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Fennessy's Pass the Spoon at the Southbank

Posted on 03 Mai 2012

Pass the Spoon

David Fennessy's opera Pass the Spoon is on at the Southbank Centre in London this weekend.

Here's the trailer:

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50 years of Wergo

Posted on 03 Mai 2012

Wergo 50 years

Contemporary music for half a century. CD label Wergo is celebrating its 50th birthday with a special edition 5 CD set.

The CD set contains classic 20th century works by Cage, Nono, Schnebel, Stockhausen and Stravinsky.

The Stockhausen CD includes:

Kontra-Punkte, Refrain, Zeitmaße and the Schlagtrio.

Happy Birthday Wergo!

Happy Birthday Valery Gergiev

Posted on 02 Mai 2012

Happy Birthday Valery Gergiev!

Watch him here talking about the music of Gustav Mahler

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Mahagonny in Leipzig

Posted on 26 April 2012

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny_Leipzig Opera 2012

The Leipzig Opera presents a new production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny this Saturday.

Kerstin Polenske directs. Ulf Schirmer and William Lacey conduct.

Happy Birthday Luke Bedford

Posted on 25 April 2012

Happy Birthday Luke Bedford!

UE at the BBC Proms 2012

Posted on 20 April 2012 (Kommentare: 1)

BBC Proms 2012

The BBC has launched its programme for the 2012 Proms.

The music of Pierre Boulez is featured in a number of concerts, including Dérive 2, Messagesquisse, Anthèmes 2, and Le Marteau sans maître. Daniel Barenboim and Boulez himself conduct.

Schönberg’s Gurrelieder are conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, with Angela Denoke and Simon O’Neill as the main soloists.

Look out also for Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V for trombone.

See the full programme here. All programmes are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and many on BBC Television.

Rihm’s Jakob Lenz, in London, in English

Posted on 16 April 2012

Wolfgang Rihm’s 1978 opera Jakob Lenz comes to the English National Opera in a new translation by Richard Stokes this Tuesday.

Sam Brown directs the new production at the Hampstead Theatre.

Here’s the ENO trailer

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Hear the score: Luke Bedford’s Seven Angels

Posted on 10 April 2012

This Saturday, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts the complete recording of Luke Bedford’s opera Seven Angels (video intro here). Nicholas Collon conducts the BCMG in a production by the Opera Group directed by John Fulljames last summer.

Listen online this Saturday 14 April at 22:00 London time (23:00 Paris, Berlin, Vienna) on BBC Radio 3.

To celebrate the first broadcast, we’ve uploaded the full piano reduction of the opera. Click below for a full screen view (also available on ISSUU.com).

John Adams conducts Pärt

Posted on 05 April 2012

John Adams

John Adams conducts Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten with the Los Angeles Philharmonic tonight.

The programme also includes Adams’ own Violin Concerto (with Leila Josefowicz as the soloist) and the US West-Coast première of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 9.

Here’s an excerpt of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten:

Listen on SoundCloud

Schnyder Violin Concerto in the USA

Posted on 04 April 2012

Orchestra For a New Century The Orchestra For a New Century gives the US première of Daniel Schnyder’s Violin Concerto in Madison, New Jersey, tonight.

Gary Schneider conducts. Francesca Anderegg is the soloist.

Listen to an audio excerpt on this page.

UE History on Facebook

Posted on 03 April 2012

Facebook

We thought we’d add a bit of company history to our new Facebook timeline.

Have a look right down at the bottom of the timeline to see a rather bold press release about the founding of the company in 1901, as well as news of our director, and a wonderful art nouveau share certificate.

Use these links to jump straight to 1901, 1907 and 1908.

Total Immersion Arvo Pärt

Posted on 02 April 2012

Watch the BBC’s short film on their forthcoming Total Immersion Arvo Pärt, which takes place on 28 April at the Barbican in London.

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Atmosphères in Georgia

Posted on 30 März 2012

György Ligeti's Atmosphères is performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Georgia tonight in Tbilisi. Nika Memanishvili conducts. 

Watch on YouTube

mini-Mahler in Berlin

Posted on 27 März 2012 (Kommentare: 1)

Tomorrow night, the ensemble mini gives the world premiére of Klaus Simon’s new arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Watch on YouTube

Follow Mini Mahler on Facebook.

Happy Birthday Pierre Boulez

Posted on 26 März 2012

For the first issue of our new newsletter Musikblätter, Pierre Boulez spoke to Universal Edition about his own music.

“Sometimes you discover yourself”

Happy Birthday Pierre Boulez!