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“Perhaps the best description of Le vin herbé is that it is a ‘Passion’ about passion”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 November 2014

Frank Martin (c) Universal Edition

Simply put, Martin’s Le vin herbé is passionate, yes, but, unlike Wagner’s music drama, is wonderfully discreet, objective, and inward. Deep emotion is, paradoxically, generated through an essential restraint.

Professor Byron Adams, Professor in the Music Department of the University of California, Riverside, provides insight on Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé on the Boston Lyrics Opera’s blog. Find their blog here.

World premières of Klaus Simon’s Mahler and Berg arrangements

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2014

Treibhaus Wien, FlyerKlaus Simon conducts the Holst-Sinfonietta tonight at the E-Werk in Freiburg.

Under the title “Treibhaus Wien” [greenhouse Vienna], the world premières of Klaus Simon’s chamber arrangements of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Alban Berg’s Passacaglia will be performed together with Alban Berg’s 4 Pieces for clarinet and chamber ensemble at the E-Werk in Freiburg.

Find out more on the website of the Holst-Sinfonietta.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5
world prem. for chamber ensemble | 65'
Alban Berg: Passacaglia
world prem. for chamber ensemble | 5'
Alban Berg: 4 Pieces op. 5
for clarinet and chamber ensemble | 8'
25.11.2014, E-Werk, Freiburg; Julien Laffaire, cl; Holst-Sinfonietta, cond. Klaus Simon

Jagden und Formen: “a unique combination of new music and contemporary dance”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2014

Sasha Waltz: Jagden und FormenWolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen is a piece that has literally grown out of three originally independent works which here interweave with and nourish one another.

Sasha’s Waltz’s choreographic work of the same name, which transformed the work’s implicit gestures into dance, will be performed by Sasha Waltz & Guests and Ensemble Modern on 27, 29 and 30 November at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Watch the trailer of Jagden und Formen:

Alfred Schnittke (24.11.1934—03.08.1998)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 November 2014

Alfred Schnittke (c) Universal Edition

Drei Fragen an 73 KomponistenComposer Alfred Schnittke would have celebrated his 80th birthday today.

We recently wrote about the publication of Bálint András Varga’s Drei Fragen an 73 Komponisten, for which he interviewed the composer. You can find a German excerpt of Varga’s interview with Schnittke on nmz.

The Boston Classical Review on Martin’s “mesmerizing Le vin herbé”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 November 2014

Boston Lyric Opera

The Boston Classical Review on Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé:

“Richard Wagner didn’t have the last word on the Tristan legend, as the Boston Lyric Opera made amply clear on Wednesday night.

BLO’s production of Frank Martin’s mesmerizing Le vin herbé (presented in translation rather less poetically as The Love Potion) made a powerful case for the Swiss composer’s conception of the legend.”

Read the full review online.

Janáček Brno: Opera Europa Conference Live

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 November 2014

For the first time in the history of Opera Europa, selected lectures of the conference will be streamed online, which was made possible thanks to the support of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.

Via, viewers will be able to ask lecturers questions in real time online, comment on their lectures and vote on questions which they’d like to see answered. To join in with the discussion just open the webpage click on the “join event icon, put in the code for the event – OEBrno2014 and then write questions or vote for them to be answered.

Find the full programme of the conference on the website of Opera Europe. Topics include Staging Janáček Today, Czech Perspectives on Janáček and a discussion with Jamu Students.

Pierrot lunaire Cabaret 30

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 November 2014

Pierrot lunaire Cabaret 30, programmeTonight the Opéra National de Bordeaux premières Stephan Grögler’s production “Pierrot lunaire Cabaret 30” with Julia Migenes and musicians of l’Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.

Find the full programme on the website of the Opéra National de Bordeaux.

Further performances will take place on 20, 22 and 23 November.

Rihm and Brahms in Ludwigshafen

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 November 2014

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschThe Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz dedicates its composer portrait of 2014/2015 to Wolfgang Rihm, whose orchestral pieces Nähe fern 1 and Nähe fern 4 will be performed for the very first time in Germany on 14 and 15 November. Also on the programme: performances of Nähe fern 2 and 3 and Chiffre I and II. The Nähe fern compositionswill be performed togetherwith Brahms’ four Symphonies, Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

Rihm’s compositions will be present with the orchestra throughout the year, for example at the Modern Times festival and the series Rebellion im Quadrat.

Find out more on the website of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

Wolfgang Rihm awarded the Robert Schumann Prize 2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 November 2014

Wolfang Rihm (c) Sebastian Solte, bastille musique

Thomas Seyboldt, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Christoph Begemann (c) Sebastian Solte Our deepest congratulations to Wolfgang Rihm for being awarded the Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music. The ceremony was held on 6 November at the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.

After Eleonore Büning gave a speech in honour of the composer, his works Harzreise im Winter, Sehnsucht und Nachtgesang and 3 Sonette von Michaelangelo were performed by baritone Hans Christoph Begemann and pianist Thomas Seyboldt.

