Commissioned by the Sociedad Estatal Acción Cultura Espagñola, Sotelo composed Luz sobre lienzo in honour of the 200th anniversary of the 1812 Cádiz Constitution. He was inspired by the allegory La Verdad, el Tiempo y la Historia [“Truth, Time and History”], which refers to the eponymous painting Goya made for the 1812 occasion (the painting is now on display in the Stockholm National Museum). The three figures in the painting – apparently shrouded in a strange veil of light – are represented in the piece by a violin (Truth), a cajón (Time), and dance (History). Live electronics replace the eerie “light,” the entirety scenically presented by unconventional interpreters.
The group includes Patricia Kopachinskaya, the internationally celebrated Moldavian violinist (who recently gave the premiere performance of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in Austria, where it was received enthusiastically by the public and critics alike), “La Moneta” (the flamenco dancer who enjoyed great success at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and the Teatro Real opera house in Madrid when she performed in Sotelo’s Muerte sin fin), Agustin Diaserra playing the flamenco cajón and Fernando Villanueva, in charge of the light projections – both the latter having always been part of the composer’s recent pieces.
Watch the full performance online:
“Boulez's Mahler is full of revelations. One could easily view him as a surgeon, aware of every sinew and synapse in what lies in front of him. Yet this latest addition to Boulez's discography (recorded at the 2011 Salzburg Festival) is a sound retort to any such charges of analytical detachment.”
Here in Amsterdam, the final rehearsal of the critical edition of Alexander Zemlinsky’s Die Seejungfrau at the Concertgebouw went well. We are looking forward to today's performance, where Vladimir Jurowski will conduct the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.
View the full score of the new critical edition of Zemlinsky's Seejungfrau
Some impressions of the performance of Arvo Pärt's Passio on 26 March 2013 at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam – including standing ovations.
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!
Video language: German with English subtitles
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’ 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.”
In 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.”