The Staatskapelle Dresden has released its 2017/2018 programme: Arvo Pärt will be the new Composer-in-Residence of the Sächsische Staatskapelle. His oeuvre will be featured in several concerts as well as in a special Portrait Concert. 19 works by the Composer-in-Residence will be performed throughout the whole season.
At the end of April, the Münchener Kammerorchester will be playing the piece in South America: on 24 April at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, on 25 April at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo and on 28 April at the Auditorio Santa Ursula in Lima.
Singers who normally do this role have bigger voices than I have. But then I decided that it’s a role that doesn’t match any voice perfectly. Some parts are so low that they should be sung by a bass-baritone, others so high that they should be sung by a tenoral baritone. I thought, if Zurich Opera really wants me then they know my abilities, and they will match their ambitions with them. (Christian Gerhaher on Wozzeck)
This grotesque is more real than reality. (Susanne Kübler, Die Welt, 15.09.2015)
A success that gets under your skin. (blick.ch, 14.09.2015)
Congratulations to the Opernhaus Zürich and the whole team behind their critically acclaimed production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck for receiving a BBC Music Magazine Award. The production features Christian Gerhaher in the title role.
View an excerpt of the DVD here:
Pierre Boulez dedicated Dérive 2 to his fellow composer Elliott Carter. The composer on Dérive 2: “When I reflected on some of Ligeti’s compositions, I felt the desire to dedicate myself to some almost theoretical research into periodicity in order to systematically examine its overlays, its shifts and its exchange.”
The work will have its Croatian première on 23 April at the Zagreb Youth Theatre. David Fulmer conducts the Ensemble intercontemporain.
Fresh from the printing press: Hans Schneider’s recently published book “musizieraktionen” offers a large and varied collection of techniques for composing and making and communicating music. Among the composers that are featured are UE composers Cornelius Cardew, Morton Feldman, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, György Kurtág, Mathias Spahlinger, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Hans Zender. The book contains numerous techniques for joint experimental music sessions.
Rihm has his own sonic language, his own brilliance in his creativity, but he really does stand with both feet firmly planted in musical tradition. (Anna Prohaska)
Two Swiss premières by Wolfgang Rihm at the Lucerne Easter Festival: Mariss Jansons, sopranos Mojca Erdmann and Anna Prohaska and baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann present the Swiss première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Requiem-Strophen on 8 April. Also on the programme: Gruss-Moment 2 | in memoriam Pierre Boulez for orchestra.
But it's actually looking forward, it’s for a reason, it’s a positive thing, and I think that this last page is the most stunning page of music you could ever wish to hear. (David James on Passio)
Benedict Collins Rice and The Facade Ensemble will perform Arvo Pärt’s Passio today at St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford. Further performances take place on 6, 7 and 12 April in London, Peterbourough and Ely respectively.
Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen is currently running at La Monnaie De Munt. You can now watch a recording of the production on ARTE Concert:
Arvo Pärt with Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko and the Kremerata Baltica rehearsing Tabula rasa at the Fondation Louis Vuitton – a work that Kremer and Grindenko premièred 40 years ago (on 30 September 1977) and later recorded on ECM’s homonymous seminal album.
Tabula rasa, Fratres, Passacaglia and the French première of Greater Antiphons will be performed tomorrow and the day after at the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Hommage à Arvo Pärt.
I would bind Jenůfa simply with the black ribbon from the long illness, suffering and laments of my daughter Olga and my little boy Vladimír. (Leoš Janáček, 1924)
With his third opera Jenůfa Leoš Janáček succeeded in making his breakthrough as an operatic composer. Since the premiere of this moving story about the fate of the sexton and her stepdaughter Jenůfa at the Brno National Theatre in 1904, it has become one of the composer’s most frequently performed works.
Annilese Miskimmon’s critically acclaimed production is currently being performed at the Royal Swedish Opera. The production opened on 18 March, further performances take place on 25, 28 and 31 March and on 3 and 6 April.
Watch the trailer on YouTube:
Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen premières in the new production by Belgian artist and director Christophe Coppens tonight at La Monnaie / De Munt.
The young Italian-French conductor Antonello Manacorda leads the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra.
Watch the trailer here: