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Alban Berg monument unveiled

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Juni 2016

Alban Berg Monument, model

The Alban Berg monument will be unveiled today at 22:00 at the Herbert von Karajan-Platz in front of the Wiener Staatsoper.

phil Blech and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor will perform works by Strauss, Mahler, Schönberg and Berg, Reinhold Mitterlehner, Thomas Drozda, Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Wolf. D. Prix and Peter Wolf will give speeches. 

Find out more on the Alban Berg Stiftung’s event page

Cathy Krier plays Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 Juni 2016

Cathy Krier (c) Delphine Jouandeau

Luxembourg pianist and ECHO Rising Star Cathy Krier will be performing the Austrian première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Toccata capricciosa for piano – a work that Rihm wrote for her – together with works by Rameau, Schuler, Ravel and Dutilleux tonight at the Musikverein in Vienna.

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Kopatchinskaja premières Sotelo

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 Juni 2016

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (c) Marco Borggreve

These are the most thrilling moments in my profession, when I have the honor to première a new piece. One has to be the medium, midwife and guardian angel at same time. (Patricia Kopatchinskaja on Red Inner Light Sculpture)

On 10 June Patricia Kopatchinskaja premièred Mauricio Sotelo’s Red Inner Light Sculpture in St. Paul, MN, together with flamenco dancer Rubén Olmo, percussionist Agustín Diassera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tito Muñoz.

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StarTribune has reviewed the world première:

The evening’s finale, the new piece that Kopatchinskaja commissioned, Red Inner Light Sculpture, turned out to be an unbuttoned, imaginative romp, an exploration of Andalusian flamenco with exuberant, witty dancing by Ruben Olmo, inventive percussion by Agustin Diassera and energetic, go-for-broke violin playing by the wild child herself.(Michael Anthony, StarTribune, 11 June 2016)

New Kairos release: Vykintas Baltakas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 Juni 2016

Kairos: Vykintas Baltakas

Vykintas Baltakas' new album will arouse interest by analytical and also programmatical listeners. The piece Pasaka retells the mythological version of genesis and (co)ro(na) represents a fully composed fermata. Baltakas is successful in turning enigmas of musical aesthetics into tones and creates a musical experience which is both diversified and homogeneous at the same time.

Kairos’ new CD features 8 works by Vykintas Baltakas, recorded by artists such as the Tokyo Sinfonietta, Lithuanian Ensemble Network, Chordos Quartet, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Emilio Pomárico.

You can download the full booklet and order your copy in the Kairos web store.

ensemble mini: Mahler for chamber orchestra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 Juni 2016

Gustav Mahler (c) Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft

“It should be one’s sole endeavour to see everything afresh and create it anew.” (Gustav Mahler in H-L. La Grange: Mahler)

Tonight the ensemble mini will perform Michelle Castelletti’s chamber arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 10 at the Musikbrauerei in Berlin.

Read Caselletti’s preface to the score

Zemlinsky’s “Chamber Concerto”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Juni 2016

Alexander Zemlinsky  (c) Universal Edition

Peter Keuschnig and Ensemble Kontrapunkte will première Alexander Zemlinsky’s Chamber Concerto – after the Trio Op. 3 for clarinet, cello and piano – in Richard Dünser’s arrangement for small orchestra tonight at the Musikverein in Vienna.

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Pärt’s Greater Antiphons premièred in L.A.

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Juni 2016

Arvo Pärt, Gustavo Dudamel (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Pärt’s orchestration is exceptional and delves subtly into colors within the limited palette, for instance using open strings and harmonics to create shining, single-note highlights. The performance was a good one, breathing and luminous. (Timothy Mangan, The Orange County Register, 29 May 2016)

Together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel performed the world première of Arvo Pärt’s Greater Antiphons for string orchestraon 28 May at the Mozart & Pärt festival in Los Angeles.

Read Timothy Mangan’s full review in The Orange County Register.

Fennessy’s Sweat of the Sun at the Münchener Biennale

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Mai 2016

Sweat Of The Sun (c) Florian Ganslmeier

“It seems like the further one sinks inside the text, the further one becomes removed from the particulars of the story and instead gets involved with something deeper and more ambiguous to do with the inner experiences of a protagonist who is searching for … something.”

Rehearsals for David Fennessy’s Sweat Of the Sun are underway – the music theatre, which is based on German director Werner Herzog’s Conquest of the Useless, will be premièred by the Münchener Kammerorchester on 28 May at the Münchener Biennale.

David Fennessy on Sweat of the Sun

Erik Satie (17.5.1866 – 1.7.1925)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 Mai 2016

Erik Satie, public domain

Eric Satie was born 150 years ago today –joyeux anniversaire!

Rihm’s conquest in Cologne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 Mai 2016

“Artaud’s theatrical work is not a historical drama; it is a phantasmagoria about ambivalence” (Wolfgang Rihm on Die Eroberung von Mexico)

In case you’ve missed the Oper Köln’s [German] introductory trailer for Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico, you can watch it here:

Alejo Pérez conducts Peter Konwitschny’s production, which has already been shown at the Salzburg Festival. Further performances take place on 13, 20, 26 and 29 May.

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Korzhev plays Krenek

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Mai 2016

Ernst Krenek: Krenek: Piano Concertos 1-3

Read Graham Rickson full review of Mikhail Korzhevs and Kenneth Woods’ “Krenek: Piano Concertos 1-3” on the arts desk.

Inside the Score: Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 April 2016

Inside the Score

This lecture-recital, accompanied by projections from the stage, will read between the ledger lines and unlock the secrets behind one of the Second Viennese School’s most passionate scores.

On Tuesday, 10 May, writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley, the Quatuor Tana and soprano Julia Sitkovetsy will present Inside the Score, a lecture-recital that explores Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite.

Tickets are still available – or you can watch the live stream from the comfort of your own home.

Inside the Score: Berg’s Lyric Suite


80 years “In Memory of an Angel”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 April 2016

Alban Berg (c) Universal Edition

It’s been 80 years to the day since the world première of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto “In Memory of an Angel”.

Alban Berg: Violinkonzert – listening labIn February 1935 Alban Berg was approached by the American violinist Louis Krasner with a request to write a violin concerto. The resulting concerto – the last work that Berg completed – was first performed on 19 April 1936 by Krasner and the Casals-Orchestra in Barcelona.

The first issue of the Universal Edition listening lab is dedicated to Berg’s Violin Concerto:

Find out more about our listening lab

Kimbo Ishii conducts Egon Wellesz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 April 2016

Egon Wellesz (c) Universal Edition

Man hat es hier nicht mit einer Symphonie oder Suite zu tun, in deren Orchester auch ein Klavier verwendet und gelegentlich solistisch bevorzugt wird: Das Klavierkonzert von Wellesz ist ein richtiges Konzert, der Part tritt hervor und lebt sich in Toccaten-Sätzen aus.” (P. Stf., Musikblätter des Anbruch, 1934)

Kimbo Ishii leads the Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester in two performances of Egon Wellesz’ Piano Concerto (William Youn, pno) on 17 and 18 April at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater.

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Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Münster

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 April 2016

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Münster (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Standke

Ulrich Peters’ production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny was premièred on 9 April and is currently being staged at the Theater Münster.

Find a [German] review on Münstersche Zeitung:

Das große Fressen endet tödlich