When I play the Polyptyque by Frank Martin, I feel the same responsibility, the same exaltation as when I play Bach's Chaconne. (Yehudi Menuhin)
Violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Kammerorchester Basel will perform Frank Martin’s Polyptyque today at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin.
I’d buy a small West End theatre, give it great acoustics and initiate a contemporary music festival curated by composers.
The Guardian asked David Sawer about first record, his favourite piece of music, whether he had ever considered a career outside of music and whether he had any musical guilty pleasures.
Can this be the best British opera in years? (Anne Ozorio, Opera Today, 09.04.2014)
Three years ago, in June 2013 we conducted a video interview with Bedford about his then upcoming opera. Intrigued by the composer’s words, we documented the work’s process of creation, providing readers with regular updates regarding the development of Trough His Teeth, ranging from the composing of the score and the writing of David Harrower’s libretto to the actual printing of the score and its production.
Our latest newsletter is out now:
- Friedrich Cerha at the Salzburg Festival
- A Pierre Boulez celebration at the Edinburgh International Festival
The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reviews Zubin Mehta’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder [Songs on the Death of Infants] with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival: a “‘Viennese’ and existential event” – read the full review on Der Standard.
For our book “Gustav Mahler: The Conductor’s Interviews” we talked to the conductor about Mahler. Find out more on our dedicated page or watch the interview with Mehta on YouTube.
“Auf der bunten Blumenwiese geht ein buntes Tier spazieren ...”
Georg Friedrich Haas’ das kleine ICH BIN ICH – after Mira Lobes children’s classic of the same title – will be premièred today at Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg. Johannes Kalitzke conducts the Klangforum Wien (speaker: Sabine Muhar).
Conductor Michael Laus, Arvo Pärt and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra during the rehearsals for the Maltese première of Greater Antiphons, which will take place today at the Malta International Arts Festival. The piece for string orchestra will be performed together with other key works by the composer.
Our thanks to Michael Pärt and the Arvo Pärt Centre for the photographs!
Here we can find more than 4000 sound recordings, over 45000 scores, a comprehensive collection of pictures and photographs, many lecture notes and a large body of correspondence between the leading figures of contemporary music, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Bruno Maderna, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Mauricio Kagel, Brian Ferneyhough and Wolfgang Rihm. (Thomas Schäfer, Darmstadt International Institute of Music)
It’s been six years since Box 1 of the Darmstadt Aural Documents was released on NEOS, granting access to some rarities from the sound archives of the International Music Institute Darmstadt.
Today, on 11 July 2016, Box 4 is released, which puts a focus on piano pieces – and includes works by UE composers such as Pierre Boulez, Vykintas Baltakas, Wolfgang Rihm, Arnold Schönberg, Béla Bartók, Anton Webern, Hans Erich Apostel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág and Mauricio Kagel.
Universal Edition mourns the death of Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek.
As Ernst Krenek’s ingenious partner, Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek tirelessly broke new ground for an appreciation of Krenek’s visions – in his spirit, but with the productive imagination of a strong personality.
Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek, herself a composer, died on 5 July in Palm Springs.
Antje Müller of the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung on Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek:
“A wonderful personality who actively participated with enormous expertise in the propagation of Ernst Krenek’s works, Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek was always friendly and charming up to the end. We will miss her!”
Gustav Mahler was born today in 1860 – happy birthday!
We asked the world’s best conductors when they first heard the music of Mahler – this is what they said:
[Mark Wigglesworth] gives an unbearably moving account of the score. (Cara Chanteau, The Independent, 27 June 2016)
This is Janáček done slowly and lyrically, with the emphasis placed on the score’s dark poetry and depth of musical and psychological detail. The opera’s passion and compassion burn fiercely yet lingeringly: this is an interpretation that seeps under your skin rather than hits you in the solar plexus and is unquestionably all the more powerful for it. (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 24 June 2016)
Wigglesworth has an extraordinary grasp of this score and the orchestra play their hearts out for him. (Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 27 June 2016)
Right from the searing, bittersweet opening, the music’s warmth and humanity speak directly. Even the most flawed characters are given the benefit of musical nuance (John Allison, The Telegraph, 27 June 2016)
On 23 June Mark Wigglesworth and the ENO orchestra premièred David Alden’s production of Jenůfa at the English National Opera. American soprano Laura Wilde made her role debut as Jenůfa, with Michaela Martens as her stepmother the Kostelnička.
Further performances take place on 1, 6 and 8 July – find out more on the website of the English National Opera.
The Teatro Municipal de Santiago has published a trailer for Marcelo Lombardero’s over-the-top production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which was premièred on 23 June:
Further performances will take place on 28, 29 and 30 June and on 1 July – find out more on the website of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago.
Read a [Spanish] review on Arte Al Limite.
On 22 June, Arvo Pärt received an honorary degree in Music from Oxford University at the annual Encaenia ceremony.
Nine distinguished figures from the fields of theology, law, economics, architecture, film, science, engineering and music received honorary degrees at the ceremony held at the Sheldonian Theatre.
These were Arvo Pärt, economist Paul Krugman, film director Pedro Almodóvar, architect Kazuyo Sejima, philosopher and theologian Tomáš Halík, Lord Johathan Mance, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, neurobiologist Cornelia Bargmann, physicist Mildred Dresselhaus and Sir Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc.
Our latest newsletter – an opera special with features on current productions of The Cunning Little Vixen, Wozzeck and Jenůfa – is out now.