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Live: Punch and Judy

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 Oktober 2014 (Kommentare: 1)

Punch and Judy (c) ARTE

Director Leonard Prinsloo’s and conductor Walter Kobéra’s new production of Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy will be live streamed tonight by arte.

The“tragical comedy or comical tragedy in 1 act” is performed at the Armel Opera Festival at the Erkel Theatre in Budapest.

View the full score of Punch and Judy.

The stream starts in a little less than 6 hours from now, at 19:00 CET/CEST, and will be available until 14 April 2015.

Harrison Birtwistle: Punch and Judy
A tragical comedy or comical tragedy in 1 act | 110'
14.10.2014, Erkel Theatre, Budapest; Jennifer Yoon, Pretty Polly (witch); Manuela Leonhartsberger, Judy (fortune-teller); Richard Rittelmann, Punch; Lorin Wey, Lawyer; Till von Orlowsky, Choregos (Jack Ketch); Johannes Schwendinger, Doctor; Evamaria Mayer, Dancer; Amadeus ensemble-wien, cond. Walter Kobéra

Richard Uttley launches Ghosts & Mirrors

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 Oktober 2014

Pianist Richard Uttley will present his latest recording Ghosts & Mirrors on Wednesday 15 October at 8pm at The Forge in Camden.

Richard Uttley: Ghosts & MirrorsAt the CD launch, Uttley will play a selection of the pieces from the disc and will be joined onstage by Nat Urazmetova, a London-based visual artist who created the artwork for the disc and will mix live visuals in response to the music.

Included on the CD are the Luciano Berio’s 6 Encores and the first recording of Alban Berg’s/Marvin Wolfthal’s Lulu Fantasy, a paraphrase of Alban Berg’s great opera Lulu in the spirit of Liszt’s virtuoso opera arrangements (it was also Richard Uttley who performed the UK première of the piece).

The pianist on working with Nat Urazmetova:

I wanted to work with Nat as the aesthetic of her work is the closest thing I could find to a visual representation of my feelings on the atmosphere and concerns of the works I chose to record for Ghosts & Mirrors. Themes explored by the music include hauntings, rebirth, symmetry and warping – all of which are expressed either directly or obliquely by Nat’s images.

Read the full text on his blog.

“An excellent ‘first contact’ recording”: The Finnish RSO plays Ligeti

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 Oktober 2014

Ligeti (c) Ondine“My music is not an island. It is part of a complex web of life and experiences.” (György Ligeti)

Aimed to present an overview to the development of György Ligeti’s compositional technique over a period of 30 years, violinist Benjamin Schmid, conductor Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra have recently released a recording of orchestral works by Ligeti on Ondine.

With the Examiner reviewing it is “an excellent ‘first contact’ recording” and Music Web International describing it an “ideal place to obtain a good sampling of Ligeti’s music”, they most definitely have succeeded at that.

The recording includes Atmosphères, which is part of Universal Edition’s Listening Lab series. Here are sample pages of the bilingual publication:

The Guardian reviews Katrien Baerts, Het Collectief and Reinbert de Leeuw

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 Oktober 2014

Berg, Zemlsinksy: Lieder (c) Zig Zag TerritoiresAndrew Clements of The Guardian has reviewed a recent release by soprano Katrien Baerts, the Flemish ensemble Het Collectief and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw. The CD includes Berg’s Seven Early Songs (arranged by de Leeuw himself), Zemlinsky’s Six Maeterlinck Songs and Webern’s Passacaglia.

Read the full review on The Guardian. You can order the CD, listen to excerpts and view the complete booklet on the website of Zig-Zag Territoires.

The NYT reviews dark dreams

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 Oktober 2014

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Astrid AckermannThe New York Times’ review of Georg Friedrich Haas’ dark dreams, performed for the first time in America by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic last Monday, is out.

Find out whether this “fascinating 23-minute piece” managed to persuade the audience on the New York Times.

Distant Blue: Sotelo’s Urrutiko urdin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 Oktober 2014

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The Italian première of Mauricio Sotelo’s Urrutiko urdin will be performed by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (cond. José Ramon Encinar) on 10 October at the Biennale di Venezia. Sotelo dedicated the orchestral piece to the orchestra, who premièred it in 2013.

The composer on Urrutiko urdin:

Marucio Sotelo (c) Mauricio SoteloUrrutiko urdin azul de lontananza or “Distant Blue” – is a vibrant sonic landscape and a frame for remembrance composed for and dedicated to the Orquestra Sinfónica de Euskadi. The Spanish name lontananza (borrowed from Italian) uses pictorial language to describe the zone farthest away from the foreground. Blue, the fifth colour of the solar spectrum, is also an adjective for the hue of cloudless sky and the sea; it also stands for space and distance.

Read more.

View the full score of Urrutiko urdin.

