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Hannigan conducts and sings Berg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 August 2016

Barbara Hannigan (c) Musacchio and Ianniello

When listening, one completely forgets that these single movements are in fact interludes and extracts from an opera. The captivating beauty of Berg’s absolute music belies the underlying substance of the opera.(Willi Reich on Lulu-Suite)

Tonight conductor and soprano Barbara Hannigan will sing with and conduct the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in performances of Alban Berg’s Lulu-Suite and works by Debussy, Sibelius, Haydn and Gershwin at the KKL Luzern.

Find out more on the website of the Lucerne Festival

Stockhausen’s Carré at the Ruhrtriennale

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 August 2016

Photo (c): Werner Scholz

CarréTonight and tomorrow, the Bochumer Symphoniker and ChorWerk Ruhr perform Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Carré for 4 orchestras and choirs at the Ruhrtriennale under conductors Rupert Huber, Matilda Hofman, Florian Helgath and Michael Alber.

We’ve uploaded the full score of Orchestra I for you.

View the score of Carré – Orchestra I

Find out more about the performance on the website of the Ruhrtriennale.

Renaud Capuçon at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 August 2016

Renaud Capuçon (c) Marc Ribes

When I play the Polyptyque by Frank Martin, I feel the same responsibility, the same exaltation as when I play Bach's Chaconne(Yehudi Menuhin)

Violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Kammerorchester Basel will perform Frank Martin’s Polyptyque today at the Gstaad Menuhin Festivalwhich celebrates the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin.

View the full score of Polyptyque

Facing the music: David Sawer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 August 2016

David Sawer (c) Joanna Eldrege Morrisey

I’d buy a small West End theatre, give it great acoustics and initiate a contemporary music festival curated by composers.

The Guardian asked David Sawer about first record, his favourite piece of music, whether he had ever considered a career outside of music and whether he had any musical guilty pleasures.

Read the full interview on The Guardian

Through His Teeth in Freiburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 August 2016

Through His Teeth (c) Klaus Simon

Can this be the best British opera in years? (Anne Ozorio, Opera Today, 09.04.2014)

Conductor Klaus Simon sent us this photograph from the first rehearsals of Luke Bedford’s opera Through His Teeth. In the picture: Sirin Kilic, Georg Gädker and Siri Karoline Thornhill.

The German première of Luke Bedford’s highly acclaimed work will take place on 8 October at the E-Werk in Freiburg.

Luke Bedford, composer (c) Universal EditionThree years ago, in June 2013 we conducted a video interview with Bedford about his then upcoming opera. Intrigued by the composer’s words, we documented the work’s process of creation, providing readers with regular updates regarding the development of Trough His Teeth, ranging from the composing of the score and the writing of David Harrower’s libretto to the actual printing of the score and its production.

Find out more on our Through His Teeth blog

UE newsletter: Pintscher celebrates Boulez; Cerha in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 August 2016

UE newsletter: Pintscher celebrates Boulez; Cerha in Salzburg

Our latest newsletter is out now:

- Friedrich Cerha at the Salzburg Festival

- A Pierre Boulez celebration at the Edinburgh International Festival

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Mehta’s Kinderotenlieder: a “’Viennese’ and existential event”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 August 2016

The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reviews Zubin Mehta’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder [Songs on the Death of Infants] with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival: a Viennese’ and existential event” – read the full review on Der Standard.

For our book “Gustav Mahler: The Conductor’s Interviews” we talked to the conductor about Mahler. Find out more on our dedicated page or watch the interview with Mehta on YouTube.

Gustav Mahler: The conductor’s Interviews

Pärt and Mehta in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 August 2016

Arvo Pärt, Zubin Mehta (c) Universal Edition

Zubin Mehta and Arvo Pärt preparing for the performances of Swansong on August 6 and 7 at the Salzburg Festival. Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. 

G. F. Haas for children from 5 to 100

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 July 2016

das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Auf der bunten Blumenwiese geht ein buntes Tier spazieren ...

