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Szymanowski: 6 Songs of the Fairy Princess

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 October 2012

(c) Heikki Tuuli and OctaviaBased on a series of poems by his sister Zofia, Karol Szymanowski composed the colourful and glittering 6 Songs of the Fairy Princess in 1915. The princess of the six songs remains mysteriously undefined; Love is her only, recurrent theme.

By withdrawing into internal phantasy during a time of war, Szymanowski found an opportunity to retreat into a dream-world, and composing songs remained an important part of his lifelong work; in 1933 he arranged three of the six princess songs for voice and orchestra. However, it took nearly 80 years until the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo arranged the other three songs, so that now, for the first time, all of the Songs of the Fairy Princess Songs for voice and orchestra can be heard.

Sakari Oramo conducted the first complete performance of the six songs in April 2012; from 31 October until 1 November they will be performed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main by Anu Komsi and the hr-sinfonieorchester under Sakari Oramo.


6 Songs of the Fairy Princess
for high voice and orchestra | 15’
31/10/2012 – 1/11/2012, Frankfurt am Main; Anu Komsi, s; hr-sinfonieorchester, cond. Sakari Oramo

Tom Service on Steve Reich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 October 2012

Tom Service BlogTom Service posted another interesting and informative guide on his blog, this time it’s about Steve Reich and his music. We highly recommend it, you can read the full article on The Guardian.

New ECM release of Adam's Lament

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 October 2012

ECM - Arvo Pärt - Adam's LamentArvo Pärt’s vocal works have always been based on their text, especially since the Credo from 1968. Broken down into its separate parts, dissected and carefully transferred to the music, the text is both the source – the germ from which the work’s entire structure unfolds – and also the goal. ECM has included predominantly more recent or recently reworked compositions by Arvo Pärt on this CD. The title composition Adam’s Lament is one of his major works. The words of the monk Silouan with the key message of love and humility occupy great strength of poetic expression for the composer.

Happy 47th Birthday Georges Lentz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 October 2012

Georges Lentz (c) Stanley Ciccone

Happy Birthday Georges Lentz!

Georg Friedrich Haas: 7 Klangräume

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 October 2012 (comments: 2)

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Lucerne Festival, Priska Ketterer

The 7 Klangräume by Georg Friedrich Haas will be performed on 27 October in New York. At the end of April 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart applied for the position of second Kapellmeister at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, hoping to inherit the position from Leopold Hofmann, the incumbent Kapellmeister. The City Council of Vienna accepted Mozart’s petition in a letter dated 9 May, 1791. The composer Georg Friedrich Haas used this strongly worded decree as a basis for the text in the vocal passages of his Sieben Klangräume accompanying the unfinished fragments of Mozart’s Requiem KV 626.

7 Klangräume (2005)
for choir and orchestra | 28'
27/10/2012 New York
Argento Chamber Ensemble, c. Michel Galante

Francis Burt (1926–2012)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 October 2012

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Francis Burt’s passing away on 3 October. We refer to Francis Burt’s website for further information.

Happy Birthday Mauricio Sotelo!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 October 2012

Mauricio Sotelo (c) Universal Edition/Wolfgang Schaufler

Happy Birthday Mauricio Sotelo!

Klangspuren Festival continues with Beat Furrer's Gaspra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 September 2012

Beat FurrerGaspra for ensemble will be performed on 25 September by the TIMF Ensemble under Soo-Yeoul Choi at the Klangspuren Festival.

Other UE composers that are represented at the Klangspuren Festival are Wolfgang Rihm, Pierre Boulez, Georg Friedrich Haas and Johannes Maria Staud.

Birthday Weekend

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 September 2012

Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt

Posted on 10 September 2012

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition/Eric Marinitsch

Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt!

50th anniversary of Eisler's death

Posted on 06 September 2012

Hanns Eisler (c) Universal EditionOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer, the International Hanns Eisler Society (IHEG) is organising the Eisler Days from 6 to 11 September with concerts, historic films, a symposium and a “Long Hanns Eisler Night”.

Hanns Eisler works published by Universal Edition

Happy Birthday Darius Milhaud

Posted on 04 September 2012

Darius Milhaud

Happy Birthday Darius Milhaud!

See a list of works by Milhaud published by Universal Edition.

The Makropulos Affair in Finland

Posted on 31 August 2012

A new production of Janáčeks Makropulos Affair opens in Helsinki tonight. 

See details, cast and photos at the Finnish National Opera website.

Happy Birthday Johannes Maria Staud!

Posted on 17 August 2012

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Universal Edition/Jonathan Irons

Learn more about the composer and watch his list of works.

Happy Birthday Georg Friedrich Haas!

Posted on 16 August 2012

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Universal Edition/Eric Marinitsch

Learn more about the composer and watch his list of works.