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Jay Schwartz: Music for Autosonic Gongs

Posted on 20 Juli 2011

Back in the olden days (2007!), when we had our first video camera, we recorded an interview with Jay Schwartz talking about his Music for Autosonic Gongs, in which he explains how they work.

Here’s an overview of works by Jay Schwartz

Rihm’s Song Cycles available again

Posted on 19 Juli 2011 (Kommentare: 1)

Rihm 3 Liederzyklencol-legno’s 2003 CD with Christoph Prégardien and Siegfried Mauser, 3 Liederzyklen, is available again. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung celebrates the rerelease of this “brilliant recording”.

The CD contains:

Ende der Handschrift. 11 späte Gedichte von Heiner Müller
Nebendraußen. 8 Gedichte von Hermann Lenz

Rilke: 4 Gedichte

Order online at col legno


Listen to an excerpt of Nature morte, from Ende der Handschrift

Listen on SoundCloud

Liebermann’s Furioso in Chicago

Posted on 18 Juli 2011

Rolf LiebermannKwamé Ryan joins the Grant Park Orchestra at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago this Wednesday for a performance of Rolf Liebermann’s Furioso.

Furioso was first heard at the Darmstadt Festival in 1947. Listen to an excerpt on this page.

Harrison Birtwistle’s Aleatoric Pebble

Posted on 18 Juli 2011

Courtesy of NMC Recordings

Watch on YouTube

Performance material available on request

How our group of Facebook fans grows

Posted on 15 Juli 2011

Facebook lets us see how our group of fans has been growing since we started this February. Here's the graphic:

Facebook likes

It's interesting and encouraging to see how steady the increase is. If you're not yet a fan, you can join in the fun here.

New Audio Excerpt of Baltakas’ Commentum

Posted on 13 Juli 2011

Vykintas BaltakasWe’ve just received the recording of the world première of Vykintas Baltakas’ new work for cello and piano, Commentum.

David Geringas and Ian Fountain gave the first performance at the Vilnius Festival. Their next performance will be in October at the Usedomer Musikfest in Germany.

Listen to an excerpt and view the full score of the work

Our new catalogue of works by Vykintas Baltakas is here.

Arvo Pärt Vater unser now available

Posted on 13 Juli 2011

Arvo Pärt, Vater unserOur new edition of Arvo Pärts Vater unser for boy soprano and piano is now available.

Order here

Pierre Boulez on ... explosante-fixe ...

Posted on 12 Juli 2011

Watch Pierre Boulez talking to Emmanuel Pahud about his … explosante-fixe … on the occasion of its performance with the Berlin Philharmonic in September 2010.

View on the Berlin Philharmonic website

Shostakovich’s Opera The Nose in Aix-en-Provence

Posted on 08 Juli 2011

Shostakovich The Nose, Aix-en-Provence, Photo (c) Pascal Victor / Artcomart

Shostakovich’s opera The Nose opens at the Aix-en-Provence Festival tonight in the celebrated production by William Kentridge.

Kazushi Ono conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lyon.

The performance at 5pm on 14 July will be broadcast live on radio classique.

This staging is a coproduction between the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the New York Met, and the Opéra National de Lyon, where it can be seen this October.

Watch a video trailer from the New York performances

Shostakovich The Nose Trailer

and an interview with William Kentridge

Shostakovich The Nose Interview with William Kentridge

Anthony Tommasini’s review of the New York production is here.

Seven Sevens

Posted on 07 Juli 2011

7 Klangräume TitelSeven sevens for the 7th

Georg Friedrich Haas
7 Klangräume (2005)

Arvo Pärt
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen (1988, 1991)

Wolfgang Rihm
7 Passions-Texte (2001-2006)

Gunther Schuller
7 Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (1959)

Nigel Osborne
7 Words (1971)

Luke Bedford
Seven Angels (2009-2011)

Ian Wilson
The Seven Last Words (1995)

Edo de Waart on Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony

Posted on 07 Juli 2011

Here’s conductor Edo de Waart talking about Alexander Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, on the occasion of his performance this spring with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

July overview of top 20 music blogs

Posted on 05 Juli 2011

Norman Lebrecht, Tom Service, Gavin Plumley

Wikio.co.uk has published its July overview of the top 20 music blogs.

Congratulations to Norman Lebrecht (Slipped Disc at No. 12), Tom Service (Tom Service on Classical Music at No. 16) and Gavin Plumley (Entartete Musik at No. 20) for banging the drum for classical and contemporary music.

Arvo Pärt performs his Vater unser for Pope Benedict XVI

Posted on 04 Juli 2011

Arvo Pärt, Heldur Harry Põlda, Photo (c) Priit GreppAt 11 o’clock this morning, Arvo Pärt will be performing his Vater unser (Our Father) for Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.

You can watch a video live stream on the news.va website.

Sign up on this page to be informed as soon as the new printed edition, complete with CD recording, will be available.

There's also an audio excerpt of Pärt himself performing with the soprano Heldur Harry Põlda.

Dionysos in Amsterdam

Posted on 30 Juni 2011

The Dutch performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera Dionysos have just come to an end, to much critical acclaim in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Opera has published a video presenting the work, including interviews with Rihm and with stage director Pierre Audi.

Watch on YouTube.

The full recording of the Amsterdam production is still online at Radio4 Netherlands. And the full vocal score is here.

From the House of the Dead in Zurich

Posted on 28 Juni 2011

The final performance of Peter Konwitschny’s new production of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead takes place this Friday in Zurich.

Read an interview (in German) with conductor Ingo Metzmacher and director Peter Konwitschny in the Zurich Opera Magazine.

View on Issuu.