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- Nicolas Hodges presents the UK première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No 2 at the Barbican Hall
- The definitive form of Janáček’s Sinfonietta premièred in Prague
- Johannes Maria Staud’s opera Die Antilope receives its German première at the Cologne Opera
Congratulations to Johannes Maria Staud, who was awarded the Coup de Coeur des Jeunes Mélomanes for his work Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) on 4 October by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.
The work is dedicated to Midori, and was premièred by the renowned violinist and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in 2014 at Lucerne Festival.
Midori will perform the work’s Japanese première on 19 October at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sylvain Cambreling conducts the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The Austrian-Korean Philharmonic (Soyoung Yoon, vln; cond. Chungki Min) will soon tour Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II), for more information visit our performance calendar.
Happy Birthday Johannes Maria Staud!
September will see three world premières by the composer: Auf die Stimme der weißen Kreide premières on 19 September in Strasbourg, Wasserzeichen on 20 September in Cologne.
Last but not least, Ensemble Modern premières the installation-based concert performance Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen – an artistic venture by Staud and poet Josef Winkler – at the steirischer herbst opening on 25 September in Graz – we are excited!
Johannes Maria Staud’s Donum will be premièred by cellist Marc Coppey on 22 March at the Amphithéâtre Paris. Altogether, Coppey will play 10 commissions by the Philharmonie de Paris, and, together with 6 cellists, he will also perform Boulez’ Messagesquisse.
The full programme is available on the website of the Philharmonie de Paris.
Composer-in-residence Johannes Maria Staud and “artiste étoile” Midori at the world première of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) on 27 August at the Lucerne Festival.
For those who couldn’t attend the concert: SRF 2 Kultur broadcasts a recording of the world première on 1 September at 20:00.
For more information on Johannes Maria Staud at this year’s Lucerne Festival go here.
Johannes Maria Staud: Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)
for violin solo, string orchestra and percussion | 18'
world prem. 27.08.2014, KKL Luzern; Midori, vln; Luzerner SO, cond. James Gaffigan
View the full study score:
Happy 40th birthday Johannes Maria Staud!
Johannes Maria Staud is this year’s composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival, which runs from 15 August until 14 September. Among the works performed by the composer will be the world premières of his new violin concerto Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II) (performed by “Artiste étoile” Midori and the Luzerner SO) and his opera Die Antilope (libretto: Durs Grünbein).
We wish you all the best!
View the full score of Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II):
During preparations for their 25th anniversary in 2010, the ensemble recherche came to the conclusion that “There are no love songs anymore!”. So they request such pieces for the celebration from various composer friends; more than 30 love songs were written in the process and more are in progress: one could almost speak of a new “trend”. (Kornelia Bittmann)
WERGO has recently released a two-and-a-half-hour double-CD set that features 30 love songs that are dedicated to the ensemble recherche – an ensemble that, since its founding in 1985, has premièred more than 500 works and released about 50 CDs, many of which have been awarded international prizes including the annual German Critics’ Award and the Diapason d’Or.
Their latest CD, which features works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Johannes Maria Staud and Hans Zender, has been highly praised by critics and public alike (“ensemble recherche’s amorous collection reclaims the love song from the embrace of pop music”, Andrew Clements for The Guardian) and already makes us hope for a follow-up CD.
The New York Times has reviewed last week’s performance of Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology, describing it as a “colorful and highly engaging work [that] conjures moments of Surrealism, impish humor and foreboding — sometimes all at once.” The concert was performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. Franz Welser-Möst) at Carnegie Hall.
Read the full review here.
You can listen to a recording of the concert at WQXR.
Welser-Möst will also conduct the Vienna Philharmonic on 26 February at the Carnegie Hall, New York. This concert will be the first performance in the USA of Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology.
Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology
new version 2010
for orchestra | 18'
prem. 26.02.2014, Carnegie Hall, New York; Vienna Philharmonic, cond. Franz Welser-Möst
On the programme: workwithinwork by William Forsythe (music: Luciano Berio: Duetti per due Violini), Marco Goecke’s on velvet, with music from Edward Elgar and Johannes Maria Staud’s Segue, and the Frank Bridge Variations by Hans van Manen (music: Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge).
Further performances will take place on 1, 7, 8, 10, 15 and 18 December.
An teaser for the performance is available on the homepage of the Stuttgart Ballet.
Staud on Segue:
“When you tell people you’re working at the moment on a piece for cello often you find yourself being asked: ‘Ah, so you mean a cello concerto?’ No, I always answer – not a cello concerto! A music for cello and orchestra.
in the beginning, I coined this expression just as an aid for myself. Naturally
I might also have called the work Piece
for Cello and Orchestra – or quite simply Cello and
Orchestra, as for example Morton Feldman did. Or I could have
decided on retro-modern titles like Confrontation,
Constellation, …(con)cert(are), or even chosen the totally
Sketches for Violoncello and Orchestra.”
Read more and listen to an excerpt.
Pascal Gallois and the Hugo Wolf Quartet will perform the Belgian première of Johannes Maria Staud’s K’in on 10 November at the Concertgebouw in Bruges. The composer has dedicated he piece for bassoon and string quartet to Gallois and the quartet. Afterwards, Gallois will perform Celluloid for bassoon.
Staud on K’in:
In the Mayan language, K’in means “sun.” It is also the smallest unit in the Mayan calendar, corresponding to one day.
On 21 December 2012, when I was in the middle of working on this piece, the world was supposed to end – at least according to some apocalyptic prophets who based their predictions on the Long Count of the Mayan calendar, but who, in truth, had probably read too much H.P. Lovecraft. […]
Johannes Maria Staud: K’in
for bassoon and string quartet | 12'
prem. 10.11.2013, Concertgebouw, Bruges; Pascal Gallois, bsn; Hugo Wolf Quartet
Zeit-Ton broadcasts the second part of the Salzburg Festival’s Beyond Recall project today, for which twelve composers were commissioned to write compositions for twelve works of art that were created in the frame of the Salzburg Art Project. These compositions were premièred on 24 August by the Scharoun Ensemble.
Listen live to Zeit-Ton on Ö1.