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Ferenc Farkas’ The Magic Cupboard in Budapest

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 Mai 2017

Ferenc Farkas (c) Andras Farkas, ed. Johannes Feigl

“It is beyond all dispute the greatest Hungarian comic opera: sparkling, spirited, stagy.” (György Ligeti on The Magic Cupboard)

Ferenc Farkas’ The Magic Cupboard – "The Arabian Nights meets 20th century Hungarian comic opera in the exotic Orient” –will be performed today and on 11 May by the Hungarian State Opera.

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Daniel Barenboim opens the 38th International Musikfest

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 Mai 2017

Daniel Barenboim at yesterday’s opening concert of the 38th International Musikfest at the Wiener Konzerthaus – the festival will focus on the oeuvre of Pierre Boulez, in 14 concerts compositions by Boulez will be performed over the next six weeks.

Find out more on the website of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

German première of Stauds Moment, Leute, Moment

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Mai 2017

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Priska Ketterer

This work was commissioned in memory of 100 Years of the First World War. A short scene from my opera Die Antilope (2013/2014) is taken as the musical starting point. With new, dynamic ideas, this is then developed exponentially in this three-part orchestral work while continually treading a line between swirling orchestral density and an iridescent delicacy that comes close to that of chamber music. (Johannes Maria Staud)

Johannes Maria Staud’s Moment, Leute, Moment will receive its German première on 7 May at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. Will Humburg conducts the Staatsorchester Darmstadt.

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Fennessy’s Panopticon on Hear and Now

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 Mai 2017

David Fennessy

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast David Fennessy’s Panopticon – recorded at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh – on May 6th on Hear and Now. Earlier this year, the composer received a Scottish Award for New Music for the work.

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Paul Hillier premières Fennessy

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 April 2017

 Cork International Choral FestivalDavid Fennessy’s Ne Reminiscaris – ‘part 2’ to Fennessy’s Letter to Michael – will receive its world première tonight at the Chamber Choir Ireland’s Gala Concert of the Cork International Choral Festival.

Paul Hillier conducts the Chamber Choir Ireland at the St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork.

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Darragh Morgan launches new album

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 April 2017

Flyer (c) Darragh Morgan

This Saturday, 29 April, Darragh Morgan will be performing Pierre Boulez’ Anthèmes 2 and Steve Reich’s Violin Phase at the launch concert for his new album “For Violin and Electronics”.

The concert takes place at the Iklectik in London.

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Arvo Pärt: Composer-in-Residence of the Sächsische Staatskapelle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 April 2017

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

The Staatskapelle Dresden has released its 2017/2018 programme: Arvo Pärt will be the new Composer-in-Residence of the Sächsische Staatskapelle. His oeuvre will be featured in several concerts as well as in a special Portrait Concert. 19 works by the Composer-in-Residence will be performed throughout the whole season.

Find out more on the website of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Hirta Rounds in South America

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 April 2017

MKO (c) Sammy Hart

In 2015 David Fennessy composed Hirta Rounds – a “chamber music for sixteen individual players” – for the Münchener Kammerorchester with the stipulation that it be unconducted.

At the end of April, the Münchener Kammerorchester will be playing the piece in South America: on 24 April at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, on 25 April at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo and on 28 April at the Auditorio Santa Ursula in Lima.

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The Zurich Opera receives a music magazine award for Wozzeck

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 April 2017

Wozzeck, Opernhaus Zürich, DVDSingers who normally do this role have bigger voices than I have. But then I decided that it’s a role that doesn’t match any voice perfectly. Some parts are so low that they should be sung by a bass-baritone, others so high that they should be sung by a tenoral baritone. I thought, if Zurich Opera really wants me then they know my abilities, and they will match their ambitions with them. (Christian Gerhaher on Wozzeck)

This grotesque is more real than reality. (Susanne Kübler, Die Welt, 15.09.2015)

A success that gets under your skin. (, 14.09.2015)

Congratulations to the Opernhaus Zürich and the whole team behind their critically acclaimed production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck for receiving a BBC Music Magazine Award. The production features Christian Gerhaher in the title role.

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Croatian première of Dérive 2

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 April 2017

Ensemble intercontemporain (c) Luc Hossepied

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschPierre Boulez dedicated Dérive 2 to his fellow composer Elliott Carter. The composer on Dérive 2: “When I reflected on some of Ligeti’s compositions, I felt the desire to dedicate myself to some almost theoretical research into periodicity in order to systematically examine its overlays, its shifts and its exchange.”

The work will have its Croatian première on 23 April at the Zagreb Youth Theatre. David Fulmer conducts the Ensemble intercontemporain.

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Hans Schneider’s musizieraktionen

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 April 2017

musizieraktionenFresh from the printing press: Hans Schneider’s recently published book “musizieraktionen” offers a large and varied collection of techniques for composing and making and communicating music. Among the composers that are featured are UE composers Cornelius Cardew, Morton Feldman, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, György Kurtág, Mathias Spahlinger, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Hans Zender. The book contains numerous techniques for joint experimental music sessions.

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Wolfgang Rihm: two Swiss premières in Lucerne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 April 2017

Wolfgang Rihm (c) UE

Rihm has his own sonic language, his own brilliance in his creativity, but he really does stand with both feet firmly planted in musical tradition. (Anna Prohaska)

Two Swiss premières by Wolfgang Rihm at the Lucerne Easter Festival: Mariss Jansons, sopranos Mojca Erdmann and Anna Prohaska and baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann present the Swiss première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Requiem-Strophen on 8 April. Also on the programme: Gruss-Moment 2 | in memoriam Pierre Boulez for orchestra.

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The Facade Ensemble: Passio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 April 2017

 Arvo Pärt: Passio – The Facade Ensemble, Cond. Benedict Collins Rice

But it's actually looking forward, it’s for a reason, it’s a positive thing, and I think that this last page is the most stunning page of music you could ever wish to hear. (David James on Passio)

Benedict Collins Rice and The Facade Ensemble will perform Arvo Pärt’s Passio today at St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford. Further performances take place on 6, 7 and 12 April in London, Peterbourough and Ely respectively.

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The Cunning Little Vixen at La Monnaie De Munt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 31 März 2017

Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen is currently running at La Monnaie De Munt. You can now watch a recording of the production on ARTE Concert:

US première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ concerto grosso No. 1

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 31 März 2017

hornroh (c) Muriel Steiner

The US première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ concerto grosso No. 1 for four alphorns and orchestra (hornroh modern alphorn quartet; Los Angeles Philharmonic, cond. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla) takes place on 1 April at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

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