The full programme of the Kurt-Weill-Fest 2016 has been announced. The festival will be running from 26 February until 13 March under the slogan “Krenek, Weill & die Moderne”.
Among the special guests of the festival are artist-in-residence Ernst Kovacic, Nina Hagen and HK Gruber.
Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ latest orchestral work ... and time is running past midnight ...will be premièred tonight at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Joana Carneiro.
Victoria Borisova-Ollas: ... and time is running past midnight ...
for orchestra | 9'
world prem. 22.10.2015, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Joana Carneiro
Die Universal Edition trauert um Eva Smirzitz.
Über Jahrzehnte war sie eines der prägenden Gesichter des Verlages. Sie war Vertrauensperson für viele Komponisten und in ihrer Verbindung von Leidenschaft mit hohem Sachverstand so etwas wie die Lokomotive der UE-Promotion.
Ihre nicht nachlassende Liebe zur Musik unserer Zeit zeigte sie als engagierte, stets meinungsstarke Konzertbesucherin bis zuletzt.
So werden wir sie in Erinnerung behalten.
Universal Edition mourns the loss of Eva Smirzitz.
For decades she was one of the defining faces of Universal Edition, a confidant for many composers. Through her passion and expertise she was the figurative engine of the UE promotion department.
Thanks to her unfailing love for the music of our times, she was a frequent and engaged concertgoer to the end.
This is how we will remember her.
Pitted against the Minguet Quartett’s contemporary sensibilities – shifting between tender supplication and confrontational toughness – the textured renaissance richness of the Huelgas Ensemble is thrown into sharply acidic relief. Atmospherically recorded, with poetically pointed notes by Paul Griffiths. (Michael Quinn, Choir & Organ, September/October 2015)
Congratulations to the Huelgas Ensemble, the Minguet Quartett and Paul Van Nevel for the 5-star review that their recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s ET LUX received in the Choir & Organ magazine. ET LUX was released by ECM New Series.
The CD includes a beautiful booklet with an introductory statement by Wolfgang Rihm and liner notes by Paul Griffiths and Wolfgang Schreiber.
Wolfgang Rihm on ET LUX [German interview with English subtitles]:
musica-viva presents the five-day Stockhausen-Festival in Munich, which will be running from 21 until 25 October and featuring seven concerts with the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Among the pieces performed will be his piano pieces 1–11 (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pno) and Zyklus (Dirk Rothbrust, perc).
Find the festival’s full programme on the website of musica viva.
Our heartfelt congratulations to Cristóbal Halffter:
Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain, has announced this year’s fourteen recipients of the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise: among the recipients is Cristóbal Halffter.
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.
The opera, which stars Willard White as Dreieinigkeitsmoses and Measha Brueggergosman as Jenny Hill, will still be performed three more times this month: on 13, 15 and 17 October.
Read Cristina Iacoboni’s (Italian) review on Online Merker.
A trailer is available on YouTube:
London’s Wigmore Hall celebrates the imminent ninetieth birthday of Friedrich Cerha with a day devoted to the composer’s works.
On 10 October Friedrich Cerha Day presents a major retrospective of the composer’s chamber works performed by close colleagues and musicians steeped in his multi-faceted art. Among the performers will be the Boulanger Trio, who you can see together with the composer pictured above.
Our latest newsletter is out now:
- Wolfgang Rihm’s Duo Concerto in New York, Dresden & Singapore
- Ronnefeld’s Nachtausgabe reopens at the Semperoper Dresden