Pitted against the Minguet Quartett’s contemporary sensibilities – shifting between tender supplication and confrontational toughness – the textured renaissance richness of the Huelgas Ensemble is thrown into sharply acidic relief. Atmospherically recorded, with poetically pointed notes by Paul Griffiths. (Michael Quinn, Choir & Organ, September/October 2015)
Congratulations to the Huelgas Ensemble, the Minguet Quartett and Paul Van Nevel for the 5-star review that their recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s ET LUX received in the Choir & Organ magazine. ET LUX was released by ECM New Series.
The CD includes a beautiful booklet with an introductory statement by Wolfgang Rihm and liner notes by Paul Griffiths and Wolfgang Schreiber.
Wolfgang Rihm on ET LUX [German interview with English subtitles]:
musica-viva presents the five-day Stockhausen-Festival in Munich, which will be running from 21 until 25 October and featuring seven concerts with the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Among the pieces performed will be his piano pieces 1–11 (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pno) and Zyklus (Dirk Rothbrust, perc).
Find the festival’s full programme on the website of musica viva.
Our heartfelt congratulations to Cristóbal Halffter:
Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain, has announced this year’s fourteen recipients of the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise: among the recipients is Cristóbal Halffter.
Whereas, in earlier works, the pitch structure was determined by altering the instruments (untuned strings of the bowed instruments in the chamber opera Nacht and in the String Quartet No. 1, retuning the piano in the improvisatory piece Nacht), microtonal intonation is left exclusively up to the players in Nach-Ruf … ent-gleitend … (Georg Friedrich Haas)
ensemble iiiiiiiii will be performing Georg Friedrich Haas’ Nach-Ruf … ent-gleitend … on 15 October at the iN festival in Seoul.
More information about the festival is available on the website of the ensemble iiiiiiiii.
The opera, which stars Willard White as Dreieinigkeitsmoses and Measha Brueggergosman as Jenny Hill, will still be performed three more times this month: on 13, 15 and 17 October.
Read Cristina Iacoboni’s (Italian) review on Online Merker.
A trailer is available on YouTube:
London’s Wigmore Hall celebrates the imminent ninetieth birthday of Friedrich Cerha with a day devoted to the composer’s works.
On 10 October Friedrich Cerha Day presents a major retrospective of the composer’s chamber works performed by close colleagues and musicians steeped in his multi-faceted art. Among the performers will be the Boulanger Trio, who you can see together with the composer pictured above.
Our latest newsletter is out now:
- Wolfgang Rihm’s Duo Concerto in New York, Dresden & Singapore
- Ronnefeld’s Nachtausgabe reopens at the Semperoper Dresden
“In a world which increasingly emphasises speed, clarity can perhaps be best achieved when time stands still.” (David Sawer)
If you want to find out more about the composer, we’ve prepared an interview with David Sawer on our MusikSalon.
“And then, by a lucky accident, I switched on my car radio while driving home. I was so struck by the beauty and opulence of what I heard that I was afraid to turn it off for fear of not learning what the piece was; its loss would have haunted me like the lost chord.”
Read James Conlon’s full text on Alexander Zemlinsky on our MusikSalon.
opernwelt’s annual survey is out:
Congratulations to Georg Nigl, who has been selected “singer of the year 2015” in Andrea Breth’s “performance of the year” of Jakob Lenz at the opera Stuttgart.
Also congratulations to Marlis Petersen who won “singer of the year” for her title role in Berg’s Lulu at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
You can watch the trailer for the production here:
In 2012, we conducted an interview with Ingo Metzmacher on Franz Schreker. You can watch the video here:
An English transcript of the interview is available on our MusikSalon.
ARTE will broadcast Adam’s Passion this Sunday, 27 September 2015. The joint piece of Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson premièred earlier this year, on 12 May at the Noblessner Foundry in Tallinn.
Before Adam’s Passion, the The Lost Paradise will be shown, a 55-minute documentary that focuses on the preparation process of the piece. At the same time, The Lost Paradise offers a profound and intimate insight into Arvo Pärt’s world, following his life in Estonia and on business trips to Vatican and Japan over more than a year.
The broadcast starts at 23:25 CET/CEST.
“Die Hofer Symphoniker unter der Leitung von Arn Goerke geben in fordernden Dynamik dem Musikdrama angemessene Klänge, und dies im Wechsel von subtiler Kammermusik und dröhnendem Aufschrei. Insbesondere die Klangmagie der leisen Intensität macht diese Aufführung von der musikalischen Seite her so bewegend.” (Boris Gruhl, nmz, 22.09.2015)
Alban Berg’s Wozzeck premièred almost 90 years ago, on 14.12.1925 – congratulations to the Theater Hof for their successful new staging of the opera, a work that has lost nothing of its relevance.
Further performances will take place until 25 October, find out more on the website of the Theater Hof.