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Pärt’s Te Deum in Helsinki

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 December 2015

Teema@HelsinkiArvo Pärt’s Te Deum for 3 choirs, prepared piano, string orchestra and tapewill be performed on Friday, 18.12., at the Kallio Church in Helsinki by the Emo Ensemble and Kamus.

Find out more on the website of Teema@Helsinki.

Fiona Maddocks’ best classical music of 2015

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 December 2015

Beautiful – Georg Friedrich Haas’ Morgen und Abend and the “Total Immersion: Boulez at 90” programme made it into Fiona Maddocks’ best classical music of 2015 article:

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New critical edition of The Makropulos Case in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 December 2015

Die Sache Makropulos – Wiener Staatsoper, Michael Pöhn

Conductor Jakub Hrůša with Jiří Zahrádka (c) Universal Edition“If you value the characteristics of Janáček’s music, this is the ideal edition” says Dieter Flury, the Vienna Philharmonic’s principal flutist and former general manager after the Austrian première of The Makropulos Affair in Jiří Zahrádka’s revised edition at the Vienna State Opera.

Jakub Hrůša made his first appearance as conductor at the State Opera and was applauded as enthusiastically as Laura Aikin as Emilia Marty in Peter Stein’s staging of the opera.

View an excerpt of the score

Arvo Pärt at the reopening of the St Virgil's Chapel

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 December 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt’s Kleine Litanei for mixed choir a cappella was premièred by Erwin Ortner and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir at yesterday’s reopening of the subterranean St Virgil's Chapel Wien Museum.

Here are snapshots of the composer at the rehearsals for Kleine Litanei and sitting next to the Austrian first lady Margit Fischer at the world première of the work at the St Virgil's Chapel.

The next chance to listen to Kleine Litanei will be at the Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk on 16 May.

 

Happy 70th birthday Vic Hoyland!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 December 2015

Vic Hoyland (c) Universal Edition London

Happy 70th birthday Vic Hoyland!

The composer was born in Yorkshire today in 1945.

Find out more about Hoyland’s catalogue of works.

For works composed after 1993, visit the composer’s website.

 

Portrait concert: Vykintas Baltakas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 December 2015

Vykintas Baltakas (c) Astrid Ackermann

Members of the Ensemble Wiener Collage present a portrait concert of Vykintas Baltakas on 12 December at the Kunstverein Alte Schmiede in Vienna: cellist Roland Schueler, pianist Jaime Wolfson and violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova will perform works from the composer’s oeuvre. Vykintas Baltakas will be present at the concert.

Commentum
for violoncello and piano | 10'
Roland Schueler, vc; Jaime Wolfson, pno

Eine kleine Nachtmusik
for violin solo | 6'
Bojidara Kouzmanova, vln

(how does the silver cloud s)ou(nd?)
for piano | 5'
Jaime Wolfson, pno

Das Lied
for piano and tape | 5'
Jaime Wolfson, pno

The Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble’s Christmas concert with Verklärte Nacht

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 December 2015

The Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble will perform Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht, which was inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name, as part of their Christmas concert on 10 December at the Church of our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in London.

They play the piece along with the Symphony in B Flat by Carlos Seixas and Fantasia upon one note by Henry Purcell.

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Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble

Haas’ Morgen und Abend on Opera on 3

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 December 2015

Sarah Wegener (Signe) & Christoph Pohl (Johannes) in Morgen und Abend at the Royal Opera House (c) ROH / Clive Barda

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts a recording of Georg Friedrich Haas’ highly acclaimed opera Morgen und Abend tomorrow at 19:30 CET/CEST. Listen live.

Want to peruse the score while listening to the opera? We’ve uploaded the full conductor’s score for you here:

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Duse premières in Hamburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 December 2015

Eleonora Duse, public domainDas Mystische, das, was fast nicht erklärbar ist, und der Entschluss, sich auf der Bühne nach einer gewissen Zeit nicht mehr zu schminken, das Innen nach Außen zu transformieren, die konsequente Reduktion von Dekoration auf der Bühne - das hat viel mit Arvo Pärt zu tun. (John Neumeier on Duse)

Alessandra Ferri dances the title role of John Neumeier’s new ballet Duse, which premières this Sunday at the Staatsoper Hamburg.

The ballet features music by Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten, Simon Hewett conducts the orchestra of the Staatsoper Hamburg.

Read a [German] interview with Neumeier on ndr

The opening scene of the Royal Opera House’s Król Roger

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 December 2015

“We rehearsed the opening chord a million times.”

Find out more about Kasper Holten’s production of King Roger on the website of the Royal Opera House.

World première of ‘Lorenz’ Traummusik’

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 December 2015

Minetti Quartett (c) Irène Zandel

Juan de Dios Magdaleno (c) Juan de Dios Magdaleno“Lorenz Traummusik is my second string quartet; it relates to the American mathematician Edward Lorenz, considered the father of chaos theory. I concentrate in the piece mainly on the various temporal aspects of music, microtonality, characteristics of Klangfarbe and musical application of chaos theory, which particularly interests me at the moment.”

Juan de Dios Magdaleno’s String quartet No. 2 ‘Lorenz’ Traummusik’ will be premièred tonight by the Minetti Quartett at the MuTh in Vienna. De Dios Magdaleno is the winner of last year’s Ö1 Kompositionspreis, which is endowed with 10.000 Euro and was given for the fourth time by Ö1, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and Universal Edition.

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Door 2 of our 2015 Advent calendar is ready to open!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 December 2015

Advent calendar

Door 2 of our 2015 Advent calendar is ready to open!

Every day, five lucky visitors to the UE Advent calendar will receive a free copy of the publication – so be quick and visit us every day, it’s worth it.

Visit our calendar

What the critics are saying: Morgen und Abend

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 November 2015

Sarah Wegener as Signe/Midwife in rehearsal for Morgen und Abend, The Royal Opera © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Not much happens, but Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera is a mesmerising evocation of the great hereafter. (Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 22 November 2015)

Although little or no change in dynamic happens throughout, the soundscapes are spectacularly eerie, casting quite a mood in the vast hall and filling the space with atmospheric emotion. It is incredible to see such a huge orchestra employed in such a way, each instrument being used in a more creative and unusual way to create these unfamiliar sounds. (Lydia Lakemoore, A Younger Theatre, 15 November 2015)

Brandauer has called the opera a Gesamtkunstwerk, a fitting description for its unified artistic vision, even if comparisons with Wagner (or any other opera composer) are beside the point. (Gavin Dixon, bachtrack, 14 November 2015)

But if you are susceptible to Haas's musical language it will creep under your skin as it did mine. (Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage, 14 November 2015)

Read more reviews and view the full score

Interested in the audience’s reactions? Find them here: Your Reaction: Morgen und Abend.

Alea Sands: a ballet set to Anthèmes II

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 November 2015

Laura Hecquet (c) Julien BenhamouIn tribute to Pierre Boulez, this special evening brings together three great moments of musical and choreographic modernity and reunites two other major creative forces of the 20th century whose works Boulez has often conducted: György Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky.

Set to Boulez’ Anthèmes II, British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s ballet Alea Sands will première on 3 December at the Opéra national de Paris and be performed together with Polyphonie and Le Sacre du printemps.

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Listen to a podcast produced by the Opéra national de Paris:

Presentation of Pärt’s Songs from Childhood

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2015

On 21 October, the Arvo Pärt Centre together with Universal Edition presented Songs from Childhood at the Berlin Dussmann KulturKaufhaus in Berlin. Guests of honour were Arvo Pärt and Norbert Lammert.

We filmed the whole event, watch our video here: