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Night calligraphy: Wolfgang Rihm and Matthias Pintscher in Vilnius

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Februar 2014

On 27 February the Lithuanian Ensemble Network (curator: Vykintas Baltakas) hosts a double portrait in their “portraits of composers” concert series that focuses on the music of Matthias Pintscher and Wolfgang Rihm. Among the pieces performed at the St. Catherine’s Church in Vilnius will be three Lithuanian premières: Rihm’s Am Horizont, Erscheinung and Ländler. Vykintas Baltakas conducts the Christopher Chamber Orchestra.

Further information is available on the website of the Lithuanian Ensemble Network. The evening’s programmeis available on issuu.

View the full scores of Ländler and Erscheinung.

Wolfgang Rihm: Am Horizont
for violin, violoncello and accordion | 5'
Wolfgang Rihm: Erscheinung
for 9 strings and piano ad lib. | 14'
Wolfgang Rihm: Ländler
for 13 strings | 10'
Wolfgang Rihm: Nature Morte – Still Alive
for 13 strings | 9'
Wolfgang Rihm: Vier Male
for clarinet in A | 16'
27.02.2014, St. Catherine’s Church, Vilnius; Andrius Ziura, clar; The Christopher Chamber Orchestra, cond. Vykintas Baltakas

Andrew Clements reviews Birtwistle: ★★★★★

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 Februar 2014

Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth RequiemAndrew Clements of The Guardian has reviewed an “outstanding” new recording of choral works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle. The recording includes the eponymous Moth Requiem, Three Latin Motets from The Last Supper, Carmen Paschale, Lullaby, On the Sheer Threshold of the Night, all of which have been recorded for the first time. The album has been recorded by Roderick Williams, the BBC Singers and the Nash Ensemble (cond. Nicholas Kok).

Read the full review on The Guardian.

Through His Teeth #15: Shipping an opera

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 Februar 2014

Are they're off! The music of Luke Bedford's new opera is now on its way to London. We've added some photos to our Facebook page.

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Métamorphoses in Ferrara

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 Februar 2014

Sasha Waltz & Guests’ choreography Métamorphoses will be performed at the Teatro Comunale Ferrara on 21 February. Among the pieces performed during Métamorphoses will be Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 2 and Open Spaces for 12 string instruments and 2 percussionists; Titus Engel conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

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Happy Birthday György Kurtág

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 Februar 2014

György Kurtág: Rückblick

Kurtág (c) Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest, Judit Kurtág Last December Kurtág received Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Earlier that year, Tom Service wrote a guide to the music of Kurtág, which you can read on The Guardian. One of his readers described the composer (together with Pierre Boulez, who is one year his elder) as “the last surviving link[s] to the great composers born in the 1920s.”

Happy Birthday György Kurtág!

Mahler in Miniature - UK première of Simon’s The Youth’s Magic Horn

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 Februar 2014

Gustav MahlerTonight, 17 February, the UK première of Klaus Simon’s arrangement of The Youth’s Magic Horn by Gustav Mahler will take place at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Mezzo-soprano Kerri-Lynne Dietz and baritone Emmanuel Gendre share the stage with the RWCMD Orchestra (cond. Tomas Leakey).

Gustav Mahler: The Youth’s Magic Horn
for voice and ensemble or chamber orchestra | 70'
Arranger: Klaus Simon
17.02.2014, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff; Kerri-Lynne Dietz, ms; Emmanuel Gendre, bar; RWCMD Orchestra, cond. Tomas Leakey

Happy 88th birthday Friedrich Cerha

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 Februar 2014

Friedrich Cerha (c) Peter Philipp

I have always been a curious person, and have always reflected on my own work. When a composition was finished, I wanted to find out exactly what had happened in it.
This made me open to new influences. (Friedrich Cerha)

Happy 88th Birthday Friedrich Cerha.

Cerha talks about his music:
German interview with English subtitles.

UE Newsletter February 2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 Februar 2014

Anna Karenina, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Nadja Stefanoff, Arthur Shen (c) Volker Beinhorn
Our February newsletter presents you with a long-forgotten opera at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, the world première of a lost concert by Badinski, and the world premières of Georg Friedrich Haas’ dark dreams and Cristóbal Halffter’s Concerto grosso.

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Watch a recording of Cerha’s Tagebuch

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 Februar 2014

Watch arte’s and the hr-Sinfonieorchester’s video stream of the orchestra’s concert on 7 February 2014 at the Alte Oper Frankfurt:

On the programme were the world première of Friedrich Cerha’s Tagebuch and performances of Haydn’s Symphony No. 59, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. The concert was performed by Arabella Steinbacher and the hr-Sinfonieorchester (cond. Andrés Orozco-Estrada).

Find out more at arte and on the website of the hr-Sinfonieorchester.

Sold out! Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 Februar 2014

Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology, MusikvereinSold out! Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic at the Wiener Musikverein on 20 February.

Welser-Möst will also conduct the Vienna Philharmonic on 26 February at the Carnegie Hall, New York. This concert will be the first performance in the USA of Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology.

Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology
new version 2010
for orchestra | 18'
prem. 26.02.2014, Carnegie Hall, New York; Vienna Philharmonic, cond. Franz Welser-Möst

Norman Lebrecht Album of the Week: Janáček and Smetana ★★★★☆

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 Februar 2014

(c) harmonia mundiThe Jerusalem Quartet’s recording of Janáček and Smetana (published by harmonia mundi) is Norman Lebrecht’s “Album of the Week”: you can listen to excerpts from the CD and find Lebrecht’s full review on Sinfini Music.

Find out more about Leoš Janáček.

Through His Teeth #14: Printing an opera

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 Februar 2014

We've added some photos from our production department to our Facebook feed:

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Pierre Boulez honoured with Distinguished Service Award

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Februar 2014

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschToday, 6 February, Pierre Boulez will receive the 18th annual Cleveland Orchestra Distinguished Service Award in absentia.

Executive Director Gary Hanson on Boulez: "This award is in recognition of our genuine appreciation for Pierre Boulez"s decades of service to The Cleveland Orchestra. He has given us the gift of great music, new music, and the joy of music-making. We are grateful for what he has taught us and honored by his peerless international legacy."

Read more on the website of the Cleveland Orchestra.

World première of a reduced version of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 Februar 2014

On 3 May 1921, Alexander Zemlinsky received the following telegram: “have read your opera the dwarf with great enjoyment cologne is prepared to accept sole rights for world premiere would you be prepared to entrust your work to us Klemperer.” Zemlinsky’s opera in one act (librettist: Georg Klaren), which is based on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale “The Birthday of the Infanta”, received its world première one year later, on 28 May 1922 in Cologne under Otto Klemperer.

The first reduced version of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, arranged by Jan-Benjamin Homolka, will be premiéred on 6 February at the Wilhelma Theater in Stuttgart. Nicholas Kok conducts musicians of the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.

Musical experiences with the Ensemble intercontemporain

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 Februar 2014

Matthias Pintscher (c) Edouard CaupeilThe Ensemble intercontemporain (cond. Matthias Pintscher) will perform Pierre Boulez’ Messagesquisse on 9 February as part of their second Turbulences Week-End. Also on the programme: Wolfgang Rihm’s Tutuguri VI (Kreuze), conducted by Michel Cerutti and performed by students of the Conservatoire de Paris.