Georg Friedrich Haas das kleine ICH BIN ICH – after Mira Lobes children’s classic of the same title – will be premièred today at Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg. Johannes Kalitzke conducts the Klangforum Wien (speaker: Sabine Muhar).

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Arvo Pärt at the Malta Arts Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 July 2016

Conductor Michael Laus, Arvo Pärt and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (c) Michael Pärt

Michael Laus and Arvo Pärt (c) Michael PärtConductor Michael Laus, Arvo Pärt and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra during the rehearsals for the Maltese première of Greater Antiphons, which will take place today at the Malta International Arts Festival. The piece for string orchestra will be performed together with other key works by the composer.

Our thanks to Michael Pärt and the Arvo Pärt Centre for the photographs!

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The Darmstadt Aural Documents – Pianists

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 July 2016

International Music Institute Darmstadt

Here we can find more than 4000 sound recordings, over 45000 scores, a comprehensive collection of pictures and photographs, many lecture notes and a large body of correspondence between the leading figures of contemporary music, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Bruno Maderna, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Mauricio Kagel, Brian Ferneyhough and Wolfgang Rihm. (Thomas Schäfer, Darmstadt International Institute of Music)

International Music Institute DarmstadtIt’s been six years since Box 1 of the Darmstadt Aural Documents was released on NEOS, granting access to some rarities from the sound archives of the International Music Institute Darmstadt.

Today, on 11 July 2016, Box 4 is released, which puts a focus on piano pieces – and includes works by UE composers such as Pierre Boulez, Vykintas Baltakas,  Wolfgang Rihm, Arnold Schönberg, Béla Bartók, Anton Webern, Hans Erich Apostel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág and Mauricio Kagel.

Find out more on NEOS  

Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek (23 May 1924 – 5 July 2016)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 July 2016

Gladys Krenek in front of the Krenek-Portrait by Franz Rederer (2001) (c) Petra Preinfalk / Ernst Krenek Institut

Universal Edition mourns the death of Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek.

As Ernst Krenek’s ingenious partner, Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek tirelessly broke new ground for an appreciation of Krenek’s visions – in his spirit, but with the productive imagination of a strong personality.

Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek, herself a composer, died on 5 July in Palm Springs.

Antje Müller of the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung on Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek:

“A wonderful personality who actively participated with enormous expertise in the propagation of Ernst Krenek’s works, Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek was always friendly and charming up to the end. We will miss her!”

The conductor’s interviews: Gustav Mahler

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 July 2016

Gustav Mahler was born today in 1860 – happy birthday! 

We asked the world’s best conductors when they first heard the music of Mahler – this is what they said:

Watch all the interviews 

Rave reviews for the ENO’s Jenůfa

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 July 2016

[Mark Wigglesworth] gives an unbearably moving account of the score. (Cara Chanteau, The Independent, 27 June 2016)

This is Janáček done slowly and lyrically, with the emphasis placed on the score’s dark poetry and depth of musical and psychological detail. The opera’s passion and compassion burn fiercely yet lingeringly: this is an interpretation that seeps under your skin rather than hits you in the solar plexus and is unquestionably all the more powerful for it. (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 24 June 2016)

Wigglesworth has an extraordinary grasp of this score and the orchestra play their hearts out for him. (Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 27 June 2016)

Jenůfa, ENORight from the searing, bittersweet opening, the music’s warmth and humanity speak directly. Even the most flawed characters are given the benefit of musical nuance (John Allison, The Telegraph, 27 June 2016)

On 23 June Mark Wigglesworth and the ENO orchestra premièred David Alden’s production of Jenůfa at the English National Opera. American soprano Laura Wilde made her role debut as Jenůfa, with Michaela Martens as her stepmother the Kostelnička.

Further performances take place on 1, 6 and 8 July  find out more on the website of the English National Opera.

Watch an interview with the conductor on Jenůfa 

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Chile

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 June 2016

The Teatro Municipal de Santiago has published a trailer for Marcelo Lombardero’s over-the-top production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which was premièred on 23 June:

Further performances will take place on 28, 29 and 30 June and on 1 July – find out more on the website of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago.

Read a [Spanish] review on Arte Al Limite