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Crowdfunding for Mahler’s Symphony No. 9

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 März 2014

The Camerata RCO of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has started a crowdfunding project for a CD recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in the arrangement of Klaus Simon. Find out more about the project here.

Bachtrack interviews Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 März 2014

Arvo Pärt (c) Roberto Masotti

I do not see myself as a “choral” composer, though I have written quite a lot for choir.

It’s Choral Month on Bachtrack, and for that occasion the online magazine (and event finder) has conducted a short interview with Arvo Pärt, whom they revealed as the most performed contemporary composer of 2013.

Read the full article here.

UE Newsletter March 2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 März 2014

Picture: Onyx Brass by Ben Ealovega

Brass and Iron and Alphorns: our latest newsletter is now online.

UE at the Frankfurt Music Fair

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 März 2014

MusikmesseAll is well at the Frankfurt Music Fair, the international fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and music business connections. The Musikmesse is the world's leading trade fair for the world of music. Here you will find a complete range of products with everything required for making music, not to mention innumerable workshops, concerts, demonstrations and discussion events.

Come and meet us at Universal Edition’s Stand (Hall 3.1 Stand C42).

Here's a selection of our new publications. In the centre there is Klaus Dickbauer’s new Groove Connection – the cool way to practice.


We’re also present at the Leipzig book fair, but more on that soon.

The “new” in the New Music Dublin festival?

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 März 2014

Harrison Birtwistle (c) Marion KalterHere is the Irish Times’ take on last week’s New Music Dublin Festival, which took place at the National Concert Hall. The festival was attended by Harrison Birtwistle, who was on stage for a pre-performance discussion and gave a public interview.

On the programme were, among other works, Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 1 and “In iij. Noct.”,and Birtwistle’s Earth Dances.

Read the full article on the Irish Times.

Another review of the festival ist available on Golden Plec: “The [Arditti Quartet’s] performances are beyond belief, with a scintillating sound and commitment to the music” - congratulations!


Music for human rights

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 März 2014

Peter Matić (c) Manfred WernerPeter Matić, the ORF Radio-Symphonierochester Wien and the Chor der Oper Graz will perform Arnold Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw under Krzysztof Penderecki tonight at the Congress Graz.

Furthermore, Penderecki’s concerto grosso and Kaddisch will be performed.

The Austrian radio station Ö1 broadcasts the whole concert, which starts at 19:45 CET/CEST (i.e. Berlin, Paris, Vienna). Listen live.

The Arditti Quartet turns 40

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 März 2014

The Arditti Quartet with composer Luke Bedford at Wien Modern on 28 October 2013.
Exactly 40 years ago, on 7 March 1974, the Arditti Quartet performed their first concert ever at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since then, they have given more than 2000 concerts and premièred a significant amount of works from the UE catalogue, the latest of which were Wolfgang Rihm’s Epilog at the Eclat Festival and Luke Bedford’s Wonderful Four-Headed Nightingale at Wien Modern.

Irvince Arditti (c) Robin D’amoreIrvine Arditti, the founder of the quartet, has talked to Karsten Witt about the Arditti Quartet’s long and rich history. You can find the full conversation here.

The first major event to celebrate the Quartet’s anniversary takes place on 26 April at the Barbican.

Congratulations from all of us!

dark dreams in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 März 2014

dark dreams, Musikverein

Tonight at the Musikverein, Vienna: the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle with their sold-out performance of Brahms, Debussy and the Austrian première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ highly acclaimed dark dreams.

Read the New York Times’ review of dark dreams.

View the full study score:

Arvo Pärt’s messenger pigeon has landed in Zurich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 März 2014

The Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Anu Tali, Nastja and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Nora and Arvo Pärt and Sergej Nakariakov (from left to right) at the Tonhalle (c) Thomas Entzeroth

Arvo Pärt composed his Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’ in 2008 and dedicated it to the imprisoned Russian Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The two of them met for the first time on 4 March 2014 at the performance of the concert given by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. The Estonian Anu Tali conducted the orchestra. A further highlight of the evening was the appearance of the world-famous trumpeter Sergej Nakariakov.

From the Zurich Chamber Orchestra’s press release:

Just after Putin released Mikhail Khodorkovsky in December 2013, Moritz Reissenberger, librarian and member of the artistic department of the orchestra, discovered the personal dedication to Khodorkovsky in Pärt’s score.

Nastja and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Anu Tali, Arvo and Nora Pärt, Sergej Nakariakov (from left to right) at the Tonhalle (c) Thomas Entzeroth“With my work I seek to hold out my hand to the prisoner and with him, to all those who are imprisoned, deprived of their rights, in Russia. I dedicate my 4th Symphony to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and wish him peace of mind, in spite of the situation in which he finds himself, all else is beyond my power. I do not know if Mikhail Khodorkovsky will ever hear my composition. Nevertheless, I hope that my messenger pigeon will one day reach distant Siberia.”

Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 März 2014

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Mateo TaibonThe New York Times has reviewed last week’s performance of Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology, describing it as a “colorful and highly engaging work [that] conjures moments of Surrealism, impish humor and foreboding — sometimes all at once.” The concert was performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. Franz Welser-Möst) at Carnegie Hall.

