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Luke Bedford’s Outblaze The Sky in Seattle

Posted on 15 November 2011

Luke BedfordThis week, Oliver Knussen conducts Luke Bedford’s Outblaze The Sky with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (17 and 19 Nov).

In an interview for the Seattle Times, Knussen says:

“[Bedford] writes music that is at the same time highly abstract in structure and very poetic in sound and resonance. ‘Outblaze the Sky’ is a short piece which is, in effect, a single big crescendo. He writes beautifully for orchestra, and the harmonic world is beautiful and distinctive. And it’s practical and relatively easy to put together!”

Read the full interview at the Seattle Times.

More on Outblaze The Sky, including an audio excerpt.

David Fennessy on BBC Radio 3 this afternoon

Posted on 14 November 2011

Pass the SpoonDavid Fennessy is on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme this afternoon talking about Pass the Spoon, his “sort-of opera about cookery” created with visual artist David Shrigley.

Listen live online at around 6pm London time today (Monday 14th).

Pass the Spoon opens at the Tramway in Glasgow on Thursday 17th November.

As the website says:

What can we say about Pass the Spoon?

Well …

It’s a show with actors, music and food.
It’s a bit like an opera, but with vegetables and fruit.
It’s about cooking.

It’s possibly the only show you’ll see this year featuring a dung beetle.

Oh and someone gets eaten. Did we mention that?

There’s also coverage in the Guardian, the Observer and Scotland on Sunday.

Prestigious Awards for the Kurt Weill Edition

Posted on 11 November 2011

Kurt Weill EditionThe most recent volume in the Kurt Weill Edition, Music with Solo Violin, has received two 2011 Paul Revere Awards from the Music Publishers Association of America.

The Critical Report won First Prize for Book Design in Educational Folios and the score won Second Prize for Full Score Music Notesetting.

Read more about the new edition on the Kurt Weill Foundation website and follow them on Facebook.

Performances around the world

Posted on 08 November 2011

Luciano for everWhile the Wien Modern festival is raging here in Vienna, here’s a quick look at some other performances around the world this week.

Cornelius Cardew: Autumn 60 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

Luciano Berio: Linea for 2 pianos, vibraphone and marimba, performed by musikFabrik in Cologne.

Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel at the esplanade in Singapore

Alexander Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg continues at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, together with Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (see videos)

Julian Yu: Philopentatonia at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo

You can see a full list of all forthcoming performances in our calendar.

Tonight at Wien Modern: Burt, Staud, Cerha, Birtwistle

Posted on 03 November 2011

Wien ModernThe RSO Vienna performs under Johannes Kalitzke tonight at the Wien Modern festival.

The first half of the concert consists of orchestral miniatures, including excerpts of Francis Burt’s Morgana, Johannes Maria Staud’s ‘Eck’ from his work Polygon and Friedrich Cerha’s Momente.

After the interval, Harrison Birtwistle’s 30-minute The Triumph of Time will be performed.

The concert is broadcast on ORF Radio 1 on Friday 4 November at 19:30 Vienna time.

Luke Bedford and the London Sinfonietta at Wien Modern

Posted on 31 October 2011

London SinfoniettaLuke Bedford is in Vienna for a performance of his Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper. Franck Ollu conducts the London Sinfonietta.

The concert, which is part of the Wien Modern festival, is the ensemble’s first in Vienna for 15 years.

Also on the programme is Harrison Birtwistle’s Silbury Air, as well as works by George Benjamin, Simon Holt and Thomas Adès.

Jay Schwartz: Music for Saxophone and Piano

Posted on 30 October 2011

Jay SchwartzWe’ve just published an early work by Jay Schwartz: Music for Saxophone and Piano.

Thomas Snydacker and Liz Ames perform the piece tonight at the Arizona State University.

The piece was written for the saxophonist Harry Kinrose White, who will also be performing the work in Zurich this autumn. More details in our performance calendar.

