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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.

Dallapiccola’s Volo di notte in Munich

Posted on 11 Juni 2012

Luigi Dallapiccola’s 1939 one-act opera Volo di notte (Night Flight), based on the story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, comes to the Akademietheater in Munich tomorrow night.

The opera is a coproduction between the Bavarian Theatre Academy August Everding and the Munich Music Conservatoire. Tobias Peschanel conducts; stage direction is by Igor Pison; the stage design and costumes by Evelin Maria Arwek.

Our English introduction is here.

Here is some further reading (in German) from our archives (on sometimes dodgy typewriters). Click the images for PDF files.

Our “Propaganda” folder from the 1950s

Dallapiccola: Volo di Notte

Die Story – Nachtflug

Dallapiccola: Volo di Notte - Die Story

Zur Erstaufführung

Dallapiccola: Volo di Notte - Zur Erstaufführung

Luciano Berio’s Ofanim in Paris

Posted on 08 Juni 2012

Luciano Berio (photo: Eric Marinitsch)

Ensemble intercontemporain gives the French première of Luciano Berio’s Ofanim tomorrow. Susanna Mälkki conducts.

Pierre-Yves Macé introduces the work in the ensemble’s Accents online series, (in French).

New Vykintas Baltakas Website

Posted on 06 Juni 2012

Baltakas Website

Vykintas Baltakas’ new website is live.

Find information on the composer, his works, texts, photos and performances at

Follow Baltakas also on Twitter @baltakas and Posterous.

Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Posted on 01 Juni 2012

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 2012This year the prestigious Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, still one of the most important musical events in Italy, reaches its 75th edition.

Two works by Béla Bartók will be staged in one evening, the ballet The miraculous Mandarin (choreography by Jo Kanamori) and the opera Bluebeard’s Castle.

On 6 June Wolfgang Rihm’s Der Maler träumt and Arnold Schönberg’s Pelleas and Melisande in the version for chamber orchestra by Cliff Colnot can be heard for the first time in Italy.

New Chamber Opera Catalogue

Posted on 25 Mai 2012

We have just published a new comprehensive catalogue of chamber operas, music theatre works and reduced versions of operas.

Download a PDF file of the catalogue (21MB)

In Portrait: Harrison Birtwistle

Posted on 24 Mai 2012

The London Sinfonietta presents a portrait of Harrison Birtwistle at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London tonight. David Atherton conducts.

On the programme are Cortege, Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, 5 Distances for 5 Instruments and the the UK première of In Broken Images.

In the first half of the concert, Tom Service talks to Harrison Birtwistle about his music.

Watch Birtwistle in conversation with the Southbank Centre’s Gillian Moore.

Watch on YouTube.

We’re hiring (in German)

Posted on 24 Mai 2012

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Kunst hat Recht

Posted on 24 Mai 2012

Here’s the latest video from the Austrian initiative Kunst hat Recht (Art Has Rights).

“It has never been so easy to take someone’s art away”

More information (in German) at Kunst hat Recht.

Watch on YouTube.

Ilan Volkov presents the New Century

Posted on 23 Mai 2012

Conductor Ilan Volkov introduces the New Century concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Volkov and the BBC SSO perform Schönberg, Berg and Webern on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Pass The Spoon – A sort of opera

Posted on 22 Mai 2012

Pass The Spoon

Pass the Spoon is a ‘sort of opera’ composed by David Fennessy in collaboration with visual artist David Shrigley and director Nicholas Bone.

Watch the full video now on the new website.