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.
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!
In a poignant if unforeseen comment on the financial crisis in Greece, Kurt Weill’s opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny comes to the Megaron in Athens tonight in the acclaimed production from Madrid’s Teatro Real.
Art mirrors reality once again. The Madrid performance was accompanied by a public sector strike, with uncollected rubbish lying in the streets of the capital.
On the eve of his 60th birthday, three radio broadcasts portray the composer Wolfgang Rihm.
Wolfgang Rihm: Fremde Szene III
Karol Szymanowski: Mythes: 2. Narcisse
Christine Busch, vln; Conradin Brotbek, vc; Cornelis Witthoefft, pno
SWR2 | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 20:03*
Wolfgang Rihm: 3. Streichquartett
Wolfgang Rihm: Schrift-Um-Schrift
Wolfgang Rihm: Das Gehege
Andreas Göbel in conversation with the composer.
Kulturradio | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 21:04*
Wolfgang Rihm: Am Horizont
Arnold Schönberg: Bläserquintett
Bläserquintett Heinz Holliger
SWR2 | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 23:03*
* Vienna, Paris, Berlin time
See our overview of radio broadcasts this week.
Harrison Birtwistle’s Silbury Air for chamber ensemble was given its world première on 9 March 1977 by the London Sinfonietta.
“Silbury Air is named after Silbury Hill, a prehistoric mound in Wiltshire, the biggest artificial mound in Europe, being 125 feet high and covering more than five acres. Its use and purpose, after centuries of speculation, still remain a mystery.”
“A vigorous and eventful fifteen minute piece, full of sharp motoric rhythms that (until the very end) tend to accelerate.
The result is dramatic and immediately exciting, contradicting in its vitality the idea of static blocks of sound on which Birtwistle has usually relied, but equally showing the firmest possible architectural sense, with each section relating naturally and satisfyingly to the rest. With so much argument crammed into so relatively short a span, it is a work that cries out for early repetition.”
(Edward Greenfield, The Guardian 10.03.1977)
Luciano Berio’s La vera storia (Azione musicale in 2 parti) was given its world première on 9 March 1982 at the Scala in Milan.
“To say what happens in La Vera Storia is not easy, and I don’t know that it’s all that useful, granted that this is a work which tells its own story … If I weren’t afraid of being misunderstood or appearing rude, I wouldn’t even have written these lines.“
Wolfgang Schreiber said of the première: “Berio’s theme is tension, and the violent conflict between individual and state or society, of people and power, of freedom and authority.”