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Vexations in Vienna

Posted on 15 Februar 2012

Klangforum Wien (Photo: Lukas Beck)

We’re off to the Konzerthaus in Vienna tonight for the latest concert in Klangforum Wien’s IKONEN series.

Under the title Vexations, Klangforum presents a rich programme of UE works:

Pierre Boulez: Mémoriale | ( ... explosante-fixe ... Originel)
Morton Feldman: Instruments 2
Beat Furrer: Time out 1 and 2
Friedrich Cerha: Bruchstück, geträumt

as well as Olga Neuwirth’s ... miramondo multiplo ...

Jean Deroyer conducts, Eva Furrer and Anders Nyqvist are the soloists.

Christmas Radio

Posted on 23 Dezember 2011

Radio
Before we disappear amongst the Christmas wrapping, here are a few tips for your listening pleasure over the holidays.

Pierre Boulez’ Notations are on Radio SWR2 tonight (Friday) at 8pm German time.

David Sawer’s Stramm Gedichte will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:45pm London time.

Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat is sung by the NDR choir tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at 7pm German time on Radio NDR Kultur.

Once the new year kicks off, listen to the Arditti Quartet performing Vykintas Baltakas’ string quartet b(ell tree) on SWR2 on Wednesday 4th January at 11pm German time.

French speakers might like to listen to France Culture’s Villes Mondes Vienne episode, which was first broadcast on 13th November and contains an interview with Friedrich Cerha.

Merry Christmas!

Guy Dammann on Pierre Boulez in The Economist

Posted on 26 September 2011

The EconomistFollowing hot on the heels of Tom Service’s article in the Guardian, Guy Dammann’s profile of Pierre Boulez appears in this week’s Economist, giving readers a concise overview of the composer and conductor.

Guy Dammann’s blog is here.

Tom Service on Pierre Boulez

Posted on 23 September 2011

Pierre Boulez, Photo Eric Marinitsch

“A sensual musical bath of sonorous reverberation and exotic resonance, music that shimmers and glints with a seductive play of instrumental timbres”

Tom Service on Pierre Boulez’ Sur Incises in today’s Guardian

In the same article, Gillian Moore, the Southbank Centre’s head of contemporary culture, asks if Boulez’ Pli selon Pli is “greatest orchestral work of the past 50 years”.

The Southbank Centre’s Exquisite Labyrinth: The Music of Pierre Boulez, takes place from Friday 30 Sept to Sunday 2 Oct.

Schönberg, Roger Federer and Boulez on the web

Posted on 30 August 2011

Feder vs Djokovic with Schönberg notation

From the web today, part 1

“Noten für Roger Federer”
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

Pierre Boulez: “Ce qui m’intéresse, c’est la pointe de l’invention”
Read the full interview in Le Monde (with thanks to @iIRCAM for the tip).

Mahler, Berg and Boulez in Salzburg

Posted on 28 Juli 2011

Alban BergThe 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.

Alban Berg: Lulu Suite
Alban Berg: Der Wein
Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied

ORF OE1 RadioThe 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

London Sinfonietta at the Aldeburgh Festival

Posted on 24 Juni 2011

AldeburghPeter Eötvös conducts the London Sinfonietta at the Aldeburgh Festival tomorrow.

On the programme is Pierre Boulez’ … explosante-fixe …, alongside works by Marco Stroppa and Peter Eötvös himself.

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.

Kevin Spacey to play Pierre Boulez

Posted on 01 April 2011

Pierre BoulezWe've just heard from Paul Griffiths about a fascinating new film about the music of the 20th century.

Read the full details here.

The Musical Language of Pierre Boulez

Posted on 01 März 2011

Jonathan Goldman - BoulezWe’ve just received the new book by Jonathan Goldman: The Musical Language of Pierre Boulez – part of the Cambridge University Press “Music Since 1900” series.

From the jacket:

“Pierre Boulez is arguably the most influential composer of the second half of the twentieth century. Here, Jonathan Goldman provides a fresh appraisal of the composer's music, demonstrating how understanding the evolution of Boulez's ideas on musical form is an important step towards evaluating his musical thought generally.”

You can read the preface and a large part of the introduction at the Cambridge University Press website.

Order online at Amazon, Cambridge University Press or others.