Read the full review here.

You can listen to a recording of the concert at WQXR.

Saxordionphonics on the radio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 Februar 2014

Vykintas Baltakas (c) Marion Kalter
The recording of the world première of Vykintas Baltakas’ Saxordionphonics for saxophone, accordion and chamber orchestra will be broadcast by WDR 3 on 2 March at 11.05 p.m. Listen live.

Baltakas on Saxordionphonics:

Vykintas Baltakas with Marcus Weiss, Teodoro Anzellotti, Emilio Pomàrico and the WDR SO Köln	at the world première of Saxordionphonics.The work is founded on two structural principles. The first is a strictly rhythmical construct of two to three permuting notes which paces through the entire piece, forming a structural basis, with temporal distensions and condensations, dynamic and colorific variations. The other is a freer level which reacts musically to the first. It is especially scored for solo instruments; it is here where the musical development takes place, the relationship between the levels playing a dramaturgical part. They influence each other, the stronger one transforming the weaker one, when they are not actually rivalling.

Read the full work introduction.

View the study score of Saxordionphonics:

Website Vykintas Baltakas.


Narey Park: piano music from Korea and Austria at the Schönberg Center

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 Februar 2014

Narey Park, Schönberg CenterThe Korean pianist Narey Park will perform six piano pieces from Korea and Austria on 27 February at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. Among the works performed will be three Austrian premières of works from Korean composers and Arnold Schönberg’s 3 Piano Pieces op. 11.

View the full programme.

The event is hosted by the SNU (Seoul National University) Composers in Europe.

dark dreams in Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 Februar 2014

The New York Times has reviewed Georg Friedrich Haas’ dark dreams. Read the full review online.

The world première will be followed by national premières in Belgium, Luxembourg and Austria in March; the United States première will take place on 6 October at Carnegie Hall.

The composer on dark dreams:

“The high level of both orchestra and conductor, and Simon Rattle’s high opinion of in vain, initially rather paralyzed than encouraged me. […] I didn’t intend to have a contrabassoon solo – but it soon became clear that it had to be there. There was this incredible performer [Sophie Dartigalongue], so that the possibility for the solo was created.”

View the full study score of dark dreams:

Georg Friedrich Haas: dark dreams
for orchestra | 23'
national premières: 03.03.2014, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg; 04.03.2014, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; 05.03.2014, Philharmonie, Luxembourg; 06.03.2014, Philharmonie, Köln; 07.03.2014, Musikverein, Vienna; 06.10.2014, Carnegie Hall, New York; Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Simon Rattle

Jay Schwartz’ Delta reviewed

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Februar 2014

Jay Schwartz: Delta – Music for Orchestra IV, world première (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Laila StandkeHere are some excerpts from [German] reviews of Jay Schwartz’ Delta – Music for Orchestra IV, which was premièred on 8 February by the RSO Stuttgart (cond. Johannes Kalitzke):

„Durch die Glissandi und die sich steigernde Dynamik setzt sich in Delta eine Orchester–Maschine, wie ein riesiges sich langsam immer weiter ausschwingendes Pendel, in Bewegung. Dadurch entsteht ein faszinierender Sogeffekt wie in einem gigantischen sich weitendem Trichter, der seinen Ausgang in dem einem Ton D, wie Delta, des Anfangs genommen hat.” (Bernd Künzig, SWR)

„Vollends Jay Schwartz music for orchestra IV – ein Stück wie ein Raumschiff, das sich in Slow Motion bewegt. […] Eine kollektive Levitation – grandios.” (Otto Paul Burkhardt, Südwest Presse)

„Der suggestiven Wirkung, die ausgerechnet das glasklar konstruierte Orchesterstück Delta von Jay Schwartz entwickelt, konnte sich wohl kaum jemand entziehen.” (Südkurier)

„Selbst in einer Dauer von 25 Minuten entfachen die unaufhörlichen Glissandi Sogwirkung.”(Elisabeth Schwind, Cannstatter Zeitung)

„In Delta von Jay Schwartz befinden sich [die Musiker] immerhin mitten in einer riesigen Klangwoge, die sich wirkungsvoll aufbäumt... In seinem Mut zu monumentalem Pathos ist Delta ein fast reaktionäres Werk; schön (und extrem gut gearbeitet) ist es aber trotzdem – und auf subtile Weise ebenfalls ein trotziges Nein.” (Susanne Benda, Stuttgarter Nachrichten)

View the full study score of Delta – Music for Orchestra IV.

Haas, Rattle, and the Berlin Philharmonic rehearsing dark dreams

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Februar 2014

Simon Rattle, Georg Friedrich Haas, Berliner Philharmoniker (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler
Simon Rattle, Georg Friedrich Haas, Berliner Philharmoniker (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang SchauflerSimon Rattle, Georg Friedrich Haas and the Berlin Philharmonic at the rehearsals of dark dreams at the Philharmonie Berlin.

dark dreams was premièred on 20 February 2014, a video recording of a full performance of the piece is currently in processing and will soon be available at the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall.