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40 years Ensemble intercontemporain: an homage to Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 March 2017

With the Ensemble intercontemporain, Matthias Pintscher will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ensembles founding in an evening that pays homage to Pierre Boulez.

arte will broadcast the whole concert live on 18 March at 20:30. On the programme: works by Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern and Pierre Boulez.

Read the full programme

Zemlinsky’s The Birthday of the Infanta

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 March 2017

 Alexander Zemlinsky (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Alexander Zemlinsky.

Mahler’s famous remark that his “time will come” was echoed by Schönberg’s assessment of Zemlinsky when he said about him in 1949: “I always firmly believed that he was a great composer and I still believe this. It is possible that his time will come sooner than we think”.

A new production of our critical edition of his one-act opera The Birthday of the Infanta will be premièred on 25 March at the Oper Graz.

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The New York Times on Kurt Weill: How Germany Finally Unearthed a National Treasure

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 March 2017

Kurt Weill Fest

Slowly but surely, Germany has played catch-up with Weill’s music – in particular through the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. The festival, which ends this year on Sunday, March 12, began as a fantasy and has since grown into a microcosm of the work Germany has done to restore the legacy of a musical hero. (Joshua Barone, The New York Times, 9 March 2017)

The New York Times has dedicated an extensive article to the 25th Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, which runs until 12 March.

Read the full article on The New York Times

David Fennessy receives Scottish Award for New Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 March 2017

Scottish Award for New Music by Elaine Henderson (c) David FennessyPanopticon continues a line of enquiry present in pieces of mine beginning with graft (1999) for string quartet through to Hauptstimme (2013) for solo viola and ensemble, and Hirta Rounds (2015) for sixteen unconducted strings – namely the role of the individual within a larger, group setting and particularly, the functions of leaders and followers. (David Fennessy)

Congratulations to David Fennessy! This is how Scottish Award for New Music looks like, which the composer has received for his work Panopticon. The award ceremony took place yesterday, on 8 March.

The bowl was made by Elaine Henderson and was cast in black porcelain – and it is engraved with a unique sound print taken from an extract of Fennessy’s music.

Rihm’s Missa brevis in Munich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 March 2017

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch; Johannes Feigl

Wolfgang Rihm’s Missa brevis for choir a cappella will be premièred by Rupert Huber and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks on 11 March at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.

Before the concert, host Johann Jahn presents a concert introduction with Rupert Huber, Martin Smolka, Robert Moran and Vinko Globokar.

The concert will be broadcast live on br-klassik.de and a recording will be available on demand for one week.

The 25th Kurt Weill Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 March 2017

Kurt Weill Fest

In its 25th year, the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau celebrates Kurt Weill with almost 60 events on 17 days.

ZDF did a feature on the festival on their evening news programme, which you can watch here:

The Kurt Weill Festival on ZDF

Zoltán Kodály: “A patriot, not a nationalist”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 March 2017

Photo: Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

“We can establish our knowledge about the world, and through the light of other musical languages we can understand ours better as well. … The world becomes more and more open, and the art limited to one nation loses its sense as time passes. We are closer to the realisation of world music than to the world literature imagined by Goethe.” (Zoltán Kodály)

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Zoltán Kodály. In the article A patriot, not a nationalist, Mihály Ittzés writes about the composer’s aim “to make his nation’s voice audible” and to be a “teacher of Hungary”.

Read the full article on the Universal Edition MusikSalon

Katya Kabanova in Seattle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 March 2017

Leoš Janáček’s Katya Kabanova is currently running at the McCaw Hall in Seattle. Oliver von Dohnányi conducts Patrick Nolan’s Seattle Opera production.

Watch the trailer:

Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (27.2.1919 – 3.3.1994)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 February 2017

Photo (c) Charlotte Till-Borchardt, edited by Johannes Feigl/Universal Edition

Today is the 98th anniversary of the birth of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (27.2.1919 – 3.3.1994) – here he is with one of his famous graphical scores, Multiple 1 for 2 string instruments.

Find out more about Roman Haubenstock-Ramati

The Greek Passion in Olomouc

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 February 2017

Bohuslav Martinů: The Greek Passion (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

Bohuslav Martinů: The Greek Passion (c) Moravské divadlo OlomoucBohuslav Martinů’s opera The Greek Passion (Zurich version 1957/1959) can be seen today and tomorrow in a new productions at the Moravské divadlo Olomouc:

Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Die griechische Passion is based on the novel Der wieder gekreuzigte Christus [The re-crucified Christ] by Nikos Kazantzakis. The opera develops the Christian doctrine of “love thy neighbour” ad absurdum, as a group of refugees are driven out of their little Greek village just as the village is putting on a Passion play for Holy Week. The piece is centred on the general question of humanity. The Passion story is robbed of its uniqueness and revealed as a simple precedent for eternal tragedy.

View the study score of act 1 and 2

Arvo Pärt awarded the Cultural Merit Order of Romania

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 February 2017

Arvo Pärt (c) Arvo Pärt CenterOn 20 February Arvo Pärt was awarded the Cultural Merit Order of Romania (Meritul Cultural). The order was awarded by President of Romania Klaus Iohannis in recognition of the dedication, talent and innovativeness of the composer throughout his creative journey, as well as his open and receptive attitude to the cultural merits of Romania.

Find out more on the website of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

UE newsletter: Rihm, Janáček and Staud

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 February 2017

UE newsletter: Rihm, Janáček and Staud

Our latest newsletter is out now:

- 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

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Le vin herbé on tour

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 February 2017

Frank Martin (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

“Unlike Wagner’s maximalist, ultra Romantic and overtly theatrical operation, the trance-like, mesmeric effect of Martin’s music, is, like the love potion, a rare kind of intoxication, which leads us towards the mythical.” (Polly Graham, The Guardian, 2917-02-16)

Polly Graham blogs about Frank Martin’s Le Vin herbé – “the magic potion”. Graham is the director of the Welsh National Opera’s recent production of the secular oratorio. The production premièred on 15 February at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff before it will go on tour in March and April.

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Victoria Borisova-Ollas awarded Sweden’s oldest music prize

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 February 2017

Victoria Borisova-Ollas (c) Expressen,  Ellinor Collin

Swedish tabloid Expressen gave out its annual Spelmannen culture award – Sweden’s oldest music prize – to Victoria Borisova-Ollas: congratulations!

The award ceremony took place at Nalen in Stockholm on 13 February.

Read a [Swedish] interview with the composer

Happy 9th of February

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 February 2017

Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Marinitsch

25 years ago today, on 9 February 1992, Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexico was first heard at the Hamburg State Opera – Ingo Metzmacher conducted.

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On the same day in 1992, Arvo Pärt’s And One of the Pharisees ... was given its world première by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices.

In 1949, the orchestral suite of Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod was premièred in Baden Baden by the Radio Orchestra.

… and on this day in 1945, Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke was performed for the very first time in Basel by the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Paul Sacher.

And Happy Birthday Alban Berg! He was born on 9 February 1885, 132 years ago today.