Mauricio Sotelo: Urrutiko urdin
for orchestra | 7'
national prem. 10.10.2014, Teatro alle Tese, Venice; Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, cond. José Ramon Encinar

★★★★★ Lebrecht Album of the week: Kleiber’s Lied von der Erde

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 Oktober 2014

Carlos Kleiber: MahlerCarlos Kleiber’s historical rendition of Mahler’s Lied von der Erde, recorded at the Konzerthaus Vienna on 7 June 1967 and performed by Waldemar Kmentt, Christa Ludwig and the Wiener Symphoniker, is Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the week.

Read the review of the recording, which “offers a rare and extraordinary portrait of a celebrated conductor”, on Sinfini Music.

Rattle brings dark dreams to New York

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Oktober 2014

Photo: Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Priska Ketterer

The US première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ dark dreams takes place tonight, 6 October, at Carnegie Hall in New York with Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.

We’ve prepared a two-minute audio excerpt, an interview between Georg Friedrich Haas and Karsten Witt and also the full digital score for you.

Watch an excerpt of dark dreams:

The Examiner reviews Rihm’s Harzreise im Winter

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Oktober 2014

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein - Goethe in the Roman Campagna, from Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

Stephen Smoliar of the Examiner has reviewed the North American première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Harzreise im Winter by baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber. The two of them had premièred Rihm’s musical setting of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Harzreise im Winter earlier this year at the Mozartfest Würzburg.

Read about the evenings programme, which “amounted to a journey through Goethe’s poetic achievements”, on the Examiner.

Watch live: Arabella Steinbacher plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 Oktober 2014

Star violinist Arabella Steinbacher and the NDR Sinfonieorchester (cond. Thomas Hengelbrock) will perform Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto “To the Memory of an Angel” tonight at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. Watch the whole concert on the website of Arte – the broadcast begins at 20:00:

Arabella Steinbacher (c) Sammy Hart

Read a German interview with Steinbacher on the Violin Concerto on Arte.

The Violin Concerto is part of Universal Edition’s Listening Lab – Materials for communicating music series. Here are sample pages of the bilingual publication:

Our latest Newsletter is out:

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 Oktober 2014

Universal Edition Newsletter 14-10-01We’ve just sent out our latest newsletter, here it is:

- Simon Rattle brings dark dreams to New York

- The Arditti Quartet and Johannes Maria Staud celebrate their 40th birthdays with a string quartet

- Ronnefeld’s Nachtausgabe is performed at the Semperoper Dresden

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Leopold Brauneiss: Another look at Tintinnabuli

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Oktober 2014

From 29 September to 3 October, Leopold Brauneiss, a recognized Austrian musicologist and expert on Arvo Pärt’s compositional techniques, will give a special seminar about Arvo Pärt’s music titled “Another look at Tintinnabuli: An introduction to aesthetics and compositional technique.” The seminars take place at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. You can register for the seminar on the website of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

Find out more about Arvo Pärt on our Blog titled Arvo Pärt in his 80th year.

Leopold Brauneiss


Arvo Pärt on Hyperion

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 September 2014

Arvo Pärt’s music is simple in its means, and powerful in its effect. It has its own very distinctive personality, one that could hardly belong to any other living composer. He is as close to being a ‘household name’ as any classical composer in this lower-brow century can hope to be. (Meurig Bowen)

Today, 29 September, Hyperion Records releases a new CD with the choral music by Arvo Pärt performed by Polyphony (cond. Stephen Layton).

Listen to excerpts of the 12 works and read texts and liner notes (which are available in three languages) on Hyperion. A download of Peace upon you, Jerusalem for female choir a cappella is available for free.

Arvo Pärt: Polyphony (c) Hyperion Records


20 Years in Style – the Prague Philharmonia

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 September 2014

Kate Royal (c) Esther Haase/EMI ClassicsCelebrating their 20th anniversary, soprano Kate Royal and the Prague Philharmonia will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 together with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Cuatro madrigales amatorios and Maurice Ravel’s Bolero on 28 September at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum.

Find out more about the Prague PHilharmonia’s “20 Years in Style” festivities the Prague Daily Monitor.

The concert will be broadcast live on ČT Art.

Dulwich Piano Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 September 2014

Dulwich Piano Festival

Dulwich Piano Festival Trophy (c) Lou SmithOnline entries have opened for the Dulwich Piano Festival, which will take place on 7 June 2015 at the James Allen’s Girls’ School. Based in South London, the Dulwich Piano Festival is in its fourth year and has around 130 competitors of all ages taking part.

View the Dulwich Piano Festival’s Syllabus online.

To pay homage to Arvo Pärt, Für Anna Maria has been chosen for the Set Pieces class for an Open Class, which will be adjudicated by pianist Frances Wilson.

Find the Dulwich Piano Festival on Facebook.