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Pierre Boulez at 90 on Flipboard

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 March 2015

Jonathan from UE has made a Flipboard magazine for Pierre Boulez at 90 – you can flip through it here:

View my Flipboard Magazine.

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:

Happy 85th birthday Cristóbal Halffter!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 March 2015

Cristóbal Halffter (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Happy 85th birthday Cristóbal Halffter!

Find an interview with the composer in our digital magazine MusikSalon.

Steve Reich and Colin Currie on Clapping Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 March 2015

Steve Reich’s intricate ‘phase’ technique is encapsulated in Clapping Music as one performer repeats the same line while the other moves out of synch and back again.

Sinfini Music has recently published a video series in which Steve and Colin demonstrate how Reich’s techniques work.

UK première of Arvo Pärt’s Our Garden

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 March 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

The UK première of Arvo Pärt’s cantata Our Garden for children’s choir and orchestra takes place on 25 March at the St John’s Smith Square in London and will be sung by Forest School’s Boys’ and Girls’ Senior Chapel Choirs, accompanied by the School’s Chamber Orchestra.

Find out more on the websites of St John’s Smith Square and Forest School.

In praise of Pierre Boulez at 90

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 March 2015

Pierre Boulez (c) Universal Edition, Alfred Schlee

“Ultimately I think Boulez is a great optimist, despite the shadows that coloured his early years. In the end what he believes is simple: today’s music has to be different from the music of the past.

That’s a natural thing. Western music continues to evolve and transform and change. And those that don’t agree, well … they’re wrong!” (George Benjamin, The Guardian, 20.03.2015)

In his article “In praise of Pierre Boulez at 90” composer George Benjamin salutes Pierre Boulez. Find the full article on The Guardian.

Other recent articles that you might like:

Musicians discuss the influence of Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez at 90: reviews from the archive

Total Immersion: Boulez at 90, Barbican Hall, review

Messages et Esquisses – Hommage à Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 March 2015

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.

Marc Coppey (c) Adrien Hippolyte

Horizons 2009—2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 March 2015

Horizons“Horizons” summarizes the most interesting events held by the Lithuanian Ensemble Network between 2009 and 2014 and documents its best recordings, including Lied and O, King by Luciano Berio, Nichtstück and Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Vykintas Baltakas and Am Horizont by Wolfgang Rihm.

Find out more on the website of the Lithuanian Ensemble Network.

Watch a stream of Jakob Lenz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 March 2015

Jakob Lenz, free stream

La Monnaie | De Munt is offering a free stream of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz in Andrea Breth’s production with Wolfgang Nigl as the protagonist of the same name.

Introducing the MusikSalon – dedicated to Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 March 2015



Pierre Boulez celebrates his 90th birthday on 26 March. As a composer and conductor he is already an historic figure, not just for Universal Edition. His work has changed the world of music. This first edition of the MusikSalon, in which Boulez’ contemporaries and colleagues give us their thoughts, is dedicated to him.

Read the MusikSalon online

★★★★☆: Tintinnabuli CD review – unblemished radiance

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 March 2015

Fiona Maddocks of The Guardian has reviewed the Tallis Scholars’ “Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli”-CD, which was released earlier this month.

Liner notes and excerpts of the album’s 23 tracks are available on the official release page on Gimell.

Find out more on our #ArvoPart80 blog:


Aimard and Stefanovich play Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 March 2015

Aimard, Stefanovich, Harrison Parrott

“Parsing Boulez's complexity requires steady guidance, and they are two of the best at offering that.” (Dan Ruccia, Indy Week, 11.03.2015)

Find Dan Ruccia’s preview of Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich performing the music of Boulez on Indy Week.

Their tour started on 8 March at Cornell University, further performances take place at the University of California, Berkeley (12 March), Chicago Symphony Center (15 March), Carnegie Hall (16 March) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (18 March). Find out more on Harrison Parrott.

Also, we highly recommend that you check out Explore the Score: Pierre Boulez: Douze Notations, a project that Stefanovich recently launched together with the Ruhr Piano Festival:

Explore the Score: Pierre Boulez: Douze Notations

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Rihm!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 March 2015

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

“In view of his almost overpowering esprit and charm, I was constantly asking myself how I could meet the challenge and contend with him and his works.” (Anne-Sophie Mutter)

Find out what Claudio Abbado, Irvine Arditti, Mojca Erdmann, Lucas Fels, Nicolas Hodges, Anna Prohaska, Jörg Widmann and Anne-Sophie Mutter have to say about the composer:

Rihm’s performers

Spider’s Web in Cambridge

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 March 2015

Paul Patterson (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Spider's Web for harp and string orchestra by Paul Patterson will be performed for the first time in the UK on 14 March at the West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge.

Elizabeth Scorah plays harp, Timothy Redmond conducts the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra.

View the full score

Mahagonny at the Royal Opera House

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 March 2015

Tonight, John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill's “furiously impassioned operatic satire” Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Find out more on the website of the Royal Opera House.

On Wednsday 1 April, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny will be screened live in various cinemas all over the world – find out more with the ROH’s Screening search.