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Schönberg recognised by UNESCO

Posted on 26 Mai 2011

Arnold SchönbergWe’ve just heard the incredible news that Schönberg’s documentation, archived at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna, has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Congratulations Schönberg!

Read our news item here.

Musikblätter - the new UE Newsletter

Posted on 25 Mai 2011

Musikblätter Issue 1If music be the food of love, read on ...

Our new newsletter, the Musikblätter, has just been released. The first issue has interviews with Pierre Boulez on his own music, Ingo Metzmacher talking about Schreker, Pablo Heras-Casado talking about Weill, Rihm on Schönberg, and a wealth of information about our composers, their works and their forthcoming projects and performances.

Read below with the snazzy online viewer (click for fullscreen), or download a PDF file.

Seven Angels Video

Posted on 24 Mai 2011

Watch composer Luke Bedford, writer Glyn Maxwell and director John Fulljames talk about Bedford’s new opera Seven Angels at rehearsals in London.

Watch on the Opera Group website

Video Streams from the Leipzig Mahler Festival

Posted on 24 Mai 2011

Leipzig Mahler FestivalArte Live Web’s video streams from the Leipzig Mahler Festival are online for some time still.

Watch full concert recordings of the London Symphony Orchestra, The Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others.

30,000 views and counting

Posted on 19 Mai 2011 (Kommentare: 2)

The first Mahler interview to appear on our Gustav Mahler Blog was with Daniel Barenboim, back in June 2009. Since then, we’re proud to say that all 27 videos have now been viewed more than 30,000 times. It’s heart-warming to see how much interest there has been in the series.

Here they are in all their glory:


Herbert Blomstedt

Simon Rattle

Norman Lebrecht

Andris Nelsons

Josep Pons

Gustavo Dudamel

Riccardo Chailly

Valery Gergiev

Manfred Honeck

Sakari Oramo

Antonio Pappano

Lorin Maazel

Mariss Jansons

Michael Gielen

David Zinman

Zubin Mehta

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Ingo Metzmacher

Kent Nagano

Wolfgang Fink

Michael Tilson Thomas

Christoph Eschenbach

Jonathan Nott

Franz Welser-Möst

Daniele Gatti

Pierre Boulez

Daniel Barenboim

Gustav Mahler – 100 years after his death

Posted on 18 Mai 2011

Gustav Mahler’s grave in Vienna today, 100 years after his death. Floral tributes were made by the New York Philharmonic, the City of Vienna and Universal Edition, among others.

Mahler's grave in Vienna on 18 May 2011

100 years ago tomorrow

Posted on 17 Mai 2011

In advance of the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death tomorrow, here are a few pointers to activities, concerts and reports to be found across the internet.

The German Theatre Museum is showing the exhibition Gustav Mahler - Composer, Opera Director, Conductor until 18 September. The exhibition features the video interviews made by Universal Edition (you can watch them all on our Mahler Blog).

The Leipzig Mahler Festival starts today at the Gewandhaus with Riccardo Chailly conducting the 2nd Symphony. All concerts will be broadcast live on the internet by ARTE and the MDR.

Alex Ross has a round up of Mahler performances available on the internet, including Christoph Eschenbach's series of the Mahler symphonies with the Orchestre de Paris.

Gavin Plumley has been charting the last days of Mahler's life on his Entartete Musik Blog. Watch his film In Search of Mahler on YouTube.

Luke Bedford’s new opera in rehearsal

Posted on 13 Mai 2011

Seven Angels RehearsalsRehearsals are underway here at the Jerwood Space in London for Luke Bedford’s new opera Seven Angels.

The Opera Group is conducted by Nicholas Collon, John Fulljames is directing.

Seven Angels premières in Birmingham with the BCMG on 17 June, followed by a tour of Cardiff, Glasgow, Brighton, Oxford and London as well as a special appearance at the Latitude Festival in July.

Arvo Pärt wins Classic BRIT Award 2011

Posted on 13 Mai 2011

Arvo Pärt Classic BRIT AwardGreetings from London, where Arvo Pärt has just won the Classic Brit Award in the category Composer of the Year.

“I’m greatly moved and I’d like to thank the Classic BRIT Awards and my country,” Pärt said in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday.

The full ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on ITV1 at 10pm on Sunday 29 May.

Cerha Concerto for Percussion in Leipzig

Posted on 12 Mai 2011

Friedrich CerhaShooting Star Martin Grubinger performs Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion tonight and tomorrow in Leipzig. Riccardo Chailly conducts the Gewandhausorchester.

Reviewing the world première for the Neue Musikzeitung, Gerhard Rohde wrote:

“The richness of rhythmic finesse and complexity is astounding, giving the work an overwhelming physical liveliness. The sophisticated sound that Cerha invents for both the orchestral part and for the formidable percussion ensemble is also fascinating.”

Boulez at the ‘new’ new music festival in Cologne

Posted on 06 Mai 2011

Acht BrückenCologne’s ‘new’ new music festival Acht Brücken (Eight Bridges) starts this weekend, and is dedicated to the music of Pierre Boulez.

Boulez himself conducts the opening concert, with works by Ravel, Schönberg and Stravinsky.

Further highlights of the festival include performances of Le Marteau sans maître and sur Incises with Ensemble intercontemporain; Répons, performed by the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble with Reinbert de Leeuw; and the grand finale concert with MusikFabrik conducted by Pascal Rophé, where Pli selon pli will be heard.

Luke Bedford: Music for Children at the Wigmore Hall

Posted on 06 Mai 2011

Igor, The Bird Who Couldn't SingThis Saturday, Luke Bedford’s new piece for the Wigmore Hall (where he is composer-in-residence) will be given its world première.

Igor, The Bird Who Couldn’t Sing – for clarinet, piano and narrator – is based on the children’s book by Satoshi Kitamura. Clarinettist Michael Collins and friends are the performers.

See also Luke’s Willy and Hugh, a previous commission for the Wigmore Hall, and based on Anthony Browne’s bestseller children’s book of the same name.

The House of the Dead at Opera North tonight

Posted on 05 Mai 2011

The new Opera North production of Janacek’s From The House of the Dead opens in Leeds tonight. Watch director John Fulljames and tenor Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts discuss the work during rehearsals.

Watch on YouTube

Staud takes up residency in Dresden

Posted on 30 April 2011

Johannes Maria Staud & Tobias NiederschlagJohannes Maria Staud is in Dresden ahead of the world première of his new work for orchestra, Tondo. Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden tomorrow morning.

This Saturday afternoon, the Staatskapelle's artistic programmer Tobias Niederschlag and Staud talked about his music in a public podium discussion (and relaxed in the sun afterwards).

Happy 85th Birthday Francis Burt!

Posted on 28 April 2011

Francis Burt (r) and Josef DurekUE congratulated Francis Burt on his 85th birthday today, and UE editor Josef Durek presented him with the printed score of his new ensemble piece, hot off the presses.

Mohn und Gedächtnis (für Paul Celan) is a commission by Klangforum Wien and will be given its world première by them this November in Vienna.