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The winners of the Coups de Coeur Musique Contemporaine

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 October 2013

Coup de Coeur 2013Congratulations!

The winning recordings of this year’s Coups de Coeur Musique Contemporaine of the Académie Charles Cros have been announced.

Among them: Friedrich Cerha’s Schlagzeugkonzert; Impulse für Orchester on Kairos, Harrison Birtwistle’s Complete String Quartets on AEON, and Morton Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra on the ECM New Series.

Read a review of Birtwsitle’s Complete String Quartets on The Guardian.

Cerha’s Eine Art Chansons at the Dominican Church, Krems

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 September 2013

Agnes Heginger (c) Maria FrodlParts of Friedrich Cerha’s Eine Art Chansons will be performed on 13 September at the Dominikanerkirche Krems as a side event to Marianne Maderna’s exhibition Humanimals. The concert is for free, but one has to register for the event, which is organized by Zeit Kunst Niederösterreich.

Friedrich Cerha: Eine Art Chansons
for chansonnier, percussionist, piano and double bass | 65'
13.09.2013, Dominikanerkirche, Krems; Agnes Heginger, v; Rainer Keuschnig, pno; David Christopher Panzl, perc; Josef Pitzek, cb

New study score for Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra online

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 September 2013

Friedrich Cerha: Konzert für Schlagzeug und Orchester ScoreWe just uploaded an updated version of the study score of Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra. You can find the full score here.

Upcoming performances of the Concerto:

Friedrich Cerha: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
for percussion and orchestra | 35’
3 2 3 3 – 6 4 4 2 – timp(2), perc(4), hp, cel, sop.sax, str(14 12 10 8 6)
10/9/2013, Lübeck, Germany
15/9/2013, Lucerne, Switzerland
17/9/2013, Frankfurt, Germany
18/9/2013, Cologne, Germany
Martin Grubinger, perc; Vienna Philharmonic, cond. Lorin Maazel

Further peformances:
prem. 20/9/2013, Helsinki; Martin Grubinger, perc; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. John Storgårds
prem. 25/10/2013, Casa da Musica, Porto; Martin Grubinger, perc; Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Musica, cond. Eivind Gullberg Jensen
24/11/2013, Philharmonie, Munich; Martin Grubinger, perc; Munich Philharmonic, cond. Lorin Maazel

Friedrich Cerha and Martin Grubinger

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 August 2013 (comments: 2)

Newsletter: Friedrich Cerha, Martin GrubingerWe just sent out our latest newsletter focusing on Martin Grubinger and Friedrich Cerha and his Étoile and Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra.

Read the full newsletter here, and subscribe to our newsletter if you would like to be kept informed about our latest news.

Like a Tragicomedy in Madrid

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 April 2013

Nicholas Collon with Gertraud and Friedrich Cerha after the performance of Like a Tragicomedy at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid on 7 April. As you can see, they were very happy with the performance.

Gertraud and Friedrich Cerha, Nicholas Collon (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

You can read about – and listen to an excerpt of – Like a Tragicomedy on our homepage.

Happy Birthday Friedrich Cerha

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 February 2013

Friedrich Cerha (c) Philipp

We wish you all the best!

Find out more about Friedrich Cerha.

Friedrich Cerha

Posted on 22 June 2012

Friedrich Cerha (c) Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Manu Theobald

Friedrich Cerha. Ernst von Siemens Music Prize recipient 2012.

Happy Birthday Friedrich Cerha

Posted on 17 February 2012

Friedrich Cerha (c) Eric Marinitsch

Happy Birthday Friedrich Cerha!

(Another anniversary for the 17th February is the world première of Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, which took place in 1901)

Vexations in Vienna

Posted on 15 February 2012

Klangforum Wien (Photo: Lukas Beck)

We’re off to the Konzerthaus in Vienna tonight for the latest concert in Klangforum Wien’s IKONEN series.

Under the title Vexations, Klangforum presents a rich programme of UE works:

Pierre Boulez: Mémoriale | ( ... explosante-fixe ... Originel)
Morton Feldman: Instruments 2
Beat Furrer: Time out 1 and 2
Friedrich Cerha: Bruchstück, geträumt

as well as Olga Neuwirth’s ... miramondo multiplo ...

Jean Deroyer conducts, Eva Furrer and Anders Nyqvist are the soloists.

An Austrian evening – in two very different styles

Posted on 03 February 2012

Georg Friedrich Haas

If you are in Boston tonight, go and see Sound Icon perform Georg Friedrich Haas’ ethereal 70-minute in vain at the Institute of Contemporary Art (audio sample on this page).

Friedrich Cerha

If you are not in Boston tonight, listen live on BBC Radio 3 (7:30pm London time) to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing Friedrich Cerha’s Wiener Kaleidoskop – a romp around Vienna’s musical traditions (audio sample on this page).

For those looking for something else for a Friday evening, there’s Rihm in Saarbrücken (COLL’ARCO), Weill in Graz (Threepenny Opera), Janacek in Munich (Glagolitic Mass) and Reims (Jenufa), Schreker in Cologne (Chamber Symphony), Borisova-Ollas in Gothenburg (The Kingdom of Silence), Mahler in Bangkok (Symphony No. 9), Birtwistle in London (Linoi), Zemlinsky in Valencia (Lyric Symphony), Kodály in Arnhem (Dances of Galanta), Oldfield in Neuenkirchen (Tubular Bells), Bartók in Athens (Miraculous Mandarin), Berio in Düsseldorf (Rendering)

See the full list of today’s performances here

Tonight at Wien Modern: Burt, Staud, Cerha, Birtwistle

Posted on 03 November 2011

Wien ModernThe RSO Vienna performs under Johannes Kalitzke tonight at the Wien Modern festival.

The first half of the concert consists of orchestral miniatures, including excerpts of Francis Burt’s Morgana, Johannes Maria Staud’s ‘Eck’ from his work Polygon and Friedrich Cerha’s Momente.

After the interval, Harrison Birtwistle’s 30-minute The Triumph of Time will be performed.

The concert is broadcast on ORF Radio 1 on Friday 4 November at 19:30 Vienna time.

Cerha’s Paraphrase for Beethoven and Chailly

Posted on 21 October 2011

Riccardo Chailly, GewandhausorchesterThe Gewandhausorchester is in Vienna this week with its chief conductor Riccardo Chailly. For full details of the continuing tour of their Beethoven series, see the Gewandhaus website.

Tonight, they present the Austrian première of Friedrich Cerha’s Paraphrase on the beginning of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Listen to an excerpt here

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.

Cerha Concerto for Percussion in Leipzig

Posted on 12 May 2011

Friedrich CerhaShooting Star Martin Grubinger performs Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion tonight and tomorrow in Leipzig. Riccardo Chailly conducts the Gewandhausorchester.

Reviewing the world première for the Neue Musikzeitung, Gerhard Rohde wrote:

“The richness of rhythmic finesse and complexity is astounding, giving the work an overwhelming physical liveliness. The sophisticated sound that Cerha invents for both the orchestral part and for the formidable percussion ensemble is also fascinating.”

Robert Tear “absorbing” in Lulu 1979

Posted on 31 March 2011

Lulu in the Observer 1979Here’s a brief postscript to the many obituaries for Robert Tear. I read in the Guardian and the Telegraph that he had sung in the world première of Lulu in 1979, with the new third act by Friedrich Cerha.

After a brief glance into the hallowed UE archive folders, I found the Observer’s review of the première, where Tears’ “absorbing performance” as the painter is commended.