Dudamel at the Proms

Posted on 05 August 2011

Gustavo Dudamel at the PromsGustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Symphony No 2 tonight at the BBC Proms with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. They are joined by soloists Miah Persson and Anna Larsson and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Listen live on BBC radio 3

Watch Gustavo Dudamel talking about Mahler in this interview with UE.

Watch on YouTube

Mahler, Berg and Boulez in Salzburg

Posted on 28 July 2011

Alban BergThe Vienna Philharmonic opens its 2011 Salzburg Festival residency tonight with a concert of music by Alban Berg and Gustav Mahler.

Pierre Boulez conducts and is joined by Anna Prohaska, Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Larsson and Johan Botha.

Alban Berg: Lulu Suite
Alban Berg: Der Wein
Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied

ORF OE1 RadioThe concert will be broadcast on Sunday 7 August at 11am on ORF OE1 Radio.

Watch Pierre Boulez talking to UE about the music of Gustav Mahler

Watch on YouTube

Feldman, Birtwistle and Mahler news

Posted on 25 July 2011

Triadic MemoriesFrom this weekend’s blogs and tweets:

Alex Ross reports on a performance of Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories at a floating concert hall in New York.

MahlerNews reports on Twitter that Michael Tilson Thomas’ DVD “Keeping Score: Mahler” has won a German Record Critics’ Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik).

And Norman Lebrecht spots Harrison Birtwistle watching cricket at Lords.

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in the Guardian

Posted on 25 July 2011

Richard Rodney Bennett“I didn’t ever decide I was going to be a composer. It was like being tall. It’s what I was. It’s what I did”

Read about writing for the screen, Agatha Christie and wanting to be Boulez … (A life in music: Richard Rodney Bennett – Nicholas Wroe)

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett was 75 this year and is featured at this year’s BBC Proms, including a performance of Jazz Calendar.

See the details of the Proms on the BBC website.

Echo Classic Awards 2011

Posted on 22 July 2011 (comments: 1)

Echo Classic Awards 2011The winners of the 2011 Echo Classic Awards have been announced.

We’re delighted to see five important releases of UE works among the winners. They are:

Opera Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century)
Eugen d'Albert: Der Golem
Stefan Blunier / Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Chor des Theaters Bonn

D'Albert: Der Golem

Order at JPC

World Premiere Recording of the Year
Braunfels: Jeanne d'Arc

Manfred Honeck/ Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Braunfels: Jeanne d'arc

Order at JPC

Symphonic Recording of the Year (19th century)
Mahler: Symphony No 8
David Zinman/ Tonhalle Orchester Zürich

Zinman Mahler 8

Order at JPC
Watch David Zinman talking about Mahler in our video interview

Symphonic Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century)
Szymanowski: Symphony No 3 - The Song of the Night
Pierre Boulez/ Wiener Philharmoniker

Szymanowski Symphony No 3

Order at JPC

Male Singer of the Year
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Thomas Hampson

Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Thomas Hampson

Order at JPC

We’re also happy to see some of our friends being recognised, including:

Teodoro Anzellotti (Instrumentalist of the Year, accordion)
Truls Mørk (Instrumentalist of the Year, cello)
Andris Nelsons (Conductor of the Year, for his Firebird)
musikFabrik (Chamber Music Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century))

Congratulations to all involved! See the full list of winners here.

Janáček’s Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms

Posted on 21 July 2011

Janáček’s Sinfonietta comes to the BBC Proms tonight in a concert by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Listen live on BBC Radio 3.

For those who can’t wait:

Watch (or rather listen) on YouTube

Jay Schwartz: Music for Autosonic Gongs

Posted on 20 July 2011

Back in the olden days (2007!), when we had our first video camera, we recorded an interview with Jay Schwartz talking about his Music for Autosonic Gongs, in which he explains how they work.

Here’s an overview of works by Jay Schwartz

Rihm’s Song Cycles available again

Posted on 19 July 2011 (comments: 1)

Rihm 3 Liederzyklencol-legno’s 2003 CD with Christoph Prégardien and Siegfried Mauser, 3 Liederzyklen, is available again. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung celebrates the rerelease of this “brilliant recording”.

The CD contains:

Ende der Handschrift. 11 späte Gedichte von Heiner Müller
Nebendraußen. 8 Gedichte von Hermann Lenz

Rilke: 4 Gedichte

Order online at col legno

Listen to an excerpt of Nature morte, from Ende der Handschrift

Listen on SoundCloud

Liebermann’s Furioso in Chicago

Posted on 18 July 2011

Rolf LiebermannKwamé Ryan joins the Grant Park Orchestra at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago this Wednesday for a performance of Rolf Liebermann’s Furioso.

Furioso was first heard at the Darmstadt Festival in 1947. Listen to an excerpt on this page.

Harrison Birtwistle’s Aleatoric Pebble

Posted on 18 July 2011

Courtesy of NMC Recordings

Watch on YouTube

Performance material available on request

How our group of Facebook fans grows

Posted on 15 July 2011

Facebook lets us see how our group of fans has been growing since we started this February. Here's the graphic:

Facebook likes

It's interesting and encouraging to see how steady the increase is. If you're not yet a fan, you can join in the fun here.

New Audio Excerpt of Baltakas’ Commentum

Posted on 13 July 2011

Vykintas BaltakasWe’ve just received the recording of the world première of Vykintas Baltakas’ new work for cello and piano, Commentum.

David Geringas and Ian Fountain gave the first performance at the Vilnius Festival. Their next performance will be in October at the Usedomer Musikfest in Germany.

Listen to an excerpt and view the full score of the work

Our new catalogue of works by Vykintas Baltakas is here.

Arvo Pärt Vater unser now available

Posted on 13 July 2011

Arvo Pärt, Vater unserOur new edition of Arvo Pärts Vater unser for boy soprano and piano is now available.

Order here