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Through His Teeth #1: Introduction

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 December 2013

In June 2013 we conducted a video interview with composer Luke Bedford about his upcoming chamber opera Through His Teeth. The opera was commissioned by the Royal Opera House and will première on 3 April 2014.

Luke Bedford (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschIntrigued by the composer’s words, we decided that we’d continue to document the work’s process of creation. Starting today we will provide you with regular updates regarding the development of Through 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 – who knows, we might even catch the postman when he finally delivers the score to Sian Edwards and the Royal Opera House.

What will the rehearsals at the ROH look like? Do you want to catch a sneak peek of the score before the première? Now’s your chance.

This post and all future posts in this series will be available on our page dedicated to Through His Teeth, which you can find here.

Adam’s Lament nominated for Best Classical Composition

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 December 2013

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschArvo Pärt’s Adam’s Lament has been nominated for Best Classical Composition and for Best Choral Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Furthermore Manfred Eicher, producer of the ECM New Series recording of Adam’s Lament, is nominated as Producer of the Year, Classical.


Kaddish by Alexander Krein performed in L.A.

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 December 2013

UCLA Philharmonia, Neal Stulberg (c) UCLA PhilharmoniaAlexander Krein’s Kaddish will be performed on Sunday, 8 December, at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) by the UCLA Philharmonia, the UCLA Chorale and the UCLA University Chorus under Neal Stulberg.

Also on the programme: Mohammed Fairouz’ Tahrir and Symphony No. 3.

Find out more about Alexander Krein.

Ivan Hewett of The Telegraph on Mahler and Janáček

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 December 2013

Leoš Janáček (c) Leoš Janáček Foundation Gustav Mahler (c) Universal Edition

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 Nos. 48 and 49 are by Gustav Mahler and Leoš Janáček respectively. You can read the articles by clicking on the names of the composers.

in vain in London

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 December 2013

Rehearsals in vainThe rehearsals for Georg Friedrich Haas’ in vain are going well, the London première of the work for 24 instruments will take place today at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and will be preceded by a conversation with the composer.

Emilio Pomàrico conducts the London Sinfonietta.

Georg Friedrich Haas: in vain
for 24 instruments | 70'
2 1 2 1 - 2 0 2 0 - perc(2), hp, acc, pno, sax, vln(3), vla(2), vc(2), cb
06.12.2013, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; London Sinfonietta, cond. Emilio Pomàrico

Schreker’s Prelude to a Drama at the Barbican

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 December 2013

Joseph Pons, BBC SO (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Laila Standke
Yesterday Josep Pons conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre. On the programme: Franz Schreker’s Vorspiel zu einem Drama [Prelude to a Drama].

The London Evening Standard writes that the concert “was held together not by anniversaries or any overriding concept but by the quality of the music itself.” Read the full review here. online

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 December 2013

Karlheinz Stockhausen (c) Kathinka PasveerToday, 5 December 2013, the new homepage of the Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik has been presented on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the death of the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Although the old website will stay online, it won’t be updated anymore.

Workshop with Georg Friedrich Haas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 December 2013

Georg Friedrich Haas, Galerie Ruzicska (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler
The Royal College of Music hosts a workshop with Georg Friedrich Haas today at the RCM, where the composer will talk about his recent works.

The event starts at 2:30pm GMT and is free, but tickets are required and can be booked here. Haas’ String Quartet No. 2 will be performed at the venue by students of the RCM.

Find out more on the homepage of the Austrian Cultural Forum London.

Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartet No. 2
for string quartet | 18'
05.12.2013, Royal College of Music, London; RCM students

György Kurtág receives the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 December 2013

György Kurtág (c) Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Congratulations to György Kurtág!

Yesterday, 1 December, Kurtág was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Dionysos reviewed

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 November 2013

Tim Ashley of The Guardian has reviewed the recent publication of Wolfang Rihm’s Dionysos, available now on DVD and Blu-ray. The recording is from the world première of the opera, with which the Salzburg Festival opened in 2010.

The full review is available at The Guardian. Find out more about the DVD at EuroArts.

Wolfgang Rihm on the creation of Dionysos:

Video Interview: David Sawer on Flesh and Blood

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 November 2013

David Sawer talks about Flesh and Blood for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra:

Flesh and Blood has been shortlisted for the 2013 British Composer Awards in the “vocal” category. It received its world première on 15 February 2013 at the Barbican Hall, London, where it was performed by mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, baritone Marcus Farnsworth, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov.

View the full vocal score and find our more about David Sawer’s Flesh and Blood.

Georg Friedrich Haas in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 November 2013

Georg Friedrich Haas, Galerie Ruzicska (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler
Georg Friedrich Haas
at tGeorg Friedrich Haas, Mozarteum (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler he Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska in front of an installation by Maurizio Nannucci, and at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where Wohin bist du gegangen? was premièred yesterday, 27.11.2013, by the Klangforum Wien and the Salzburger Bachchor under Clement Power.

Music meets Wine

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 November 2013

Musik trifft Wein

Here is the new collaboration between col legno and Zantho for Wein & Co, entitled Musik trifft Wein. 

Exploring the connection between wine and music, two rather stylish packages have been created: a white edition (Grüner Veltliner) and a red edition (Blauer Zweigelt), both of which come with their own CD.

The music has been selected by Christian Seiler and Andreas Schett, and we are happy to see that they have included compositions by Schnyder and Rihm (on WHITE) and Cerha and Rihm (on RED).

The packages can be ordered at Wein & Co (WHITE and RED) or by writing directly to col legno.

World première of Wohin bist du gegangen? in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 November 2013

Dialoge LichtGeorg Friedrich Haas’ Wohin bist du gegangen? for choir and 17 instruments will be premièred today, 27 November, at this year’s Dialogues festival (27 November to 1 December) of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation in the concert session “Central Park in the Dark”.

Wohin bist du gegangen? is based on texts by the Persian poet Attar of Nishapur (ca.1136–ca.1220) in a free translation by the composer. The male and female voices are separated by the ensemble (with the men on one side and the women on the other). At the beginning of the work, the situation is akin to a traditional performance, but within only a few seconds the light is dimmed until the concert hall is in total darkness.

View the full programme of Dialogues Light.

Wohin bist du gegangen?
for choir and 17 instruments | 12'
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 - perc(2), acc, pno, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
world prem. 27.11.2013, Mozarteum; Salzburger Bachchor; Klangforum Wien, cond. Clement Power

Schreker, Schönberg and Berg at Sotheby’s

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 November 2013

Franz Schreker: Der Schatzgräber, the composer’s own annotated copy; Sotheby’s

At Sotheby’s “Music, Continental Books & Manuscripts” sale several items from the estate of Franz Schreker will be on sale. Among them: Schreker’s own annotated and marked-up scores of Der Ferne Klang and Der Schatzgräber, a full score of Schönberg’s Gurrelieder (also annotated by Schreker) and a first edition of Wozzeck, signed and inscribed by Berg to Schreker.

The auction starts tomorrow, 27 November, at 10:30 GMT. Find out more at Sotheby’s and at the Entartete Musik blog.