It’s a historic day in Vienna, with the first ever performance of a Kurt Weill work at the Vienna State Opera.
Ingo Metzmacher conducts the Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in a production by Jérôme Deschamps. Elisabeth Kulman, Angelika Kirchschlager and Christopher Ventris sing the lead roles.
See more at the Vienna State Opera website.
We move into the final weekend of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris, with three Rihm string quartets on the programme today.
It’s day 6 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris.
It’s day 5 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris.
Full score of String Quartet No. 1
Full score of String Quartet No. 8
Here’s a picture of composer Francis Burt in discussion with conductor Peter Burwik at the Austrian Society of Music on 12 Jan.
Burt, who celebrated his 85th birthday last year, spoke of his life, the important milestones in his career as a composer, his recently completed opera Mahan and his plans for the future!
The 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes is now underway in Paris, presenting the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm amongst a range of other works. To celebrate, we are posting the full scores of many of the works here and on ISSUU.com.
The festival begins today (Saturday 14 Jan) with three concerts.
14:30 QUATUOR THYMOS
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 9
17:00 QUATUOR VOCE
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 2 and String Quartet No. 11
The full score of String Quartet No. 11 is here
20:30 QUATUOR MODIGLIANI
including Rihm’s “Streichquartett” and String Quartet in G
The full scores are here:
String Quartet in G
Together with Stephen Newbould from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, David is participating in the “Pitch New Works Now” session of the conference.
Fingers crossed for the first US performance of Rumpelstiltskin, a work that the Times called “a tour de force of mostly ominous effects and gradually mounting frenzy”.
I was a little unclear in this post. The work was not itself performed, but presented to the delegates of the congress. Our crossed fingers refer to the hope that one of the delegates was so overwhelmed as to plan a new production of the ballet.
Apologies for any confusion.
Before we disappear amongst the Christmas wrapping, here are a few tips for your listening pleasure over the holidays.
Pierre Boulez’ Notations are on Radio SWR2 tonight (Friday) at 8pm German time.
David Sawer’s Stramm Gedichte will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:45pm London time.
Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat is sung by the NDR choir tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at 7pm German time on Radio NDR Kultur.
Once the new year kicks off, listen to the Arditti Quartet performing Vykintas Baltakas’ string quartet b(ell tree) on SWR2 on Wednesday 4th January at 11pm German time.
French speakers might like to listen to France Culture’s Villes Mondes Vienne episode, which was first broadcast on 13th November and contains an interview with Friedrich Cerha.
The orchestras that perform our music are made up of very creative people, sometimes in more ways than one.
Here’s a brief look at some of the curious things people send us when sending performance material back to us.