Happy Birthday Vykintas Baltakas!
for ensemble | 10’
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher
Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler at the Academy of Arts, Berlin, on 21 March 1950. Eisler was born exactly 115 years ago, on 6 July 1898.
Find out more about Hanns Eisler and his collaborations with Brecht here. Their Lehrstück Die Maßnahme, for example, was one of the didactic works of Brecht which he modelled on the Japanese Noh theatre. Due to possible misunderstandings of the play’s political orientation, Brecht forbade its performance – the prohibition was lifted for his 100th birthday in 1998.
Congratulations to Lucas Fels on becoming the new professor of Interpretation Practice and Promotion of New Music at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK).
Having collaborated with Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm (who dedicated his Styx and Lethe for violoncello and orchestra to him), Beat Furrer (check out this Kairos recording) and others, Lucas Fels has established himself as one of the most distinguished cellists of our time. Furthermore, he’s a founding member of the ensemble recherche and since 2006 a member of the Arditti Quartet.
Wolfgang Rihm in conversation with Lucas Fels:
Tonight at 9 p.m. (cet/cest): “Kurt Weill: American”, a 3-part series on Red River Radio by Michael Lasser.
From the programme: “To mark the 85th anniversary of Weill's best-know work, The Threepenny Opera, and the 15th anniversary of the Lotte Lenya Competition for young musical theater singers, Fascinatin' Rhythm host Michael Lasser will be joined by Kurt Weill Scholar and Foundation President Kim Kowalke for a series of three special programs that explore the composer's place in American popular music.”
“July 1, 2013 marks Georg Friedrich Haas’s first day as a resident of the United States, where he will join the composition faculty at Columbia University. This move puts him squarely in the historical tradition of European composers such as Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, and Igor Stravinsky, all of whom moved to the United States and became part of the musical life of America.”
Friedrich Haas: Atthis
for soprano and 8 instruments | 40’
Sharon Harms, s; Argento Chamber Ensemble, cond. Michel Galante
Wolfgang Rihm’s A Tribute was premièred on the last day of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival by Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra. Andrew Clements on the orchestral piece: “not specifically a tribute to Britten, but ‘a homage to English music in general’ […] It’s a teasing, almost sentimental piece.”
Read the full review on the Guardian.
Celebrating Claudio Abbado’s 80th birthday today, we made a video for an interview with the conductor that we did for our book Gustav Mahler: The conductors’ Interviews.
The conductor talks about the first time he heard Mahler’s music, his experiences with Bruno Walter, Zubin Mehta and Herbert von Karajan, and the death of Mahler’s brother, the “first stroke of fate” in the composer’s life.
The Interview is in German with English subtitles.
Pi-hsien Chen, Christoph Grund, Florian Hoelscher, Akiko Okabe, Sven Thomas kiebler, Julia Vogelsänger, pno; SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, cond. Silvain Cambreling
3 Hommages: “Hommage à Ligeti”
Marino Formenti, pno
… wie stille brannte das Licht
Sarah Wegener, s; Cornelis Witthoefft, pno
… wie stille brannte das Licht
Sarah Wegener, ms; Musikfabrik, cond. Roland Kluttig
String Quartet No. 2
Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich
Lukas Schiske, perc; Klangforum Wien, cond. Silvain Cambreling
Schola Heidelberg, cond. Walter Nußbaum
for baritone saxophone and orchestra
Marcus Weiss, sax; WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln, cond. Emilio Pomárico
Klangforum Wien, cond. Silvain Cambreling
The chamber opera received rave reviews when it premièred in 2011:
“Atmospheric music, often lyrical and pleasantly marinated in tonality … succulently scored.” (The Times)
“Bedford’s score is impeccably crafted and it is sensitively played by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.” (Daily Telegraph)
"A score of substance and ultimate quality combined with beautiful words with extraordinary creative and artistic direction from the creative team and magnificent staging from John Fulljames." (Paul Guest/Ceasefire magazine)
View the full score of Seven Angels.
Watch the trailer for the world première, which took place on 17 June 2011 in Birmingham:
Luke Bedford: Seven Angels
for 7 singers and 12 instruments | 85’
1 0 1 1 - 0 1 1 0 - perc, pno, vla(4), cb
prem. 21/6/2013, Opera stabile, Hamburg
artists of the Internationales Opernstudio, cond. Alexander Winterson
Further performances: 22, 25, 26, 28 and 30/6/2013