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Passio in Amsterdam

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 March 2013

Arvo Pärt - Passio (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Standke

Some impressions of the performance of Arvo Pärt's Passio on 26 March 2013 at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam – including standing ovations.

Happy Birthday Pierre Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 March 2013

Pierre Boulez (c) Peter Fischli, Lucerne FestivalHappy Birthday Pierre Boulez!

Boulez talks about his own works:

2000 audio excerpts

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 March 2013

UE - Audio ExcerptsWe’ve just uploaded our 2000th audio excerpt – a recording of the world première of Friedrich Cerha’s Skizzen.

We’ll continue to upload new audio excerpts, so let us know if there’s a composer or a work that you’re especially interested in.

The Treasure Hunter

Posted by Eric Marinitsch on 25 March 2013

Steinmetz at workWe recently visited the composer Werner Steinmetz who is intensively working on a reduced orchestration of Franz Schreker's opera Der Schatzgräber (The Treasure Hunter).

His orchestration will be the same as Schreker's Chamber Symphonie (23 musicians) that was composed more or less in the same period (1916).


The opera will be premiered on 12th September 2013 in Linz/Austria (a production of EntArteOpera).

Happy Birthday Cristóbal Halffter

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 March 2013

Happy Birthday Cristóbal Halffter!

Video language: German with English subtitles

Victor Ibarra in Vienna

Posted by Eric Marinitsch on 22 March 2013 (comments: 4)

Victor Ibarra explaining ...The Mexican composer Victor Ibarra, who has won the main prize of the 2nd Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition has come to Vienna on invitation of the University of Music and Performing Art, to lead a workshop on his awarded piano piece Cuatro observaciones sobre lo imaginario.

Ibarra's fascinating piano piece will be published in July by UE as part of the 2nd volume of the piano series K2013 that include all winners of the renowned competition.

Michael Haas: Forbidden Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 March 2013

Michael Haas - Forbidden MusicMichael Haas’ book Forbidden Music will be published next month by Yale University Press. Michael Haas was producer of London/Decca's recording series Entartete Musik and is presently research director of the Jewish Music Institute for Suppressed Music, SOAS, University of London

“This is not a book about Nazis but about the composers who were lost, and the musical trends they established before being banned, murdered and exiled. It also examines the tragic postwar developments that kept them on the margins long after the fall of Hitler’s Reich. As such, this book lays out how Jews saw themselves, and how they were seen by non-Jews. It tries to contextualise the discrepancy that often emerges from these different perceptions and to evaluate the music written by Jewish composers, much of which remains unjustly neglected.” – from Forbidden Music by Michael Haas

Renée Fleming, soprano and musical ambassador, on Forbidden Music:

“After working with me as producer on several recordings, Michael Haas led me to this rich and largely unknown body of repertoire. Forbidden Music by Michael Haas shines a spotlight on musical treasures that would otherwise have been forgotten, a legacy of fascinating works, careers, and lives thwarted by history. Haas's diligent research, and interviews with survivors and primary sources, have rescued a generation of musical invention and brilliance from obscurity. His work has directly led to artists like me performing and recording previously unknown works as well. Now Forbidden Music will aid new artists and audiences, incorporating a generation of lost music into the mainstream repertoire. We owe Michael Haas’s scholarship and dedication a debt of thanks.”

Review: Boulez conducts Mahler and Berg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 March 2013

Pierre Boulez: Mahler, Berg, Deutsche GrammophonIn his recent review of Pierre Boulez's recording of Gustav Mahler's Das klagende Lied and Alban Berg's Lulu-Suite with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Andrew Clements concludes that Boulez's rendition of Das klagende Lied has “both spaciousness and finely focused detail”, and that the Lulu-Suite is “even more remarkable, for there's an emotional breadth to Boulez's approach now that just wasn't there in his earlier, pioneering performances.”

Read the full review here.

Tom Service: A guide to György Kurtág's music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 March 2013

Tom ServiceTom Service's latest blog-entry is about the music of György Kurtág. In one of the comments, a reader compares Kurtág to Pierre Boulez - calling them “the last surviving link[s] to the great composers born in the 1920s.” What do you think?

The RIAS Kammerchor wins the Prix Caecilia 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 March 2013

Wolfgang Rihm - AstralisCongratulations to the RIAS Kammerchor for winning the Prix Caecilia 2013 for their recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s Astralis – choral works under Hans-Christoph Rademann.

You can listen to excerpts and order the CD here.

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 March 2013

Wolfgang Rihm

Georg Friedrich Haas receives the Musikpreis Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 March 2013

Congratulations again to Georg Friedrich Haas for winning the Musikpreis Salzburg 2013! For our German speaking readers: here are two reviews of yesterday’s event:

Land Salzburg

Salzburg - ORF.at

Live transmission of the world première of ... wie stille brannte das Licht for soprano and piano

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 February 2013

GEORG_FRIEDRICH_HAAS (c) Lucerne Festival_Priska_KettererTomorrow, 28 February 2013, the world première of Georg Friedrich Haas’ … wie stille brannte das Licht for soprano and piano takes place at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. The concert starts at 20:04 and you can listen to a live transmission of it here.

Sarah Wegener, whose enormous vocal range and incredible facility with precise microtonal intonation inspired Haas to write the part as if tailor-made for her, sings soprano.

Happy 60th Birthday Todd Brief!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 February 2013

Othmar Schoeck's Notturno in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 February 2013

Eröd, Adrian (c) Nikolaus Karlinský; Aron Quartett(c) Julia Wesely

Adrian Eröd and the Aron Quartett will play Othmar Schoeck's Notturno on 26 February 2013 at the Musikverein in Vienna. Furthermore, Alexander Zemlinsky’s String Quartet No. 4 and Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade will be performed.

In his 45-minute work, the Swiss composer set to music poems of mourning, loneliness and despair by Nikolaus Lenau, as well as a fragment by Gottfried Keller. Schoeck chose the title Notturno for a reason: it matches the dark underlying character of the music, which expresses the pain, the lamentation and the resignation of the narrator in a late-romantic style.