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4 out of 5 stars for “The Deer’s Cry”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 February 2016

Arvo Pärt: The Deer’s Cry

The Sixteen’s recording of Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry received 4 out of 5 stars from Fiona Maddocks. Read the full review on The Guardian.

Take a peek behind the scenes in The Sixteen’s promotional video:

Concert homage to Pierre Boulez in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 January 2016

On 26 January Matthias Pintscher, Paavo Järvi, Bruno Mantovani, Yeree Suh, Andrew Gerzso, the Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre de Paris and the Elèves du Conservatoire de Paris paid homage to Pierre Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris.

On the programme were Improvisation I, Messagesquisse, Improvisation II, Dérive 1, Notations I-IV and VII and extracts from Dialogue de l'ombre double.

You can watch the full concert here:

Friedrich Cerha meets the Boulanger Trio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 January 2016

Boulanger Trio (c) Boulanger Trio

On 27 January the Boulanger Trio presents a concert with music by Mozart, Berg and Cerha at the Musikverein Vienna. Friedrich Cerha will be guest of honour.

The concert will be accompanied by a conversation with the composer, who celebrates his 90th birthday this February.

View the full programme

Pierre Boulez honoured in Paris Memorial Service

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 January 2016

Pierre Boulez Memorial Service (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

The memorial service for Pierre Boulez at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris was attended last Friday by the French prime minister Manuel Valls, the culture minister Fleur Pellerin as well as the former culture minister Jack Lang.

The musician Daniel Barenboim spoke of Boulez’s legacy as a man of the future interested in many things beyond music – for Barenboim, Boulez was a “true man of the future”.

Pierre Boulez Memorial Service (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Laurent Bayle, president of the Philharmonie de Paris, recalled Boulez’ creative achievements including Boulez’s lifelong disdain for “les invalides de la nostalgie”.

The most moving and evocative homage was delivered ex tempore by the architect Renzo Piano, recalling Boulez’s lifelong search for beauty: “Merci, Pierre, Merci.”

The Guardian reviews Franz Schmidt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 January 2016

Schmidt: Das Buch mit Sieben SiegelnWhen Simone Young lay down her baton on 15 June 2015 after the performance of Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals, it was the 45th programme in the 90th Philharmonic concert that she had conducted within the ten years of her term as Hamburg Artistic Director

“Time to reassess Austria’s tainted composer?” Andrew Clements of The Guardian reviews a new recording of Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln.

Read the full review

The Threepenny Opera in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 January 2016

Die Dreigroschenoper (c) Theater an der Wien

Keith Warner’s new production of The Threepenny Opera premières today at the Theater an der Wien.

Johannes Kalitzke conducts the Klangforum Wien, the production stars Tobias Moretti, Florian Boesch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nina Bernsteiner, Angelika Kirchschlager and others.

Watch a short introduction to the production by Austrian TV station ORF.

Find out more on the website of the Theater an der Wien

Morton Feldman would have been 90 today

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 January 2016

Morton Feldman (c) Barbara Monk Feldman

Today Morton Feldman would have celebrated his 90th anniversary. 30 years ago, he held a lecture at the 33rd International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt.

Watch an excerpt of his lecture

5th year running: Arvo Pärt is the bachtrack’s most performed living composer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 January 2016

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Find the 2015 Classical music statistics on bachtrack.

There’s also an infographic of 2015 available.

Ö1: In memoriam Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 January 2016

Pierre Boulez (c) Alfred Schlee

Today at 7:30 CET/CEST, the Austrian radio station Ö1 presents the 2 1/2 hour programme In memoriam Pierre Boulez.

In the studio: Lothar Knessl, who knew Pierre Boulez since the post-war years, Christian Scheib, who was responsible for the script of “Pierre Boulez in Salzburg”, Florian Rosensteiner, who worked as a producer with Boulez, and Albert Hosp, who interviewed him for Ö1 on Mahler and Szymanowsky.

Read more and listen live

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Hear and Now: Pintscher conducts Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 January 2016 (comments: 1)

My compositions use these sliding tones to create structures, „drawing“ geometrical systems of lines and curves which are slowly channelled into various intervallic relationships, creating a system of tension and release.

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Delta – Music for Orchestra IV uses the actual shape of the sign ∆ as the formal structure of the composition. Slow upwardly gliding lines are positioned over the tone “D” spinning a long web of harmonies and overtones driving towards a “D” unison. The expectations are, however, interrupted by a catharsis.

A sketch of Delta

Jay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition

Tomorrow, 9 January, the UK première of Jay Schwartz’ Delta – Music for Orchestra IV will be performed at the City Halls in Glasgow. Matthias Pintscher conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

View the full score

Gilbert Kaplan 1941 – 2016

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 January 2016

Gilbert Kaplan (c) Adrian Bradshaw

In Gilbert Kaplan, Universal Edition loses an important partner and friend. Together with Renate Stark-Voit he edited the critical new edition of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 as part of the Critical Complete Edition of Mahler’s works.

No composer touched him more than Mahler. Kaplan’s publications and his support for the renovation of Mahler’s composer’s cottage in Steinbach/Attersee are only two examples of his tireless love for Mahler, which was always inspiring and enriching to us.

Two recent appearances in Vienna will remain unforgotten: on 18 May 2011, the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler, he held a moving speech on the life and work of Mahler before a performance of the Symphony No. 9 at the Vienna State Opera.

On 17 February 2013, he conducted the world première of his reduced version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, which he arranged together with Rob Mathes, at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

We will miss him.

Pärt’s Te Deum in Helsinki

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 December 2015

Teema@HelsinkiArvo Pärt’s Te Deum for 3 choirs, prepared piano, string orchestra and tapewill be performed on Friday, 18.12., at the Kallio Church in Helsinki by the Emo Ensemble and Kamus.

Find out more on the website of Teema@Helsinki.

Fiona Maddocks’ best classical music of 2015

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 December 2015

Beautiful – Georg Friedrich Haas’ Morgen und Abend and the “Total Immersion: Boulez at 90” programme made it into Fiona Maddocks’ best classical music of 2015 article:

Read the full article

New critical edition of The Makropulos Case in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 December 2015

Die Sache Makropulos – Wiener Staatsoper, Michael Pöhn

Conductor Jakub Hrůša with Jiří Zahrádka (c) Universal Edition“If you value the characteristics of Janáček’s music, this is the ideal edition” says Dieter Flury, the Vienna Philharmonic’s principal flutist and former general manager after the Austrian première of The Makropulos Affair in Jiří Zahrádka’s revised edition at the Vienna State Opera.

Jakub Hrůša made his first appearance as conductor at the State Opera and was applauded as enthusiastically as Laura Aikin as Emilia Marty in Peter Stein’s staging of the opera.

View an excerpt of the score

Arvo Pärt at the reopening of the St Virgil's Chapel

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 December 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt’s Kleine Litanei for mixed choir a cappella was premièred by Erwin Ortner and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir at yesterday’s reopening of the subterranean St Virgil's Chapel Wien Museum.

Here are snapshots of the composer at the rehearsals for Kleine Litanei and sitting next to the Austrian first lady Margit Fischer at the world première of the work at the St Virgil's Chapel.

The next chance to listen to Kleine Litanei will be at the Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk on 16 May.