Forum Gitarre Wien, a week of guitar courses, concerts, lectures and a competition, is taking place in Vienna this week.
See the Forum Gitarre website for the full schedule.
From the web today, part 1
A slide show of a tennis match between Federer and Djokovic complete with Arnold Schönberg’s tennis notation (from the Zurich Tages-Anzeiger, with thanks to @alexrossmusic for the tip).
From the web today, part 2
The Suntory Hall in Tokyo is presenting music by Julian Yu this August. Tomorrow night, his Scintillation 2 for piano, two vibraphones and glockenspiel can be heard, along with Philopentatonia for chamber orchestra.
Yasuaki Itakura conducts the Tokyo Sinfonietta.
How time flies. Here they are: the first 100 posts on the new UE blog. The list gives quite a good impression of the variety of the UE catalogue and the quality of the performances taking place around the world.
Here’s the list from day one
Here’s a video of Aleksey Igudesman’s recent concert in honour of Vadim Repin’s 40th birthday at the Verbier Festival.
Aleksey and his guests perform several works from his UE publications, including
La Cucaracha and Tango sin nombre (from Latin & More - Violin Duets)
Klezmers Freilach (from Klezmer & More - Violin Duets)
Irish Stew in the Morning (from Celtic & More - Violin Duets)
Georg Friedrich Haas’ 70 minute work for 24 instruments, in vain, is one of the most celebrated works in the composer’s catalogue.
It has been a highly praised in the New York Times (Vivienne Schweitzer wrote of “waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds”); it was the central part of an 8-hour ‘symposium’ concert by Klangforum Wien; and has already been performed 31 times since its world première in 2000.
Now, in a kind of pan-Alpine derby, the work is being performed twice in the same evening at two different major festivals (Saturday 13 Aug).
Listen to an excerpt of in vain on this page.
The Lucerne concert is part of a special focus on Haas this year, as part of which his opera Nacht (night is the central theme of the festival this year) can be heard (17 Sept) as well as his string quartets, including the world première of the String Quartet No 7 by the Arditti Quartet (10 Sept), and various ensemble works.
See all forthcoming performances of works by Georg Friedrich Haas in our online calendar.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Symphony No 2 tonight at the BBC Proms with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. They are joined by soloists Miah Persson and Anna Larsson and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Listen live on BBC radio 3
Watch Gustavo Dudamel talking about Mahler in this interview with UE.
The Vienna Philharmonic opens its 2011 Salzburg Festival residency tonight with a concert of music by Alban Berg and Gustav Mahler.
Pierre Boulez conducts and is joined by Anna Prohaska, Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Larsson and Johan Botha.
The concert will be broadcast on Sunday 7 August at 11am on ORF OE1 Radio.
Watch Pierre Boulez talking to UE about the music of Gustav Mahler
Watch on YouTube
And Norman Lebrecht spots Harrison Birtwistle watching cricket at Lords.
“I didn’t ever decide I was going to be a composer. It was like being tall. It’s what I was. It’s what I did”
Read about writing for the screen, Agatha Christie and wanting to be Boulez … (A life in music: Richard Rodney Bennett – Nicholas Wroe)
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett was 75 this year and is featured at this year’s BBC Proms, including a performance of Jazz Calendar.
See the details of the Proms on the BBC website.
The winners of the 2011 Echo Classic Awards have been announced.
We’re delighted to see five important releases of UE works among the winners. They are:
Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century)
Eugen d'Albert: Der Golem
Stefan Blunier / Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Chor des Theaters Bonn
Premiere Recording of the Year
Braunfels: Jeanne d'Arc
Manfred Honeck/ Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Recording of the Year (19th century)
Mahler: Symphony No 8
David Zinman/ Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century)
Szymanowski: Symphony No 3 - The Song of the Night
Pierre Boulez/ Wiener Philharmoniker
Singer of the Year
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
We’re also happy to see some of our friends being recognised, including:
Anzellotti (Instrumentalist of the Year, accordion)
Truls Mørk (Instrumentalist of the Year, cello)
Andris Nelsons (Conductor of the Year, for his Firebird)
musikFabrik (Chamber Music Recording of the Year (20th/ 21st century))
Congratulations to all involved! See the full list of winners here.