The Arvo Pärt Days in Tallinn start today with performances of Adam’s Lament, Beatus Petronius, Salve Regina, Statuit ei Dominus, Alleluia-Tropus, L’abbé Agathon, the Estonian Lullaby and the Christmas Lullaby:
Further concerts will take place on 3., 4., 6. 9, and finally on 11 September, the composer’s 79th birthday.
Find out more on our performance calendar.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s rendition of Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht for string sextet will be performed at the Rosas Performance Space in Brussels on Friday, 5 September, by Samantha van Wissen, Boštjan Antončič and Nordine Benchorf to a recording by Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic.
Further performances take place on 06., 07., 09., 10. and 11.09.2014.
Watch the trailer on YouTube:
From the introductory text on the website of Rosas:
The original choreography as a group piece was created in 1995 as a part of an Arnold Schönberg evening in the Brussels Opera House De Munt / La Monnaie. By rewriting the group piece as a duet, both the narrative and the musical aspect come to the foreground. Expressive crescendos and diminuendos guide us through dramatic events, echoing an ever-modulating stream of emotions. A shameless romantic love story, in the pale light of a transfigured night.
Feldman’s Neither at the Ruhrtriennale
Rihm and Haas at the Musikfest Berlin
Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich
The world première of Johannes Maria Staud’s opera Die Antilope (libretto: Durs Grünbein)
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Swiss première of Cerha’s Paraphrase über den Anfang der 9. Symphonie von Beethoven
Composer-in-residence Johannes Maria Staud and “artiste étoile” Midori at the world première of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) on 27 August at the Lucerne Festival.
For those who couldn’t attend the concert: SRF 2 Kultur broadcasts a recording of the world première on 1 September at 20:00.
For more information on Johannes Maria Staud at this year’s Lucerne Festival go here.
Johannes Maria Staud: Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)
for violin solo, string orchestra and percussion | 18'
world prem. 27.08.2014, KKL Luzern; Midori, vln; Luzerner SO, cond. James Gaffigan
View the full study score:
Composer Wolfgang Rihm, pianist Tzimon Barto and conductor Christoph Eschenbach at the general rehearsal for the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg.
Ö1 will broadcast a recording of the concert on 7 September at 11:03. Listen live.
In honour of Pierre Boulez’ 90th birthday next year, the internationally acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa, “an expert negotiator between freedom and restriction” (La Nacion, 5.3.2014), will perform the composer’s Complete Solo Piano Music next Monday at (le) poisson rouge in New York. Boulez’ 12 Notations, Première Sonate, Deuxième Sonate, Troisième Sonate (including Sigle), Incises and une page d’éphéméride are on the programme.
The New York Times has previewed Kigawa’s Complete Solo Piano Works recital this Monday: “[Kigawa] has long made the solo piano works of Pierre Boulez a specialty in performances that bring out the exhilarating energy and myriad colorings in these fiercely difficult scores.”
For Wolfgang Rihm the horn is the “instrument of melos” par excellence. He has now written a horn concerto for Stefan Dohr, the principal horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, in which Dohr can show what his instrument is capable of: wide, seemingly endless arches and an impressive delivery of force. However, the virtuosity lies not only in the fast passages, but also in depth: the invention of sounds.
Lislot Frei of the SRF has recently reviewed Wolfgang Rihm’s Horn Concerto, which was premièred on 19 August by Stefan Dohr and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (cond. Daniel Harding) at the Lucerne Festival. Read the review on SRF [German].
Find out more about Universal Edition at Lucerne here.
Sarah Wegener and the Ensemble musikFabrik will perform Georg Friedrich Haas’ ATTHIS for soprano and 8 instruments on 23 August at the WDR Funkhaus in Cologne. The work recently received rave reviews for Opera Cabal’s “mesmerizing production” (NY Times) at the Kitchen in New York.
View the full score of ATTHIS on Universal Edition.
View Ensemble musikFabrik’s short documentary on Haas’ “Ich suchte, aber ich fand ihn nicht.”, who premièred the piece in 2011:
All lectures from the 47th Darmstadt Summer Course (2 to 16 August 2014) can now be listened to online via voicerepublic.
Katharina Herkommer and Jörg Lohner from nmzMedia have created a short documentary about the central theme of this year’s summer course – Performance Matters – which you can watch here:
Many classical music listeners will be familiar with the name Darius Milhaud, but how familiar are they with his output? The owner of a bold, individual style, Milhaud was active for much of the 20th century, a modernist who is counted among the group of composers known as ‘Les Six’ (a term coined by the music critic Henri Collet in 1920) and who was much influenced by jazz, polytonality as well as the sounds of Brazil.
Brilliant Classics will release two new double CDs on 25 August: view the full track lists and introductory texts of Arvo Pärt: Für Anna Maria, Complete Piano Music and Milhaud: Orchestral Music on the website of Brilliant Classics.
Happy 40th birthday Johannes Maria Staud!
Johannes Maria Staud is this year’s composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival, which runs from 15 August until 14 September. Among the works performed by the composer will be the world premières of his new violin concerto Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) (performed by “Artiste étoile” Midori and the Luzerner SO) and his opera Die Antilope (libretto: Durs Grünbein).
We wish you all the best!
View the full score of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II):
Midori plays Staud at the Lucerne Festival
Rihm’s Horn Concerto premièred in Lucerne
Karol Szymanowski: 6 Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess at the Proms
Full study scores:
Staud’s Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)
Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2
Szymanowski’s 6 Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess
Find out more on the website of the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt.
Morton Feldman: 3 Clarinets, Cello and Piano
for 3 clarinets, violoncello and piano | 8'
12.08.2014, Orangerie; Dana Barak, Nils Kohler, cl; Trio Catch
Universal Edition was 103 years old when we published the first edition of our 2004 new-look UE newsletter, the predecessor of the Musikblätter.
“Æstonishing” Arvo Pärt is at the centre of a whole series of concert events, Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 70th birthday is celebrated by the South Bank Centre and the Lucerne Festival, Luciano Berio’s artistic legacy is internationally honoured and the operas of Leoš Janáček experiences an unparalleled renaissance.
Read about this and more in our newsletter from autumn 2004: