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★★★★★ for Lulu

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 May 2015

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s current production of Lulu at the Bayerische Staatsoper has received ★★★★★ from BR Klassik.

Read the [German] review on BR Klassik.

Watch a trailer for the production on YouTube:

Lulu at De Nationale Opera

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 May 2015

“It’s almost as if ink becomes the black blood that is spilled throughout the production.”

Watch a behind-the-scenes interview with director William Kentridge on the stage design and the expressionistic woodcuts that are used in Kentridge’s production of Lulu, which premières on 1 June at the Dutch National Opera:

Listening Lab wins the Best Print Award

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 March 2015

Best Print Award

Music Teacher Award

Listening Lab has won the Best Print Award at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence held on the 12th March in London.

The Listening Lab series provides music educators with practical and inspiring approaches for children, young people and adults to connect with contemporary music allowing for a deeper understanding of the work.

The series so far (by Constanze Wimmer / Helmut Schmidinger and Veronika Großberger / Johannes Voit) has also received recommendations from the Association of German School Musicians.

For more information and sample pages go to:

Listen to Schönberg talk about Berg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 February 2015

But when I saw the compositions he showed me – songs in a style between Hugo Wolf and Brahms – I recognized at once that he was a real talent. (Arnold Schönberg, Los Angeles, 1949)

More voice recordings of Schönberg are available on the website of the Arnold Schönberg Center.

Marital hell – Tim Ashley's opera guide

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 January 2015

Bluebeard’s Castle; wood engraving by Gustave Doré, public domain

Alban Berg: Wozzeck (c) Universal EditionAll five operas, significantly perhaps, were first performed within a relatively short period – 1887 to 1925 – when the nature of marriage as an institution was under scrutiny right across the arts: think of the plays of Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov and Shaw, and the fiction of Henry James, Proust and DH Lawrence. (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 6.1.2015)

In his final opera guide, Tim Ashley of The Guardian picked five operas that explore marital hell. Three of these picks are UE works: Leoš Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.

Read the full article on The Guardian.

Now available: “an explicit, yet chilly” Lulu

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 December 2014

Walk up, walk up! and spend a pleasant hour,
Fair ladies, noble gentlemen, with me;
Inside my tent you'll thrill – and chill – to see
The beasts I have in my menagerie
Tamed by superior force of human power.

Krzysztof Warlikowski’s production of Lulu at La Monnaie in Brussels was recently released on DVD by Bel Air Classiques. Find out more here.

Barbara Hannigan gives everything she’s got and then some to the title role. Charles Workman is the finely lyrical Alwa; Dietrich Henschel, never bettered, the troubled Schoen. It’s nicely conducted by Paul Daniel, too.

Read Tim Ashley’s review of the DVD on The Guardian.

Teresa Stratas to receive Opera News Award

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 December 2014

Teresa Stratas Opera News has announced that Teresa Stratas will be among five recipients of the tenth annual Opera News Awards. Congratulations!

To the right: Teresa Stratas in the première of Boulez’ and Chéreau’s production of Lulu (in Friedrich Cerha’s orchestration).

World premières of Klaus Simon’s Mahler and Berg arrangements

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2014

Treibhaus Wien, FlyerKlaus Simon conducts the Holst-Sinfonietta tonight at the E-Werk in Freiburg.

Under the title “Treibhaus Wien” [greenhouse Vienna], the world premières of Klaus Simon’s chamber arrangements of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Alban Berg’s Passacaglia will be performed together with Alban Berg’s 4 Pieces for clarinet and chamber ensemble at the E-Werk in Freiburg.

Find out more on the website of the Holst-Sinfonietta.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5
world prem. for chamber ensemble | 65'
Alban Berg: Passacaglia
world prem. for chamber ensemble | 5'
Alban Berg: 4 Pieces op. 5
for clarinet and chamber ensemble | 8'
25.11.2014, E-Werk, Freiburg; Julien Laffaire, cl; Holst-Sinfonietta, cond. Klaus Simon

★★★★★ Wozzeck: from poignancy to utter devastation

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 November 2014

“If the evening began poignantly, it ended, as a powerful performance of Berg’s opera must, in utter devastation.”

Find Kate Molleson’s review of a “compelling, beautiful and powerfully claustrophobic” semi-staged performance of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck at City Halls Glasgow on The Guardian.

Have a look at our study score.

Alban Berg: Wozzeck (c) Universal Edition

 

Richard Uttley launches Ghosts & Mirrors

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 October 2014

Pianist Richard Uttley will present his latest recording Ghosts & Mirrors on Wednesday 15 October at 8pm at The Forge in Camden.

