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Birtwistle’s Gawain: live stream of the Austrian première at the Salzburg Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 July 2013

Ingo Metzmacher, ORF RSO Wien (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang SchauflerIf you can’t be at the Salzburg Festival this year to see Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain: Ö1 offers a live stream on their homepage:

Ö1Ö1 Webradio, listen live

The stream starts today, 26 July, 19:30 (cet/cest).

Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain
opera in 2 acts | 150’
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 3 - 2. Horn in F offstage, 4. Horn in F offstage, timp, perc, vib, hp, mar, cimb, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vla(2), vc(2), cb(2)
Austrian prem. 26/7/2013, Felsenreitschule; ORF RSO Wien, cond. Ingo Metzmacher

Listen to Zwielicht by Jay Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 July 2013

Jay Schwartz (c) Eric Marinitsch, Universal Edition

View the full study score of Zwielicht

We just received a recording from the world première of the Cologne version of Jay Schwartz’s Zwielicht.

The first performance of the work – which concerns itself with the phenomena of the transformation between different times, but also between life and the afterlife and the boundaries between light and darkness – took place earlier this month, on 11 July in Cologne, with the composer conducting the Kölner Vokalsolisten. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday David Fennessy

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 July 2013

David fennessy (c) Tanya KiangHappy Birthday David Fennessy!

Rehearsals for Birtwistle’s Gawain with Ingo Metzmacher and the ORF RSO

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 July 2013

Gawain rehearsal (c) Wolfgang SchauflerIngo Metzmacher and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at the rehearsals for the Austrian première of Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain at the Salzburg Festival on 26 July 2013.

The opera in 2 acts will open this year’s opera programme; an interview with Harrison Birtwistle about Gawain is available in our Musikblätter 5.

Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain
opera in 2 acts | 150’
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 3 - 2. Horn in F offstage, 4. Horn in F offstage, timp, perc, vib, hp, mar, cimb, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vla(2), vc(2), cb(2)
Austrian prem. 26/7/2013, Felsenreitschule; ORF RSO Wien, cond. Ingo Metzmacher
Further performances: 29/7/2013, 2, 8 and 15/8/2013

Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel in the trailer of Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 July 2013

Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel is featured in the trailer of Alfonso Cuarón’s upcoming hollywood movie Gravity:

UE Newsletter July 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 July 2013

UE Newsletter July 2013We just sent out our latest Newsletter, featuring the opening of the opera programme of the Salzburg Festival with Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain and 4 world premières of Universal Edition composers at the Festival.

Find out more.

If you want to subscribe to our newsletter, you can do so here: Newsletter Universal Edition

Aspen Music Festival features Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 July 2013

Arvo Pärt (c) Roberto Masotti

Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bells and Spiegel im Spiegel for violin and piano will be performed at the Aspen Music Festival. This year, the festival in the Colorado Mountains runs under the theme Conscience and Beauty.

Here’s an excerpt of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten:

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
for string orchestra and bell | 6’
21/07/2013, Benedict Music Tent; Aspen Festival Orchestra, cond. Leonard Slatkin

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
for violin and piano | 10’
7/8/2013, Harris Concert Hall; Anne-Marie McDermott, pno; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln

Wien Modern 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 July 2013

Wien ModernThe programme of Wien Modern #26 is now online. Highlights of the festival will be the world première of Luke Bedford’s Wonderful Four-Headed Nightingale by the Arditti Quartet (a piece that was commissioned by Wien Modern) on Monday, 28 October and the performance of Johannes Maria Staud’s orchestral work Maniai on 15 November.

Find out more: Wien Modern 2013

Happy Birthday Harrison Birtwistle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 July 2013

Harrison Birtwistle (c) Eric Marinitsch, Universal EditionHappy Birthday Harrison Birtwistle!

