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Jakob Lenz: Georg Nigl is singer of the year in performance of the year

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 October 2015

Jakob Lenz (c) Oper Stuttgart, Bernd Uhlig

opernwelt’s annual survey is out:

Congratulations to Georg Nigl, who has been selected “singer of the year 2015” in Andrea Breth’s “performance of the year” of Jakob Lenz at the opera Stuttgart.

Also congratulations to Marlis Petersen who won “singer of the year” for her title role in Berg’s Lulu at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

You can watch the trailer for the production here:

Schreker’s Der ferne Klang in Graz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 September 2015

Franz Schreker

A new production of Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang will première tomorrow at the Oper Graz. Make sure to visit their Facebook page for a variety of behind the scenes videos on the production.

In 2012, we conducted an interview with Ingo Metzmacher on Franz Schreker. You can watch the video here:

An English transcript of the interview is available on our MusikSalon.

Adam’s Passion on ARTE

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 September 2015

Adam’s Passion (c) Kristian Kruuser and Kaupo Kikkas

ARTE will broadcast Adam’s Passion this Sunday, 27 September 2015. The joint piece of Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson premièred earlier this year, on 12 May at the Noblessner Foundry in Tallinn.

Before Adam’s Passion, the The Lost Paradise will be shown, a 55-minute documentary that focuses on the preparation process of the piece. At the same time, The Lost Paradise offers a profound and intimate insight into Arvo Pärt’s world, following his life in Estonia and on business trips to Vatican and Japan over more than a year.

The broadcast starts at 23:25 CET/CEST.

Watch the live stream

Wozzeck: a “key work of modern music theatre” in Hof

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 September 2015

Wozzeck, Theater Hof (c) SFF Fotodesign

Wozzeck (c) Universal Edition“Die Hofer Symphoniker unter der Leitung von Arn Goerke geben in fordernden Dynamik dem Musikdrama angemessene Klänge, und dies im Wechsel von subtiler Kammermusik und dröhnendem Aufschrei. Insbesondere die Klangmagie der leisen Intensität macht diese Aufführung von der musikalischen Seite her so bewegend.” (Boris Gruhl, nmz, 22.09.2015)

Alban Berg’s Wozzeck premièred almost 90 years ago, on 14.12.1925 – congratulations to the Theater Hof for their successful new staging of the opera, a work that has lost nothing of its relevance.

Further performances will take place until 25 October, find out more on the website of the Theater Hof.

Tétreault and Richard-Hamelin play Fratres

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 September 2015

ICI Musique presents a captivating video of cellist Stéphane Tétreault and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin as they perform Arvo Pärt’s Fratres – watch the video here:

You can read Frédéric Cardin’s article on Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday on ICI Musique.

impuls neue musik: Wolfgang Rihm on musical beauty

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 September 2015

impuls neue musik

Which aesthetic-philosophical discourses exist at the moment? Is talking about music part of the compositional process?

In the eighth and final Salongespräch of impuls neue music, composers Wolfgang Rihm and Pascal Dusapin and host Uli Aumüller will address the topic of musical beauty.

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal EditionThe event takes place on 21 September at the Institut Francais in Berlin.

On the day before the talk, Wolfgang Rihm’s Musik für 3 Streicher will be performed at the Philharmonie in the frame of the Musikfest Berlin. The composer will be present at the concert.

Find out more on the website of impuls neue musik.

“week-end Arvo Pärt” in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 September 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Yesterday, Arvo Pärt rehearsed chamber works with the string quartet of the Orchestre de Paris at La Philharmonie de Paris. The rehearsals continued into the night with the choeur de l'Orchestre and the Orchestre de Paris.

Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris will honour the composer on 19 and 20 September with their “week-end Arvo Pärt” at the Philharmonie 1. Find out more here:

week-end Arvo Pärt

70th anniversary of the death of Anton Webern

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 September 2015

Anton Webern (c)

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Anton Webern, who died in a tragic moment of music history a few months after the war on 15 September 1945.

In his Penser la Musique Aujourd’hui, Pierre Boulez reflected on how young composers who came to maturity after World War II turned to Anton Webern as THE pivotal figure of the pre-war “avant-garde” (more than Schoenberg or Berg, and certainly far more than Stravinsky or Bartók): “It is obvious that Webern – who emerged very early on as the chief landmark in defining our own personalities – stands at the centre of these “explorations’”.

There’s still plenty of time to join Karlheinz Essl in his WebernUhrWerk project, find out more here.

Happy 54th Birthday David Sawer!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 September 2015 (comments: 2)

David Sawer (c) Ben Wright

Happy Birthday David Sawer!

Coachman ChronosSawer’s latest work – will be premièred on 3 October at the Science Museum London by the Aurora Orchestra.

Watch an interview in which David Sawer, conductor Nicholas Collon and others talk about “Objects at an Exhibition”, a project by the Science Museum London and the Aurora Orchestra:

Happy 80th Birthday Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 September 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt turns 80 today, 11 September – Universal Edition wishes him a very Happy Birthday!

We’ve recently talked to music journalist Michael Stallknecht, record producer Manfred Eicher, director Dorian Supin, conductors Tõnu Kaljuste and Paul Hillier, and others about Arvo Pärt and his music – the interviews are to be found on our MusikSalon.

It’s been an eventful year – if you want to get an overview of the many festivities, concerts, CD presentations etc., you might want to take a look at our #ArvoPart80 blog.

Arvo Pärt: Musica Selecta

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 September 2015

The video for ECM New Series’ “Arvo Pärt: Musica Selecta – A Sequence by Manfred Eicher” is out, you can watch it here:

★★★★★ for Berg and Wellesz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 September 2015

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Public Domain“[The Sonnets] show Wellesz’s music at that time to be closest to Berg’s, but still retaining echoes of Brahms, Mahler and even Richard Strauss.” (Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 9 September 2015)

Five out of five stars from Andrew Clements for Renée Fleming’s and the Emerson Quartet’s recording of Berg’s Lyric Suite and Egon Wellesz’ Sonnets after Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Read the review on The Guardian

Ivan Ilić plays Morton Feldman

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 September 2015 (comments: 1)

“We listen to Feldman listening. We hear what he hears…we watch him compose in real-time.”

This is going to be a CD not to miss – Ivan Ilić plays Morton Feldman:

The Nose in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 September 2015

Catch a glimpse behind the scenes of the Neue Oper Wien’s upcoming production of Shostakovich’s The Nose in this short [German] video.

Matthias Oldag’s production will première on 22 September at the Kammeroper Wien, Walter Kobéra conducts the amadeus ensemble-wien and the Vienna Chamber Choir:

Wolfgang Rihm: new artistic director in Lucerne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 September 2015

Wolfang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch“Eine Akademie kann heute nur der Ort des Un-Akademischen sein!” (Wolfgang Rihm)

News from Lucerne: the Lucerne Festival has announced that from summer 2016, Wolfgang Rihm will be the new artistic director of the Lucerne Festival Academy.