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Pasión Tango in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 Oktober 2016

Diego Collatti (c) Diego CollattiOn Friday, 14 October, Diego Collatti, his ensemble Minimal Tango and Uruguayan guitarist Ignacio Giovanetti bring a homage to Astor Piazzolla and Jorge Luis Borges to the stage of the ORF RadioKulturhaus.

Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo will be performed, as well as compositions and arrangements by Collatti.

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Staud receives the Coup de Coeur des Jeunes Mélomanes

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 Oktober 2016

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Priska Ketterer

Congratulations to Johannes Maria Staud, who was awarded the Coup de Coeur des Jeunes Mélomanes for his work Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) on 4 October by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.

The work is dedicated to Midori, and was premièred by the renowned violinist and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in 2014 at Lucerne Festival.

Midori will perform the work’s Japanese première on 19 October at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sylvain Cambreling conducts the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The Austrian-Korean Philharmonic (Soyoung Yoon, vln; cond. Chungki Min) will soon tour Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II), for more information visit our performance calendar.

View the full score of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) 

Steve Reich turns 80

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Oktober 2016

Steve Reich (c) Ian Oliver, Wikipedia; Johannes Feigl

Steve Reich turns 80 today – Universal Edition wishes him a very, very Happy Birthday!

Le Vin herbé in Chicago

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 September 2016

Photo: Frank Martin (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

This work belongs on every stage. (Eleonore Büning, FAZ)

Frank Martin’s secular oratorio Le Vin herbé – based on Joseph Bédier’s novel Romance of Tristan and Iseultwill be performed today and on 1 and 9 October at the Chicago Opera Theater.

After its first staged performance at the 1948 Salzburg Festival a critic of the Neues Österreich newspaper described the work as “A Tristan with a difference”. The concert version had already been premièred six years previously in Zurich. In its more than 60-year history Le vin herbé has enjoyed countless concert performances and several staged productions. 

Le Vin herbé at the Chicago Opera Theater

Victoria Borisova-Ollas nominated for an MPA Award

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 September 2016

Musikförläggarnas Pris 2016

Victoria Borisova-Ollas (c) Universal EditionCongratulations to Victoria Borisova-Ollas, whose work Vinden som ingenting minns has been nominated for this year’s Swedish Music Publishers Association Prize in the category “Classical Music Award of the Year – orchestra/opera”.

Victoria Borisova-Ollas has previously received Swedish MPA Awards for The Ground Beneath Her Feet (2008) and Golden Dances of Pharaohs (2010), her work Open Ground was nominated in 2007.

The award ceremony will take place on 11 November in Stockholm.

View the full score of Vinden som ingenting minns 

the greatest happiness principle in the BBC Music Magazine

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 September 2016

BBC Music MagazineDavid Sawer’s orchestral piece the greatest happiness principle is featured on a new CD included with the October issue of the BBC Music Magazine, titled “Best of British: Modern masterworks commissioned by Radio 3”.

The work was inspired by the utopian ideas of the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham and by his application of the panoptic principle to prison design.

It was recorded by Mark Wigglesworth and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Read David Sawer’s full work introduction

Kaminski’s Magnificat at the Internationalen Musiktage 2016

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 September 2016

Internationalen Musiktage 2016 – Dom zu Speyer (22 September – 8 October).

Heinrich KaminskiSoprano Cornelia Ptassek, violist Danka Nikolic, the Heinrich-Kaminski-Chorgemeinschaft and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss (cond. Fred Buttkewitz) will perform Heinrich Kaminski’s Magnificat on 24 September in the frame of the Internationalen Musiktage 2016 – Dom zu Speyer (22 September – 8 October).

Kaminski’s composed the Magnificat in 1925 and said that it was “… Mary’s hymn of praise, elicited by the shining message of the Annunciation and thus the rejoicing of every soul illuminated by that light.” It was frequently performed – sometimes paired with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – until the Nazis banned Kaminski’s works. 