Haas world première in Munich

Posted on 30 October 2011

Pinakothek der ModernePart two of Georg Friedrich Haas’ SCHWEIGEN – II. Lampedusa for soprano and mezzo-soprano – is given its world première this Sunday at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Soloists from the Neue Vocalsolisten perform as part of the Escalier du Chant project by the artist Olaf Nicolai.

Rihm at the ZaterdagMatinee in Amsterdam

Posted on 28 October 2011

Christian MiedlThe iconic ZaterdagMatinee concert series in Amsterdam begins a special season dedicated to Wolfgang Rihm this Saturday.

During the forthcoming concert series, works by Rihm will be included in eight of the matinee concerts presented by the Dutch Radio at the Concertgebouw.

The series begins with the world première of Rihm’s Der Maler träumt for baritone and ensemble given by Christian Miedl and the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, alongside a performance of Male über Male 2 with clarinettist Jörg Widmann. Reinbert de Leeuw conducts. Music by Schreker and Widmann will also be performed.

Read more on the NTR website.

The concert is broadcast live on Dutch Radio 4 at 14:15 (Amsterdam time) on Saturday 29 Oct, and there’s a live video stream on the NTR website.

Besides Feldman – new CD

Posted on 25 October 2011

Besides Feldmancol legno’s new CD, Besides Feldman, is now available. The project, led by musician and producer Patrick Pulsinger, was part of the Feld(man) Forschung series at the Wien Modern 2010 festival.

The Viennese weekly newspaper Der Falter talks of the “considerable attraction” of the music.

Order at col legno

Listen to excerpts on Amazon

Morton Feldman’s works are here.

Cerha’s Paraphrase for Beethoven and Chailly

Posted on 21 October 2011

Riccardo Chailly, GewandhausorchesterThe Gewandhausorchester is in Vienna this week with its chief conductor Riccardo Chailly. For full details of the continuing tour of their Beethoven series, see the Gewandhaus website.

Tonight, they present the Austrian première of Friedrich Cerha’s Paraphrase on the beginning of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Listen to an excerpt here

Jonathan Nott’s 500th concert in Bamberg

Posted on 20 October 2011

Jonathan NottJonathan Nott celebrates his 500th concert with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra tonight, including Schubert’s 7th and Mahler’s 4th.

In honour of the occasion, the concert will be broadcast live on the internet from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra website.

Watch our interview with Jonathan Nott, in which he talks about the music of Gustav Mahler

Watch on YouTube

Vykintas Baltakas in New York

Posted on 14 October 2011

Jack Quartet

Vykintas Baltakas features at the SONiC Festival at the Miller Theatre in New York this Sunday.

The JACK Quartet gives the US première of his string quartet b(ell tree).

Read more and listen to an excerpt here.

Wolfgang Rihm in Donaueschingen

Posted on 13 October 2011

Donaueschingen FestivalThe 2011 Donaueschingen Festival starts tomorrow with a concert given by the RSO Baden-Baden and Freiburg together with the Ensemble MusikFabrik.

Emilio Pomàrico conducts the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Séraphin”-Symphonie. The work is the latest incarnation of a “complex” of works that carry a reference to Antonin Artaud and his work.

To learn more, see this Rihm-Artaud-Overview, showing how the works are connected (PDF file – with thanks to Ulrich Mosch from the Sacher Foundation in Basel).

Visit the Donaueschingen pages at the SWR website, including videos from last year’s festival.


SWR2The concert will be broadcast live on SWR2 Radio at 8pm Paris time on 14 October. Listen online.

Vykintas Baltakas at the Usedom Music Festival

Posted on 10 October 2011

David GeringasVykintas Baltakas’ Commentum for cello and piano receives its German premiere tonight at the Usedom Music Festival.

Artist in Residence David Geringas is accompanied by Ian Fountain.

See the full score of Commentum and listen to an excerpt on this page.

Here is Vykintas Baltakas’ blog. His Twitter feed is here.