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Musik 21 Festival: “Klang-Körper”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 July 2015

Musik 21

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.

ATTHIS at the ROH: ★★★★☆

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 April 2015

ATTHIS (c) Bill Cooper, Royal Opera House

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:

“Darkness and light are instruments” in ATTHIS

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 April 2015

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Substantia Jones

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)

Find an interview with Netia Jones, director of the Royal Opera House’s current staging of ATTHIS, on the website of the ROH.

View the full study score

Haas’ concerto grosso No. 1 for 4 alphorns in Zurich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 April 2015

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:

Spanish première of in vain

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 April 2015

in vain, Zahir Ensemble

Simon Rattle called it “one of the first great masterpieces of the 21st century” and we cannot recommend it highly enough:

in vain by Georg Friedrich Haas will be performed for the very first time in Spain on 15 April at the Teatro Central in Sevilla. Juan García Rodríguez conducts the Zahir Ensemble.

Simon Rattle on in vain

concerto grosso No. 1 for four alphorns in Zurich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 April 2015

Hornroh (c) Astrid Ackermann

The Swiss première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ concerto grosso No. 1 for four alphorns and orchestra takes place on 22 April at the Tonhalle in Zurich.

When interviewed about the concerto grosso No. 1, Haas described the alphorns as “the source of another dimension of intonation (overtone chords), used to create contrast and to expand the traditional twelvetone tuning of the symphony orchestra.” Kent Nagano conducts the hornroh modern alphornquartet and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

Further performances of the piece take place on 23 and 24 April. The concert on 23 April will be broadcast live by SRF II at 20:00. Listen live.

View the full score of the concerto grosso No. 1

Spectrum of sound: the music between the notes

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 March 2015

Georg Friedrich Haas’ “Ich suchte, aber ich fand ihn nicht.” for ensemble will have its UK première this Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Thierry Fischer conducts the London Sinfonietta.

A pre-concert talk by professor Jonathan Cross explores the use of texture, timbre, microtones and overtones as compositional techniques in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The London Sinfonietta has published a trailer for this second part of a two part series:

View the full score of “Ich suchte, aber ich fand ihn nicht.”

Watch and listen to Haas‘ “I can’t breathe“

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 February 2015

The recording of the world première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ I can’t breathe | in memoriam Eric Garner by Marco Blaauw can now be streamed on the website of the Kölner Philharmonie:

Marco Blaauw (c) Jose Verhaegh

Georg Friedrich Haas in conversation

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 February 2015

Georg Friedrich Haas recently gave an exclusive interview to composer Vincent Ho of Musical Toronto for the Winnipeg Music Festival, which ran from 31 January to 6 February.

In the interview, the composer focuses on his works Traum in des Sommers Nacht, Open Spaces II and his String Quartet No. 6, all of which were performed at this year’s Winnipeg Music Festival:

Open Spaces II | in memory of James Tenney

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 February 2015

Winnipeg New Music Festival

Tonight the Canadian première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Open Spaces II | in memory of James Tenney will be performed together with other works by Zosha Di Castri, Matthew Patton and Christopher Rouse at the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Alexander Mickelthwate conducts the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will be followed by a Q&A session with composers Georg Friedrich Haas, John Luther Adams and Matthew Patton.

Scores by Georg Friedrich Haas on music austria

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 January 2015

music austria

Great news from our colleagues at music austria: you can now purchase and download more than 15 digital scores by Georg Friedrich Haas on their website.

“Beautiful regions beneath”: Haas’ String Quartet No. 8

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 January 2015

The JACK Quartet by Justin Bernhaut

“If quartets are usually a conversation, drunken banter appeared to dominate the opening. But gradually, slowly, moments of captivating clarity began to appear, the blurred and often abrasive surface gave way to the cold, beautiful regions beneath.” (Guy Dammann, The Guardian, 21.01.2015)

Guy Dammann on the JACK Quartet’s recent performance of the String Quartet No. 8 by Georg Friedrich Haas at Wigmore Hall, London.

Find the full review on The Guardian.

Stage directions for the Austrian première of limited approximations

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 31 October 2014

limited approximations, stage directions (c) Konzerthaus Wien

limited approximations does not tell a story. As with all my compositions, there is also no formal development or traditional formal structure. Contrasting elements alternate with one another – moments of smoothness and friction. “Pseudo-glissandi” in the pianos arrive unexpectedly at overtone chords. Apparently stable constellations of intervals begin to falter as the twelfth-tones merge. (Georg Friedrich Haas)

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Astrid AckermannThese are the Wiener Konzerthaus’ stage directions for Georg Friedrich Haas’ limited approximations, which will be performed for the first time in Austria this Sunday at Wien Modern by the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg (cond. François-Xavier Roth) and pianists Klaus Steffes-Holländer, Matan Porat, Florian Hoelscher, Julia Vogelsänger, Akiko Okabe and Christoph Grund.

A discussion between Wolfgang Schaufler and the composer will precede the performance.

Read the full work introduction by the composer, listen to an excerpt and view the study score here.

Georg Friedrich Haas: limited approximations
for 6 micro-tonally tuned pianos and orchestra | 30'
national prem. 02.11.2014, Konzerthaus, Vienna; Klaus Steffes-Holländer, Matan Porat, Florian Hoelscher, Julia Vogelsänger, Akiko Okabe, Christoph Grund, pno; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, cond. François-Xavier Roth

Focal points Wien Modern 2014: Georg Friedrich Haas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 October 2014

Georg Friedrich Haas, Wien Modern (c) Substantia Jones

Only one more day until the opening concert of Wien Modern 2014 featuring Georg Friedrich Haas’ concerto grosso No. 2 takes place. Cornelius Meister will conduct the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Klangforum Wien at the Konzerthaus Vienna.

As Wien Modern puts it, “the opening concert will mark the start of a musical journey that will, through the course of the entire festival, take audiences to new sound experiments and beyond” – we are thrilled!

View the full study score of the concerto grosso No. 2.

You’ll find out more about Wien Modern 2014 focal point composer Georg Friedrich Haas in our upcoming newsletter, which is currently in the making – stay tuned.

The NYT reviews dark dreams

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 October 2014

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Astrid AckermannThe New York Times’ review of Georg Friedrich Haas’ dark dreams, performed for the first time in America by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic last Monday, is out.

Find out whether this “fascinating 23-minute piece” managed to persuade the audience on the New York Times.