We are amazed to see how many of your works will be performed at the Salzburg Festival! A full list is available here, some of the highlights:

Harrison Birtwistle: Cortege
for 14 musicians | 15’
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 0 0 - pno, bass tpt, b.d, vln(2), vla, vc, cb
31/7/2013, Kollegienkirche; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain
opera in 2 acts | 150’
3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 3 - 2. Horn in F offstage, 4. Horn in F offstage, timp, perc, vib, hp, mar, cimb, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vln, vla(2), vc(2), cb(2)
26/7/2013, Felsenreitschule; Christopher Maltman, Gawain; John Tomlinson, The Green Knight/Bertilak de Hautdesert; Laura Aikin, Morgan le Fay; Jennifer Johnston, Lady de Hautdesert; Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, King Arthur; Andrew Watts, Bishop Baldwin; Brian Galliford, Fool
Salzburger Bachchor, ORF RSO Wien, cond. Ingo Metzmacher
Further performances: 29/7/2013, 2, 8 and 15/8/2013

Harrison Birtwistle: Secret Theatre
for chamber ensemble | 28’
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(1), pno, str(1 1 1 1 1)
31/7/2013, Kollegienkirche; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

Harrison Birtwistle: Tombeau in memoriam Igor Stravinsky
for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet | 3’
fl, cl, hp, vln(2), vla, vc
31/7/2013, Kollegienkirche; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

Happy Birthday Vykintas Baltakas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 July 2013

Vykintas Baltakas (c) Marion Kalter

Happy Birthday Vykintas Baltakas!

Find out more about the composer, whose latest work Eselsbrücke for ensemble will be premièred on 24 August by the Scharoun Ensemble at the Salzburg Festival, here.

Vykintas Baltakas: Eselsbrücke
for ensemble | 10’
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher

UE newsletter: Jay Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 July 2013

Jay Schwartz NewsletterOur latest newsletter, focusing on Jay Schwartz 2 upcoming world premières – watch an interview with the composer, view the full study scores for Zwielicht and M or listen to music by Jay Schwart.

If you want to receive up-to-date information about our composers and their works (in English or in German) sign up to our e-mail newsletter.

Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 July 2013

Hanns Eisler, Bertolt Brecht (c) Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19204-2132

Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler at the Academy of Arts, Berlin, on 21 March 1950. Eisler was born exactly 115 years ago, on 6 July 1898.

Find out more about Hanns Eisler and his collaborations with Brecht here. Their Lehrstück Die Maßnahme, for example, was one of the didactic works of Brecht which he modelled on the Japanese Noh theatre. Due to possible misunderstandings of the play’s political orientation, Brecht forbade its performance – the prohibition was lifted for his 100th birthday in 1998.

Georg Friedrich Haas in America

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 July 2013

Haas (c) Lucerne Festival, Priska Ketterer.jpgVivien Schweitzer of the New York Times has reviewed the Austrian Cultural Forum’s welcome concert for Georg Friedrich Haas, whose tenure as a professor at Columbia University starts in September.

Read the full article on the New York Times.

Find out more about Atthis and listen to an excerpt.

Rihm's String Quartet No. 3 on the Radio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 July 2013

Dionysos-Entwurf von Jonathan MeeseTonight on Rai Radio 3, 23:00 (cet/cest): Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet No. 3 | “Im Innersten”, recorded on 17 October 2012 and performed by the Quartetto di Cremona.

Listen live

Tom Service’s excellent Guide to Wolfgang Rihm on the Guardian.

Lucas Fels at the Frankfurter Musikhochschule

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 July 2013

Lucas Fels (c) IMD2012, Daniel PufeCongratulations to Lucas Fels on becoming the new professor of Interpretation Practice and Promotion of New Music at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK).

Having collaborated with Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm (who dedicated his Styx and Lethe for violoncello and orchestra to him), Beat Furrer (check out this Kairos recording) and others, Lucas Fels has established himself as one of the most distinguished cellists of our time. Furthermore, he’s a founding member of the ensemble recherche and since 2006 a member of the Arditti Quartet.

Wolfgang Rihm in conversation with Lucas Fels: