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Happy 85th Birthday Michael Gielen

Posted on 20 Juli 2012

Happy 85th Birthday Michael Gielen (20.07.2012)

Watch Michael Gielen talking about his relationship to the music of Gustav Mahler in our video interview (in German).

Watch on YouTube

Liszt and the Organ

Posted on 12 Juli 2012

Christian Schmitt This Sunday on ARTE TV: Liszt and the Organ

The programme features a performance of Liszt’s Ad nos, ad salutarem undam in the arrangement for organ and orchestra by Marcel Dupré which is published by UE.

Martin Haselböck edited the work for our new edition, and he conducts the performance with Christian Schmitt at the organ and the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.

If you’re in ARTE territory, you can watch online up to seven days after the broadcast.

Our work introduction is here.

Rihm Lieder Master Class in St. Moritz

Posted on 10 Juli 2012

Rihm Lieder Master Class

The Stiftung pro Musica e Cultura in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is holding a Lied Master Class with Wolfgang Rihm this September.

Visit the Stiftung pro Musica e Cultura website for more information, and download their flyer (PDF) in English and German.

Kurt Weill Edition Releases Johnny Johnson

Posted on 09 Juli 2012

Johnny Johnson

The Kurt Weill Edition has just released its latest volume, Johnny Johnson (Series I, Volume 13), edited by musicologist Tim Carter of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Johnny Johnson marked Weill’s first contribution to the American musical theater. The anti-war musical opened in November 1936 on Broadway, where it enchanted audiences and critics alike. Lee Strasberg directed, and the cast included a young Elia Kazan.

More details about the new edition of Johnny Johnson

Read more about the Kurt Weill Edition

Kurt Weill works published by Universal Edition

A guide to Richard Rodney Bennett’s music

Posted on 04 Juli 2012

Richard Rodney Bennett - Mines of Sulphur

In the latest instalment of his Guide to Contemporary Classical Music in the Guardian, Tom Service presents the music of Richard Rodney Bennett.

The image shows the piano reduction of Bennett’s opera Mines of Sulphur.

See also the previous articles on Harrison Birtwistle and Arvo Pärt.

Happy Birthday Leoš Janáček

Posted on 03 Juli 2012

Luke Bedford CD now available

Posted on 02 Juli 2012

Luke Bedford Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale

Now available!

Luke Bedford’s new portrait CD has just been released by col legno.

The CD, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, contains an excellent cross-section of the composer’s output to date.

Order now at col legno

Listen to excerpts here

Listen on SoundCloud


1. Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale (2011)
for violine solo, viola solo and 15 players
Jonathan Morton (violine), Lawrence Power (viola)
The Scottish Ensemble

2. into Johannesburg:
By the Screen in the Sun at the Hill on the Gold (2008)
für 18 players
Ensemble Modern, conductor: Sian Edwards

3. Chiaroscuro (2002/2005)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Fidelio Trio: Darragh Morgan (violin), Robin Michael (violoncello) and Mary Dullea (piano)

4. Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper (2002)
for eight players
Ensemble Modern, conductor: Franck Ollu

5. Or Voit Tout en Aventure (2005–2006)
for soprano and 16 players
Claire Booth (soprano), London Sinfonietta, conductor: Oliver Knussen

Order now at col legno

Vykintas Baltakas’ Cantio in Berlin

Posted on 02 Juli 2012

Vykintas Baltakas Cantio 2004

Vykintas Baltakas’ music theatre work Cantio will be performed at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin in January 2013.

Cornelia Heger will direct the stage production, and the composer himself will conduct the Lithuanian Ensemble Network. The production is a cooperation between K&K Kulturmanagement & Kommunikation Berlin, Ultraschall and the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Read more on the composer’s website and download a PDF file of our brochure.

Stockhausen and Boulez 360 in New York

Posted on 29 Juni 2012

The New York Philharmonic moves into the Park Avenue Armory in New York tonight for a Philharmonic 360 concert – “Spatial Music from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Stockhausen’s Gruppen”.

The 55,000-square-foot Thompson Drill Hall (photo) has been turned into a unique concert space, with the orchestra in three groups surrounding the audience.

Alan Gilbert, Magnus Lindberg and Matthias Pintscher conduct the New York Philharmonic.

Pierre Boulez: Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna
Mozart: Finale of Act I from Don Giovanni
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen
Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question

Luke Bedford on CD

Posted on 28 Juni 2012

Luke Bedford

Luke Bedford already has his copy of the brand new col legno CD – Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale – fresh from the Ernst von Siemens Prize awards ceremony last Friday.

We will let you know as soon as it is available to order.