Richard Uttley: Ghosts & MirrorsAt the CD launch, Uttley will play a selection of the pieces from the disc and will be joined onstage by Nat Urazmetova, a London-based visual artist who created the artwork for the disc and will mix live visuals in response to the music.

Included on the CD are the Luciano Berio’s 6 Encores and the first recording of Alban Berg’s/Marvin Wolfthal’s Lulu Fantasy, a paraphrase of Alban Berg’s great opera Lulu in the spirit of Liszt’s virtuoso opera arrangements (it was also Richard Uttley who performed the UK première of the piece).

The pianist on working with Nat Urazmetova:

I wanted to work with Nat as the aesthetic of her work is the closest thing I could find to a visual representation of my feelings on the atmosphere and concerns of the works I chose to record for Ghosts & Mirrors. Themes explored by the music include hauntings, rebirth, symmetry and warping – all of which are expressed either directly or obliquely by Nat’s images.

Read the full text on his blog.

Watch live: Arabella Steinbacher plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 October 2014

Star violinist Arabella Steinbacher and the NDR Sinfonieorchester (cond. Thomas Hengelbrock) will perform Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto “To the Memory of an Angel” tonight at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. Watch the whole concert on the website of Arte – the broadcast begins at 20:00:

Arabella Steinbacher (c) Sammy Hart

Read a German interview with Steinbacher on the Violin Concerto on Arte.

The Violin Concerto is part of Universal Edition’s Listening Lab – Materials for communicating music series. Here are sample pages of the bilingual publication:

ARD and ARTE visit UE

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 September 2014

Wolfgang Schaufler at Universal Edition

World War I and its impact on the world of music are the subjects of an upcoming TV documentary that will be seen in two years on ARD and ARTE. Last week a film crew visited us on the premises of Universal Edition for the documentary, promotion manager Wolfgang Schaufler was interviewed on how the war affected UE composer Alban Berg and his opera Wozzeck.

Critical complete edition of Berg’s Lulu, particell Act 3

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 April 2014

The Alban Berg Foundation and Universal Edition are proud to present the recent publication of the critical complete edition of

Alban Berg: Lulu, Particell of Act 3
(facsimile and commentary) 
Section 1, Volume 2, Supplement

The official presentation will take place on 25 April at the Palais Mollard at the Austrian National Library and starts at 11 a.m. The Hugo Wolf Quartett will perform movements 1, 3 and 5 from Berg’s Lyric Suite.

Hugo Wolf Quartett (c) Annamaria Kowalsky

 

Memorial concert for Claudio Abbado

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 April 2014

On Sunday, 6 April, 4pm, arte and the Lucerne Festival offer a live stream of the Lucerne Festival’s memorial concert for Claudio Abbado, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Soloists Bruno Ganz and Isabelle Faust, as well as the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Andris Nelsons will honour the conductor.

From the Lucerne Festival’s website:

Isabelle Faust and Claudio Abbado in 2011 (c) Marco Caselli Nirmal for harmonia mundi“Opening the program will be the first movement from Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, which Claudio Abbado conducted during his last performance in Lucerne in August 2013 — the final concert of his career. Therefore no one will take Abbado’s place on the podium for that selection, for the musicians wish to perform this music in his spirit, without any other conductor. Following this, Bruno Ganz, who visited Abbado just a few days before his death and read him verses by Hölderlin, will recite one of these poems. The program continues with Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, which is dedicated ‘to the memory of an angel.’ The soloist will be Isabelle Faust, who recorded this very work with Claudio Abbado in 2011. To conclude the concert, they will perform the finale from Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony, which the composer originally planned to title ‘What love tells me.’ The works by Berg and Mahler will be conducted by Andris Nelsons, who will also lead the Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s four concerts this summer.”

You can watch the stream of the concert on arte.tv and on the website of the Lucerne Festival.

Best Edition 2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 March 2014

Universal Edition, Alban Berg, facsimile

The prizes for the Best Edition were awarded in March 2014 at the Frankfurt Music Fair.

Winfried Jacobs, chairman of the classical music committee of the German Music Publishers Association, presented the prizes.

Universal Edition has been awarded a Best Edition prize for the facsimile volume of Alban Berg’s Lulu.

Alban Berg
Complete Works
Section 1, Music works, volume 2.

Lulu, particell of the third act
Facsimile
UE 18152C

Commentary
UE 18152D


Congratulations to all involved!