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Die Eroberung von Mexico 2015 • Teracetalk with Wolfgang Rihm, Angela Denoke, Bo Skovhus and Wolfgang Schaufler

Posted by Tomasz Ploszajski on 03 August 2015

Wolfgang Rihm describes how he cried, overcome with emotion, because Konwitschny managed to create emotions with the help of a book. The stage sets show a destroyed world with a white room at its centre, inside which Montezuma arranges everything down to the smallest detail in the beginning. The windows are washed, the carpet smoothed out, and this book, Shadows of Wild Horses, is placed on the table carefully, ensuring that they have something to talk about during their first meeting. At the end of Act II, the room is overtaken by absolute chaos, and the book becomes a symbol. “The history of the relationship is told with great consequence,” the soprano says.

During recent days, composer Wolfgang Rihm has been asked frequently by journalists what made the Salzburg Festival special. “They were always quite astonished at my answers,” he says. “Salzburg is a place where one is offered a mind-boggling working situation. It is possible to work here with incredible intensity, and with so much love and passion.”

Wolfgang Rihm awarded the Honorary Medal of the Province of Salzburg

Posted by Tomasz Ploszajski on 27 July 2015

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After more than thirty years of an intense and artistically most beautiful relation to the Salzburg Festival, Wolfgang Rihm was awarded the “Honorary Medal of the Province of Salzburg” by the governor Dr. Wilfried Haslauer in Salzburg yesterday.

At the rehearsals for Die Eroberung von Mexico

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 July 2015

Die Eroberung von Mexico (c) Wolfgang Schaufler

Angela Denoke, Wolfgang Rihm and director Peter Konwitschny during the rehearsals for Die Eroberung von Mexico, which will première on 26 July at the Salzburg Festival.

Read the full study score

Universal Edition at the Salzburg Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 July 2015

Universal Edition Newsletter- Wolfgang Rihm: Die Eroberung von Mexico

- Kurt Weill: The Threepenny Opera

- Celebrating the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez

- The Barber of Seville for children

Find out more about Universal Edition at this year’s Salzburg Festival in our current newsletter.

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Pärt documentary: Even if I Lose Everything

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 July 2015

Arvo Pärt: Even if I lose everything

Arvo Pärt: Even if I lose everythingFilm director Dorian Supin has accompanied Arvo Pärt over the course of several years with his camera. The resulting documentary (working title: “Even if I Lose Everything”) will be premièred this autumn on the occasion of Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday.

The September issue of the Universal Edition MusikSalon, which will be dedicated to the composer, will feature a preview of the film as well as an extensive interview with the director.

Pärt and Richter at the Whitworth Art Gallery

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 July 2015

Richter, Pärt, the Whitworth (c) Jan Chlebik

Pärt’s singers repeat the same song, seven times in succession. Every time it sounds different. Richter’s four grey diptychs, hanging opposite the Birkenau panels, play a further formal game of similarity and difference (the paint hidden from us on the reverse of glass sheets). (Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 9 July 2015)

Arvo Pärts Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima has successfully been presented together with several works by Gerhard Richter at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. In the frame of the Manchester International Festival (2 until 19 July), Vox Clamantis performed Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima on 9, 10 and 11 July, for the rest of the exhibition, local choirs will present the piece. Find out more on the website of the Manchester International Festival.

Find reviews on the collaboration on the websites of The Guardian, BBC and The Telegraph.

Watch a video by the Manchester International Festival on the event:

Visit our #ArvoPart80 blog

Musik 21 Festival: “Klang-Körper”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 July 2015

Musik 21

The Musik 21 Festival “Klang-Körper” kicks off today and will go on until Sunday!

Prominent guests of the festival will be pianists Tamara Stefanovich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who will be performing a selection of Pierre Boulez’ piano pieces, including Structures, Deuxième Livre for 2 pianos.

Furthermore, the Kairos Quartett will be performing Georg Friedrich Haas String Quartet No. 3 „In iij. Noct.” – a piece in which darkness is not present merely as an absence of light, but becomes the key theme of the work – on Saturday.

Find out more on Musik 21’s website.

Der Ferne Klang in Mannheim

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 July 2015

Tatjana Gürbaca’s new production of Franz Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang will première tonight at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

A little while ago, we interviewed conductor Ingo Metzmacher on the music of Franz Schreker. Watch the [German] interview here:

Read an English translation of the interview

Steve Reich's Clapping Music app out now

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 July 2015

 

Finally! Steve Reich's Clapping Music app is out today. Download it for free from the app store or find out more on www.clappingmusicapp.com.

High scorers on the app will be auditioned to perform the piece live with the London Sinfonietta in special events.

Fennessy’s Hirta Rounds in Munich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 July 2015

David Fennessy (c) Tanya KiangKomponist und Musiker agieren auf Augenhöhe. (Rita Argauer, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 30 June 2015)

The Süddeutsche Zeitung has published a preview for tonight’s world première of Hirta Rounds by David Fennessy at the Prinzregententheater. The piece was written for the Münchener Kammerorchester with the stipulation that it be unconducted.

Read the full preview

View the full score of Hirta Rounds:

The New Yorker reviews the Ojai Music Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 July 2015

Ojai Music Festival

Songbirds softened the severities of Boulez’s Improvisations sur Mallarmé, as if Messiaen, Boulez’s bird-loving teacher, were providing commentary.

Alex Ross has reviewed The Ojai Music Festival for The New Yorker.

Read the full text online

Irish première of Prologue (Silver are the tears of the moon)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 June 2015

Tonight sees the Irish première of David Fennessy’s Prologue (Silver are the tears of the moon) at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The work is part of a trilogy that was inspired by Werner Herzog’s Conquest of the Useless.

Watch an interview with the composer:

View the full study score and listen to an audio excerpt.

Day of the Giants in Johannesburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 June 2015

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Join Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander in their celebrations of the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez: the “Day of the Giants” – an informal, informative and interactive day of fun and music – takes place on 28 June from 11:00 until 17:00 at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.

On the programme: Boulez’ Anthèmes (with live electronics), Domaines, Deuxième Sonate as well as John Cage’s 4′33″ and four new compositions in response to the works of Pierre Boulez.

Find the full programme on the Facebook event page.

Nicolas Hodges plays Birtwistle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 June 2015

Birtwistle: slow frieze, antiphoniesNicolas Hodges presents a recording of Birtwistle’s major works from the 1990s. Among them is the first recording of the revised version of Antiphonies, performed by pianist Nicolas Hodges and the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under Stefan Asbury.

Bálint Varga on Antiphonies:

This work is not a “piano concerto” in the way the term is usually understood; it is a struggle between the solo instrument – perhaps a struggle for survival – and the menacing, often demonic powers of the orchestra.

The winds and percussion dominate the sonic character while the strings, except for one short melodic fragment, remain in the background. Slow forte sections unleash the full orchestra, between moments of Impressionistic calm, where the piano part seems like an improvisation, a fantasia - until the struggle resumes …

Find out more on the website of Nicolas Hodges.

Listen to the music of Jay Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 June 2015

Jay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

We’ve prepared a short playlist of the music of Jay Schwartz for you – the composer will be celebrating his 50th birthday on 26 June.

Find out more about Jay Schwartz.