Mahler's 9th – 100 years old today

Posted on 26 Juni 2012

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9

100 years ago today, on 26 June 1912, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9 was given its world première at the Musikverein in Vienna. 

Friedrich Cerha

Posted on 22 Juni 2012

Friedrich Cerha (c) Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Manu Theobald

Friedrich Cerha. Ernst von Siemens Music Prize recipient 2012.

Happy Birthday Emilio Pomàrico

Posted on 15 Juni 2012 (Kommentare: 2)

Played by Emilio

Happy Birthday Emilio Pomàrico! (17 June)

UE says a huge thank you for 163 performances of 83 works, for 13 world premières, for the Bach, the Berg, Berio, Boulez, Burt, Cerha, Feldman, Haas, Haubenstock-Ramati, Janácek, Kurtág, Mahler, Rihm, Schönberg, Schreker, Schubert, Sotelo, Staud, Stockhausen, Szymanowski and the Webern.

And for all the concerts still to come.

10 World Premières in June

Posted on 15 Juni 2012


Johannes Maria Staud — Le Voyage


Centre Pompidou, Paris (F)

Scored for:

for actor, six-part vocal ensemble, four instruments and electronics


Ensemble Intercontemporain


Geoffroy Jourdain


Cris de Paris

Main Soloists:

Marcel Bozonnet, actor; Robin Meier, electronics



Mauricio Sotelo — Cripta – Música para Manuel de Falla


Teatro Goldoni, Firenze (I)

Scored for:

for ensemble and electronics




Mauro Ceccanti



Wolfgang Rihm — Nähe fern 4


KKL, Luzern (CH)

Scored for:

for orchestra


Luzerner SO


James Gaffigan

Franz Schubert —
3 Stücke


Richard Dünser


Radiokulturhaus, Wien (A)

Scored for:

for ensemble (chamber orchestra)


Theophil Ensemble Wien



Mauricio Sotelo — Muros...: Sarai


Badajoz (E)

Scored for:

for saxofone tenore, marimba and electronics

Main Soloists:

Javier Gonzáles Pereira, sax; Sarai Aguilera Cortés, perc


venue: Conservatorio Profesional de Música "Juan Vásquez"



Georg Friedrich Haas — "Ich suchte, aber ich fand ihn nicht."


St. Michaelskirche, München (D)

Scored for:

for ensemble




Emilio Pomàrico



David Fennessy — Little Bird Barking


Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (D)

Scored for:

for violin

Main Soloists:

Sabine Akiko Ahrendt, vln.



Luke Bedford — Wonderful No-Headed Nightingale


Cuvilliéstheater, München (D)

Scored for:

for 10 players


Ensemble Modern


Friedrich Cerha



Jay Schwartz — Zwielicht


Kathedrale, St. Gallen (CH)

Scored for:

for mixed choir, three trombones and organ


Marco Santi

Main Soloists:

Tanzkompagnie des Theaters St. Gallen


Choreographie "Zwielicht"



Wolfgang Rihm — Pater noster


Passau (D)

Scored for:

for mixed choir a cappella


Hans-Christoph Rademann


Rias Kammerchor


venue: Basilika Niederalteich

See all 475 performances of UE works this June in our Performance Database.

David Fennessy Portrait Concert in Stuttgart

Posted on 14 Juni 2012

Horch / Listen Stuttgart - click for a PDF file of the folder

This Friday, David Fennessy presents what you could call a “staged concert” (to use Heiner Goebbels’s term) at the Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. The concert starts at sunset, and the audience walks for about 10 minutes into the forest adjoining the Schloss, where in the little hut there Sabine Ahrendt will perform Little Bird Barking for violin (or as the composer writes “for violinist and forest sounds”).

“The violinist is not attempting to 'harmonise' with the forest sounds but rather seems like an alien creature transplanted from a different habitat who nevertheless attempts to add their voice to the chorus!”

The audience then returns towards the Schloss and arrives at the Scheune (barn), where Sonia Cromarty will perform The room is the resonator (for cello and electronics) followed by Rest (for violin, cello and electronics). The recorded part was created at the hut mentioned above during Fennessy’s residence at Schloss Solitude last year.

As Fennessy writes: “There is a kind of narrative running throughout the three pieces, including in a way, the walking between them. The resounding question is one of the performers’ ‘voice’, literally and metaphorically, and how it adapts to its surroundings. All three pieces contain extended vocalising from the performers which, I feel, helps to imprint their individual identity onto the performance. In all three cases, the fragile voice emerges from behind the instrumental shield.”

Click the image above for a PDF file of the brochure.