“Anything can be an inspiring experience if you are in the proper receptive state. As long as there is such an experience. The underground can make a strong impression, and even the really ugly outskirts of a city can be beautiful – if you are open.” (from Gyorgy Kurtag: Three Interviews and Ligeti Homages, Bálint András Varga)
Happy 90th birthday György Kurtág!
Friedrich Cerha, the doyen of Austrian composers, celebrates his 90th birthday today, on 17 February.
As a composer, conductor, ensemble founder, teacher and supporter, Friedrich Cerha embodies a pioneering spirit and has opened doors and brought the unknown into local concert halls. His friends and companions congratulate him on his birthday with very personal statements.
David Sawer’s Coachman Chronos […] weaves allusions to Thomas de Quincey and Goethe into his wonderfully concise ride towards the abyss (Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 5 October 2015)
The US première of David Sawer’s Coachman Chronos for 9 players will be performed this Saturday by the Oberlin Sinfonietta under Timothy Weiss.
The whole event will be streamed live at the time of the event, which is on Saturday, 13 February, from 8pm to 10pm EST.
View the full score online:
David Sawer: Coachman Chronos
for 9 players
national prem. 13.2.2016, Finney Chapel, Oberlin; Oberlin Sinfonietta, cond. Timothy Weiss
- Walter Braunfels’ Jeanne d’Arc in Cologne
- the new critical edition of Janáček’s The Makropulos Case in Berlin
- Krenek, Weill and the Moderns: the 24th Kurt Weill Festival
The Sixteen’s recording of Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry received 4 out of 5 stars from Fiona Maddocks. Read the full review on The Guardian.
Take a peek behind the scenes in The Sixteen’s promotional video:
On 26 January Matthias Pintscher, Paavo Järvi, Bruno Mantovani, Yeree Suh, Andrew Gerzso, the Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre de Paris and the Elèves du Conservatoire de Paris paid homage to Pierre Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris.
On the programme were Improvisation I, Messagesquisse, Improvisation II, Dérive 1, Notations I-IV and VII and extracts from Dialogue de l'ombre double.
You can watch the full concert here:
On 27 January the Boulanger Trio presents a concert with music by Mozart, Berg and Cerha at the Musikverein Vienna. Friedrich Cerha will be guest of honour.
The concert will be accompanied by a conversation with the composer, who celebrates his 90th birthday this February.
The memorial service for Pierre Boulez at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris was attended last Friday by the French prime minister Manuel Valls, the culture minister Fleur Pellerin as well as the former culture minister Jack Lang.
The musician Daniel Barenboim spoke of Boulez’s legacy as a man of the future interested in many things beyond music – for Barenboim, Boulez was a “true man of the future”.
Laurent Bayle, president of the Philharmonie de Paris, recalled Boulez’ creative achievements including Boulez’s lifelong disdain for “les invalides de la nostalgie”.
The most moving and evocative homage was delivered ex tempore by the architect Renzo Piano, recalling Boulez’s lifelong search for beauty: “Merci, Pierre, Merci.”
When Simone Young lay down her baton on 15 June 2015 after the performance of Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals, it was the 45th programme in the 90th Philharmonic concert that she had conducted within the ten years of her term as Hamburg Artistic Director
“Time to reassess Austria’s tainted composer?” Andrew Clements of The Guardian reviews a new recording of Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln.
Keith Warner’s new production of The Threepenny Opera premières today at the Theater an der Wien.
Johannes Kalitzke conducts the Klangforum Wien, the production stars Tobias Moretti, Florian Boesch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nina Bernsteiner, Angelika Kirchschlager and others.
Watch a short introduction to the production by Austrian TV station ORF.
Today Morton Feldman would have celebrated his 90th anniversary. 30 years ago, he held a lecture at the 33rd International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt.
Today at 7:30 CET/CEST, the Austrian radio station Ö1 presents the 2 1/2 hour programme In memoriam Pierre Boulez.
In the studio: Lothar Knessl, who knew Pierre Boulez since the post-war years, Christian Scheib, who was responsible for the script of “Pierre Boulez in Salzburg”, Florian Rosensteiner, who worked as a producer with Boulez, and Albert Hosp, who interviewed him for Ö1 on Mahler and Szymanowsky.
My compositions use these sliding tones to create structures, „drawing“ geometrical systems of lines and curves which are slowly channelled into various intervallic relationships, creating a system of tension and release.
Delta – Music for Orchestra IV uses the actual shape of the sign ∆ as the formal structure of the composition. Slow upwardly gliding lines are positioned over the tone “D” spinning a long web of harmonies and overtones driving towards a “D” unison. The expectations are, however, interrupted by a catharsis.
Tomorrow, 9 January, the UK première of Jay Schwartz’ Delta – Music for Orchestra IV will be performed at the City Halls in Glasgow. Matthias Pintscher conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
In Gilbert Kaplan, Universal Edition loses an important partner and friend. Together with Renate Stark-Voit he edited the critical new edition of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 as part of the Critical Complete Edition of Mahler’s works.
No composer touched him more than Mahler. Kaplan’s publications and his support for the renovation of Mahler’s composer’s cottage in Steinbach/Attersee are only two examples of his tireless love for Mahler, which was always inspiring and enriching to us.
Two recent appearances in Vienna will remain unforgotten: on 18 May 2011, the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler, he held a moving speech on the life and work of Mahler before a performance of the Symphony No. 9 at the Vienna State Opera.
On 17 February 2013, he conducted the world première of his reduced version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, which he arranged together with Rob Mathes, at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
We will miss him.