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Zoltán Kodály – BBC Radio 3 composer of the week

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 Juni 2015

Zoltán Kodály (c) Universal EditionListeners have approximately 23 days left to listen to the five “composer of the week” episodes on Zoltán Kodály that were presented by Donald Macleod of BBC Radio 3 over the course of the last week.

Find an overview of the available episodes on BBC Radio 3.

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Marlis Petersen and Mojca Erdmann are Lulu

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Juni 2015

UE Newsletter: LuluOur latest newsletter is all about Alban Berg’s Lulu. The opera currently runs in two productions at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.

Find a making-of video and a link to a live stream of Lulu by clicking the image to the right or by using one of the links below:

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Zoltán Kodály in Auckland

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Juni 2015

Psalmus HungaricusConductor Sarah Bisley, the Aorangi Singers and Ensemble Polymnia present a unique all-Hungarian classical concert on 7 June at the Q Theatre in Auckland.

From the programme:

“Our final work is the incredible Psalmus Hungaricus, composed by Zoltan Kodaly in 1923 and rarely heard in the Hungarian language (as it will be tonight) outside of its native country. We are excited to have the internationally acclaimed opera and lieder singer, David Hamilton, as our tenor soloist, the well-known actor and director Raymond Hawthorne as the narrator of the poems in English and the children’s choir from Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland.”

Find out more on the website of the Q Theatre

Lulu in Amsterdam and Munich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Juni 2015

Lulu (c) Bayerische Staatsoper

We’ll be sending out our latest newsletter today at 13:00 – it focuses on the current productions of Berg’s Lulu at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

Gert Korentschnig of the Austrian newspaper Kurier has written an extensive [German] review of both productions – read the full article online on Kurier.

London Sinfonietta to release Clapping Music app

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Juni 2015

Clapping Music, Touchpress, London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta​ has announced that it will release an app based on Steve Reich’s Clapping Music:

From the London Sinfonietta’s press release:

“We are hugely excited to announce that the London Sinfonietta will launch a gaming app in June, based on Steve Reich's Clapping Music.

Improve your rhythm by learning how to play his work through the touch of your iPhone. High scorers on the game will be auditioned to perform the piece live with the London Sinfonietta in special events.

We are working with the award-winning Touchpress and Queen Mary University of London on the project, one of 12 pioneering partnerships funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

Visit for more information.”

Danish première of Rihm’s Sextett

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Juni 2015

Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music FestivalTonight at the Teater Republique in Kopenhagen: conductor Benjamin Schneider and the Ensemble Modern present the Danish première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Sextett for clarinet, horn and string quartet at the Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival.

View the full score.

This concert will be followed by a performance of Pierre Boulez’ Troisième Sonate by pianist Jonas Olsson.

“Rihm in Salzburg”, episode 3

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 Mai 2015

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has published part 3 of their “Rihm in Salzburg” video series, watch it on YouTube:

Beyond the score in Amsterdam

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 Mai 2015

Beyond the Score: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez will be performed on 2 June by Asko | Schönberg and the Slagwerk Den Haag at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

The show was conceived by Gerard McBurney as part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Beyond the Score series, keypieces from the Boulez’ oeuvre will be performed live together with the showing of rare archival footage and new interviews with the composer and conductor.

New Bartók biography

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Mai 2015

Béla Bartók by David Cooper

His opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, is as psychologically penetrating and daring as anything by Schoenberg, but jump forward two decades to the mid-Twenties and the lushness has been purged away. The music is still intense but the intensity is channelled through angular lines, grinding dissonances, and a pitiless counterpoint as severely rational as Schoenberg’s so-called ‘12-note’ music. (Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 27 May 2015)

Ivan Hewett of The Telegraph has reviewed David Cooper’s biography of Béla Bartók.

Read the full review.


★★★★★ for Lulu

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Mai 2015

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s current production of Lulu at the Bayerische Staatsoper has received ★★★★★ from BR Klassik.

Read the [German] review on BR Klassik.

Watch a trailer for the production on YouTube:

“Rihm in Salzburg” documentary by the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Mai 2015

Have you yet seen the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester’s “Rihm in Salzburg” video series? Episodes 1 and 2 are already available online, episodes 3 and 4 will be published soon.

About “Rihm in Salzburg”: In 2014, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester commissioned the Piano Concerto No 2 by Wolfgang Rihm, together with the Salzburg Festival and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC. The world première took place at the Salzburg Festival on 25 August 2014, with Tzimon Barto on piano and Christoph Eschenbach – to whom the piece was also dedicated – as conductor.

Watch episode 1:

UE newsletter: Un re in ascolto in Kassel

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 Mai 2015

UE newsletter: Un re in ascolto in KasselOur latest newsletter is out now – in case you didn’t receive it: you can now view the full study score of Luciano Berio’s Un re in ascolto on our website.

Paul Esterhazy’s new production of the azione musicale in 2 parts will première on 23 May at the Staatstheater Kassel.

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Peter Brathwaite’s Degenerate Music show in Alderney

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Mai 2015

2015 Alderney Performing Arts Festival

Learning about this period of cultural barbarism appalled and saddened me in equal measure, and as I explored the banned music, I realised there was so much that deserved better exposure. So I decided to devise a show based on the 1938 Degenerate Music exhibition that would showcase some of the extraordinary richness suppressed by the Nazis. (Peter Brathwaite, The Guardian, 27 November 2014)

A poster for the Third Reich’s 1938 exhibition of ‘Degenerate Music’. Baritone Peter Brathwaite will be performing his Degenerate Music show together with pianist Nigel Foster on 24 May at the 2015 Alderney Performing Arts Festival.

Devised by Peter Brathwaite, the show is a critical song-based reconstruction of the infamous Düsseldorf exhibition of 1938, intended by the Nazi government to alert the German public to “inferior and ultimately dangerous” forms of music.

You can find an article on The Guardian on Brathwaite’s Degenerate Music Project.

Arvo Pärt honoured in Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Mai 2015

Tõnu Kaljuste, Arvo Pärt, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Joachim Gauck (c) Raigo Pajula

A special concert was dedicated to Arvo Pärt yesterday, 19 May, at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste performed a composer concert devoted to Arvo Pärt which was organized as part of Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ state visit to Germany in honour of the German President Joachim Gauck and First Lady Daniela Schadt.

Find out more on the website of Estonian Public Broadcasting.

Vykintas Baltakas on Klara Continuo

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 Mai 2015

Klara Late Night

Listen to three works by Vykintas Baltakas on the Late Night Lab at radio Klara tonight at 22:00.

On the programme: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Takao Hyakutome, vln), (co)ro(na) (musikFabrik, cond. Etienne Siebens) and Pasaka (Stephane Ginsburgh, pno).

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