At 11 o’clock this morning, Arvo Pärt will be performing his Vater unser (Our Father) for Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.
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There's also an audio excerpt of Pärt himself performing with the soprano Heldur Harry Põlda.
The Dutch performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera Dionysos have just come to an end, to much critical acclaim in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Opera has published a video presenting the work, including interviews with Rihm and with stage director Pierre Audi.
“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).
“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 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).
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.
Our 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.