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Bluebeard’s Castle: “Bartók’s portrait of marital failure chillingly realised”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 January 2015

Bluebeard’s Castle; wood engraving by Gustave Doré, public domain

Charles Dutoit’s performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the final work in a Hungarian-themed evening, was a fine reminder of [Bluebeard’s Castle’s] power to haunt and disturb by musical means alone. (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 28.01.2015)

Find Tim Ashley’s full review of Bluebeard’s Castle at the Royal Festival Hall on The Guardian.

Scores by Georg Friedrich Haas on music austria

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 January 2015

music austria

Great news from our colleagues at music austria: you can now purchase and download more than 15 digital scores by Georg Friedrich Haas on their website.

Boulez in Aldeburgh

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 January 2015

Aldeburgh Festival 2015

The full Aldeburgh Festival 2015 programme has been announced earlier this week. Find out more on our #Boulez90 blog.

Berio’s Sinfonia at the Music & Words Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 January 2015

Music and Words Festival

Christian Baldini and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia on Saturday, 31 January, at the Music & Words Festival.

Find out more on the website of the Mondavi Center or watch a short feature on YouTube in which the conductor talks about Sinfonia and the Music & Words Festival:

In principio. The Word in Arvo Pärt’s Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 January 2015

In principio. The Word in Arvo Pärt’s MusicTexts live their independent lives and they wait for us: each person has their own time for finding those texts. These encounters occur when the texts are no longer considered as literature or works of art, but as anchors or models. (Arvo Pärt)

Last Friday the Arvo Pärt Centre presented its first book “In principio. The Word in Arvo Pärt’s Music” in the hall of Estonian Academy of Sciences.

The book brings together 81 texts of Arvo Pärt’s works, complete with English translations. The works have been arranged chronologically, encompassing Pärt’s work over almost 60 years.

Find out more about the book on the website of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

Photos from the presentation are available on the Centre’s Facebook page.

“Beautiful regions beneath”: Haas’ String Quartet No. 8

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 January 2015

The JACK Quartet by Justin Bernhaut

“If quartets are usually a conversation, drunken banter appeared to dominate the opening. But gradually, slowly, moments of captivating clarity began to appear, the blurred and often abrasive surface gave way to the cold, beautiful regions beneath.” (Guy Dammann, The Guardian, 21.01.2015)

Guy Dammann on the JACK Quartet’s recent performance of the String Quartet No. 8 by Georg Friedrich Haas at Wigmore Hall, London.

Find the full review on The Guardian.

“That's what you do for someone you love”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 January 2015

Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra: 90th Birthday Salute

That the orchestra accomplished so much in a single weekend […] is astonishing. Then again, it also makes perfect sense. That's what you do for someone you love. (Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, 17.01.2015)

Each [of the five Notations] still seems as musically inevitable as the 1945 piano pieces did. Conductor and orchestra gave committed performances that surely would have pleased the French master. (Timothy Robson, bachtrack, 18.01.2015)

Find the full reviews of Franz Welser-Möst’s and the Cleveland Orchestra’s tribute concert to Pierre Boulez on 15 January by cleveland.com and bachtrack by clicking the respective links.

The Tallis Scholars: “Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 January 2015

The Tallis Scholars: Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli; Gimell

It is with great pleasure that we present our tribute to Arvo Pärt in his 80th year. Tintinnabuli (from the Latin for ‘bell’) is the compositional style created by Arvo Pärt which informs every work on this recording. In all my searchings for inspiring contemporary music I have not come across anyone to rival him. (Peter Phillips)

The Tallis Scholars’ “Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli”-CD will be released on 2 March 2015. The official release page is up and running: visit the website of Gimell to read the liner notes and listen to excerpts of the recording’s 23 tracks.

The Tallis Scholars: Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli; Gimell

Nähe fern 2 in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 January 2015

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschCornelius Meister and the ORF RSO will perform the Austrian première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Nähe fern 2 on 21 January at the Konzerthaus Wien.

Ö1 broadcasts a recording of the concert two days later, on 23 January, at 19:30.

Listen live.

UE Newsletter January 2015

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 January 2015

UE Newsletter, Manfred Gurlitt (c) Amadeus Gurlitt

We’ve just sent out our first newsletter of 2015:

– Manfred Gurlitt’s Soldaten [Soldiers] to be staged at the Theater Osnabrück

– Morton Feldman: The 1986 Darmstadt Lecture

– Study scores of Haas’ Traum in des Sommers Nacht, Rihm’s Tutuguri and Gurlitt’s Soldaten

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Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Washington

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 January 2015

Wolfgang Rihm, Tzimon Barto and Christoph Eschenbachm during the rehearsals for the world première of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in Salzburg.

It was not ingratiating, nor neo-Classical in the sense of offering hummable tunes in a definable style, but it was pleasing to the ear. […] The dense textures of the music were pulled apart like cotton balls to reveal the air between and around them. (Anne Midgette, The Washington Post, 15.01.2015)

Anne Midgette has reviewed the American première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which was recently given by Tzimon Barto and the NSO under Christoph Eschenbach at The Kennedy Center in Washington. A second performance of the concerto will take place this Saturday.

Read the full review on the website of The Washington Post.

Viva la Mamma in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 January 2015

Viva La Mamma (c) Volksoper Wien

Rolando Villazón’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma premières tonight at the Volksoper Wien. For this occasion, Daniel Ender has recently interviewed conductor Kristiina Poska. Find the interview on the website of the Austrian newspaper derStandard.at.

Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra: 90th Birthday Salute

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 January 2015

Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra: 90th Birthday Salute

Tonight, on 15 January, the Cleveland Orchestra presents a special musical celebration to salute Pierre Boulez’ 90th birthday, featuring his own music and works he has led to acclaim in performances with the orchestra.

Joela Jones’ performance of 12 Notations will be followed by Notations I-IV and VII. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra.

Watch the Cleveland Orchestra’s 90th birthday celebration concert preview on YouTube:

Get the score of 12 Notations

Forsythe’s workwithinwork with Berio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 January 2015

On 17 January the Ballett Zürich’s triple bill Strings with works of William Forsythe, Christian Spuck and Edward Clug will premiere. Among the works performed: William Forsythe’s workwithinwork, which uses 26 of Luciano Berio’s 34 Duetti.

Watch an excerpt of workwithinwork, performed by the Compañía Nacional de Danza:

Braunfels’ Te Deum in Prague

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 January 2015

The New Year has started with three sold-out and highly acclaimed performances of Walter Braunfels’ Te Deum on 7, 8 and 9 January.

The work was performed by soprano Simona Šaturová, tenor Dominik Wortig, the Prague Philharmonic Choir and the Czech Philharmonic (cond. Manfred Honeck) at the Rudolfinum in Prague. It was the first time that the Czech Philharmonic played a work by Braunfels.

Work details

Czech Philharmonic