The latest issue of the MusikSalon is out now!
In an in-depth interview, Georg Friedrich Haas talks about his opera Morgen und Abend. Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, and Michael Boder, who conducted the world première, are also interviewed.
Furthermore, two important works from the UE catalogue will be presented: the violin concertos by Georg Friedrich Haas and Kurt Weill, for which we interviewed the soloists Ernst Kovacic and Benjamin Schmid.
You can watch the trailer here:
“I had worried that I’d find the darkness oppressive, and that the loss of sight might induce claustrophobia – or, worse, the sense of being taken for a ride by a composer obsessed with control. Instead I found the darkness that settled over the sold-out auditorium to be warm, convivial and conducive to a state of heightened listening in which Mr. Haas’s fragile, searching music took on vivid, sensuous plasticity.”
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim has recently reviewed the American Immersion concert series with the Talea Ensemble.
Beautiful – Georg Friedrich Haas’ Morgen und Abend and the “Total Immersion: Boulez at 90” programme made it into Fiona Maddocks’ best classical music of 2015 article:
Not much happens, but Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera is a mesmerising evocation of the great hereafter. (Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 22 November 2015)
Although little or no change in dynamic happens throughout, the soundscapes are spectacularly eerie, casting quite a mood in the vast hall and filling the space with atmospheric emotion. It is incredible to see such a huge orchestra employed in such a way, each instrument being used in a more creative and unusual way to create these unfamiliar sounds. (Lydia Lakemoore, A Younger Theatre, 15 November 2015)
Brandauer has called the opera a Gesamtkunstwerk, a fitting description for its unified artistic vision, even if comparisons with Wagner (or any other opera composer) are beside the point. (Gavin Dixon, bachtrack, 14 November 2015)
But if you are susceptible to Haas's musical language it will creep under your skin as it did mine. (Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage, 14 November 2015)
Interested in the audience’s reactions? Find them here: Your Reaction: Morgen und Abend.
Sarah Wegener, Christoph Pohl, Helena Rasker, Georg Friedrich Haas and Will Hartmann.
Composer Georg Friedrich Haas surrounded by happy cast after yesterday’s successful general rehearsal of his opera Morgen und Abend at the Royal Opera House in London. Fingers crossed for the world première on Friday.
Georg Friedrich Haas’ concerto grosso No. 2 will see its German première at this year’s NOW! Prismen festival, which opened on 22 October and runs until 8 November. Peter Rundel conducts the Essener Philharmoniker and the Ensemble Musikfabrik at the German première on 5 November and the follow-up-performance on 6 November.
On the day after, Haas’ Sayaka for percussion and accordion will be played by Jaime Moraya and Slavi Grigorov.
The composer will also be present at the NOW! Prismen Symposium, where he’ll be in conversation with Robert Henke, Rozalie Hirs, Mauro Lanza and host Günter Steinke.
“I don’t love those high mountains […] they steal the light; they are dangerous and cold.” (Georg Friedrich Haas, The Guardian, 30 October 2015)
Preceding the world première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ newest opera Morgen und Abend, Gavin Plumley interviewed the composer about the opera, his newfound home in New York and Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang.
Morgen und Abend premières at the Royal Opera House on 13 November. Michael Boder conducts Graham Vick’s production, which stars world renowned actor Klaus Maria Brandauer, and soprano Sarah Wegener and baritone Christoph Pohl in their Royal Opera debuts.
Whereas, in earlier works, the pitch structure was determined by altering the instruments (untuned strings of the bowed instruments in the chamber opera Nacht and in the String Quartet No. 1, retuning the piano in the improvisatory piece Nacht), microtonal intonation is left exclusively up to the players in Nach-Ruf … ent-gleitend … (Georg Friedrich Haas)
ensemble iiiiiiiii will be performing Georg Friedrich Haas’ Nach-Ruf … ent-gleitend … on 15 October at the iN festival in Seoul.
More information about the festival is available on the website of the ensemble iiiiiiiii.
“Don’t expect melodies, don’t expect harmonies: just expect soundscapes. I try to create a musical language which is not based on notated structures but only based on the perception of the sound.”
Michael Boder conducts Graham Vick production, which stars world renowned actor Klaus Maria Brandauer.
The Musik 21 Festival “Klang-Körper” kicks off today and will go on until Sunday!
Prominent guests of the festival will be pianists Tamara Stefanovich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who will be performing a selection of Pierre Boulez’ piano pieces, including Structures, Deuxième Livre for 2 pianos.
Furthermore, the Kairos Quartett will be performing Georg Friedrich Haas String Quartet No. 3 „In iij. Noct.” – a piece in which darkness is not present merely as an absence of light, but becomes the key theme of the work – on Saturday.
Find out more on Musik 21’s website.
Violinists Alexandra Wood and Joan Atherton join with violist Paul Silverthorne and cellist Sally Pendlebury to articulate the rich inner life of a score that whets the appetite for more. (George Hall, The Guardian, 24 April 2015)
Haas and Jones’s collaboration is a beautiful one, tender with humanity while chafing hard at the emotions. (Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 24 April 2015)
His focus on using music as a means of depicting raw human emotion produces a sonorous, yet beautiful effect, making this experience a wholly poignant and evocative one. (Isabella Farrell, A Younger Theatre, 27 April 2015)
Find several reviews of Georg Friedrich Haas’ ATTHIS and his String Quartet No. 2 at the Royal Opera House by clicking the respective links.
Listen to a short interview with Georg Friedrich Haas on his music, the impulse to write music as a politically conscious person, and more:
Haas uses light and darkness as instrumental tools, and this is very exciting when using projection as an extension of the listening experience. My presentation of the Second Quartet and ATTHIS is designed to be immersive: darkness and light are instruments; and poetry, visual imagery, movement and music come together inseparably to reflect Haas’s extraordinary musical world. (Netia Jones)
View a short introductory video to Georg Friedrich Haas’ concerto grosso No. 1, which will have its Swiss première tonight at the Tonhalle in Zurich. Kent Nagano conducts the Tonhalle Orchester and the HORNROH Modern Alphorn Quartet.
Further performances will take place on 23 and 24 April.
The [German] video was produced in March 2014 by the Bayerische Rundfunk when the concerto was premièred under Susanna Mälkki at the Herkulessaal in Munich:
Simon Rattle called it “one of the first great masterpieces of the 21st century” and we cannot recommend it highly enough: