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Video trailer for Seven Angels

Posted on 27 June 2011

Luke Bedford’s opera Seven Angels comes to the Tramway in Glasgow tomorrow. Here’s the new video trailer.

Watch on YouTube.

London Sinfonietta at the Aldeburgh Festival

Posted on 24 June 2011

AldeburghPeter Eötvös conducts the London Sinfonietta at the Aldeburgh Festival tomorrow.

On the programme is Pierre Boulez’ … explosante-fixe …, alongside works by Marco Stroppa and Peter Eötvös himself.

Full transcript of our Alan Gilbert interview now online

Posted on 24 June 2011 (comments: 1)

Alan Gilbert on Gustav Mahler“When the New York Philharmonic plays Mahler, I enjoy this deep feeling of pathos”

The full transcript of our Gustav Mahler video interview with Alan Gilbert is now online (as is the video itself).

Vixen opens in New York

Posted on 22 June 2011

Vixen in New YorkThe New York Philharmonic’s production of the Cunning Little Vixen opens at the Avery Fisher Hall tonight.

“Music Director Alan Gilbert, director/designer Doug Fitch, and the New York Philharmonic invite you into the woods, with Avery Fisher Hall transformed into a fantastical forest filled with talking frogs, singing mosquitoes and badgers, and one very fetching little fox.”

See production photos on the NYPhil’s Facebook page.

Luke Bedford - Looking for Paradise

Posted on 17 June 2011

Looking for Paradise in BirminghamLuke Bedford is in Birmingham for tonight’s world première of his new opera Seven Angels, based on Milton’s Paradise Lost. The libretto is by Glyn Maxwell. Read his article in the Guardian about the work.

Andrew Clements chose Seven Angels as one of his picks of live music this week, also in the Guardian.

Director John Fulljames and Luke Bedford spoke to the BBC’s In Tune programme yesterday. Listen again here (about 1:06 in).

Seven Angels is an Opera Group and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group production, co-produced with ROH2 and Tramway. Nicholas Collon conducts.

Listen to Rihm’s Dionysos from Amsterdam

Posted on 17 June 2011 (comments: 2)

Dionysos

Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Dionysos was broadcast live from the Holland Festival in Amsterdam yesterday. The recording is online for a short period at the Dutch Radio4 website (the opera begins about 35 minutes in).

The full vocal score is online here.

Staud world première in Paris

Posted on 17 June 2011

Johannes Maria StaudJohannes Maria Staud’s new work for the ensemble intercontemporain, Par ici! is given its world première tonight in Paris. Susanna Mälkki conducts.

The performance is part of the Festival Agora.

A selection of performances this week

Posted on 15 June 2011

Carolin WidmannCarolin Widmann performs Wolfgang Rihm’s Über die Linie VII, Morton Feldman’s For Aaron Copland and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII at the Konzerthaus in Vienna tonight.

Vykintas Baltakas’ (co)ro(na) is performed in Düsseldorf by the notabu.ensemble (15 June)

Ernst Krenek’s Das Geheime Königreich opens in Athens at the Greek National Opera.

The world première of Luke Bedford’s opera Seven Angels is on Friday 17 June.

The world première of Johannes Maria Staud’s Par ici is given by Ensemble intercontemporain, also on Friday.

Richard Rodney Bennett’s All the King’s Men can be heard in a new production in Cambridge on Saturday.

The list goes on … see all forthcoming concerts in our online performance calendar.

The Cunning Little Vixen in New York

Posted on 07 June 2011

Watch director and designer Doug Fitch talk about Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, which opens at the New York Philharmonic on 22 June.

Watch on YouTube

It seems also that a certain little vixen has taken over the NYPhil’s Twitter account.

A week of world premières

Posted on 03 June 2011

Georg Friedrich HaasOur week of world premières continues, following yesterday’s new work by Vykintas Baltakas.

On Saturday, Georg Friedrich Haas’ new work for chamber orchestra, chants oubliés, is part of a portrait concert given by the Munich Chamber Orchestra, which is joined by Teodoro Anzelotti and Kelvin Hawthorne.

Johannes Maria Staud’s new monodrama for narrator and ensemble, Der Riß durch den Tag, is given its world première in Dresden by Bruno Ganz and the Staatskapelle Dresden.

In other news, the Dutch Radio’s famous ZaterdagMatinee series presents the Dutch première of Wolfgang Rihm’s QUID EST DEUS? The concert is broadcast live on Dutch Radio (14:15, Sat 4 June CEST).

Baltakas World Première

Posted on 02 June 2011

Vilnius FestivalVykintas Baltakas’ new work for cello and piano, Commentum, premières at the Vilnius Festival tonight. The soloists are David Geringas (cello) and Ian Fountain (piano).

Read our news item.

View the full score of Commentum here:

View on Issuu.com

Morton Feldman in Philadelphia

Posted on 01 June 2011

Morton FeldmanAlex Ross comments on American Sublime, the festival of Morton Feldman’s late work which starts at Bowerbird in Philadelphia this weekend.

There’s a pretty busy week ahead of us here at UE. Stay tuned for updates, and follow us on Twitter.

New Berio documents online

Posted on 30 May 2011 (comments: 1)

Berio E si fussi pisciEight years after Luciano Berio’s death, the Centro Studi Luciano Berio has published new photographs and four unpublished manuscripts related to his favourite Sicilian folksong, E si fussi pisci.

You can even listening to a unique recording of Berio singing the song.

Buy the choral version of E si fussi pisci in our online shop.

The Centro also pays tribute to Edoardo Sanguineti, who died last year, with previously unpublished photographs and manuscripts.

Wolfgang Rihm on Schönberg’s Op. 31

Posted on 27 May 2011

Schönberg in the garden

We’re still celebrating Schönberg’s estate being included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, so here’s another chance to hear Wolfgang Rihm talking (in German) about Schönberg’s Variations Op. 31.

Here are translated excerpts.

By the way, the photo above is available as a mousepad (would you believe it!), as is this one.

Schönberg recognised by UNESCO

Posted on 26 May 2011

Arnold SchönbergWe’ve just heard the incredible news that Schönberg’s documentation, archived at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna, has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Congratulations Schönberg!

Read our news item here.