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart tour Haas’ love poems

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 September 2016

 Neue Vocalsolisten (c) Martin Sigmund

The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart are performing Georg Friedrich Haas’ 3 Liebesgedichte on their current tour of Asia.

The composer about the works, which were composed for the six musicians of the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart:

For the most part, Stramm does away with syntax in his poems; he orders words to words into an expressive series of substantives, adjectives and pronouns, predominantly conditioned sonically and rhythmically, whereby neologisms may result. He may shape grammatically complete sentences but, if so, they convey nothing contextual; they formulate metaphors and images, linked together in a freely associative manner.

Read the composer’s full text

Dutch première of Sotelo’s Muros de dolor... III

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 September 2016

Søndergård (c) Andy Buchanan

Marucio Sotelo (c) Mauricio SoteloThe torn echo of one of the most dramatic forms of Andalusian Flamenco Singing: the ‘Seguiriya’, revolves at the centre of gravity of our composition for orchestra. A centrifugal movement in the form of a spiral of the musical mass of the orchestra leads us slowly towards a kind of vibrant rhythmic texture in a ternary rhythm: Bulería de sombras. (Mauricio Sotelo on Muros de dolor... III)

Thomas Søndergård and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra present the Dutch première of Mauricio Sotelo’s Muros de dolor... III on 22 Septemberat HET Concertgebouw.

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Nigl and Melnikov première Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 September 2016

Georg Nigl Portrait (c) Bernd Uhlig

Baritone Georg Nigl and pianist Alexander Melnikov will be performing the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s dort wie hier today at the Kölner Philharmonie – together with Lieder by Franz Schubert, Alban Berg and Johannes Brahms.

The Dutch première will take place tomorrow at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.

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Sweetheart come – Letter to Michael in Dublin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 September 2016

Emma Hauck (c) Public Domain

David Fennessy’s choir work Letter to Michael will be performed today at “Composing the Island: Choirland | 100 years of Irish Choral Music”.

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David Fennessy on the piece:

”A few years ago I came across an extraordinary piece of art by a woman named Emma Hauck. She was admitted to a German psychiatric ward about a hundred years ago diagnosed with schizophrenia. Whilst a patient there she produced pages and pages of text – thousands of lines in pencil which were addressed to her husband who had ceased to visit her. She simply wrote the words ‘Sweetheart Come’ [Herzensschatzi komm]  over and over again or sometimes just the word ‘come’. Every page is thick with overlapping text and some are so condensed as to be illegible.

I was deeply moved by these repeated pleas and feel strongly that the desperate passion that can be seen on these pages could only really be expressed with voices. I imagine a dense layering of a simple line; each voice adding to the power of the plea…”

UE newsletter: September 2016

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 September 2016

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– The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presents Weill’s and Brecht’s The Lindbergh Flight in St. Louis.

– The Zuger Sinfonietta premières Paul Leonard Schäffer’s instrumentation of Alban Berg’s 7 Early Songs for chamber orchestra.

– Belgian première of the new critical edition of The Makropulos Affair at the Opera Vlaanderen.

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Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 September 2016

Arvo Pärt (c) UE

Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt!

Othmar Schoeck Festival in Brunnen

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 September 2016

Othmar Schoeck conducts the orchestra of the Scala Milano in Lucerne 1941

Othmar Schoeck FestivalThe Othmar Schoeck Festival (1 to 11 September 2016) is currently running in Brunnen. A highlight of the festival will be an international symposium dedicated to Schoeck’s final opera Das Schloss Dürande [Dürande Castle] after Joseph von Eichendorff’s novella of the same name.

Find a detailed programme of the symposium on the website of the Bern University of the Arts:

Othmar Schoeck Symposium

An “almighty blast of Schoenberg” in Edinburgh

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 August 2016

Gurre-Lieder (c) Universal Edition

Surely there’s an irony in the fact that some of the sweetest love music ever written was penned by the man blamed for the collapse of romanticism. (Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 29 August 2016)

The grand finale of the Edinburgh International Festival’s Usher Hall concerts: on 28 August Donald Runnicles conducted Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder.

Read the full review on The Guardian