Thanks to Sebastian Solte of bastille musique for taking and sending us the photos.

ensemble mini deserves attention

ensemble mini’s Mahler deserves attention

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 November 2014

ensemble mini: Mahler 9Congratulations to ensemble mini and conductor Joolz Gale for the great review that their recent release of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in Klaus Simon’s arrangement for ensemble has received. Find the full [German} review on

Feel free to view the full study score of Simon’s arrangement on Universal Edition.

Rihm weekend at the Oper Stuttgart

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 November 2014

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Oper StuttgartFrom 7 to 9 November, the Oper Stuttgart honours Wolfgang Rihm with a composer weekend during which a selection of the composer’s works will be performed – among them Gesungene Zeit, his Fetzen and the Wölfli-Lieder –andfilm screenings will take place.

After the very successful première of Jakob Lenz on 25 October (a collection of [German] reviews can be found on the blog of the Oper Stuttgart), Georg Nigl returns to the stage as Lenz on 8 November.

Watch the trailer for the production on YouTube:

Wolfgang Rihm: Jakob Lenz
chamber opera | 75'
08.11.2014, Oper Stuttgart; Georg Nigl, Lenz; Henry Waddington, Oberlin; John Graham-Hall, Kaufmann; Staatsorchester Stuttgart, cond. Franck Ollu
Further performances: 13., 17., 21.11.2014; 15.12.2014

An evening with the ensemble intercontemporain

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 November 2014

ensemble intercontemporaine (c) Luc Hossepied

On 7 November, soloists of the ensemble intercontemporain present an evening with the music of Steve Reich and Morton Feldman. The concert takes place at the Amphithéâtre of the Cité de la musique, among the works performed will be Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood, Violin Phase and Morton Feldman’s Why patterns?.

Yejin Gil plays Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 November 2014

Yejin Gil (c) Adam Berry

On 4 November Yejin Gil, artist in residence at the Impuls Festival für Neue Musik in Sachsen-Anhalt, performed a solo recital, presenting pieces by Pierre Boulez, Unsuk Chin, György Ligeti and Olivier Messiaen.

Yejin Gil (c) Adam BerryEarlier in the year, Andrew Clements of The Guardian reviewed Yejin Gil’s debut disc, which features Pierre Boulez’ Incises:

All the seeds of that iridescent score [of sur Incises] can be heard in the piano piece, wonderfully articulated by Gil; the torrents of repeated notes in its opening section are fabulously even, the writhing, decaying chords that arrive later are perfectly weighted.” (Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 5.3.2014)

Happy 90th Birthday Bystrouška!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 November 2014

Janáček Brno Festival 2014

It’s been exactly 90 years since Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen was performed for the very first time at the Brno City Theatre on 6 November 1924.

For this occasion the Moravské zemské muzeum is hosting an exhibition that is part of the Janáček Brno Festival 2014, which celebrates the composer’s 160th birthday.

From the website of the museum:

The Cunning Little Vixen, creative commons, Tibor Kádek“The exhibition in the lobby of the Janáček Theatre will reflect the 90th anniversary of the first staging of the opera The Cunning Litte Vixen by Leoš Janáček.  One of the most performed operas of the 20th century was first presented on November 6, 1924 in Brno City Theatre in an excellent staging carried out by the artist Eduard Milén, director Ota Zítek and conductor František Neumann. The prepared exhibition will present this staging together with the genesis of the opera. On display will be period photographs and documents, copies of Milén´s costumes as well a model of the original stage, facsimile of Těsnohlídek´s manuscript of the novel, considered as lost for a long time, or illustrations by Stanislav Lolek that stood at the cradle of this music work.”

View the first act of Jirí Zahrádka’s revised score of The Cunning Little Vixen.

Find out more about the festivities on the website of the Moravian Museum.

View the festival’s trailer on YouTube:

Via Luciano Berio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 November 2014

Via Luciano Berio

News from the Centro Studi Luciano Berio:

“The CSLB announces with great happiness that a street has been named after Luciano Berio in a new Milan development being built in what used to be the Fiera area, called City Life. Via Luciano Berio is in a pedestrian area in the heart of the new neighborhood, and it flows into a piazza named after Elsa Morante. An analogous street which will also flow into Piazza Morante will be dedicated to Italo Calvino. This musical and literary “crossing” was proposed by Filippo del Corno, Culture Minister of the City of Milan, and described to the press: “A writer and a composer who both had a special relationship with the city of Milan are remembered for their innovative view towards the future, and concern for the development of the city”; for the complete article click here.

Via Berio and Piazza Morante will be inaugurated on Saturday, November 8th at 11:30 am, with a program including remarks by city officials and Talia Pecker Berio; the participation of students and teachers from the Conservatory of Milan, who will perform a selection of Duets by Luciano Berio along the new street; and a reading by Carlo Cecchi of few pages by Elsa Morante in the piazza.”

Find out more on Berio on the website of the Centro Studi Luciano Berio.