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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.

Johannes Maria Staud in Strasbourg

Posted on 06 October 2011

festival musicaJohannes Maria Staud is featured at the closing weekend of this year’s Festival Musica in Strasbourg.

This Thursday, On Comparative Meteorology for orchestra is given its French premiere by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg conducted by Pascal Rophé.

On Saturday, the SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart performs Contrebande (On Comparative Meteorology II), conducted by Anton Zapf.

Georg Friedrich Haas in LA

Posted on 04 October 2011

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

The US premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ chants oubliés for chamber orchestra takes place tonight in Los Angeles.

Otto Tausk conducts the LA Phil New Music Group at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The title refers to late works by Franz Liszt (Valses oubliés, Romance oubliée) – Liszt’s technique of presenting one-part melodies in a different sound environment (often that of the piano) is applied here to the possibilities of the chamber orchestra.

Happy Birthday Steve Reich

Posted on 03 October 2011

Steve Reich. Photo Wonge Bergmann

Steve Reich is 75 years old today. Many happy returns!

UE is proud to publish some of Steve Reich’s most seminal works, including Clapping Music, Piano Phase and Violin Phase. See this page for details.

Our friends at Boosey & Hawkes have published an excellent video documentary about the man and his music.

Visit the Steve Reich website here.

Arte Contemporanea per Arvo Pärt

Posted on 30 September 2011

Arvo Pärt, Photo: Roberto Masotti

AD LUCEM. Arte Contemporanea per Arvo Pärt

This Saturday (1 Oct) an exhibition of contemporary art dedicated to Arvo Pärt and curated by Angela Madesani opens at the Studio La Città in Verona.

A tribute concert will take place on Saturday 8 Oct with the composer in attendance.

Friedrich Cerha: Baal

Posted on 29 September 2011

Friedrich Cerha: Baal

Friedrich Cerha’s opera Baal opens tonight at the Neue Oper in Vienna.

See our news item here.

Guy Dammann on Pierre Boulez in The Economist

Posted on 26 September 2011

The EconomistFollowing hot on the heels of Tom Service’s article in the Guardian, Guy Dammann’s profile of Pierre Boulez appears in this week’s Economist, giving readers a concise overview of the composer and conductor.

Guy Dammann’s blog is here.

Tom Service on Pierre Boulez

Posted on 23 September 2011

Pierre Boulez, Photo Eric Marinitsch

“A sensual musical bath of sonorous reverberation and exotic resonance, music that shimmers and glints with a seductive play of instrumental timbres”

Tom Service on Pierre Boulez’ Sur Incises in today’s Guardian

In the same article, Gillian Moore, the Southbank Centre’s head of contemporary culture, asks if Boulez’ Pli selon Pli is “greatest orchestral work of the past 50 years”.

The Southbank Centre’s Exquisite Labyrinth: The Music of Pierre Boulez, takes place from Friday 30 Sept to Sunday 2 Oct.

Kurt Weill’s Street Scene on tour

Posted on 21 September 2011

Kurt Weill Street Scene

Congratulations to The Opera Group for their production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, now on at the Young Vic in London.

The Telegraph gave it four coveted stars: “If you want to see a theatre at full stretch and maximum throttle, head to the Young Vic, which is reviving its thrilling production of Kurt Weill’s 1947 ‘Broadway opera’, Street Scene.”

The production tours to Vienna and around the UK following its run in London. See the Opera Group website for dates and venues.

Read more about the work on the European American Music website and at the Kurt Weill Foundation

Great reviews for our new editions

Posted on 19 September 2011

Our recent releases have received some great reviews in the international press. Here’s a selection of the juicy bits.

Play the Piano!Mike Cornick
Play the Piano!

“This new adult beginner guide makes an excellent attempt at achieving the unachievable.”

“I have nothing but praise for the way in which aural skills are built up throughout the book.”

“A useful publication for the adult beginner” (International Piano Magazine)

“The book goes to the top of the pile of piano tutorials currently available for the older beginner.” (The Pianist Magazine)

Order here

Solo Tango Solo PianoGustavo Beytelmann
Solo Tango Solo Piano

“The perfect way to explore the spirit of real tango” (Music Teacher Magazine)

Order here

Nikolai Podgornov’s Graded Pieces for Piano Volume 2Nikolai Podgornov
Nikolai Podgornov’s Graded Pieces for Piano Volume 2

“These three volumes could constitute your entire curriculum and nothing would be neglected.” (In Ten of the Best, Music Teacher Magazine)

Order here

Repertoire Explorer Clarinet Vol. 2James Rae
Repertoire Explorer Clarinet Book 2

“A useful and well-presented book which I will certainly be using in the future, and I hope that more volumes of Repertoire Explorer come to fruition soon.” (Music Teacher Magazine)

Order here

Study ScoresMary Karen Clardy
Classic Etudes for Flute

“This is a good choice of study book which includes some technical and musical challenges and would suit intermediate players.” (Flute Magazine)

Order here

The NewStudy Score Series
The New Study Score Series

“If you can’t afford the lot, pick almost anywhere … These are stimulating releases. What next, I wonder?” (Music Teacher Magazine)

See a full list

Giuliani Sonata in C majorMauro Giuliani
Sonata in C major Op. 15
from the New Karl Scheit Guitar Edition

“A great sonata; lots of fun, hard but not too much so and a piece that unlike so much from this era of guitar music, really has something to say.”

“A flawless edition.” (Classical Guitar Magazine)

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Murcia Six PiecesSantiago De Murcia
Villanos – Fandango – Gallardas – Cumbees – Marizapalos – La Jotta
from the New Karl Scheit Guitar Edition

“Most players of moderate to intermediate standard will be able to enjoy the interesting melodies and part writing … Nicely printed and produced.” (Classical Guitar Magazine)

Order here

Gaspard de
la NuitMaurice Ravel
Gaspard de la Nuit - Wiener Urtext Edition

“What this new offering does is to combine state-of-the-art musicological research and authenticity with down-to-earth help for aspiring interpreters … The most detailed critical commentary I have yet seen for this music”

“A multipurpose edition that deserves widespread admiration.” (International Piano Magazine)

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Anne-Sophie Mutter world première recordings

Posted on 16 September 2011

Anne-Sophie Mutter talks about her new CD featuring four world première recordings.

Included on the disc are Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel and Dyade.

Order online

“Freedom for the Oligarchs”

Posted on 15 September 2011

Mahagonny at the Bolshoi

Here’s a snapshot from last week’s première of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The production by La Fura dels Baus came to Moscow fresh from its success at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The banners read “Freedom for the Oligarchs” and “For a fair justice”.